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 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.
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.