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Hamilton Island Hamilton Island is located in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands just off the Queensland coast and at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Read More »
Sea World Would you like to make contact with marine life wonders like dolphins, seals, sharks and polar bears at Australia’s SEA WORLD? Read More »
Sydney Harbour Bridge One of Australia’s icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and is considered an engineering masterpiece that took six years to build. Climb to the top and enjoy the view! Read More »
Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland’s Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise is where you’ll find the perfect fusion of city and beach lifestyles set amidst a spectacular skyline and brilliant stretch of coast. Read More »
Bondi Beach Australia’s Bondi Beach is well known for its great sandy beach, as well as its surf. It is a modern and trendy coastal resort, which is very popular. Bondi Beach has a number of cafes and restaurants which look out over the beach and makes a great place to stay and visit. Read More »
Great Barrier Reef One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. Read More »
Uluru Uluru is located in the Kata Tjuta National Park, a vast expanse with an area over 311,000 acres. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world. It is made of arkosic sandstone and rises 348 metres above the desert floor. If you want to walk around it, it is 9.4 kilometers (5.84 miles). Read More »
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Australia | The Land Down Under

Australia’s first settlers were a dark-skinned race of hunters and food-gatherers who arrived via raft or canoe from southeast Asia probably 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. At the time of European settlement the aboriginal population numbered between 300,000 and one million people, whose complex and distinctive culture was shaped by a severe environment. They had no agriculture and used only stone age tools.

Geography of Australia

Australia is distinguished by being the largest island in the world and the smallest continent. Australia is the only continent occupied by one nation. It is, of course, and island, and is only 2% smaller than continental United States. Its population is around 22 million, compared to over 300 million inhabiting the United States. Australia is the sixth largest country in area after Russia, Canada, China, the US and Brazil. The coast of Australia is washed by the indian ocean on the west and the southern Pacific Ocean on the east. The shoreline extends 23,000 miles.

About 40 percent of Australia is north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It lies 6,467 miles from the west coast of the United States. Australia is also one of the oldest and flattest of the continents. Australia's average elevation is about 900 ft compared to around 2,200 ft as a world average. Rocks from the Murchison River area of Western Australia date to 4.2 billion years ago, and rocks from the northwest corner of Western Australia contain the oldest remains of life, fossil bacteria-like organisms 3.5 billion years old. Australia is tectonically quite, without much volcanic or severe earthquake activity.

Australian Landforms

There are three major structural divisions of the Australian continent. These are the stable Western Shield, the gently warped Central Basin, and the Eastern Uplands. The Western Shield is one vast ancient crustal block about 980 ft above sea level. It emerges from Western Australia's coastal plain and covers about half the continent. A famous outcrop which interrupts monotony of the plateau is Ayers Rock in the central desert. It is a huge monolith, commonly regarded as the largest in the world. The Western Shield makes up most of the 1 million square miles that is covered by windblown sand. Much of it, including the Nullabor Plain, is without a river.

The Central Basin is a great lowland belt extending from the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north to the coast of Victoria in the south. it averages 490 feet above sea level. Much of the drainage is internal, to Lake Eyre in South Australia, a 540,000 square mile tectonic depression that dates back 200 million years and was much larger in the Tertiary and Pleistocene. Usually, lake Eyre is a dry saltpan, but it fills with water after heavy rains, most recently in 1988. Its basin at the lowest point is 50 feet below sea level. Cretaceous fossils indicate that the Central Basin was covered by the sea relatively recently in geological history. Gibber-strewn plains cover 100,000 square miles around the Simpson Desert.

The Eastern Uplands (of Highlands), which average around 3,000 feet in elevation, extend along the eastern rim of the continent from Cape York to Tasmania. The Highlands were differentially uplifted in the Tertiary and are more commonly referred to as the Great Dividing Range. This range hugs the edge of the continent 31 to 248 miles from the eastern coast. Rivers to the east drain into the Pacific Ocean, whereas poorly watered western slopes drain internally or into Australia's largest river system, the Murray-Darling. The southeastern area of the Great Dividing Range is known as the Australian Alps and includes Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko which peaks at 7,308 feet. The region contains the only areas of Australia to be glaciated during the Pleistocene.

Posted on 07 Mar 2011   Sydney

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the great building of the 20th Century. It is located at the far end of East Circular Quay, and is breathtaking in its beauty against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Thought by some to echo the many sails visible in Sydney Harbour, it was actually a fall of segmented orange that inspired... Read More »
Posted on 06 Mar 2011

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is located in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands just off the Queensland coast and at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday islands offering an idyllic island experience. It is a place to experience everything tropical and coral fringed beaches provide the backdrop for an relaxing tropical holiday. The... Read More »
Posted on 06 Mar 2011

Hayman Island

Hayman Island is one of Australia's most beautiful tropical islands, and contains on of the the leading hotels in the world. The Hayman Island Resort is one of the most sought after five star destinations in Australia. Read More »
Posted on 05 Mar 2011

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock can be found in the Kata Tjuta National Park, which is a vast Australian expanse with an area over 311,000 acres. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world and is made of arkosic sandstone. Ayers Rock rises 348 metres above the desert floor. If you want to walk around it, it is 9.4 kilometers... Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Bondi Beach

Australia's Bondi Beach is well known for its great sandy beach, as well as its surf. It is a modern and trendy coastal resort, which is very popular. Bondi Beach has a number of cafes and restaurants which look out over the beach and makes a great place to stay and visit. Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of Australia’s icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and is considered an engineering masterpiece that took six years to build. The bridge links the city to North Sydney, linking the two most important commercial hubs in the city. It is made of steel and contains 6 million hand driven rivets. It requires a team of... Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island is an uninhabited coral island amongst Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave Lagoon’s amazing colours and beauty are  magnificent, boasting an abundance of coral, fish and turtles. There are a few tour operators offering fully guided tours of the reef. They give you the opportunity to slip into the warm tropical waters which are simply perfect... Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Uluru

Uluru is located in the Kata Tjuta National Park, a vast Australian expanse with an area over 311,000 acres. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world. It is made of arkosic sandstone and rises 348 metres above the desert floor. If you want to walk around it, it is 9.4 kilometers (5.84 miles). Sunset and sunrise... Read More »
Posted on 25 Jan 2011

Kakadu National Park

Cutting along the south eastern side of Kakadu is the Arnhem Land which is also Aboriginal land, for which you need a permit to enter it. Read More »
Posted on 23 Jan 2011

How to Get A Girl to Like You

The industry of personal development has rapidly grown since Dale Carnegie’s bestseller “How to Make Friends and Influence People” was released in 1937. Since then we’ve seen hundreds of self help gurus emerge, many coming from differing angles. On of particular interest to the traveler is the notion of how to get girls to like you. What we do... Read More »
Posted on 22 Jan 2011

Manly Beach

Manly was one of the first places in Australia to get a name. Soon after his arrival in Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson) in 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip began exploring the harbour in search of fresh water. Read More »
Posted on 22 Jan 2011

Byron Bay

Located on Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Shire is well known for its premier music festivals, amazing beaches, imposing lighthouse, lush hinterland, and alternate healing practices. Drawn to the area’s relaxed lifestyle; a massive migration of people has occurred in the last 10 years, transforming it into a centre for arts, education, alternative health, surfing, music and food. Byron... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011   Blue Mountains

Katoomba

Originally names Crushers but renamed a year later, Katoomba stands at an elevation of 1017 metres in the Wold Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. It is the principal tourist destination and residential area in the region and has excellent accommodation and facilities. While in town, stroll the main street and drop into the Paragon Cafe, which is a heritage listed 1930′s... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011

Jenolan Caves

These amazing caves were carved out of limestone 400 million years ago, around about Larry King’s 5th Birthday. They’re one of the most long and winding underground limestone cave systems in the whole wide world. There are over 300 different caves within the system, and nine of them are open to the public. You can only enter the caves... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011

Faulconbridge

Located 10 miles north-west of Glenbrook, this scenic town features the Corridor of Oaks which is a line of trees which have each been planted by a Prime Minister. There is also the grave of Sir Henry Parkes, who is considered the father of federation, in the cemetary he established. There is also the stone cottage where renowned Australian... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011

Australian Museum

Established in 1927, the present complex is an intriguing mix of Victorian museum and 21st century educational centre. It houses several unique natural history collections as well as a supurb display of indigenous Australian culture, with lots of hands-on activities and weekly sessions of Aboriginal music and dance. Things to look out for are the Dinosaurs Alive exhibition and the renowned spider... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

The Rocks

The Rocks is a part of Sydney just teeming with history. In colonial times, this part of town was frequented by the rough side of colonial society, it is now a picturesque living museum. Divided by the Harbour Bridge, it is littered with historic buildings and traditional style pubs. The old Sailor’s Home is where you will find the... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the great building of the 20th Century. It is located at the far end of East Circular Quay, and is breathtaking in its beauty against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Thought by some to echo the many sails visible in Sydney Harbour, it was actually a fall of segmented orange that inspired... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

Circular Quay

From the moment that Sydney was declared a settlement, Circular Quay has been a place where it’s all happening. With many journeys beginning and ending here, it is a major junction for bus, rail and ferry transport and a natural meeting place. There is live entertainment across Circular Quay in the form of buskers and street performers, while many... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

Brisbane River

A boat trip on the Brisbane River is a must. Plenty of tours are available to riverside tourist attractions and there is an excellent commuter ferry and catamaran (CityCat) service. Read More »
Posted on 06 Mar 2011

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is located in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands just off the Queensland coast and at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday islands offering an idyllic island experience. It is a place to experience everything tropical and coral fringed beaches provide the backdrop for an relaxing tropical holiday. The... Read More »
Posted on 06 Mar 2011

Hayman Island

Hayman Island is one of Australia's most beautiful tropical islands, and contains on of the the leading hotels in the world. The Hayman Island Resort is one of the most sought after five star destinations in Australia. Read More »
Posted on 06 Mar 2011

Tasmania

Tasmania is an Australian island and state located at the southern most point of Australia. It is 150 miles south of the mainland. The population of Tasmania is over 500,000 half of which live in Hobart. Much of Tasmania’s wilderness is pristine and relatively untouched. Almost 37% of Tasmania is made up of reserves, national parks and World Heritage... Read More »
Posted on 05 Mar 2011

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock can be found in the Kata Tjuta National Park, which is a vast Australian expanse with an area over 311,000 acres. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world and is made of arkosic sandstone. Ayers Rock rises 348 metres above the desert floor. If you want to walk around it, it is 9.4 kilometers... Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Bondi Beach

Australia's Bondi Beach is well known for its great sandy beach, as well as its surf. It is a modern and trendy coastal resort, which is very popular. Bondi Beach has a number of cafes and restaurants which look out over the beach and makes a great place to stay and visit. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Beach Road Hotel Bondi Beach

The Beach Road Hotel in Bondi Beach is another one of those Bondi institutions that you just have to visit in Australia. The bar has a casual, relaxed feel making it popular among backpackers and fun loving locals. The bar is open late, and on a Saturday you can spend the night partying. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Let’s Go Surfing at Bondi Beach

Want to learn how to surf at Australia's Bondi Beach? Let's Go Surfing has a team of dedicated and fully-qualified staff to help you learn to be a surfing legend... or just learn to stand up. Lessons take place on Bondi Beach and you'll be well supervised by the Let's Go Surfing instructors. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Nick’s Bondi Beach Pavillion

Nick's Bondi Beach Pavilion is in the Bondi Pavilion with breathtaking views over iconic Bondi Beach. They offer both hot and cold seafood platters of fresh Australian fish.  There is also a cocktail bar (the Life Savers Bar) where you can sip on a cocktail while you view the sunset. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Swiss Grande Resort and Spa Bondi Beach

The Swiss-Grand Resort & Spa Bondi Beach is the only five star resort on Australia's Bondi Beach. They have suite types available which start from $245 per night, which are subject to change. It is right across the road from Bondi Beach, so you won't have to travel far. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

North Bondi RSL

Just at the north end of iconic Bondi Beach, just a short walk from the waters edge, is the North Bondi RSL. Typical of Australian clubs, they offer cold beers and light entertainment, with a pretty good bistro serving snack and meals. Enjoy it all with a view over the great Bondi beach. Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of Australia’s icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and is considered an engineering masterpiece that took six years to build. The bridge links the city to North Sydney, linking the two most important commercial hubs in the city. It is made of steel and contains 6 million hand driven rivets. It requires a team of... Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island is an uninhabited coral island amongst Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave Lagoon’s amazing colours and beauty are  magnificent, boasting an abundance of coral, fish and turtles. There are a few tour operators offering fully guided tours of the reef. They give you the opportunity to slip into the warm tropical waters which are simply perfect... Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Uluru

Uluru is located in the Kata Tjuta National Park, a vast Australian expanse with an area over 311,000 acres. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world. It is made of arkosic sandstone and rises 348 metres above the desert floor. If you want to walk around it, it is 9.4 kilometers (5.84 miles). Sunset and sunrise... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011   Blue Mountains

Katoomba

Originally names Crushers but renamed a year later, Katoomba stands at an elevation of 1017 metres in the Wold Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. It is the principal tourist destination and residential area in the region and has excellent accommodation and facilities. While in town, stroll the main street and drop into the Paragon Cafe, which is a heritage listed 1930′s... Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Beach Road Hotel Bondi Beach

The Beach Road Hotel in Bondi Beach is another one of those Bondi institutions that you just have to visit in Australia. The bar has a casual, relaxed feel making it popular among backpackers and fun loving locals. The bar is open late, and on a Saturday you can spend the night partying. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Let’s Go Surfing at Bondi Beach

Want to learn how to surf at Australia's Bondi Beach? Let's Go Surfing has a team of dedicated and fully-qualified staff to help you learn to be a surfing legend... or just learn to stand up. Lessons take place on Bondi Beach and you'll be well supervised by the Let's Go Surfing instructors. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Nick’s Bondi Beach Pavillion

Nick's Bondi Beach Pavilion is in the Bondi Pavilion with breathtaking views over iconic Bondi Beach. They offer both hot and cold seafood platters of fresh Australian fish.  There is also a cocktail bar (the Life Savers Bar) where you can sip on a cocktail while you view the sunset. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Swiss Grande Resort and Spa Bondi Beach

The Swiss-Grand Resort & Spa Bondi Beach is the only five star resort on Australia's Bondi Beach. They have suite types available which start from $245 per night, which are subject to change. It is right across the road from Bondi Beach, so you won't have to travel far. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

North Bondi RSL

Just at the north end of iconic Bondi Beach, just a short walk from the waters edge, is the North Bondi RSL. Typical of Australian clubs, they offer cold beers and light entertainment, with a pretty good bistro serving snack and meals. Enjoy it all with a view over the great Bondi beach. Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of Australia’s icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and is considered an engineering masterpiece that took six years to build. The bridge links the city to North Sydney, linking the two most important commercial hubs in the city. It is made of steel and contains 6 million hand driven rivets. It requires a team of... Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island is an uninhabited coral island amongst Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave Lagoon’s amazing colours and beauty are  magnificent, boasting an abundance of coral, fish and turtles. There are a few tour operators offering fully guided tours of the reef. They give you the opportunity to slip into the warm tropical waters which are simply perfect... Read More »
Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Uluru

Uluru is located in the Kata Tjuta National Park, a vast Australian expanse with an area over 311,000 acres. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world. It is made of arkosic sandstone and rises 348 metres above the desert floor. If you want to walk around it, it is 9.4 kilometers (5.84 miles). Sunset and sunrise... Read More »
Posted on 25 Jan 2011

Ettalong Beach

Part of Ettalong’s appeal lies in its beaches, lagoons, waterways and safe swimming for children. On the New South Wales Central Coast, it is a very popular fishing beach, with good boating facilities and whiting in season. It is especially popular with Australian families. Ferries and charter vessels run regular trips around the majestic Brisbane Water, providing a unique... Read More »
Posted on 25 Jan 2011

Terrigal Beach

With so many attractions including fishing, swimming, surfing, boating, diving and natural scenery, Terrigal caters for locals as well as holiday makers. Read More »
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Bondi Beach

Australia's Bondi Beach is well known for its great sandy beach, as well as its surf. It is a modern and trendy coastal resort, which is very popular. Bondi Beach has a number of cafes and restaurants which look out over the beach and makes a great place to stay and visit. Read More »
Posted on 05 Mar 2011

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock can be found in the Kata Tjuta National Park, which is a vast Australian expanse with an area over 311,000 acres. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world and is made of arkosic sandstone. Ayers Rock rises 348 metres above the desert floor. If you want to walk around it, it is 9.4 kilometers... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011

Jenolan Caves

These amazing caves were carved out of limestone 400 million years ago, around about Larry King’s 5th Birthday. They’re one of the most long and winding underground limestone cave systems in the whole wide world. There are over 300 different caves within the system, and nine of them are open to the public. You can only enter the caves... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011

Faulconbridge

Located 10 miles north-west of Glenbrook, this scenic town features the Corridor of Oaks which is a line of trees which have each been planted by a Prime Minister. There is also the grave of Sir Henry Parkes, who is considered the father of federation, in the cemetary he established. There is also the stone cottage where renowned Australian... Read More »
Posted on 08 Mar 2011

Australian Museum

Established in 1927, the present complex is an intriguing mix of Victorian museum and 21st century educational centre. It houses several unique natural history collections as well as a supurb display of indigenous Australian culture, with lots of hands-on activities and weekly sessions of Aboriginal music and dance. Things to look out for are the Dinosaurs Alive exhibition and the renowned spider... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

The Rocks

The Rocks is a part of Sydney just teeming with history. In colonial times, this part of town was frequented by the rough side of colonial society, it is now a picturesque living museum. Divided by the Harbour Bridge, it is littered with historic buildings and traditional style pubs. The old Sailor’s Home is where you will find the... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the great building of the 20th Century. It is located at the far end of East Circular Quay, and is breathtaking in its beauty against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Thought by some to echo the many sails visible in Sydney Harbour, it was actually a fall of segmented orange that inspired... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

Circular Quay

From the moment that Sydney was declared a settlement, Circular Quay has been a place where it’s all happening. With many journeys beginning and ending here, it is a major junction for bus, rail and ferry transport and a natural meeting place. There is live entertainment across Circular Quay in the form of buskers and street performers, while many... Read More »
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

Brisbane River

A boat trip on the Brisbane River is a must. Plenty of tours are available to riverside tourist attractions and there is an excellent commuter ferry and catamaran (CityCat) service. Read More »
Posted on 06 Mar 2011

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is located in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands just off the Queensland coast and at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday islands offering an idyllic island experience. It is a place to experience everything tropical and coral fringed beaches provide the backdrop for an relaxing tropical holiday. The... Read More »