In ancient times, this empire formed the crossroads between east and west - and grew very wealthy as a consequence.
Landscape architect Skye Haldane introduces Natalie Hunter to Melbourne's Royal Park, named Australia's Best Playground, with a design that acknowledges the seven seasons of the Wurundjeri.
Australian Bat Clinic's Trish Wimberley introduces Kellyn Morris to a rare white flying fox, which is leuscitic rather than albino, with semi-transparent skin revealing the animal's bones and veins.
Visit a camel farm and find out more about these fascinating animals.
Visit a animal sanctuary that takes care of quolls and find out if they will ever become pets.
We meet some young cross country horse riders who explain what is involved in the sport.
Head underground to learn about the features of caves and how the spectacular formations are created by nature.
Kellyn Morris meets the entomologist who named a new species fly after Beyonce, Bryan Lessard, and learns about the great diversity of flies and what their role is in an ecosystem.
Dance teacher Bessy Kabamba explains that hip-hop is more than just dance steps alone, as it is also a way of thinking and form of self-expression.
Scott Bidmead meets a nurse and pilot in the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn what they do and what they love about their jobs.
Kellyn Morris learns how koala carers rehabilitate orphaned wildlife and learns what to do when you stumble upon an animal in need of help.
Seymour College's rowing squad demonstrates the kind of work they do to prepare for races and how they improve as a team.
It's walkies time for "Splodge" the goanna! Stacey and keeper Tina Barlow harness him for a stroll round the wildlife sanctuary. We learn this monitor's habits, arboreal inclinations, and the strength of that tail! Though raised as a 'pet dog', when out walking, this dangerous predator can goanna where he wants!:)
Jesse talks to the number 1 female scooter rider in Australasia! Bianca shows us extremely awesome scootering tricks, and it's no wonder she's won all of the Queensland qualifiers in the sport. Her 10-year plan is to win a title at the professional world championship. This girl's going places!
Natalie speaks with Will Haskin, animal keeper at Sovereign Hill. The subject is the 1850s Aussie goldfields and the prominent role animals played. Horses and donkeys were used for their power, hitched up to mining 'machinery'. Goats provided milk and goat's milk soap, whilst sheep warmed families with their wool.
Scott interviews farmer Graham Brookman of the Food Forest. Organic farming methods used on crops -- from pistachios to pomegranates -- are the way forward to finding what will adapt to climate change. Graham declares 'More humans and less machinery', whilst the goal is to find the healthiest and hardiest crops for the future.
Kellyn interviews David Don, director of the Brisbane Street Arts Festival. He defines for us several different methods used for awesome murals in the city. Also, there's an intimate discussion with Emily Hughis, an inspirational, environmentally-conscious painter, who says painting on a large scale and covering walls is addictive!
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