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Lord Howe Island's many faces

Lord Howe Island is the remains of an extinct volcano located off Australia's east coast. It has mountainous peaks, dense rainforests, sandy beaches and lagoons complete with coral reefs. See some of the many different animals and plants that can be found on Lord Howe Island. You'll see why it's protected by World Heritage ...

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Tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish

Did you know the crown-of-thorns starfish is a natural predator that is having a huge impact on the Great Barrier Reef? Watch this clip to find out about the damage it's causing and what scientists are doing to try to protect the reef. Find out the role that people play both in causing and in managing this environmental issue.

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An island where warm waters meet cool

Lord Howe Island lies off the east coast of Australia where warm, tropical seas meet cool currents from the south. Here, a mix of fish suited to warmer waters live together with fish suited to the cooler southern waters. Lord Howe Island has many reasons to be protected, such as being home to the world's most southern coral ...

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Landforms of the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a region located west of Sydney. It is a place of varying landforms including deep canyons, tall waterfalls and sandstone structures such as the Three Sisters. Watch this clip to look deep into the canyons that have been carved through sandstone and rock, and shaped by wind and rain.

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Trek into Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair

Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair are part of the Tasmanian World Heritage area. Come and see jagged peaks and pristine lakes that were formed thousands of years ago during the last ice age. Find out why the Aboriginal people of this area, the Larmairremener, called Australia's deepest lake 'Leeawuleena'.

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Kingdom of the crocodile

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage site in the tropical north of Australia. Bursting with a rich collection of plant, bird, mammal and reptile species, Kakadu is a special place where the Saltwater Crocodile sits at the top of the food chain. Watch this clip to find out about the landscape, climate and life found in Kakadu.

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The world's largest living organism

The Great Barrier Reef is a collection of large coral reefs that stretch for more than 2,000 km along the Queensland coast. The Reef is home to a huge number of plants and animals, and it has many islands and coral cays. Watch nesting turtles and go underwater to see spectacular footage of reef creatures. Discover more ...

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The Daintree, where rainforest and reef meet

Queensland's Daintree National Park is one of the few remaining large areas of tropical rainforest in the world. Come tour the rainforest and see why it is part of a World Heritage area. Find out why it is thought to be one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. See some of the plants, reptiles, birds, insects and amphibian ...

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Discover the Daintree's secrets

The Daintree in Tropical North Queensland is a place of high rainfall that feeds clear creeks that flow through the rainforest. Explore the Daintree's waterways by canoe and discover just some of the many plants and animals that live there. Rise above the lush, tree-top canopy in a giant crane to view this tropical rainforest ...

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Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage area

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world and has been world heritage listed by UNESCO. Find out about the World Heritage Convention and the responsibilities of the countries who signed up to maintain heritage listed areas. How has the challenges of maintaining a balance between human activity and ...

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New threat to world's largest rock art collection

This is a resource about threats from industry, including a proposed explosives plant, to the Aboriginal rock art of the Burrup Peninsula and 40 islands in the Dampier Archipelago in north-west Western Australia. The resource consists of an online article from ‘Australian Geographic’ by Victoria Laurie accompanied by an ...

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Case study: uranium mining in Kakadu

This resource is about uranium mining in Kakadu. The resource includes an introduction to uranium mining in Kakadu and information about Kakadu National Park, the mining industry in Australia, the process of uranium mining, environmental implications of uranium mining, cultural implications, the history of mining in Kakadu ...

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Ellison Reef: has it been saved?

Ellison Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, is located off the coast of Mission Beach in North Queensland. In 1981, after years of court battles, the entire Great Barrier Reef became a protected World Heritage Site. But, after three decades of protection, the reef is still dying. What action is required to save one of ...

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Waterside Workers Federation of Australia commemorative banner, 1920s

This is a double-sided commemorative banner of the Sydney branch of the Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia dating from the 1920s. It consists of two large oil-painted canvases joined with a cotton border. The side seen here depicts a woman draped in red and white cloth, holding the Australian flag. She is surrounded ...

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Heritage sites in Australia

This is a collection of digital curriculum resources focusing on 26 places on the National Heritage List in Australia. Some have been listed for natural values, others for historical values and still others for cultural values. Ten of the sites shown have also been inscribed on the World Heritage List for both natural and ...

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World Heritage sites from the ancient world

This is a collection of 15 digital curriculum resources that either show or refer to World Heritage sites of the ancient past. The resources are grouped into four categories - ancient sites in Africa; Asia; Australia and Europe. The collection is composed almost entirely of colour photographs.

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Trade union banner

This is a painted silk banner (front and back) made in 1899 by the London firm of George Tutill & Co Ltd for the Westport District Gold Miners Industrial Union on the West Coast, South Island in New Zealand. It is made of blue-dyed, plain-weave silk fabric and has been treated with an Indian rubber compound to make it more ...

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Scientists at Heard Island in 1948

This is a 1948 black-and-white photograph showing three men beside a weather station on Heard Island in the Antarctic.

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The 1864 eight-hour day demonstration

This is a black-and-white print that shows the eight-hour day demonstration entering the Zoological Gardens (now the Royal Melbourne Zoo) in Melbourne, Victoria. The large procession of people, some carrying banners and flags, can be seen in the background, while in the foreground, several spectators including a few policemen ...

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Vertical banner, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a vertical banner that was designed by the Look of the Games Committee as a venue decoration for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Made of polyester, the banner has a lime-green background with an abstract design that shows part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic logo (boomerangs and sun shape) in red. The banner measures ...