The Land of Milk and Honey
Australia is a great country – a true paradise. It has great weather and a tremendous lifestyle. It is the Land of Opportunity.
Geography – Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere and is the largest island and smallest continent in the world. The country is roughly the same size as the USA but with less than one tenth of the people. The USA has approximately 325 million people – Australia 24.5 million. In area, Australia is the sixth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and Brazil.
Culture – Australia has a diverse multi-cultural society, and draws migrants from around the world because it simply has one of the best qualities of life on the planet. Australians are still considered to be very laid back and relaxed but quietly confident of succeeding at any task they put their mind to, whether it be big or small. Australians love their sport and are consistently at the top of the sporting tree relative to other nations. With weather that is warm most of the year, Australia is conducive to open air sports, whether it is football, cricket, horse-racing or tennis. Whether you love the fast pace of city life or the serenity of the country, Australia has it all. Its cities have topped lists worldwide for the best cities to live in.
Climate – Australia is generally warmest from December to February, and is mild all year round.
States and territories
The responsibilities of governing such a vast land area are shared by Australia’s federal government and the governments of the six states and two self-governing territories.
- NSW – European settlement began in New South Wales in 1788, at Sydney, the nation’s largest city and host of the 2000 Olympic Games. Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House are national icons, and its airport is the country’s major international gateway.
- VIC – Victoria is the smallest of the mainland states but the second most populous and the most densely populated. Its capital, Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, hosted the Olympic Games in 1956. Victorians’ enthusiasm for sport is legendary and the nation stops each November for the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s premier horse race.
- QLD – Queensland stretches from the tropical rain forests of Cape York into the temperate zone. Its north-eastern coastline is fringed by the Great Barrier Reef. The capital of Queensland is Brisbane. Three international airports, in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, service visitors from overseas.
- SA – Known as ‘the Festival State’ because of its more than 500 festivals a year, South Australia, with its Mediterranean climate and 13 wine regions, is a major wine and food centre. Its capital, Adelaide, with its gracious colonial architecture, is probably Australia’s best-preserved capital city.
- WA – Western Australia is about the size of Western Europe. Bordered largely by desert to the east, Western Australia is bound by 12 500 km of the world’s most pristine coastline to the west. About three-quarters of the state’s population of 1.92 million live in its capital, Perth.
- TAS – Separated from the continent by the waters of Bass Strait, Tasmania and its many companion islands form the smallest Australian state. Hobart, the capital, is the destination for the nation’s premier blue water sailing classic, the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
- NT – The Northern Territory has more than twice the land area of France but a population of just under 200 000. Darwin is the capital and Alice Springs the principal inland town. The territory contains the Uluru – Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks.
- ACT – The Australian Capital Territory was established within New South Wales in 1911 as the site for the national capital, Canberra. It is home to a number of national institutions including the federal Parliament, the National Library, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the High Court and the Australian War Memorial.
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