Australia

Australia is the oldest continent on the planet and the land of G’days, no worries and great vibes. Commonly referred to as the land “Down Under,” Australia has over 11,000 miles of pristine coastline, some of the best reefs and lagoons in the world including the Great Barrier Reef, arid deserts, stunning rock formations like Ayers Rock, dense rainforests, and more sunshine than most other places. It’s no wonder 10 million people visit every single year!

Before European settlers arrived on the continent in 1606, the country was inhabited by Aboriginal Australians, whose ancestors arrived from southeast Asia some 65,000 years ago. Although their numbers greatly declined when European settlers arrived, Aboriginal Australians still live in Australia, and maintain some of the longest-known continuing artistic and religious traditions in the world, making Australia a great place to experience true Aboriginal traditions, language, culture, and food.

Although it is the largest country in Oceania, with only 25 million residents, 95% of the country is completely uninhabited! A large swath of Australia is therefore a remote wilderness with an an estimated 250 species of mammal, 550 species of birds, 680 species of reptile, 2,000 species of fish, and, finally, 200,000 different species of insect. Australia’s range of climates and landscapes make for some of the best-evolved animals on the planet, and over 80% of Australian fauna and flora aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, wombats, koalas, and platypus.

If you’re looking for tropical rainforests, barren deserts, snowcapped mountain ranges, or endless wetlands –you can find it all in Australia. In fact, between the six states in the country – New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania – you can find every type of landscape imaginable! The southeastern coast, including Tasmania, and the southwestern coast of the country are considered temperate, while the north coast is tropical. The east coast is subtropical, and much of the center of the country is desert or grassland.

Australia is home to some of the world’s most impressive natural wonders, including the 12 Apostles (natural rock formations on the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne), Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef (visible even from outer space), Kata Tjuta, and Millaa Millaa Falls. They say you need an entire year to see the whole country without missing the best bits, but six weeks is the magic number for many visitors. It is also home to several amazing cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Perth, and world famous buildings and sports venues like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney and Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Australian Open Tennis Center.

Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Australia. Don’t take our word for it – come and see for yourself!


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