I have lived in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for over fifteen years now, I emigrated from New Zealand with my husband and two children. I love Australia and I am going to share some of the reasons why in this page.
Australia has a population of 18,508,000 (roughly 0.3% of the worlds population), 94% European, 4.5% Asian and 1.5% Aboriginal. The term "The Land Down Under" most probably originated because Australia lies in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia is the only country in the world that occupies a whole continent. Australia is sparsely populated, with the bulk of population concentrated along the east, southeast and southwest coasts.
The total area of Australia is 7,682,292 square kilometers (2,966,133 square miles). 3,200 kilometers north to south and 4,000 kilometers east to west. Australia is the worlds sixth largest country, just a bit smaller than the U.S.A.
|ABORIGINAL DANCERS - WATTLE (NATIVE FLOWER)|
Lieutenant James Cook (to be promoted to Captain) landed on the Australian shore at Botany Bay on April 28, 1770. The First Fleet in 1787, Britain's prisons were overcrowded so 732 convicts along with 641 civilians were shipped to Port Jackson, New South Wales which was later to become known as Sydney. This landing took place on January 26, 1788 and each year on this day, (Australia Day), it is declared a holiday to commemorate the landing of the first settlers. It is believed that Aboriginal people migrated to Australia from South-East Asia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. Aborigines traditionally were hunters, moving from area to area with seasons. Aborigines are very expressive in their songs, art and dance. Estimation of Aborigine population in 1788 was between 250,000 and 750,000. The new settlers to Australia ruthlessly pushed the Aborigines off the tribal land, in bid to set up land for farming and mining. A huge influx of migrants to Australia arrived in the 1850's when Gold was discovered.
|KANGAROO and JOEY - KOALAS|
The Australian flag, has the Union Jack (the British flag) - represents the past link with England, the seven pointed stars - represents the states and territories of Australia. The Australian Coat of Arms is displayed above to the left and the Queensland Coat of Arms to the right. Australia's national anthem is called "Advance Australia Fair", which you can hear playing in the background. The national symbol is the Kangaroo. The national flower the Wattle is displayed above. Chief of State is Queen Elizabeth II, represented by The Governor General, Peter Hollingworth. Head of Government is The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.
|CRIMSON ROSELLA - KOOKABURRA - SWIFT PARROT|
States and territory captials are:- New South Wales - Sydney, Victoria - Melbourne, South Australia - Adelaide, Western Australia - Perth, Tasmania - Hobart, Northern Territory - Darwin, Australian Capital Territory - Canberra and Queensland - Brisbane (which is were I live). Queensland is almost one-quarter of the continent, four times the size of California in U.S.A. Queensland is sub-tropical, with the most breathtaking scenery, magnificent beaches and the Great Barrier Reef, which has the largest mass of coral in the world.
Australia is a very beautiful country as you will see by the photos I have displayed, it is a land of many different adventures, like Mountain Climbing, Native Rainforest Tours, Water Sports, Skiing, Outback Tours, Bungy Jumping, Skydriving, Horse Trekking, Hand Gliding, just to name a few.
|SYDNEY HARBOUR - MELBOURNE (BY NIGHT)|
Australia is a great sporting country and is well known on the international circiut with mens and womens sports including field hockey, soccer, swimming and track and field events. Australia has hosted many international sports over the years including Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Swimming Championships, America's Cup and the Grand Prix. If you click on the logo to the left, which is above, it is the official Sydney 2000 Olympics website. The Olympic mascots are on the right, "Olly" the Kookaburra, "Syd" the Platypus and "Millie" the Echidna. Another major event is Australia's Melbourne Cup a "Horse Race That Stops the Nation". Visitors from all over the world converge to Melbourne for the Spring Racing carnival, on the first Tuesday of November the annual horse race takes place. All over Australia work stops for the event. The television viewing audience is estimated to be 500,000,000 people spread over 120 countries. The Foster's Melbourne Cup is Australia's richest horse race with total prize money of over $3,000,000 with the first prize being $1,800,000 plus trophies valued at $35,000. The Melbourne Cup owners trophy is a 3-handled "Loving Cup" in 9 carat gold and is valued at $32,500.
|AYERS ROCK - GREAT BARRIER REEF|
The Australian Wildlife has got to be some of the finest in the world, as you will see by the photos I have displayed. The Kangaroo with her Joey, the Koalas who live in eucalyptus trees and sleep about 18 hours per day, the magnificent colours in the native birds and all their different calls. There are just a few members of the wildlife family I am not to keen on though Snakes, Spiders of the poison variety and Crocodiles.
|BRISBANE - GOLD COAST|
Opal mining is big in parts of Australia and is exported around the world, some of Australia's other major exports are Coal, Grain, Lamb, Beef, Sugar and Wine. I hope this will create a picture for you of what a beautiful and thriving country Australia is.
AUSTRALIAN LINKS OF INTEREST
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CHRISTMAS IN AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS CAROL
AUSTRALIAN POEM ONE: MY COUNTRY
AUSTRALIAN POEM TWO: THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER
AUSTRALIAN POEM THREE: THE BUSHRANGERS
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