A volcanic eruption in northern Queensland more than 199,000 years ago spewed lava streams 23 kilometres long creating the Undara lava tubes. Researchers are drawn to these tubes to discover why the population of cave creatures is so high.
William Cooper is the greatest in Sir David Attenborough's books. The greatest painter of Australian birds that is. Cooper lives in the rainforests of Northern Queensland where spectacular Birds of Paradise frequently visit his garden.
We applaud life strategies that neatly exploit a particular evolutionary strength, but forget that such risks can make an animal or plant vulnerable. Will life be able to adapt again to a changing world or will it evolve itself into extinction?
Hoarse coughs and bumps in the night can be blamed on the Brushtail possum, the most successful of all Australian marsupials to adapt to city living. With 24 known species of possums in Australia, some are regarded as pests, others as rare or endangered.
A somewhat gawky bird that has the most unexpected sexual habits is probably Australia's most recognisable bird. The emu is found over most of the country, from the tip of Cape York, through the centre and down into the south.
In the Victorian hills of Australia, there's a curfew, a curfew on cats. And it's all because the local population of lyrebirds has been decimated by feral cats and foxes over the past few years. But the curfew decision has created problems of its own.
When shipwrecked sailors first encountered wombats, they did what they had to do to survive, they ate them! More than 200 hundred years later, the wombat still suffers at our hands, blamed for damaging fences and fouling pastures.