Australia is a large country in the southern hemisphere, consisting of the mainland of Oceania and a few neighbouring islands. Most of Australia is flat and arid with only the southeast and north of the country receiving sufficient rainfall. With a population of just 21 million and almost the same are as the USA, Australia is a sparsely populated country. Most of the people live in the temperate southeast. Australia was colonised by the British starting from the 18th century. About 90% of the population nowadays is of European descent. Australia is a parliamentary democracy with a market oriented economy. It is technologically advanced and industrialised and has a high GDP.

Sydney photo gallery  - 165 pictures of Sydney
Melbourne photo gallery  - 92 pictures of Melbourne
Brisbane photo gallery  - 77 pictures of Brisbane
165 photos of Sydney, Australia's largest city and capital of New South Wales
92 photos of Melbourne, the capital of the Australian state of Victoria
77 photos of Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland
Blue Mountains photo gallery  - 54 pictures of Blue Mountains
Australian wildlife photo gallery  - 33 pictures of Australian wildlife
Yarra valley photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Yarra valley
54 photos of the Blue Mountains, a scenic section of the Great Dividing Range near Sydney
33 photos of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas and cockatoos
19 photos of the Yarra valley, a prime wine growing region with 30 wineries near Melbourne
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