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Australia Facts & Information

 Location Southern hemisphere, between Pacific and Indian Ocean. Sixth largest continent in world.
 Climate Temperate, mild winters and hotter summers. Rainfall is heavy up north, chillier down south.
 Terrain Varies. Rainforests in north. Desert in central and western Australia. Mountainous down south.
 Population 19.5 million
 Nationality Australian
 Ethnic groups 92% Caucasian, 7% Asian, 1% Aboriginal
 Religions 75% Christian, 1% Muslim, 1% Buddhist, 0.5% Jewish
 Languages English
 Government Type Independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations
 Capital Canberra
 Description of Flag Australia’s flag also has UK flag on it, as well as seven-pointed star to represent the original colonies. The points depict the original six states and its territories.
 Australia Flag Flag of Australia

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Australian Culture

The most famous part of the Australian culture is its aboriginal history. Aborigine artwork has been preserved for centuries, and even contemporary artists explore this past.

Rock music has also played a large part in the culture, as many famous bands emerged out of the land down under, such as The Bee Gees, INXS, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, and the Little River Band.

You will find live music throughout the country in the outdoor markets and local pubs. Opera is also popular music in Australian culture. Nellie Melba, a Melbourne native, was once the largest opera star in the world. Australians loved her so much they named Melba toast and Peach Melba after her.

Sydney Opera HouseAlthough the film industry is small in Australia, many well-known thespians throughout the world claim Australian heritage: Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts— to name a few.

The people also embrace rugby and soccer as national pastimes.

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Australia Shopping

Australia has many outdoor markets held all over the country, as well as shopping centers with unique products and fashion.

Sydney offers a Saturday market on Oxford Street called the “Paddington Village Bazaar” that sells hats, fashion, jewelry, ceramics, anything you need. Oxford

Street also offers a mix of galleries and boutiques. If you prefer indoors, the Queen Victoria building is a famous multi-level center with 200 shops and cafes which include famous brand designers and unique Australian jewels and aboriginal artifacts. In central Sydney, explore the Pitt Street Mall housing five multi-level malls, the serious shopper’s fantasy.

Melbourne is also known as the fashion capital of Australia. For big name designers and imports, visit the Crown Entertainment Complex. There you will also find Australian designers such as Jane Lamerton, Saba, and Alannah Hill.

Walk the Queen Street Mall--a street blocked off to cars, shoppers simply walk from store to store and stop to eat and people watch at the outdoor cafes right in the middle of the street. Located in the heart of the city, you can marvel at the historical buildings as you eat your ice cream cone from Hungry Jacks.

Rundle Mall provides a variety of boutiques and specialty stores. Many cultures are represented here, each selling unique gifts to bring back to your homeland. The area is colorful and luscious with a variety of parks near the Mall.


Australia Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in Australia including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Australia cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

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Australia Travel Guides
 Frommer's Australia
 Lonely Planet Australia
 Let's Go Australia
 Fodors Australia