Most people conception of Australia goes little beyond appreciating its
Opera house , blood - red Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef or the
land of Kangaroos and Koala. Although it's true that the majority of
travellers are attracted by these opportunities to explore Australia
wilderness areas, natural wonders and low-key rural charm yet there is a lot
more that is offered for the travellers in Australia.
Australia offers a huge range of travel experiences that ranges from the
blue mountains, the Tasmanian wilderness ,the cosmopolitan culture of
Sydney, pristine beaches of Perth and how can one forget the Golden City ,
Kalgoorlie in Western Australia it is not only Australia's largest producer
of gold but has the world's largest political electorate .
with a population of nearly 300 000 is Australia's capital
and only major inland city. Australia is a land of the unexpected due to its
vast size, amazing natural wealth, awesome scenery and exotic plant and
animal life. Remember this, after all, is Australia, 'The land of no
Australia - The Land Down Under, World's smallest continent, sixth-largest
country and the land full of contrast - vast, boundless and diverse. Located
between the 110 and 155 degrees of longitude, about ten degrees south of the
equator. Australia consists of two land masses: mainland Australia and
Tasmania. It lies in the Southern Hemisphere and Australia's nearest
neighbour is Papua New Guinea and 1920km west of New Zealand.
Its landscape ranges from desert and bushland in the central areas to rain
forest in the North, to snowfields in the South East.Coastal areas are
greener and much wetter. Many of the animals are unique and can not be found
anywhere else in the world.
Overcrowded prisons in England and disruption caused by the American
Revolution were two key reasons for the first shipment of convicts to the
great southern land. It was the explorer and botanist Joseph Banks who, in
1779, suggested that New South Wales would be a fine site for a penal
For more than 50,000 thousand years, Australia's Aboriginal people have
lived and thrived in Australia's unique and challenging natural environment.
Australia's rich vegetation and native wildlife helped them establish their
presence on the land. Today it is believed that the Aboriginals are the
world's oldest civilisation.
This experience set in a land that for a hundred years remained at the ends
of the world's transportation and communication lines bred a special
frontier spirit and independent attitude. It persists today in every Aussie,
who would "never let a mate down."