It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about Australia. The last time I did so was about the famous Sydney Opera House. So I decided to take another look at some of the interesting facts about the land down under.
Did you know that Australia is the word’s smallest continent and the world’s sixth largest country. Australia covers an area of 7,686,900 square kilometres. That’s slightly smaller than the United States mainland which is 7,827,848 square kilometres (does not include Hawaii and Alaska).
Did you also know that one third of Australia’s land is desert. Australia has 10 deserts of which the largest is the Great Victoria Desert, covering just under 5 percent of the country. Ironically, the desert is not located in Victoria but in Western and South Australia. It covers 348,750 square kilometres which makes it around one and a half times bigger than the UK or slightly smaller than Montana.
Tourism is a big part of Australia’s economic industry. Around six percent of Australians work in tourism, with the most popular destination being Sydney, the largest city in Australia.
Here’s another fact. Sydney is not the capitol of Australia. That title goes to Canberra which is located 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne.
You can find hotels in Brisbane relatively cheap right about now. Located on the east coast of Australia, it is the third most populated city in the country. Prices start from $73 dollars US (As of this posting, 1 USD = 1.08402 AUD). You can also find rooms on Australia’s west coast with Perth hotels.
Whatever you decide, consider the beauty and adventure of Australia.