Welcome Down Under...
Australia is the smallest continent in the world. There are over 20 million people living in Australia. Australia is divided into six states and two territories. The capital city is Canberra, which is in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Australia is an island with most of its population living around its coastline. The coastline has many beaches and reefs that are popular with surfers and divers such as the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise. The centre of Australia is mostly desert with very little water. The famous Ayres Rock or Uluru is found here and is a popular tourist attraction.
Australian seasons are the reverse of the Europeans but the same of the Latin Americans. The summer months in Australia are from December to February and the Autumn months are during March till May. Winter is from June to August with Spring in Australia from September till November.
Queensland and the Northern Territory are located closer to the tropics and generally have warmer and humid weather all year round. New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Perth all experience the four seasons during the year. In Tasmania, the weather is colder than the rest of Australia because it is closer to Antarctica.
Australia has about 21 million people, with the main population living in the South-East and East of Australia. 70 % of Australia’s population live less than one hour from the coast. Australians love the beach and surfing. They have a wonderful relaxed lifestyle.
Australia is a multicultural country. People from around the world have migrated to Australia for many years and have brought with them their culture and wonderful food.
Australia was firstly discovered by a Dutch explorer who named it New Holland. The Dutch explorer did not think the land was very interesting and did not explore it any further. It wasn’t until 1770 when Captain James Cook came and started using and exploring the land that he renamed it ‘New England’.
After 18 years, prisoners were sent to Australia from Britain to be used as a convict colony. Because there were so many prisoners, the land from the coast to the Blue Mountains was not enough and they needed to search for more land to fit them. This was when the first started to explore the other side of the Blue Mountains.
Between 1851 and 1852, goldfields were discovered in Victoria and New South Wales. This discovery attracted thousands of people that came to Australia to try their luck at finding gold.
In 1901, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia was started. The parliament was established as a federation of six states and two territories.
Canberra was chosen as the capital of Australia as they could not decide between Sydney and Melbourne.
There are more than 40 millions of kangaroos in Australia now. This is more than the total population of Australia! There are about 140 million sheep. That's why Australia is worldwide famous for their wool quality.
Australia has the longest fence in the world. The fence is called the ‘Dingo Fence’ and is 5,531 kilometres long! The fence is only 1.8 meters tall with no gaps. It runs through the middle of Queensland and was built to protect the sheep from the dingo, an Australia dog
In Western Australia, they have the longest straight road in the world. It is 148 kilometres long!
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia with a population of around 1.6 million in the greater metropolitan area. The city is located in the southeast corner of Queensland and is 960 km north of Sydney and 97 km north of the Gold Coast. Greater Brisbane comprises over 180 suburbs and localities and covers an area of 1,141 sq. km.
Brisbane is a river city making full use of its enviable environment. The Brisbane River winds gently through the city and serves as a delightful way to explore the area. And there is so much to explore.
A day in Brisbane might include international standard shopping in the Queen Street Mall; a swim, rainforest walk and lunch at South Bank Parklands; feeding dolphins at Tangalooma, then in the evening dine in world class restaurants and finish with a late night river cruise.
But there's more! Take some time to discover the Botanical Gardens, take an enchanting stroll through Fortitude Valley and Chinatown and a cruise out to the Bay Islands. With so much to do you may need to stay a while longer!
Brisbane has a subtropical climate with temperatures ranging between 20-29 C in summer and a very pleasant 9-20 C in winter. Brisbane has 242 glorious days a year of sunshine.
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Great Barrier Reef
Take a step back and smile as The Great Barrier Reef takes your breath away. With stunning coral reefs, colourful marine life and a rainbow of blue water as far as the eye can see, it’s a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.
The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2300kms - from Tropical North Queensland in the north, right down to Bundaberg in the south.
The Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible from various access points, including Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Seventeen Seventy and Bundaberg.
At approximately 350 000 kms2 in size, the Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space!
The Great Barrier Reef provides world-class experiences including scuba-diving, snorkelling, sailing, bare boating, cruise shipping and expedition cruising.
The original site of World Expo in 1988, South Bank is filled with parklands, plazas, and promenades.
Located directly opposite the CBD, Streets Beach is at the center of this riverside paradise. A swim in the human-made lagoon is a popular choice on a warm Brisbane day.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the state of Queensland, the Wheel of Brisbane was opened in 2009.
The giant Ferris wheel offers an exciting 60-minute bird's eye view over the river and city during the day or night.
Animals make the world a better place! And, Australian animals are some of the most unique species on the planet. Did you know that over 80% of the creatures that call Australia home are only found here?
In Queensland, they are lucky to have some pretty awesome locals! In fact, Australian wildlife encounters are everywhere here. It’s like a zoo without fences!
On the Sunshine Coast, be sure to take some time out for Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo and witness crocs in action.
From June through November on the Fraser Coast, you can wave at humpback whales, as thousands migrate up the east coast of Australia to holiday in the warmer waters.
From October to March witness the circle of life in action as sea turtles hit our Eastern shores to lay their eggs, and later see the hatchlings start their 100-year journey.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
There's nothing quite like cuddling a koala. As the largest sanctuary in the world for Australia's iconic marsupials, a visit to Lone Pine makes for a memorable experience. Other Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles live in this compact sanctuary nestled on the Brisbane River. Daily encounters and experiences include bird of prey flight demonstrations, platypus feeding, sheep dog and shearing shows, Tasmanian devil feeding, and barn animal encounters. In addition to the ultimate 'cuddling a koala' photograph, visitors can also have a holiday snap holding a snake or baby crocodile.