The sixth largest country in the world has an amazing diversity; a melting pot of mountains, deserts, coral reefs, forests, beaches and multicultural cities. The majority of Australians live on the coast, mostly in big cities; In fact, Australia is the eighteenth most urbanized country in the world. Sydney is a glamorous collusion of beaches, boutiques and bars. In Melbourne reigns art, alleyways and Australian football. Brisbane is a subtropical city on the rise; Festive Adelaide is full of pubs. Prosperous Perth oozes typical optimism of the west coast. Canberra is much more than politics and Darwin the tropical city in the north, and the cold, sandstone city of Hobart at south, could not be more different. Never miss theater productions, rock concerts or art galleries grand openings. Lots of paved roads cross this vast brown territory. From the Margaret River to Cooktown, from Jabiru to Dover, the best way to appreciate Australia is hitting the road; its national parks and remote corners are great for getting dirt tracks and being lost into amidst nature.
Commonwealth of Australia
Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Until the Second World War, the vast majority of settlers and immigrants came from the British Isles, and a majority of Australians have some British or Irish ancestry. In the 2011 Australian census, the most commonly nominated ancestries were English (36.1%), Australian (35.4%), Irish (10.4%), Scottish (8.9%), Italian (4.6%), German (4.5%), Chinese (4.3%), Indian (2.0%), Greek (1.9%), and Dutch (1.7%). The Indigenous population, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, was a 2.5% of the total population at same year census.
English is the official language and is spoken and written in a variant known as Australian English.
Australia has no state religion. In last census, 61,1% of Australians were counted as Christian, including Roman Catholics, Protestants and Anglicans; 22,3% of the population reported having "no religion"; 7,2% identify with non-Christian religions, the largest of these being Buddhism, followed by Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.
Great Barrier Reef - Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival in Birdsville - Photography by Cathy Finch
Cape Tribulation - Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree
Animals Road Sign - Tourism Australia
Koala in Magnetic Island - Tourism Australia
Hosier Lane, Melbourne - Tourism Australia