AUSTRALIA is huge! It is the sixth largest country in the world. 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 kilometre.
It comprises of an area of approximately 8 million square kms; it covers a distance of 3700 kilometres from North to South, and 4000 kilometres from East to West. Within these boundaries there is an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, a variety of climatic extremes and a host of geological wonders. Temperatures vary from an average of 30 degrees Celsius in the midsummer of the Red Centre to an average of 6 degrees in the highlands in winter.
There’s much to learn about Australia. Endless miles of unspoilt beaches, tropical rainforest, mountain ranges and vast tracts of desert make Australia a country of contrast.