Panorama of the Mildura Weir and Murray River from Lock Island at Mildura, Victoria, Australia. Construction of the Mildura weir began in 1923, nearly 10 years after the Commonwealth, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australian governments signed an agreement to manage the waters of the Murray River. The difference of the water level up- and downstream of the Weir is normally 3.6 metres.
Before water management of the Murray River began, the river could run completely dry or become several kilometres wide during times of flood. While water management of the river significantly helped settlement and agriculture along the river, the management authorities have been facing increasing environmental challenges along the Murray River.
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.