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Legends of ‘Terra Australis Incognita’—an “unknown land of the South”—date back to antiquity and has been subject of speculation among philosophers, historians, geographers and navigators since classical period. In 1770 Captain James Cook chartered the east coast of Australia and since 1945 more than six million people who speak more than 200 languages from around the world have come to live in Australia.
Australia’s Aboriginal people since the last Ice Age lived across the continent as hunters and gatherers. They were scattered in 300 clans and spoke 250 languages and 700 dialects. Each clan had a spiritual connection with a specific piece of land. However, they also travelled widely to trade, find water and seasonal produce and for ritual and totemic gatherings. Today most Australians live within 50 kilometers of the coast, making the beach a vital part of Australia’s lifestyle. With almost 50,000 kilometers of coastline, Australia has over 10,000 beaches, more than anywhere else in the world. Australia has the third highest standard of living in the world and four of the world’s top 10 most livable cities in 2010 were in Australia.
An intriguing contrast of vast, open landscapes and sophisticated, vibrant cities, with spectacular destinations, remarkable wildlife, beautiful beaches, unique experiences, an innovative culture and world-class leisure, business, education and medical facilities, Australia is a welcoming and inspiring destination. A truly unique land, Australia is the world’s sixth largest country and its smallest, flattest continent. It’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometer.