Australia is inspirational. It is located in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres. It is bordered by the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Commonwealth of Australia is a country, an island, and a continent. The island of Tasmania and several smaller islands are considered part of the Australian continent.
Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians for around 50,000 years before the first British settlement. People were hunter-gatherers and had a complex oral culture and a spiritual respect for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime. Dutch explorers discovered Australia in 1606. Great Britain claimed the eastern half of the continent in 1770. Settlements in New South Wales were established in 1788. Five additional crown colonies were later established. The six crown colonies federated in 1901. Indigenous. aboriginal, populations went through a period of decline due to disease and politics.
Australia is a developed and wealthy country. It has a high per capita income. Australia ranks high in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, protection of civil liberties, and political rights. Income comes from multiple sources including mining-related exports, telecommunications, banking, and manufacturing. The service sector includes tourism, education, and financial services. The exporting of wine is significant to the nation’s economy.
Climate zones in Australia include tropical, desert, and grassland zones. Off the north-east coast is the Great Barrier Reef. The Outback is remote, arid areas of land that make up a large portion of Australia’s land. Ocean currents significantly impact Australia’s climate.
Australia’s flora and fauna are diverse and unique. Unique species include flowering plants, mammals, birds, and fish. There are 755 species of reptiles. Protected areas have been established. Protecting the environment is worked for and valued in Australia.
Rock art by indigenous people is the oldest and richest in the world. Landscapes have been a significant inspiration for art throughout ancient and modern times. Today, sport and recreation involves about a quarter of Australia’s population. Popular sports include surfing, horse racing, basketball, soccer, and motor racing.
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