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Australia

Australia is the world’s smallest continent, a stable landmass lying between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Previously home to its aboriginal peoples only, since the end of the 18th century immigration has transformed the face of the country. Initially settlers came mainly from western Europe, particularly the UK, and for years Australia remained wedded to its British colonial past. More recent immigrants have come from eastern Europe, and from Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia. Australia is now forging strong trading links with these “Pacific Rim” countries and its economic future seems to lie with Asia and the Americas, rather than Europe, its traditional partner.

Using the land

Over 104 million sheep are dispersed in vast herds around the country, contributing to a major export industry. Cattle-ranching is important, particularly in the west. Wheat, and grapes for Australia’s wine industry, are grown mainly in the south. Much of the country is desert, unsuitable for agriculture unless irrigation is used.

The landscape

Australia consists of many eroded plateaus, lying firmly in the middle of the Indo-Australian Plate. It is the world’s flattest continent, and the driest, after Antarctica. The coasts tend to be more hilly and fertile, especially in the east. The mountains of the Great Dividing Range form a natural barrier between the eastern coastal areas and the flat, dry plains and desert regions of the Australian “outback.”

Transportation & industry

Extensive mineral reserves, including coal, iron ore, gold, bauxite, and copper, once formed the heart of Australian industry, along with agricultural products. In recent years, Australia has moved from being a primary producer to a largely servicebased economy, particularly the rapidly developing tourist industry.


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Southeast Australia

New South Wa les , South Australia , Tasmania , Victoria The southeast of Australia is the most industrialized, economically stable, urbanized, and ethnically diverse region, centered on the states of Victoria and New South Wales. The first area to be extensively settled, the southeast remains the country’s focus, with the four states which comprise this region containing more than 70% of the population in only 27% of the land area. The southeast – the cultural and artistic heartland of Australia – takes in five of the country’s great cities: Sydney, the largest city; Adelaide; Melbourne; Hobart; and Canberra, the center of federal government.

Transportation & industry

Most manufacturing and service industry is based in the southeast. A thriving tourist industry contributes to 5% of GDP. The manufacture of electronic equipment, chemicals, and vehicles is complemented by the more traditional fishing, agricultural, and mining industries; iron ore and brown coal (lignite) are particularly important.

Using the land & sea

The western flanks of the Great Dividing Range and the northern deserts of South Australia support massive herds of sheep and cattle, while more intensive stockrearing occurs near the cities. Sugar cane is the most important industrial crop, and cereal grains including wheat, corn, barley, and sorghum are also grown. Grapes, citrus, and orchard fruits are among the wide range of fruit and vegetables cultivated in this region. Tasmania’s forestry and fishing contributes to over one-third of the state’s exports.

The landscape

The southern half of the Great Dividing Range runs parallel to the eastern coast of Victoria and New South Wales as far as Tasmania, which, though divided from the mainland is part of the same mountain chain. South Australia comprises the Australian shield and half of the dry, flat Nullarbor Plain. The Murray/Darling river basin is the only major river system.

Facts about Australia

Administrative divisions: 6 states and 2 territories*; Australian Capital Territory* , New South Wales , Northern Territory* , Queensland , South Australia , Tasmania , Victoria , Western Australia
Area: total: 7 ,686 ,850 sq km land: 7 ,617 ,930 sq km water: 68 ,920 sq km note: includes Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island
Background: Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40 ,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770 , when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades , Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive , advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990s , a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s. Long-term concerns include climate-change issues such as the depletion of the ozone layer and more frequent droughts , and management and conservation of coastal areas , especially the Great Barrier Reef.
Flag description: blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and a large seven-pointed star in the lower hoist-side quadrant known as the Commonwealth or Federation Star , representing the federation of the colonies of Australia in 1901; the star depicts one point for each of the six original states and one representing all of Australia's internal and external territories; on the fly half is a representation of the Southern Cross constellation in white with one small five-pointed star and four larger , seven-pointed stars
Capital: name: Canberra geographic coordinates: 35 17 S , 149 13 E time difference: UTC+10 (15 hours ahead of Washington , DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr , begins last Sunday in October; ends last Sunday in March note: Australia is divided into three time zones
Climate: generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north
Currency code: Australian dollar (AUD)
Ethnic groups: white 92% , Asian 7% , aboriginal and other 1%
Geographic coordinates: 27 00 S , 133 00 E
Geography note: world's smallest continent but sixth-largest country; population concentrated along the eastern and southeastern coasts; the invigorating sea breeze known as the "Fremantle Doctor" affects the city of Perth on the west coast , and is one of the most consistent winds in the world
Government type: federal parliamentary democracy
Imports partners: China 14.3% , US 12.9% , Japan 9.6% , Singapore 6.1% , Germany 5.2% , UK 4.4% , Thailand 4% (2007)
Internet country code: .au
Land boundaries: 25 ,760 km
Neighbouring countries: 0 km
Languages: English 79.1% , Chinese 2.1% , Italian 1.9% , other 11.1% , unspecified 5.8% (2001 Census)
Location: Oceania , continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean
Map references: Oceania
National holiday: Australia Day , 26 January (1788); ANZAC Day (commemorated as the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli , Turkey) , 25 April (1915)
Nationality: noun: Australian(s) adjective: Australian
Natural hazards: cyclones along the coast; severe droughts; forest fires
Population: 21 ,007 ,310 (July 2008 est.)
Religions: Catholic 26.4% , Anglican 20.5% , other Christian 20.5% , Buddhist 1.9% , Muslim 1.5% , other 1.2% , unspecified 12.7% , none 15.3% (2001 Census)
Terrain: mostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in southeast
Unemployment rate: 4.4% (2007 est.)

Capital of Commonwealth of Australia

Canberra (click to view Canberra map)

Places in Australia

Browse the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of administrative regions and Street views in Australia. Regions are sorted in alphabetical order from level 1 to level 2 and eventually up to level 3 regions.

Australian Capital Territory (16 google map locations)
New-Liverpool city Google map
Northern Territory (50 google map locations)
State of New South Wales (2879 google map locations)
State of Queensland (1793 google map locations)
State of South Australia (914 google map locations)
State of Tasmania (517 google map locations)
State of Victoria (2438 google map locations)
State of Western Australia (941 google map locations)

Random cities in Australia

Canberra, the capital city of Australia.


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