Be part of the ABC’s Magical Land of Oz

By Kate Cranney

8 February 2019

3 minute read

We have spiders that look like peacocks. We have mammals that lay eggs. We have birds that look like dinosaurs and stand up to two-metres tall!

Australia really is a magical land. Our plants, animals and fungi are unique. And we get to see these special species everyday, even if we live in the middle of a city (hello, rainbow lorikeets, you shrieking torpedoes of colour!).

We’re inviting you to get outside and record the species that you see. You can be a part of protecting our unique biodiversity.

This year, the ABC has teamed up with the Atlas of Living Australia for their premiere of a brand new nature documentary.

Magical Land of Oz will premiere on the ABC at 7:40pm this Sunday 10 February. And you can be a part of the buzz!

Don’t by shy! Show off your photographic skills with the confidence of a peacock spider. Photo: Jürgen Otto. Visit for amazing photos and more information on these dancing spiders.

We’re off to see … the Magical Land of Oz

Magical Land of Oz is the ABC’s first Australian natural history documentary in almost 20 years. (Doesn’t that just make you want to click your heels three times?!)

Dragons, dancing spiders, saltwater monsters … witness Australian animals in all their weird and wonderful glory over three episodes. Narrated by Barry Humphries of Dame Edna Everage fame (hello possums!), we’ll meet enigmatic animals and see their bizarre behaviours up close. We’ll travel from our highest snowy peaks to the depths of the southern seas. We’re cross deserts, rainforests and coral reefs. Expect a cinematic adventure.

Why do we want your happy snaps?

Hundreds of Australians have already uploaded the weird, whacky and everyday species that they see to our Atlas of Living Australia.

The ALA provides everyone with free access to information about Australia’s amazing biodiversity. It’s collaborative, open infrastructure, and it gathers biodiversity data and makes it accessible and reusable.

And the photos on ALA aren’t only from our scientists. Citizen scientists (that’s you!) play a very important role.

There are still thousands of species of flora, fauna and fungi that have not been identified. And even those that we do know about need more data.

With our photos combined, we can help build a more complete picture of Australia’s diversity. Best of all, the information on ALA that you upload is used by researchers, government and natural resource managers to improve the how we look after the species. (Three heel clicks!)

So what are you waiting for?! Send us your photos and help protect our magical land of Oz!

And remember, tune in at 7:40pm this Sunday for the ABC’s premiere.

The numbat and its incredibly long tongue will feature on episode two of Magical Land of Oz. It’ll be ant-lickin’ good!


A picture of a leafy sea dragon

This stunning snap of a leafy seadragon is straight from the Atlas of Living Australia’s photo collection.