Australia is famous for the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, kangaroos, koalas, the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, its convict colony history, Shiraz and Uluru. Australia is an island located in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The island is both a country and a continent.Continue Reading
As of 2014, Australia's population is approximately 20,351,000, with most of the population living on the southeast coast. The capital is Canberra; however, the city of Sydney is the location of some of Australia's iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera house and Harbour Bridge.
Rural desert areas known as the Outback are found in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The world's largest rock, Uluru, is also found in the Northern Territory. Australia is home to about 130 species of marsupials, such as wombats, koalas and kangaroos, which live in the Outback and rainforests of the country.
The Great Barrier Reef is located on the coast of Queensland. This reef is the world's largest single structure comprised of living organisms. Australia also has several wine-making regions, such as Hunter Valley. Shiraz is the country's most popular wine, and was brought to Australia in 1832 by James Busby.
The country was founded as a British convict colony in 1788. Its history can still be seen in in several sites, such as the Port Arthur convict settlement in Tanzania.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
According to Biography.com, James Cook was a British explorer and cartographer most famous for leading the ship Endeavor to discover New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef off of the coast of Australia in 1770. His map renderings of the Pacific ocean were considered to be the first accurate depictions available of the area.Full Answer >
Construction of the Sydney Opera House took 16 years, with construction beginning in 1957 and finishing in 1973. The design and complications in various areas made the project a large source of debate regarding the time and money spent on the project.Full Answer >
Red kangaroos live in the deserts and open grasslands of Australia. They live in groups called mobs, and their population is well over a million strong as of 2014.Full Answer >
Clownfish, also called anemonefish, live in the warm waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. These fish have a symbiotic relationship with anemones, which are slow-moving invertebrate animals that look like flowering plants. Clownfish never venture far from their anemone partners.Full Answer >