Australia

There are no kangaroos in Austria.

We're talking about Australia, the world's smallest continent. That being cleared up, let's dive right in!

Australia is a sovereign state under the Commonwealth of Nations, which is in turn overseen by Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

The continent was first sighted and charted by the Dutch in 1606. Captain James Cook of Britain came along in the next century to claim it for Britain and name it "New South Wales." Shortly thereafter it was declared to be a penal colony full of nothing but criminals and convicts, giving it the crap reputation you may have heard at your last cocktail party.

This rumor ignores 40,000 years of pre-European human history, especially the Aboriginal concept of Dreamtime, an interesting explanation of physical and spiritual reality.

The two biggest cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is more for business, Melbourne for arts. But that's painting in very broad strokes. Take a whirl around the panoramas to see for yourself!

Text by Steve Smith.

Klaus Mayer
The Shear Outback Maze
Klaus Mayer
Peppin Heritage Centre in Deniliquin
Klaus Mayer
TransmUTE and Peppin Heritage Centre in Deniliquin
Klaus Mayer
16 Mile Gums on Cobb Highway
Kevin Epps
Dimmick's Lookout
Kevin Epps
Pinnacles Fire Tower Lookout
Gil Abadines
At Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Gil Abadines
Visiting Mrs Macquarie's Chair ...
Gil Abadines
Along the banks of the Parramatta part 2
Mark de Graaf
Pink Lake Hillier Middle Island Esperance Western Australia
Hoylen Sue
Brisbane Botanic Gardens: Japanese Garden
Unkle Kennykoala
Canberra - Weston Park 1
Neil Creek
Newell Beach, Mid-eclipse 2012
Neil Creek
Newell Beach, Pre-eclipse 2012
Hoylen Sue
Australian World Peace Bell
Unkle Kennykoala
Tidbinbilla NR - Cascades Trail
Paul Mears
Frankland Islands
Unkle Kennykoala
Canberra - Canberra Centre Skate Park
David Rowley
Chambers Pillar
Unkle Kennykoala
Canberra - Lake Ginninderra / John Knight Memorial Park