Australia is home to some of the most fascinating creatures and geographical features on earth. Even though it’s the smallest continent on the planet, it’s home to some of the most beautiful vistas and most deadly creatures. If you’re looking for a way to pique curiosity in your anima- loving kids and complement your literature-based study of the Land Down Under from BookShark Level 5 (Eastern Hemisphere), check out these excellent streaming videos available on Netflix, YouTube, National Geographic, and Amazon Prime.
Explore Australian Wildlife
Wild Australia with Ray Mears
TV-PG, 6 Episodes, 23 min. (available on Netflix)
Explore some of the most remote locations in Australia with Ray Mears as he investigates how unique creatures survive in extreme conditions.
TV-PG, 53 min. (available on Amazon Prime)
Get an overview of Australian wilderness in this documentary. Travel through the various biomes and explore the animals that inhabit each.
72 Cutest Animals
TV-PG, 12 Episodes, 27 min (available on Netflix)
If you’re not as interested in the scary side of the Australian animals, check out this series on how the adorable features of these unique creatures help them survive in the wild.
72 Dangerous Animals: Australia
TV-PG, 12 episodes, 27 min. (no longer available on Netflix)
The only time I’d like to encounter these frightening creatures is through this video series. Get an up-close look at Australia’s deadliest creatures, and learn more about them from experts and those who survived their attacks.
Explore Australian Oceans
Exploring the Coral Reef: Learn About Oceans for Kids
10 min. (available on YouTube)
Get a great introduction to the world of color and life hiding just under the water in the shallow seas of Australia.
Travel Wild: The Great Barrier Reef
NR, 6 episodes, 47 min. (available on Amazon Prime)
If you’re looking for an glimpse into the shaping of this curious country, check out this documentary featuring the people and places that have shaped this unique nation. This series. while unrated. seems more suited to older audiences.
Australia’s Greatest Islands
TV-PG 43 min. (available on Amazon Prime)
Swim with manta rays and whales, track seals and kangaroos, and observe birds that fly backwards on some of Australia’s incredible islands.
The Blue Planet
G, 2001, 48 min. (available on Netflix)
Although this series explores the oceans of the world, episode six hones in on coral reefs and how we can take care of these fragile organisms.
Explore Australian History
The Story of Australia
NR, 6 episodes, 47 min (available on Amazon Prime)
If you’re looking for an glimpse into the shaping of this curious country, check out this documentary featuring the people and places that have shaped the nation of Australia. This series, while unrated, seems more suited to older audiences.
Travel to Australia with National Geographic
These short videos give a glimpse into some of the curious creatures and locations you could find in Australia.
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About the Author
Betsy Strauss is a wife to a deep thinker and a homeschooling mom of three kids. When she stumbled into homeschooling, she thought it would just look like public school at home. Thankfully, she quickly learned that using a one-room schoolhouse model of teaching was a great way to unify the family, and enrich family life without going crazy! She shares her encouragement on Family Style Schooling Blog.