Discover the biodiversity of WA’s arid environments

Besides Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent on Earth with 70% of the mainland classified as arid, or semi-arid. Half of our country’s deserts are either partially or completely situated in WA. The conditions are harsh, but you may be surprised at just how many species not only survive, but thrive in the Australian outback.

Find out about adaptations that help animals and plants, such as Bilbies, Perenties and Sturt’s Desert Pea, survive in these harsh habitats.

These resources support the WA Curriculum: Science, HASS and English.

Win a class excursion to Planet Shark!

Order by 12pm Friday August 30 for your chance to win. We have one class excursion to give away, thanks to our friends at WA Museum.

Click here to find out more about the Planet Shark exhibition and for information on excursion bookings.

Click here for T&Cs and further information about the prize.

What's Included?


Thanks to support from Chevron Australia, schools will not be invoiced.

Most schools* will automatically receive one class set inside the September 1, 8 & 15 editions of The Sunday Times (35 copies).

Includes activities, merit stickers and posters for your class.

Please allow one to two days for delivery. Orders must be placed by 10am on the Friday prior to first delivery date. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate back orders.



September 1: Life in the desert

Not all deserts are uninhabited, sand-blown wastelands. Discover what our State’s deserts look like and how native plants and animals have adapted to survive there.

September 8: Night and day

A day in the life of desert dwellers. How does desert life change when the sun goes down?

September 15: Challenges and champions

What threats are our desert species facing? Find out about the dangers of desert living, and the ways people are trying to help our native species.


Additional Resources

Celebrate WA’s amazing biodiversity through the camera lens.

Share in almost $25,000 of cash prizes!

Grab a camera, get outdoors and start photographing WA’s biodiversity – it could be as simple as some spring wildflowers or a neighbourhood magpie! Include a short caption with your photo and submit it all online.

It’s easy to enter!

  • DISCOVER: Find out about WA’s unique species, the threats they face and how people can help.
  • PLAY: Grab a camera and spend some time developing your photography skills.
  • EXPLORE: Get outside and capture the diversity of our state’s plants, animals and landscapes.
  • SHARE: Compose a captivating caption that highlights the biodiversity story of your favourite photo. This competition closes on September 27.

Click here for more information and to enter.

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