Australia

Australia: Uniquely Diverse and Progressive Country
 
Australia is the only country in the world that covers an entire continent. Starting right from the geography, there are abundant welcome features in Australia that make it stand out from the rest of the world.

It is rich in natural resources and has a lot of fertile land but more than one-third of Australia is desert. Australia is home to one of the most vibrant cities in the world and not so surprisingly most of the population of Australia is settled in an around these cities.

The uniqueness of Australia extends multi-fold when one check out it's culture which is potpourri of cultures of in the world. The free flowing lifestyle of Australia is one to cherish. The food has over the period of time has become testimony to the multi-cultural bond that Australia has with people of multiple ethnicity.
 

The Landscape:

Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island but also the smallest continent. The country is divided into six states and two territories.

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Timezone:

Australia is divided into three separate time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

  • AEST (UTC +10). 
  • ACST  (UTC +9½).
  • AWST (UTC +8)

Seasons:

This is also unique for Australia and makes it quite different. Australia's seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. 

Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes.

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Capital: Canberra | Largest city : Sydney

Dialing code: +61

Currency: Australian dollar

Area
• Total : 7,692,024 km2 (2,969,907 sq mi)
• Water (%) : 0.76

Population
• 2018 estimate 24,893,000
• 2016 census 23,401,892
• Density : 3.2/km2 (8.3/sq mi)

GDP (PPP) :2018 estimate
• Total : $1.296 trillion
• Per capita : $51,536

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