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Its land mass of nearly 7.7 million km2 makes it the sixth largest country in area after Russia, Canada, China, the United States and Brazil. It is the flattest and (after Antarctica) the dryest of continents, yet it has extremes of climate and topography.
There are rainforests and vast plains in the north, snowfields in the south east, desert in the centre and fertile croplands in the east, south and south west. About one third of the country lies in the tropics. Australia has a coastline of 36,735km - if it were possible to drive non-stop along the entire coast at 60 km/h it would take about 24 days to complete the trip.
Queensland comprises the north-eastern part of Australia and ranges from the Tropics to more temperate areas. The tip of Queensland's Cape York is the continent's most northerly point (latitude 10°41'S) and the most northerly town is Thursday Island. Australia is the world's smallest continent and the sixth largest country being equal in area to the USA without Alaska or double the size of Europe excluding Russia.
Australia’s national day, Australia Day, on 26 January, marks the date in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip, of the British Royal Navy, commanding a fleet of 11 ships, sailed into Port Jackson (Sydney Cove). Phillip formally took possession of the eastern part of the continent for Britain and established a settlement, now Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
Air travel and the great variety of Australia’s attractions are combining to bring more international tourists to Australia every year. Overseas tourists are drawn by Australia’s sunshine, sandy beaches, the vast outback, rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, unique flora and fauna, the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, the attractions of the cities, Australia’s friendly multicultural society, and the safe and welcoming environment. Tourism is one of Australia’s largest and fastest-growing industries. In 1992, 2.6 million international tourists visited Australia.
Area : 7,716,524 sq. km
Coastline : 22,812 miles (36,735km)
Terrain : Much of Australia is vast, flat terrain, although the major part of the eastern seaboard is bordered by the Great Dividing Range. Inside Australia you will be surprised to find lush tropical rain forests in Queensland, dry red deserts in the center, and rolling pasture lands in Victoria, South Australia and sections of Western Australia. Adding to this diversity is the Great Barrier Reef running north of Cape York, parallel to the coastline for 1,250 miles (2,000km).
Natural resources : bauxite, coal, iron ore, copper, tin, silver, uranium, nickel, tungsten, mineral sands, lead, zinc, diamonds, natural gas, petroleum
The G'daymate Australian Travel Site with information on B&Bs, public holidays, internet cafes and travel tips
Jervis Bay Guesthouse
The Jervis Bay Guesthouse, 4.5 star luxury with spectacular views, opposite an incredible white-sand beach
Cairns Hotels and Accommodation Australia
Cairns Accommodation – Cairns hotels, motels, bed and breakfast lodgings and luxury resort accommodation in Cairns - the heart of tropical North Queensland Australia.
Hillcrest Bed & Breakfast and Self Contained Cottage - Multi Tourism Award winning accommodation in Crystal Creek via Murwillumbah near Mt Warning in the beautiful Tweed Valley, Northern NSW Australia.
Sydney Serviced Apartments (Australia)
The Sydney Serviced Apartment Directory provides quality serviced apartments in premier locations. Our selection includes harbour and city apartments, apartments for family and business, and both long and short stay apartments in Sydney.