Australia

Australia 

The land of vast deserts and a gazillion miles of beaches: Australia. The Great Barrier Reef. Kangaroos. Koalas and eucalyptus. The friendly Kookaburra. And the highest average wealth per capita. A strong economy. A land that grapples with periodic droughts and floods. A place that has known human settlements for 30,000 years. With the Aboriginal population numbering 2.5 percent, Australia, like the USA, is a land of immigrants.

Here’s an excellent 12-minute video featuring the beauties of Australia. This is a fun, youthful 7-minute personal video featuring a lot of food to be found in Sydney and Melbourne. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring Australian Aboriginal music called Australian Outback.

FunFacts about Australia: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. (Source)
  • Australia’s capital is Canberra.
  • Australia’s largest city is Sydney, which has been occupied by indigenous Australians for the past 30,000 years.
  • The Dutch made landfall in Australia in 1606. For a time,  Australia was known as New Holland. The Dutch made no attempt at settlement.
  • The first fleet of British ships arrived in 1788 establishing a penal colony as well as initiating a scientific exploration of Australia.
  • As one of the driest continents and lacking fertile soils, Australia has the lowest population density in the world given its size.
  • Australia has a diversity of landscapes from deserts in the center, mountain ranges in the southeast and rainforests in the northeast.
  • Australia is a highly developed country with the world’s 13th largest economy.
  • Australia is a regional power and has a strong military with the world’s 13th highest expenditure.
  • Australia has strong rankings in quality of life, health, education, civil liberties and political rights.
  • The Commonwealth of Australia was established in 1901 at which time it became a dominion of the British Empire.
  • Australia is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as a number of seas. It has been dubbed the ‘island continent’ and is sometimes considered the largest island in the world.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and lies off Australia’s northeast coast. It’s made up of over 2900 individual reefs.
  • Geologically, Australia is home to all known rock types.
  • The earth is mobile and that includes Australia, quote: The Australian continent is currently moving toward Eurasia at the rate of 6—7 centimetres a year. (Source)
  • Australia has six states: New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Victoria (VIC) and Western Australia (WA). It also has two major mainland territories: the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT).
  • Australia is a wealthy country and in 2018 became the country with the highest average wealth per capita in the world, even higher than Switzerland.

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30 thoughts on “Australia

  1. Beautiful pictures! I enjoyed watching the videos. I have always wanted to visit Australia, maybe I will get to one of these days.

  2. I haven’t yet gotten a chance to visit Australia, but it’s definitely on my list! I’ve wanted to see the cute quokkas ever since I first saw a picture of them.

  3. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia! I used to live in Hawaii many years ago as a young Navy wife. I would love to see the differences in the tropic cultures there and Hawaii. Plus I love the accent. I also would love to visit the zoo that Steve Irwin helped build!

  4. I have always wanted to go to Australia. I had a friend in high school from there and lived to hear him talk. The beauty is breathtaking. Enjoyed the videos and pictures.

  5. Love the nature pictures! I was lucky enough to spend 6 months working in Australia right after college. I didn’t get to do nearly enough exploring. I hope to make a trip back and explore the Outback one day

  6. Gorgeous pics. I think my favorites were the waterfall and the unusual tree trunk. Oh and the tree with the purple flowers…stunning!

  7. Beautiful pictures and it’s a beautiful country-loved the waterfall. So much to see and I wouldn’t mind visiting there. AZ

  8. Australia is definitely on my I-Want-To-Go-There list. So many different climatic areas – how would you choose where to start?

  9. Oh, how I would love to visit Australia. Everyone I have ever talked to that has been there was thrilled by all of it. That red rock formation is incredible! I’m from Fort Myers, Florida so it would be a long trip!

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