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Australia is the smallest of the seven continents of the world. It has an area of 8.5 million square kilometers, and an estimated population of 31.26 million. It is comprised of three countries — Australia, Papua New Guinea, and some parts of Indonesia.

Because most of the continent’s landmass is occupied by the country of Australia, which is the sixth largest country in the world with an area of 7.74 square kilometers, the continent is often called an “island continent.” The continent borders the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, and has a coastline that measures 25,760 kilometers.

According to archaeologists, Australia used to be connected to Antarctica millions of years ago, and this super landmass is known as Gondwana. When the Indo-Australian Plate started to drift, Antarctica was separated from the super continent, but Australia and New Guinea remained intact. By the end of the last age, sea levels rose and resulted to the separation of Tasmania and New Guinea from the mainland.

Australia is the flattest and lowest continent, and together with Antarctica, it also is the driest. Australia’s highest point is Mount Kosciuszko, located in New South Wales in the Australian mainland. It is 2.228 kilometers above sea level. The lowest point is Lake Eyre’s dry bed, located in South Australia, and it measures 15 meters below sea level.

About a fifth of Australia’s land area is desert. The rate and frequency of rainfall varies, with the tropical portions and many coastal locales experiencing the highest intensities. Some areas are abundant with tropical rainforests, some with deserts, and the others with snow-capped mountains.

Exploring The Magic of Melbourne

by WCC on October 27, 2012

in Australia, Oceania

This beautiful article was contributed to us by Sophie M.

As one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations, Melbourne is a wonder in itself. It sits astride the lovely Yarra River at the very top of Port Phillip Bay and is also a gateway to Victoria. The stunning combination of the old and the new, skyscrapers and ethnic communities, lavish parks, gardens and also old heritage buildings- it’s a visual delight. The country’s second largest city with modern towers and preserved Victorian era architecture is a perfect base to travel to the Yarra Valley.

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From Melbourne’s very own eclectic precincts city fringe to Dardenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, or Phillip Islands – it’s a great place to be. High end cuisines to low brow rock gigs, the city’s calendar remains pretty much full. Explore the historic arcades; take a stroll in the the byways lined with fine dining restaurants, lively entertainment and lovely boutique shopping.

If you are an outdoor buff, you would not be disappointed with what the city has to offer. From cycling to golf, fishing to water sports, make the most of the city’s river, parks, bays and coastlines. Sandy beaches, seeing Melbourne from a hot air balloon, kite boarding or kayaking in the moonlight- there is so much to do.

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Amidst the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef lie 74 marvelous gems of nature, collectively known as the Whitsunday Islands. Located off the coast of Queensland, these tropical islands are one of the most alluring travel destinations of Australia. Majority of the Islands are designated as Marine and National Parks, which are home to a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic animals along with a range of exotic underwater flora.

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In 1770, Captain James Cook sailed through the east coast of Australia, and mistaking the day to be the 7th Sunday after Easter, named the passage as the Whitsunday Passage. This is how the Islands supposedly got their name. The Ngaro, aboriginal people of the Islands, have left cave paintings at different sites all over the islands, which represent and reflect the history of the place. [click to continue…]

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Discover New Zealand’s South Island

October 3, 2012

The South Island of New Zealand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its various natural attractions — magnificent fjords, splendid beaches, breath-taking glacier-carved mountain ranges, and diverse flora and fauna. South Island is known for its adventure tourism, where the bold and daring can try bungee jumping, glacier climbing, skiing, […]

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Katoomba, Australia

June 14, 2012

Katoomba is an Australian city with about 7,700 inhabitants, the tourist and cultural center of the Blue Mountains is. It is located in the State of New South Wales , 110 km west of the city of Sydney and 38 km east of Lithgow on the Great Western Highway . Katoomba is situated at an […]

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Rottnest Island, Australia

June 14, 2012

Rottnest Iceland is a small island off the coast of the Australian state of Western Australia near Perth , and very popular for day trips. Although developed for tourism, but motor vehicles are prohibited. However, it is possible to explore the island on a day by bike, as it only 11 miles long and 4.5 […]

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Wagga Wagga, Australia

June 14, 2012

Wagga Wagga is a town in New South Wales on the Murrumbidgee River . With some 50,000 inhabitants, Wagga Wagga is the largest city in the interior of New South Wales, the fifth largest city in the interior of Australia and the capital of the Riverina . The area was first in the history of […]

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