Australia is known for its long beaches and huge waves that attract daring surfers from all over the world. But the great country is much more than surfing and beaches. These include lightning-fast, up to six meters long saltwater crocodiles, cute koalas, eucalyptus trees in a variety of varieties and modern, multicultural cities.
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Population: 22.5 mill.
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Australia’s geography and population
The distances in Australia are enormous. The country is the sixth largest in the world, and is not just a country but at the same time an entire continent. The country and the continent are located in the southern hemisphere northwest of New Zealand and south of Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea. Although Australia’s area is only slightly smaller than Europe’s, the population is no more than 20 million, which means there is plenty of space. By comparison, over 700 million people live in Europe. Most Australians are of British descent, but there are also descendants of other Europeans, as well as some Asians and almost half a million Aborigines. Aborigines are the name of Australia’s indigenous people that the adventurer and author Bruce Chatwin made famous in his 1988 book Dream Trail. Visit picktrue.com for Australia different animals and nature.
Attractions in Australia
Most Australians live in larger cities, but Australian nature has its own magical appeal. The trip to Australia should include a visit to the Blue Mountains National Park. The park is 60 km from Sydney and attracts countless visitors with its wooded, pointed cliffs wrapped in a bluish veil of moisture from the oil in the leaves of eucalyptus trees.
Then continue your holiday in New South Wales where you can experience kangaroos and aboriginal cave paintings in Mutawintji National Park and go exploring in the Australian Capital Territory with the capital Canberra. In Queensland you can feed dolphins outside Brisbane and get really close to the sea turtles at the fascinating Great Barrier Reef. South Australia with Adelaide as the outpost offers wonderful culinary experiences, in the Northern Territory you can drink beer in Darwin and follow in the footsteps of Crocodile Dundee in Kakadu National Park. Also do not miss the red Central Australian desert or the state of Victoria where the lively city of millions of Melbourne attracts with exciting markets and cross-border art in Carlton. There is also the opportunity to see penguins on a slack line on Phillip Island together with koalas and seals.
Attractions in Sydney
Sydney’s opera house is known all over the world – and not least in Denmark. The white arches stand like tense sails at the tip of Bennelong Point, while a couple of opera guests look out over the Sydney Harbor Bridge, which lies like a shining band over the harbor entrance. Jørn Utzon’s architectural achievement is admired with undiminished strength as one of the world’s new wonders. Sydney’s more than four million inhabitants are visited by millions of people every year – and they do not come just to look at the architecture. In one of the world’s most beautifully located cities, there is also the opportunity to swim and surf in the Pacific waves and sunbathe on Bondi Beach, which can be the starting point for an evening walk in the city when darkness falls.
Attractions in Tasmania
The holiday island and the state of Tasmania are separated from the mainland by the 200 km wide Bass Strait and provide a variety of changing landscapes: dense rainforests, mountainous areas with rushing rivers, white sandy beaches and vineyards as well as national parks that sound like the roar of the Tasmanian marsupials. Do not go home without experiencing Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park with the legendary The Overland Track – an 80 km long hiking trail from northern to southern Tasmania – or the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, Freycinet and Southwest National Parks.
Climate and weather Australia
On this page you can read about the climate and weather in Australia. See for example temperature and precipitation for the capital Canberra.
Large parts of Australia have a desert climate with extensive savannah areas. However, the northern parts have a tropical climate with rainforests and grasslands. In southern Australia, which is the most populous, the climate is temperate. Ocean currents such as El Niño cause the country to be affected by cyclones and periodic droughts.