Australia is a land of contrasts and consists of six main states – New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia and two territories – the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. The capital of Australia is Canberra situated in the Australian Capital Territory.
Australia is the only nation in the world to occupy an entire continent and with a land mass of about 7,682,300 sq km (2,966,136 sq miles) it’s very big! The coastline stretches for over 26,700 km (16580 miles) with 7000 beaches. Over 80% of Australia’s 20 million people live in the cities around the coast which only covers about 1% of the Australian continent.
The large size of the continent is also matched by the large and varied wildlife within Australia. There are about 40 million kangaroos, 140 million sheep, 24 million cows, 75,000 crocodiles, 500,000 wild camels and 100,000 odd koalas.
Australia is also known as the land ‘Down Under’ due to its southern location. One of Australia’s biggest assets is its natural beauty with landscape that varies from tropical rainforests and sun scorched rugged outback regions to stunning beaches and cosmopolitan cities.
Visit one of the many World Heritage regions such as the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, check out the unique scenery in Tasmania, try some excellent wines in South Australia, drive on one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives in Victoria, tour the Sydney Opera House in New South Wales or experience some of the wild and remote areas of Western Australia.
The vastness of Australia offers plenty of choice for the visitor, holiday maker and traveler. The laid back and friendly people, cultural diversity, excellent accommodation, attractions, tours and services make Australia an ideal holiday destination.