Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, and by far the largest in the Oceania region. Originally inhabited by native Australian Aboriginals who are believed to have lived there for over 40,000 years, it was claimed by Great Britain in the 1700's, and a period of colonisation began. Due to the complexities of the politics and make up of the country, no firm date can be given for its independence, as it was a gradual process. Today, Australia is a highly developed country with a strong economy and high standards of living.
Background Information on Australia
Australia is made up of six states, which are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania. Of these, Tasmania is the only island state, and it is positioned just to the south of the mainland. Due to its geographical location, Australia experiences its seasons in reverse to those in Europe – When it is winter in the UK, it is summer in Australia. Of course, due to the size of the country, the climate does also vary greatly within it. The searing heat of the famous outback is tempered by sometimes rainy days in Melbourne, for example.
Australians are well known for their love of sport and the outdoors. Cricket and rugby are two sports which they excel at internationally, but to get a true taste of a sporting even, visitors should try to see an Aussie Rules game. As most of the population lives on the edges of the country, the beach is also an important part of the Australian psyche, and no excuse is needed to have a barbeque with a cold can of beer!
Must See Highlights in Australia
Australia has dozens of attractions to choose from, and below, are listed some of the more popular highlights that should be visited given the opportunity.
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Barrier Reef
Kakadu National Park
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