Australia is a fascinating country. Due to its isolation from the rest of the world, it is home to hundreds of animal species and many thousands of plants that are not found anywhere else on the planet.
By area, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, and it also a continent.
Teach your children about Australia using our handy topic guide!
- Use this page of information about the Great Barrier Reef to write a report about it.
- Write your own factfile about Australia; this page from National Geographic Kids is a good place to start your research.
- Cook some delicious Anzac biscuits.
- Compare life in Britain and Australia with this resource from BBC Teach.
- Make your own boomerang.
- Our Australia resources include fact cards, display lettering and useful images.
- Use this fantastic scheme of work about Australia from the Royal Geographical Society.
- This pack from Fort Wayne Childrens’ Zoo has lots of information and activities related to Australian geography and animals.
- This page from 3D Geography is full of worksheets to support teaching about Australia.
- Make a timeline of James Cook using the facts from this page from the Royal Museums Greenwich.
- Make your own coral reef in a box.
- Over 10 million people visit Sydney Opera House every year.
- The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on the planet.
- Australia has more reptile species than any other planet in the world, with more than 750.
- Australia comes from the latin word australis, which means southern.
- Over 90% of the people who live in Australia live near the coast. This is because most of the interior of the country is desert, known as the Outback.
This video shows native Australian animals, along with their calls and their name in different languages.
Running time: 4:37
This National Geographic video gives a good overview of the country.
Running time: 2:55
History of Australia
Learn about the history of Australia from prehistoric times.
Running time: 4:06
Didgeridoo for Kids
Join in with this school performance by a didgeridoo expert.
Running time: 3:26
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