Because of its unique climate, size and ecosystems, Australia is home to an enormous variety of unique and diverse types of animals. These include many unusual mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and other animals that are only found in the wild in Australia. The country is ...
Animals that live in Australia include kangaroos, dingos, wombats and the inland taipan, the world's most venomous snake. Along with New Guinea, the country is also home to the world's only monotremes (mammals that lay eggs), these being the platypus and four species of...
Australia has not adopted an official national animal, but has designated the red kangaroo and the emu as Australia's "native animals." These two species appear on its shield, the Commonwealth Coat of Arms.
While several European ships explored Australian soil, the first known landing occurred in 1606, navigated by Dutchman Willem Janszoon with his ship the "Duyfken." Janszoon landed on the western coast of Australia, meeting the Aborigines on this initial visit.
Australia serves as both a country and the mainland for the Australian continent, which also includes the island of Tasmania and other smaller islands. It is the sixth-largest country in the world in terms of total area.
Australia has six states. They are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. Each state is governed by its own constitution.
Australia has six official states, including New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Tasmania is an island state just off the mainland. Australia also has two mainland territories, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory...