Australia Openarms!




Joey from Canada & friends. Palm Beach Australia Openarms!

In area it is the 6th largest country and the smallest continent.

Zoren from Serbia. Opera House. Sydney Openarms!

Capital City: Canberra, specifically built as a capital city.

Joey at Curumbin Rock Pools. Gold Coast Openarms!

Australia is an island that is also a continent.

Juan from Colombia & Momo from Thailand. Adelaide Openarms!

It consists of two land masses: the mainland and Tasmania.

Its area is 7,682,300 square km. It is about the size of the mainland states of the United States, excluding Alaska, and approximately 24 times the size of the British Isles.

The highest peak is Mt Kosciusko, in New South Wales, which is 2228 metres above sea level.

Whilst Australia is often thought of as a dry thinly populated land, this is only true of the inland (or outback) areas. The eastern coast is more heavily populated.

Australia’s deserts are as vast as the Sahara, the snowfields huge and picturesque. Our surfing beaches are among the best in the world.

Australia is a land of unique flora and fauna.

Population Census night in August 2006, Australia had a population of nearly 20.7 million people. 12% of the population live in rural areas. 77%, or three quarters, live in cities and major towns within 50km of the coast. Approximately 2.4%, or 455,000, were indigenous Australians.

Australia is a country of migrants. Until the 1960s most of the migrants came from UK and Ireland but today a growing percentage come from Europe and Asia.

In 2006 almost one quarter of the population was born overseas, with migrants coming from over 200 countries.

Religion There is a steady decline in the number of Australians who state that they follow a religion of some description.

In 1996 71% stated they were Christian. Of those 27% were Catholic, 22% Anglican and 21.9% nominated another Christian denomination.

Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism numbers are increasing.

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