Australian coat of arms on top of Parliament House.

#Australia

Australia is an island, and also the sixth largest country in the world, and the smallest continent in the world.

Did you know that Australia is one of the youngest countries on earth? Despite its relative newness, it has made great strides in catching up to other developed nations, often surpassing them.

But Australia is more than just a young country. It is also home to stunning coastal beaches, making it a haven for beach lovers. Today, over 70% of Australians reside in cities or towns, with a majority of this population clustered along the eastern and southern coasts, as well as around Perth in the west.

However, Australia's breathtaking landscape extends far beyond its bustling urban centers. The famous "Outback" dominates much of the country's interior, consisting of remote and harsh lands that are too hot, dry, and barren to support a large population. To the east, expanses of grasslands stretch out, providing the perfect environment for sheep and cattle ranches.

From its rapid development to its picturesque coastlines and iconic Outback, Australia offers a captivating blend of modernity and natural beauty. What more could one ask for in a country?

Lake Hume on the Upper Murray
Lake Hume on the Upper Murray
Whitehaven Beach in Queensland
Whitehaven Beach in Queensland

Discover the majestic landscapes of Australia, with its breathtaking mountains and sprawling plateaus. In the southeast, the Blue Mountains charm visitors with their ethereal blue haze, a result of the eucalyptus trees' oil droplets. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching over 1,900 kilometers off the northeast coast, as it thrives and evolves into the largest living structure on the planet.

While English is the official language, Australian English has a unique charm all its own, both in its spoken and written form. Once home to 200 to 300 indigenous Australian languages, only about 70 remain today, with most of them at risk of disappearing. Additionally, Australia has its own sign language, Auslan, which serves as the primary means of communication for around 6,500 deaf individuals.

Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne
The Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne was the first building in Australia to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004

Get this: school is a must in Australia from ages 6 to 15 (or 16 in South Australia and Tasmania). They really mean business about education, with an adult literacy rate around 99%. But that's not all - Australia has 38 universities thanks to government grants, and even some private ones too. They also have vocational training colleges called TAFE Institutes and apprenticeships for tradespeople. And get this, almost 60% of Aussies between 25 and 64 have some sort of higher education or vocational qualification. Education is a big deal down under!

Most of the estimated 20.4 million Australians are descended from 19th and 20th century immigrants, with the majority originating from Britain and Ireland.

Australian Weather Conditions
Australian Weather Conditions

Australia has tropical conditions in the north, dry desert in the centre and conditions ranging from dry to heavy rain and snow in the south.

Bushfires Australia - Plan & Act
Bushfires Australia - Plan & Act

It is ALWAYS a good idea for you to develop a written bushfire survival plan when traveling around Australia.

Spooky Secrets of Adelaide Arcade
Spooky Secrets of Adelaide Arcade

Do you believe in ghosts? Adelaide Arcade in Australia is known for its ghostly sightings and mysterious happening.

The Legal Status of Drugs in Australia
The Legal Status of Drugs in Australia

Many countries have legalised or decriminalised marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. But is it legal in Australia?

A new city is established
A new city is established

Cyclone Tracy tore through the city, destroying almost everything in its path. The city was able to not only recover but thrive.

Tips for Living with and Feeding Australian Wildlife
Tips for Living with and Feeding Australian Wildlife

About one in three households provides food for native animals. Learn more about responsible behaviour towards wildlife in your area.

Dangerous Australian Animals & Insects
Dangerous Animals & Insects

Australia has a reputation for its dangerous animals, even if somewhat exaggerated.

20 facts about the island Australia
20 facts about the island Australia

Australia is unique geographically, historically & in regards to it's environment and resources. Here are 20 interesting facts about the land called Australia.

Haunted - Luna Park (Sydney)
Haunted - Luna Park (Sydney)

If you're looking for a spooky adventure, then look no further than Luna Park Sydney.

Living with Kangaroos
Living with Kangaroos

Kangaroos are one of the most iconic animals in Australia, and they are not restricted to rural areas or the outback.



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