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.

Nimbus Photographics Seattle
Tara Guest House Entrance Hall
Nimbus Photographics Seattle
Tara Guest House Bath
Nimbus Photographics Seattle
Tara Guest House Upper Hall
Nimbus Photographics Seattle
Tara Guest House
Klaus Mayer
Pacific National Freight Train in outback South Australia
Klaus Mayer
Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement
Klaus Mayer
C20141012oz Yunta Yuntawaukaringard
Stewart Hazell
Toni Amidy Solo Exhibition - SURFACE TENSION
Stewart Hazell
Lake Macquarie City Council Chambers
Stewart Hazell
Strutt Sisters - "Let The Chips Fall Where They May" Exhibition
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
Hoylen Sue
Old Melbourne Gaol (level 1)
Unkle Kennykoala
Canberra - Canberra Centre Skate Park
Unkle Kennykoala
Canberra - Lake Ginninderra / John Knight Memorial Park