Australia's Wild Places

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  • 2012
  • 1 Season

Australia is known for its diverse and unique wildlife, vast landscapes, and rugged terrain. To showcase the mesmerizing beauty and sheer grandeur of Australia's wild places, ZDF produced a six-part documentary series titled 'Australia's Wild Places' in 2013. The series takes the viewers on an immersive journey across the continent, exploring its most breathtaking natural wonders, from tropical rainforests to vast deserts, kangaroo-filled grasslands, and isolated islands. Each episode is a visual treat, capturing the raw beauty and stunning contrasts of Australia's wildlife and landscapes through spectacular cinematography and storytelling.

The first episode, titled 'The Iron Continent,' sets the stage with a glimpse of Australia's natural wonders, from the massive red rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to the deep-blue ocean waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The episode also delves into Australia's geological history, showcasing how the continent's unique geology has shaped its natural landscapes over millions of years.

In the second episode, titled 'In the Shadow of the Volcano,' the focus shifts to Victoria's Grampians National Park, where the towering volcanic mountains and deep gorges provide a rare glimpse into Australia's geological past. The episode also features some of Australia's iconic wildlife, such as kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats.

The third episode, 'The Remote Coast,' explores the isolated and windswept coastline of Western Australia, where the Indian Ocean crashes against towering cliffs and pristine beaches. The episode also showcases Australia's marine wildlife, from humpback whales to dolphins and sea lions, providing a glimpse into the incredible diversity of life in the Southern Ocean.

The fourth episode, titled 'The Desert Kingdom,' takes the viewers to the vast expanse of Australia's Outback, where the vast red deserts and sand dunes stretch endlessly towards the horizon. The episode also highlights the survival strategies of the unique and often bizarre desert wildlife, from the iconic red kangaroo to the elusive spinifex hopping mouse.

In the fifth episode, 'Tropical North Queensland,' the focus shifts to the lush rainforests and rivers of Australia's far north. The episode explores the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, home to some of the world's oldest rainforests, and some of Australia's most iconic wildlife, such as the saltwater crocodile and the cassowary.

The final episode, titled 'Islands of the South,' takes the viewers to Australia's Southern Ocean, showcasing the rugged and remote wilderness of the uninhabited islands off the coast of South Australia. The episode also provides a glimpse into the lives of the human inhabitants of the islands, who have learned to live off the land and sea in one of the most remote and unforgiving environments on the planet.

Throughout the series, 'Australia's Wild Places' provides a unique and immersive experience that showcases the beauty and diversity of Australia's wildlife and landscapes. With stunning visuals, expert storytelling, and insights into Australia's natural history, the series is a must-watch for anyone fascinated by the wonders of the natural world.

Australia's Wild Places is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on October 20, 2012.

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The Australian Alps
5. The Australian Alps
October 24, 2012
It may come as a surprise to non-Australians that the island continent renowned for its flat plains and searing deserts has snow-capped mountains at all. The peaks of the Australian Alps national parks are not tall, but they're old.
The Coast of the Whalesharks
4. The Coast of the Whalesharks
October 27, 2012
On the remote coastline of Australia's northwest there are great natural wonders to be found. Above the sea on this sunbaked coast, there is very little; only a sparse landscape shaped by the arid conditions. But here the miracle reveals itself ...
The Rainforest
3. The Rainforest
October 26, 2012
Daintree National Park is a magical meeting of rainforest and reef, lying at the heart of the world heritage listed wet tropics of Queensland in northern Australia. The area is a living link to our planet's distant past, to a primeval world from ...
The Island of the Devil
2. The Island of the Devil
October 25, 2012
Just 460,000 people live in Tasmania, an island off the south-east coast of mainland Australia roughly the same size as Ireland. While its human population is small, the majestic state is rich in natural wonders and is known for its large tracts ...
The Red Desert
1. The Red Desert
October 20, 2012
In this Episode of Wild Places we journey with botanist Peter Latz, who believes the biggest influence on the Australian arid landscape has been fire. Years ago Peter wondered how different this country would have looked without the influence of fire.
Where to Watch Australia's Wild Places
Australia's Wild Places is available for streaming on the ZDF website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Australia's Wild Places on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    October 20, 2012