The nation of Australia features unique natural wonders ranging from coral reefs to waterfalls, and it is also home to a host of unique plant and animal species. According to Travel Australia, more than 80 percent of plants, mammals and reptile species in Australia are not found anywhere else in the world. Culturally, the people of Australia are known for their laid-back disposition.
CNN lists the Great Barrier Reef as one of Australia's best-known natural wonders. Visible from space, it stretches across the Queensland coast and is home to more than 1,500 species of tropical fish. Another well-known natural wonder is the Blue Mountain range, which is found to the west of Sydney. A species of tree known as the Wollemi pine is found in the Blue Mountains and is believed to be one of the world's oldest plant species. Well known animal species that are unique to Australia include the kangaroo, wallaby and platypus.
According to MapsofWorld.com, the people of Australia are noted for their sense of adventure and their belief in living life to the fullest. Most of the population is comprised of European settlers and their descendants; aboriginal Australians comprise less than two percent of the population. Cricket and field hockey are popular sports.