Travel To Australia – Down Under
Australia is the smallest continent in the world, but at the same time, the world’s largest island. It the home of the Aborigines, the original people of Australia. It is an independent Western democracy with a population of more than 17.6 million. It is one of the world’s most urbanized countries, with about 70% of the population living in the 10 largest cities. Most of the population is concentrated along the eastern seaboard and the south-eastern corner of the continent. Australia is the only nation to occupy an entire continent. Australia’s six States are New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
The two largest cities in Australia are, in descending order, Melbourne and Sydney. However, the city of Canberra is Australia’s capital.
Languages: English 80.0%, Chinese 2.1%, Italian 1.9%, Greek 1.4%
Religion: Christianity 68.0%, Buddhism 1.9%, Islam 1.5%, No religion 25.3%
The climate in Australia is generally arid to semiarid; temperate in the south and east; and tropical in north.
Natural Resources: bauxite, coal, iron ore, copper, tin, gold, silver, uranium, nickel, tungsten, mineral sands, lead, zinc, diamonds, natural gas, and petroleum
There are a number of great attractions in Australia.
Sydney Opera House: In Sydney, this Opera House was established in 1973. It is the center of many recreational and cultural activities, including opera, ballet, drama, music, and dancing. The Opera House contains a concert hall, a drama theater, a larger opera theater, an auditorium, and a cinema.
Other Attractions in Sydney: Sydney Harbor Bridge, Tarango Zoo, and the Darling Harbor.
Great Barrier Reef: Visible from the moon, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure. Many visitors flock to see the magical underwater world and its natural attractions. There are over 2600 separate reefs, 1500 varieties of fish and 350 types of coral amid the crystal-clear waters.
Australia is an island continent, located southeast of Asia. With the nearby island of Tasmania it forms the Commonwealth of Australia. From east to west the commonwealth extends for about 4025 km, and for 3700 km from north to south. Click here to see a map of Australia.
The Australian Dollar is the currency in Australia, whereas one US dollar equals approximately 1.6 Australian Dollars. For actual conversion rates, visit Oanda.com and perform a conversion for ‘the Australian Dollar.’
Passport and visa are required.