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About Australia

Australia
Australia

Australia has the distinction of being both a country and a continent. Although the Dutch first discovered it in the early 17th century, it ended up being colonized by the British in the 18th century (when it was first used as a penal colony in 1788, in an area that became the state of New South Wales). Latter British waves of colonization of Australia were marked by a gold rush during the 1850s – which stimulated investments in that country’s economy through the rest of the 19th century. In 1907, the Commonwealth of Australia was established, making it a dominion of the British Empire at that time.

With Australia assisting the Allied Forces during World War I, it gained independence from the UK immediately afterwards (and became a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations). Australia also participated in World War II (once again assisting the UK and other Allied Forces – from North Africa to Papua New Guinea – where they held back the Japanese). The post-war period (1950s) saw a rise in migration (mainly from southern and eastern Europe — and to a lesser degree from the UK), due to an economic boom that Australia enjoyed at the time. These and other factors spurred the growth of Australia’s major cities, especially in the southeastern part of the country – from Sydney to Melbourne and Canberra (New South Wales province), Brisbane (further up the Pacific coast within Queensland province), and Adelaide (South Australia province).

In more recent times, migration from the Far East and India has made Australia a more multicultural country than ever. Even so, for a country its size (7.6 million km2), Australia (whose total number of residents is 23 million) is still underpopulated, mainly due to the desert climate that reigns through much of that country (especially at the central and western regions of the country – popularly known as “the outback”). No doubt, those visiting Sydney and other cities in southeastern Australia will note the high standard of living enjoyed there (helping to drive tourism in that country), along with those interested in visiting “the outback” (which also covers portions of New South Wales and Queensland provinces).

Along with Sydney, another major tourist destination within Australia is the Gold Coast. This is both the name of a modern city which faces the Pacific Ocean, as well as a popular and extensive beachside area that goes far beyond that city’s boundaries. The Gold Coast, which is a popular surfer’s paradise, is also where the “bikini” first came into existence. Along with endless stretches of golden beaches, there are international theme parks, designer boutiques, spa retreats, world-class golf courses, gourmet restaurants, upmarket bars and trendy nightclubs.

In addition, those exploring Australia’s rural areas can also learn about the country’s first inhabitants, the aborigines – the original residents of Australia (said to have arrived there from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea around 40,000 years ago). As of the early 2000s, the indigenous Australians represent just 517,200 residents (or 2.5% of the country’s population).

Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Australia Fair Shopping Centre
Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Australia Fair Shopping Centre (42 Marine Parade, Southport, Queensland) – this is a two-level shopping center servicing Gold Coast area consumers. Originally built in 1983, it currently has over 230 stores (like Woolworths, Kmart, Sam’s Warehouse, Footlocker, Payless Shoes, and various local & regional retailers). That, as well as the usual shopping mall amenities (eateries & restaurants, drug stores, banks, cell phone providers, etc.)

A Tavola

A Tavola
A Tavola

A Tavola (348 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, Sydney) — A Tavola was established in 2007 in buzzing Darlinghurst district by chef owner Eugenio Maiale. A Tavola quickly earned a reputation of being one of Sydney’s best places to go for authentic Italian pasta. The long marble table is filled with loyal and regular diners – all seduced by the simplicity and honesty of Eugenio’s food and especially his love of good pasta. In October 2013, the owners expanded with another A Tavola restaurant in trendy Bondi Beach.

Aboriginal Heritage Museum

Aboriginal Heritage Museum
Aboriginal Heritage Museum

Aboriginal Heritage Museum (39/137 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge, Sydney) – this museum holds a vast collection of Aboriginal artifacts, along with historical European items such as ship replicas and uniforms, working displays and interactive models. This is a great museum for those interested in learning about Australia and its native inhabitants before the arrival of the British. Admission: free. Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm (Monday – Friday).

 

Allphones Arena

Allphones Arena
Allphones Arena

Allphones Arena (Olympic Blvd., Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney) – this 21,000-seat arena is actually a large entertainment and sporting complex in Sydney (completed in 1999 in time for the 2000 Summer Olympics there). It is also known as Sydney Super Dome. Along with holding sporting events like basketball and tennis, it’s best known for various rock and pop concerts (such as Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Billy Joel, Bonjovi, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Pink, Ozzy Osborne, KISS, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Nickelback, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, and many others). See its website for upcoming events: www.allphonesarena.com.au

 

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales (Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney) – located a short distance from Sydney Harbour, this museum has five levels of art, which includes collections of Aboriginal works, as well as European and Asian art and artifacts. This, along with local and international contemporary art. Admission: free (except for special exhibits). Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily. See the museum website for more details: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Cairns Airport

It is the largest airport in the North Queensland Region. It is situated between the Great Barrier Reef and the Rainforest. For many of the visitors, this is the starting point of your tour of Australia. annually, The airport has a traffic of 4 million passengers circulating on both Terminals. One of them operates on international flights and the other with cabotage flights. Both terminals come together through a walk of a few minutes through a covered walkway.