Australia - a brief overview
Australia is a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests.
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometre. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated the population to be 23,850,097 on the 11th June, 2015
Australia has 16 world heritage listed properties with its historic townships, bustling cities, vivid landscapes and exotic flora and fauna all adding to its unique appeal.
Much of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world and the lifestyle is one second to none.
The culture and customs consists of a rich tapestry of nationalities including traditions, legends, myths and folklore. The indigenous 'Dream time' forms the base of tens of thousands of years of spiritual aboriginal art and culture.
In Australia over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken, including 45 indigenous languages. The most commonly spoken languages (other than English) are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
Australia is made up of six states and two territories – see the map below:
How BIG is Australia?
Many tourists believe that they can visit Sydney, Melbourne and Uluru (Aires Rock) in a week. This is not possible. Australia is a BIG country with a large desert in the centre. Compare Australia with the United States.
See also the Australian Web site for valuable information about Australia.