Covering a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres, mainland Australia is the world's largest island - but smallest continent. That said, Australia is big - in distance, the continent stretches about 3700 kilometres from north to south and 4000 kilometres from east to west, making it the sixth-largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States and Brazil. Because it stretches through numerous climate zones - from tropical to temperate - Australia offers a diversity of environments, scenery and climatic conditions rarely found elsewhere in a single destination. Whatever your areas of interest - sightseeing, natural attractions, historical places, outdoor activities - chances are you can see it or do it somewhere in Australia.

All 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.

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

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.

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.

Motoring In Australia
Australians love their cars and enjoy nothing better than climbing aboard and going for a drive.

Trains, Boats and Planes
Moments in time in the development of transport in Australia.

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.

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