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Uniquely Australia

Discovering Australia

  • Size – Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world. It is about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50% larger than Europe but has the lowest population density in the world.
  • People - With a mainly urban population, the 21 million people of Austraia boast a strong diversity, with four out of 10 Australians being migrants or the first-generation children of migrants.
  • Marine Life – Australia’s ocean area contains one of the greatest arrays of marine biodiversity on Earth with more than 4,000 fish varieties and tens of thousands of species of invertebrates, plants and micro-organisms. Scientists estimate that about 80% of Australia’s southern marine species are found nowhere else in the world.
  • Beach Life – Australia boasts over 10,000 beaches – more than any other nation.
  • Flourishing Flora – Australia supports at least 25,000 species of plants.
  • Natural Resources – The Argyle Diamond Mine in northern Western Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of natural diamonds, yielding an amazing 21 million carats per year.
  • Great Barrier Reef – The world’s largest and most complex living coral system.
  • Technology – As a relatively young nation, Australia already has achieved seven Nobel Prizes.
  • Culture - The renowned Opera Australia based in Sydney is one of the world's busiest opera companies while Melbourne boasts a vibrant independent music scene.
  • Sports - Australians are passionate about sport, often expressing their patriotism through resounding support of their favorite teams. In addition to importing sports such as rugby and cricket, Australia created the national pastime Australian Rules Football, one of the most popular sporting events in the country.

Not Just Sun and Sand

Australians have an impressive appreciation for the arts.

  • 900,000 individuals employed in the arts
  • 1.6 million unpaid workers in the arts (almost 10% of population)
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra rated as #1 in the world in 2002
  • Opera Australia – 3rd-busiest opera company in the world

Australian Developments in Science and Technology

  • Black Box Flight Recorder
  • Bionic Ear Implants
  • Heart Pacemaker
  • Internationally Accepted Aircraft Landing System
  • Ocean Catamarans
  • Solar-powered Cars
  • Orbital Engine
  • Most Efficient Solar Cell
  • HIV Blood Screening
  • Discovered Penicillin

Australia: A Top Choice Worldwide

  • For the tenth year in a row, Australia has been named the top top destination that Americans would most like to visit. 1
  • Voted "Best World-Wide Country." 2
  • Four Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide) were noted in the top-ten best cities to live in out of 127 cities world-wide. 3
  • Australian and New Zealand cities have been recognized as many of the top destinations for living based on several criteria, including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport and other public services. 4

1 Condé Nast Traveller poll
2 Readers of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, one of the United Kingdom’s leading travel lifestyle magazines
3 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Livability Survey
4 Mercer Consulting World-Wide Quality of Living Survey

Unique Wonders

  • Uluru Kata Tjuta
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Tasmanian Wilderness
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Shark Bay
  • Fraser Island
  • Blue Mountains
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland
  • Willandra
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Purnululu

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