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A: Conargo

by Klaus Mayer, 31.8 km away

Conargo, a tiny outback town in New South Wales and home to Conargo Shire serving mainly surrounding ...

Conargo

B: Paddle Steamers on Murray River

by Klaus Mayer, 68.8 km away

Historical paddle steamers on Murray River

Paddle Steamers on Murray River

C: Kerang Courthouse

by Klaus Mayer, 97.1 km away

Panorama of Victoria street in Kerang, Victoria. This courthouse of Kerang was built in 1912 and was ...

Kerang Courthouse

D: Moulamein Grain Storage

by Klaus Mayer, 97.2 km away

Moulamein is the oldest town in the Riverina region of New South Wales with a population of about 500...

Moulamein Grain Storage

E: Wellington Street

by Klaus Mayer, 97.2 km away

Wellington Street

F: Billabong Creek and Edward River

by Klaus Mayer, 97.4 km away

Panorama of Billabong Creek at its confluence with Edward River. Edward River is an anabranch of the ...

Billabong Creek and Edward River

G: Historic Moulamein Wharf

by Klaus Mayer, 97.6 km away

Panorama of the historic Moulamein wharf on Edward River. Although Moulamein is the oldest town in th...

Historic Moulamein Wharf

H: Park

by Janne Kenttala, 100.0 km away

Park and playground at Craigmuir Lake in Mooroopna

Park

I: Our Backyard

by Janne Kenttala, 100.1 km away

Our backyard

Our Backyard

J: Mooroopna War Memorial

by Janne Kenttala, 102.7 km away

Mooroopna War Memorial

Mooroopna War Memorial

This panorama was taken in Australia

This is an overview of 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.

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