Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It's about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world - only two people per square kilometre.
Australia boasts over 7,000 beaches - more than any other nation and produces 95 per cent of the world's precious opals and 99 per cent of black opals.
From diamonds, emeralds, gold, silver, industrial minerals and rare earths, Australia's natural resources are fabulous! This amazing natural wealth, still largely untapped, makes Australia one of the most resource-rich nations on earth.
The Australian environment is unique. From unspoilt beaches, tropical rainforest, rugged mountain ranges and vast tracts of desert, Australia is a country of contrast. Home to an amazing 14 World Heritage listed wilderness areas, Australia's diversity is yours to enjoy.
With the reverse seasons of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, or an amazing 70 per cent of the total possible hours. Grab a hat and sunscreen and enjoy our delightful climate!
Australia has many world famous landmarks. Beside the Opera House and Harbour Bridge (both conveniently close to one another!), there is a host of other landmarks in the midst of beautiful cities, dramatic cliffs, tranquil bays and the richness of the Australian desert.
It's no secret that Australians have a love affair with sport. With more than 120 national and thousands of local, regional and state sporting organisations, it's estimated that six-and-a-half million people in Australia are registered sport participants. Not bad from a population of only 19 million!
The Australian love of life shows in our culture. Whether spent appreciating the arts or exploring the great outdoors, leisure time is an important aspect of Australian life. Our multicultural diversity has also influenced our culture, from Chinese New Year to the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Australians are known for their love of life and enjoyment of the great outdoors. While we have a reputation for being a little wild at times, our love of fine dining, the arts and music go hand in hand with our love of sport, the beach and BBQs. Wherever you go in Australia, you'll find a passion for getting the most out of life.
Australias communications and media services are world class. Communications include an excellent national postal service and country-wide Internet and mobile (cell) coverage. A range of network and cable television stations and more than 1,200 magazine titles and newspapers will keep you informed.