I spotted an interesting fungus on one of the dead branches.
I have never seen any thing like this before. It was like sea anemones. I discovered it was called Stemonitis axifera. It is really fascinating and goes through a few changes before it reaches this, its final form.
I googled 'Australian bug with 30 legs' and immediately came up with Scutigera coleoptrata. Apparently it originates in the Mediterranean, but has moved all over the world and typically lives in people's houses. It is insectivorous so probably does no damage. I suppose if there is one around there are more.
you can watch a 4 minute video on compact living. It shows the type of compact house a family can live in.