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A brief history of Australia

Australia is a country that is in the Southern hemisphere and surounded by other little islands such as Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Australia is a beautiful developed country with a multicultural society. The name Australia came from the Latin work Australis which means "Southern". It was first called Australia in English in the year 1625. The name Australia was then made popular by Matthew Findley who mad the name become adopted in 1804. Australia is a very diverse country, mostly known as a megadiverse country. There is a wide range of habitats from alpine to tropical rainforest. It is about 85% of flowering plants, 84% of mammals, over 45% of birds, and 89% of in shore, temperate zone fish are endemic.   

Among the animals in Australia there are kangaroo, the koala, the wombat, the saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, birds such as the emu and the kookaburra, and many others. The animals in Australia are very recognizable and most people really recognize the Kangaroo as the symbol for Australia. It is the sixth largest country in the world which consists of 48 mainland states of the USA and is also 50 percent larger than Europe. Australia is the largest island but the worlds smallest and flattest continent. It is known as the only nation in the world to govern an entire continent as well as its outlying islands.

Australia is known as an ethnic melting pot with over six million people from all over the world that have come to reside in the country ever since 1945. Over 20 percent of the people who live there are foreign born and more than 40 percent are of mixed culture. Australians speak 226 languages, the main one is English but the start with Italian, Greek, Cantonese and Arabic which are the most popular. Ever since the 1900's the Australians have been inventing some pretty amazing things such as notepads in 1902, the surf life saving reel in 1906, aspirin in 1915, the pacemaker in 1926, penicillin in 1940, the bionic ear in 1978, long wearing contact lenses in 1999, and much more. 

The films, books and music industry in Australia is kind of important with having such extensive film credits such as Babe, the post apocalyptic Mad Max movies, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The movies filmed there have big celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Judy Davis, Heath Ledger, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and many more. Some of the best starring locations were the wetlands, waterfalls and rainforest which were perfect places for the hit movie Crocodile Dundee and the 2007 horror film Rogue. Some of the authors that were inspired by Australia include Patrick White, Thomas Keneally, Elizabeth Jolley, Tim Winton, Christopher Koch, and many others. Music was also a huge part that was inspired by Australia as it was first started with folk music. In the 1930's country music started to grow on them as well. Some of the most popular artists in Australia are Johnny O'Keefe, the Easybeats, AC/DC, INXS, Men at Work, Crowded House, and much more.  

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Attractions in Australia

Aboriginal Australia is a way that visitors can get in touch with the world's oldest living culture. Visitors can relive the way aboriginal Australians lived for the past 50,000 years through art, dance, myths, music, and of course the land itself. The aboriginal Australians have the art and contemporary dance in the cities for visitors to see or they can head to the outback and listen to myths that are of some creation by a campfire. Visitors can also Bushwalk and snorkel or even learn to craft spears and catch a fish all in the traditional way of the aboriginal Australians. There are six special places in Australia where the visitors can go to feel the connection to aboriginal Australia which are Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Kimberley, Western Australia, The Daintree, Queensland, Coorong, South Australia, Gippsland, Victoria, and Sydney cultural tours, New South Wales.

The Food and Wine in Australia is known as heaven with chefs and winemakers that have learned only from the best then made a style completely of their own for food and wine. Australia is now a melting pot of amazing cuisines and award winning wines. Whatever your taste buds are craving, Australia has it whether its a seafood platter, a racy Riesling, a modern Asian fused meal or crocodile sausage. Some of the places to get the best food and wine in Australia include Get a taste of the Top End, Explore grage galore in the Yarra Valley, Cellar hop in the Barossa, Coal River, Bondi with water views, Swan Valley, Cairns, and the Poachers Trail.  

The nature in Australia is unbelievable and spectacular. There are 550 national parks and 15 World Heritage listed wonders. Visitors will also see snow capped mountains, salt encrusted lakes, countryside, and turquoise sea. Visitors get to see strange animals, colorful birds, and all kinds of fish. Some of the most popular things to do while in Australia is swim with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, visit Kaladu National park, see the fairy penguins on Phillip Island, hike through Tasmania's national parks, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, Bushwalk through the Blue Mountains, and many more. There is always adventure waiting right around the corner in Australia.

Australia is widely known for its Outback which is a place where plains stretch far and wide to eternity and people can yarn forever. Although this is known as a sun burnt country there are purple vegetation and even green waterholes. There are red hills, beautiful sunsets, dinosaur footprints, aboriginal carvings, and much more. In the Outback visitors will find Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Longreach, Queensland, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Glen Helen Gorge, Northern Territory, Kununurra, Western Australia, and Mildura, Victoria.

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Things to do in Australia

Of course in Australia there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do such as visit the coastal part of Australia. There is 50,000 kilometers of spellbinding coastline with white, sandy beaches that are un-crowded. The Australian coastline has crashing waves and gentle sea breezes which will make you not want to leave. Some of the most popular beaches to visit in Australia include Byron Bay in New South Wales, Whitsundays in Queensland, Gold Coast in Queensland, Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, Margaret River in Western Australia, Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, and many more.

Australia has some very vibrant cities that are sophisticated and very welcoming to all visitors. The exciting lifestyle here in Australia is very relaxed and has a variety of theaters, restaurants, nightlife, and events. Some of Australia's most glamorous cities include Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Cairns, Alice Springs, Gold Coast, and Broome. Most places are just a short from mountains, ocean, river, and bush. There is so much to see and do while vacationing in Australia that you might even need to take more than one trip to see everything.

One of the most popular places to visit in Australia is the Sydney Opera House. This icon is a masterpiece that took fourteen troubled years to build. It is the most recognizable icon in Sydney, Australia and glistens sitting next to Sydney Harbor. It was resigned in 1966 to be finished but didn't finish until 1973. It now holds some of the best classical performances every year, there are up to 3,000 contemporary performances. It is truly an amazing place to see great theater, opera, and ballet.

The Melbourne Zoo was founded in 1862 and is the third oldest zoo in the world as well as the oldest in Australia. The zoo has bio-climatic zones to help the animals adjust to the environment in Australia. Inside the zoo visitors can find the butterfly house, lion park, and primate enclosure are just some of the highlights for visitors. During the summer the zoo holds a twilight jazz session where a lot of the locals like to go to. The zoo replaced all of the barred cages and pits with more animal friendly enclosures to make the animals more comfortable. The zoo is a great place for the whole family to visit, explore, and learn.