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I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains. Dorothea McKellar


In the News

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Reef Threat

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Playgroup Teaches Kids Culture

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The Facts

Australia is the oldest land mass in the world. Over the years, our country has seen many different types of plants, animals and people.


Australia has an amazing mix of landforms: rainforests, deserts, mountains, coral reefs, beaches and bushland - making it possible for more than 600,000 animal species and 18,500 plant species to survive.


Our Big Backyard is also home to more than 22 million people from over 200 different countries. Of the people, Indigenous Australians have been here the longest. For more than 40,000 years, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders have practiced Kanyini by caring for our land and passing on their wisdom to each generation.


Watch this video to learn about Kanyni in the Northern Territory!

GLD map of Australia





Map it! Which states are rich in coal, gas, iron and uranium? Locate these areas on a map of Australia. Check out this online map of world heritage sites and locate National Treasures. Find out why are these places listed as World Heritage sites and see if there has been any recent news about any of them: Blue Mountains, Ningaloo Reef, Pumululu National Park, Tasmanian wilderness, Great Barrier Reef?

Fantastic fact

500 -180 million years ago Australia, Antarctica, South America, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India were all joined together as one supercontinent called GONDWANA.


Landmarks are part of nature. Attractions are often man-made. Make a list of each.


Green Lane Hero

Portside Christian College, SA

Looking after the planet is something that students at Portside Christian College take very seriously. Everything from revegation projects,  recycling batteries and ring pulls, collecting postage stamps to sell for aid projects, collecting old glasses and hosting conferences for students. There are big plans for vertical gardens, food acquaponics and hosting sessions to help families live green.


Action Ideas

- Find out about your local traditional owners. Read some dreamtime stories and have a go at writing your own. Have a look at this amazing languages map.


- Design a wildlife-attracting garden for your school or home featuring native plants with this amazing landscaping tool, Flora for Fauna, based on our amazing Wildscape technology.






Tourism is an important industry in Australia. Each year we welcome millions of visitors to see our precious places, such as Kakadu, Fraser Island and the Blue Mountains. All of these and more are on the World Heritage List. This means they are important ecosystems and worth conserving for everyone to enjoy forever.


You could be living right beside a national treasure and not even know it!

Maybe you've got some native, endangered neighbours such as the

Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, the Woylie, the Tasmanian Devil, the Grey Nurse Shark, the Corroboree Frog or the Southern Cassowary. Your local council or environment group will have lots of information about the ecosystems around you just like the Redland Indigiscapes Centre does!


You can also find out more about endangered animals in your local area here!




Indigenous Australians told the story of their country, the animals and their

spirits through the stories about how life was created the way it is. Watch this

video about the Wattji Pulyeri (the Blue Wren) !


More Juicy Stuff...


As well as being lucky enough to have some of the most incredible places, people, plants and animals on the planet, Australia is also rich with natural resources such as coal, uranium and iron ore. As we know, there are always two sides to the story and there are some positive benefits to mining our natural resources but we also need to consider the impact on our environment and the health of our people.


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Tips and Resources

Tips and Resources

We have compiled a list of ideas just to get you going. Try these eco activities - share them with your family and friends. Rate your progress. Be honest so you know what you can work on.


From waste, water and energy to what you eat and what you buy - its all about taking action...  Together we can make a difference!

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