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About Australia (

With spectacular landscapes and a rich ancient culture, Australia is a land like no other. It is the earth's sixth-largest country in land area and is the only nation to govern an entire continent. About - Facts about Australia. Australia. Australia's ecosystem is an unusual one because of its remote location.


As a result, there are many animal species that occur here and nowhere else in the world, such as the platypus, kangaroo, echidna, and koala. Australia has 516 national parks to protect its unique plants and animals. One of Australia's most amazing sites rises like an enormous whale's back from a flat red-soil desert called the Red Center. This site is called Uluru, and it is a sacred natural formation at the heart of the country. Rising 1,100 feet (335 meters) tall, it is the largest rock in the world! Australia is home to many of the deadliest species of animals on the planet. Australia : Activities - Cinema - Games to print - Interactive games - History - Information - Lesson plans - Webquests - Listening - Maps - Photos - Songs - Stories - Videos - Vocabulary. Trishan's Oz : History - People - Places - Things - Facts - Animals ( Passport Australia : Videos - Interactive features - Slideshow...

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( - Travel and Tourism ( Geography of Australia - PowerPoint Presentation ( 'A View On Cities', a site dedicated to the sights and attractions in some of the world's greatest cities. ( Picture Australia - (from Australia's cultural institutions) - "a gallery of people, places, events and objects" ( 50 Insane Facts about Australia - an infographic ( 10 ways to survive in the wild "A British teenager has survived a fortnight lost in the Australian bush.

What are the dos and don'ts of staying alive in terrain like that?... Australia country profile. Australia ranks as one of the best countries to live in the world by international comparisons of wealth, education, health and quality of life.

Australia country profile

The sixth-largest country by land mass, its population is comparatively small with most people living around the eastern and south-eastern coastlines. The country's first inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, are believed to have migrated from Asia tens of thousands of years before the arrival of British settlers in 1788. They now make up less than 3% of Australia's 23 million people. Years of mass immigration after the Second World War heralded sweeping demographic changes, making modern Australia one of the world's most multicultural countries. But migration continues to be a sensitive issue politically. In shaping its foreign and economic policy, Australia first looked to Europe and the US but in the last 20 years has developed stronger ties with Asia. Read full overviewRead more country profiles - Profiles by BBC Monitoring Read a full timeline.

Australian Culture Guide - Exploring Australia Through Culture, Tourism, Inspirational Stories, Poetry and Facts. Australia Travel Cheat Sheet; Sign up at <a href " rel "nofollow" target " blank"></a> for high res images. Australia - the land down under. Australia Theme - Lesson Plans, Thematic Units, Printables, Worksheets. Australian Climate video. Australian History. First Fleet. Recently we celebrated Australia day on the 26th of January.

First Fleet

But why do we mark it on that day in particular? To answer that question, Sarah will take you back in time to 1788, to meet some kids who came to Australia on the First Fleet. Kid 1: “My name is John Hudson and I'm nine years old. I've been an orphan ever since I can remember and I made a living sweeping chimneys. It was horrible work, dangerous too. Kid 2: “For the theft of one linen shirt, value 10 shillings, five silk stockings, value 5 shillings, one pistol, value 5 shillings, and two aprons, value 2 shillings. Kid 3: “My name is Elizabeth Haywood and I'm 13 years old. How to speak Australian : Abbreviate Everything. Indigenous Australia on ASO. New Zealand. New Zealand. NATURE Because of its remote location, New Zealand is rich in unusual wildlife not seen anywhere else in the world.

New Zealand

Nearly all the land animals are birds and many of these species have lost the ability to fly. The Maori people and European settlers introduced animals to the islands and the flightless birds had no defense against them. In the last 1,000 years, half of all animals on the islands have become extinct. Deforestation and draining of swamp land is also threatening many remaining species, including the kiwi bird. Fewer than 75,000 wild kiwis remain. Bats are the only land mammals to have made the ocean crossing. Pilot and humpback whales visit the islands on their way to breed, and orcas come to feed on dolphins.

New Zealand English. To the untrained ear, the Southern Hemisphere accents — Australian, New Zealand and South African — are rather similar.

New Zealand English

This may have to do with the fact that it is much easier to travel between these places than from any of them to Britain or North America. Listen more closely, however, and you'll hear that the accents have in fact developed in different directions. This young woman, like many New Zealanders, uses the word "Kiwi" to refer to both herself and her way of speaking. The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand — if you're talking about a flightless bird with a long beak.

The kiwi fruit, although often imported from New Zealand, is native to China. Some of the expressions introduced in the video, such as "no worries" and "she'll be right", are also used in Australia, whereas most of the others, such as "sweet as" and "bro", are not. Some characteristics New Zealanders speak at a higher pitch than other speakers of English.

Want to know more about New Zealand English? New Zealand Travel Cheat Sheet; Sign up at <a href " rel "nofollow" target " blank"></a> for high res image. Tracks 2013: Australian National Holidays. Tracks 2013: The First Australians / Son of Mine. Welcome to Australia (video 8,35 min) Visit Australia – Travel & Tour Information – Tourism Australia.