Info on Australia
Posted on September 7, 2011 by admin
Info on Australia – general facts about Australia
Australia is an amazing country, with marvelous places to see. If you want an unforgettable vacation try one of the numerous Australian tourists destination; you can either visit some its famous cities, such as Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane or Adelaide, enjoy its beautiful beaches or discover stunning natural wonders, like the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef, the Blue Mountains, the wild Tasmania Island, Kakadu National Park, Fraser Island, Kangaroo Island or Australian Alps.
General info on Australia
Australia is the only country in the world to cover an entire continent. It is the world’s smallest continent and the world’s biggest island.
In terms of total surface, Australia is the sixth country in the world, with an area of 7,6 million square km. It is located on the Southern Hemisphere, on the Indo-Australian Plate.
Australia is surrounded by oceans and seas on all sides. It has access to the South Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean and to the following seas: Timor, Coral, Tasman and Arafura. Australia is also the flattest continent in the world.
The Australian coastline measures 37000 kilometers and has more than 11000 beaches. There’s no other country in the world with so many beaches and such a long coastline. The Australian beaches are known to be some of the best in the world and the favorite spots for many surfers.
As a general info on Australia, you should know that over 20 million people live here. The majority of them – over 80% – live in the cities, located close to the coast. Australia also has the lowest population density in the world, with only 2 people/square km.
Australia has more desert than any other continent – two thirds of its total surface is covered by desert, with arid or semi-arid areas. This is why Australia holds another world record – it is the world’s driest inhabited continent.
Some of the most stunning natural wonders worth seeing in Australia are the Great Barrier Reef, the Ningaloo Reef and Fraser Island.
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site and is also considered to be among the seven natural wonders of the world; it is the world’s second largest reef with a length of over 2000 km.
Another World Heritage Site, the Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, with more than 100 freshwater lakes (with some of the cleanest water in the world) and sand hills that sometimes reach a height of 240 meters.
Ningaloo Reef is located in Western Australia and is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. Here you can observe some unusual species of fish, stunning corals, humpback whales and sharks.
Before deciding on your vacation destination read some info on Australia and its wonderful places to see. You can rest assured that here you will find anything you want for a perfect holiday.