Australia is a vast country affluent, multicultural and it is laced with natural splendor.
Australia has a land area of about 7.692 million square kms.
This is just 5 per cent of the world’s land mass (149.45 million square kms), it is the sixth largest country after Canada, Brazil, the United states of America, china, Russia, and Brazil. Australia is surrounded with water completely and it is the only nation of the largest six, whichis blessed with this quality.
The land mass of Australia is:
- almost equal to that of the United States of America
- about 50 per cent greater than that of Europe, and
- 32 times greater if compared with that of United Kingdom.
Geographical and climatic Features
Australia if compared with the continents of the world, is the smallest! It is the flattest, the lowest, and except Antarctica the driest.
New South Wales boasts of having Mount Kosciuszko which is the highest peakin the mainland of Australia, It stands at an astounding height of 2228m above mean sea level. While at 15m below mean sea level, Lake Eyre’s dry bed in South Australia qualifies as the lowest.
Small islands to the tune of thousands along with several larger ones surround Tasmania as well as the mainland. Island coastlines constitutes around 40 percent of total coastline.Being an island country the importance of coastlines lies in defining the state, territory and national boundaries.
Desert forms around 20 percent of the entire landmass of Australia.Though Australia experiences low average rainfall annually it varies across the country. Tropical region and a part of coastal areas has intense rainfall while the overall rainfall pattern in the continent’s huge barren core is concentric.
There is a great variance in Climate zones ranging from deserts, cool and calm temperature forests and tropical rainforests to snow clad mountains.The flora and fauna has slowly adapted to the existing dry climatic conditions coupled with high variability and has evolved accordingly on a continent that is otherwise geographically isolated. The uniqueness of flora and fauna of Australia is partly contributed by the various climatic features.
Arts & Culture
Throughout the length and breadth of the country you will come across several music festivals, movie launch, opening of huge art galleries, live concerts by rock bands which will never let you come across a dull moment.Gone are the days when ‘cultural cringe’ swayed this country wherein any indigenous product was not considered up to the mark. Nowadays things are completely different. Aboriginal arts especially painting as well as dance have stood the testing times and even today are quite captivating and enthralling.
Food & Drink
Australia has a multi ethnic synthesis of European methods and fresh Pacific-rim constituents – alias ‘Mod Oz’ (Modern Australian). The starring role is played by Sea Food – from delicate King George Whiting to luscious Morton Bay Bugs. Enjoying the chill of beer in hand, you’ll find Aussie barbecues full of sumptuous beef, chicken and lamb. Even if beer is not your cup of tea the wines of Australia are classics: The cool climate Tasmanian sauvignon Blanc,succinct Barossa Valley Shiraz and Hunter Valley Semillon not just this outstanding whisky is also produced in Tasmania. If your taste buds crave for the hit of caffeine there is no scarcity of cafes, the petrol stations are acquainted with coffee machines, and the downtown has baristas coffee carts.
Furthermost Australians animate along the seashore, and the cities also have most of these people– around 89% of Australians, in fact. It trails that cities too are very enjoyable here. Sydney is dazzling complicity of beaches, boutiques and taverns. Melbourne is full of arts, alleys and Aussie Rubrics football. Towards the top is Brisbane- subtropical township; Adelaide has the grace of festivities and pub by composure. Boom town Perth exhales West Coast sanguinity; Canberra surpasses political schedules. While the sultry northern edge township of Darwin, and the frosty southern granite city of Hobart, couldn’t be all the more unique.
The Extensive Open Road
Across this widespread brown land a heckuva of tarmac exists. From cook town to the River Margaret, Dover to Jabiru, the finest way to escalate Australia is hitting the motorway. Hiring a Car is moderately inexpensive, road environments are commonly good, and outside the immense cities traffic diminishes away. If you plan to drive a campervan, you will find well-equipped caravan greens in most substantial towns. If you’re sensitivity isaudacious, u should rent a 4WD and drive off-road: Australia’s nationwide parks and sheltered corners are made-to-order for camping journeys down the grime road.