Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the "Bush Capital." The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.
How Big Is Australia?
Get the precise details about Australia's size and where it fits into the bigger scheme of things.
State and Territory Corners
Where can you throw a ball in Western Australia, it flies across part of South Australia and lands in the Northern Territory? Not only that, fewer people have visited this place than have been to the South Pole.
Australia's national icons range from the sublime to the commonplace - from stunning natural and man-made wonders to humble food items like Aussie meat pies and a yeast-based spread called vegemite.
The Names of Australia
The names of rivers, coastal features, districts and their streets tell a lot about the history of a place. They weave a splash of colour into the tapestry of a place's growth and development and add fragments of detail that would otherwise have been lost.