Australia is popularly known as the island continent because of it's isolation from rest of the continents. It is also the smallest continent and the sixth largest country on the basis of land mass.
Australia is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans and its important cities are Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Canberra is the capital of Australia, carrying a population of about 380,000 people. Canberra is located midway between the two largest cities Melbourne and Sydney.
Australia is also famous for it's iconic buildings like the Sydney Harbour Bridge; and Opera House.
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AUSTRALIA?
Australia is a unique and diverse country with rich cultural heritage. With a population of about 24.68 million people, the cities in Australia are bustling with life and exuberance. The most populous states are the New South Wales and Victoria.
Australia's major chunk of the population is concentrated along the coastal region from Adelaide to Cairns, and a small portion is around Perth and Western Australia where as central Australia is thinly populated.
The geography of the country is extremely varied ranging from large deserts to the snow-capped mountains of the Alps and Tasmania to the tropical and temperate forests.
WHAT DOES AUSTRALIA MEAN?
The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis meaning "southern land". A name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times. The explorer Matthew Flinders named the land "Terra Australis", which was later abbreviated to Australia.
Australia has varied climate zones. The climate on northern part of Australia is more of tropical which means it is hot and humid in summer and warm and dry in the winter, on the contrary, the southern parts are cooler and rains during winters.
Australia certainly is a beautiful country to visit. Australia has some of the world's most distinctive and diverse natural environments. You will find some of the longest stretches of sandy beaches that are not only in large numbers but also clean. beautiful snow covered gum trees on a downhill ski run. Discover ancient rain-forests on the fringes of modern cities, climb snow-capped mountains and swim in some of the purest water on earth.
Get close to Australian animals in their natural surrounding, have fun with sea turtles on the Great Barrier Reef and watch the parade of little penguins on Phillip Island. There is a lot more that you won't want to miss.
Aborigines, are the original inhabitants of Australia. They migrated from Africa to Asia around 70,000 years ago, and from Asia to Australia 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Majority of Australians are of English, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, or Manx and Irish ancestral origin.
The main language spoken is English with an Australian accent. Besides English, the languages spoken by the minority groups are - Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Italian.
Australia’s contribution to arts and culture is well recognised worldwide. Australia defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant potpourri of cultures, ideas and thriving art scene. Australia is home to a diverse range of performing art groups.
Sports is quite a craze with the Kangaroos. Most Australians like to play sport one way or the other. Cricket, cycling, swimming, Tennis, basketball, volleyball, athletics, netball etc are the most sought after sports in Australia. Melbourne is popularly known as the sporting capital of Australia. The country has participated in many international events such as Olympics and Paralympics.
ANGAD Australian Institute of Technology
AIPE (Australian Institute of Professional Education)
Cambridge international College
Kaplan Business College
Kent Instiitute of Business and Technology
Southern Cross University
University of New Castle
University of New England
University of Southern Queensland
University of Sunshine Coast
University of Sydney
University of Tasmania
Victoria university (ECA Campus)
Important Cities: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Key Sports: AFL, Cricket, Netball, Swimming, Rugby, basketball, Tennis
Languages: English, other local languages