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
Pacific National Freight Train in outback South Australia
Klaus Mayer
C20140922oz Wyeriver Picnicarea
Klaus Mayer
C20140923oz Greatoceanroad Lochardgorge
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
Wayne Drzewiecki
Sublime Point Lookout
Rolf Ris
Mossmann Gorge
Unkle Kennykoala
Namadgi NP - Mt Tennent - trickling water 2
John Warkentin
Old Fremantle Power Station: 2nd Level Walk Way, West Hall, Jan 8 2012
Unkle Kennykoala
Namadgi NP - Booroomba Rocks
John Warkentin
Aurora - Docklands Melbourne, Australia
Frank Taylor
Three Sisters Up Close
Tomasz Makarewicz
Stirling Range - Exposed Corner at Pyungoorup Peak - sunset
Unkle Kennykoala
Tidbinbilla NR - Gibraltar Rocks
Unkle Kennykoala
Namadgi NP - Orroral Homestead (Front)
Tomasz Makarewicz
Toolbrunup Peak Stirling Range
David Rowley
Thring Rock