Information about Australia, including tourism information, weather and more. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, nestled southeast of Asia between the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Australia is an ideal holiday destination anytime of year, offering stunning beaches, rich culture, and diverse activities and attractions to interest all travellers.
Australia lies southeast of Asia, between the Pacific and Indian oceans, and is almost completely surrounded by ocean expanses.
The sixth largest country in the world, Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands. Australia is about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world - only two people per square kilometre.
Australia's coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by more beaches than any other country in the world - over 10,000. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it an integral part of their laid-back lifestyle.
Australia has six states - New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (Qld), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Victoria (VIC) and Western Australia (WA) with two major mainland territories - the Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
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Australia is a country as big your imagination, with activities and attractions to interest all. Australia is considered an outdoor activities paradise for a lot of local residents and visitors. The Great Barrier Reef has some of the best scuba diving in the world and other amazing outdoors activities and qualities include scenic hiking, biking, surfing, fishing, tropical rain forests, desert outback and rugged mountains.
Australian cities are all about lifestyle. Each city has its own personality and offer great shopping, fashion, food and entertainment and stunning natural surrounds. From national monuments to boutique galleries and open-air festivals, Australia's cities have a rich and thriving creative culture.
Weather-wise, Australia is a great destination anytime of year. Australia is so big that it spans several climates - in the north it can be hot and tropical. Melbourne has a Mediterranean climate, whilst Tasmania is temperate, like England. There is an ideal climate for everyone visiting Australia, you just have to decide where you want to visit.
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