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About Australia

Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities  Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide  are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the "Bush Capital." The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Only In Australia
A collection of stories, facts and myths that could only happen in Australia.

Australia's National Identity
Donald Horne's famous phrase 'the lucky country' have been used in numerous ways to describe everything that is great about our nation.

Extreme Australia
Australia's biggest, smallest, oldest, highest, hottest, coldest, highest.

Australia's National Anthem
The story of "Advance Australia Fair" - Australia's National Anthem.

Australian Culture
Australia is one of the world's most multicultural countries, encompassing everyone from the world's oldest culture, to newly arrived migrants.

Mysteries and Myths
Australian recorded history is peppered with myths, legends, far fetched stories, as well as an equal number of facts that are stranger than fiction.

Flags of Australia
The flags - and the stories behind the flags - of Australia, its states, territories and dependencies - both past and present.

Australia's Currency
Australia's national currency is the Australian dollar (AUD) which comes in polymer (plastic) notes, as well as silver and bronze coins for denominations of $2 and less.

National Icons
Australia's national icons range from the sublime to the commonplace - from stunning natural and man-made wonders to humble food items like Aussie meat pies and a yeast-based spread called vegemite.

Ghost Towns of Australia
Just about every 19th century ghost town in Australia burst into life and faded into oblivion just as quickly as a result of mining, particularly gold mining. Some gold mining towns with a short productive life declined significantly in the decades after the gold rush as other towns in the district continued to grow.

Self Proclaimed States
Over the years there has been a plethora of individuals who have decided to secede from the Commonwealth of Australia and create independent nations and principalities.

The Names of Australia
Names say a lot about a place, and Australia has some very interesting place names that reflect the diversities of the cultures and people who have contributed to its development and uniqueness.

How Big? How Hot?
Australia is the planet's sixth largest country after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil. The Australian continent is almost as long as it is wide, a land of extremes with temperatures ranging from highs of 40°C to below freezing.

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