Australia is the largest country in Oceania, the world’s sixth-largest country with a population of nearly 26 million, and is the largest island in the world. Canberra is the nation’s capital, while the largest city is Sydney, and other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.
Australia is a highly developed country, with the world’s twelfth-largest economy. It has a high-income economy, with the world’s tenth-largest per capita income.
Immigrants account for 30% of the country’s population (the highest proportion among major Western nations) whilst it is rated as the eighth-highest on the ‘Human Development Index’, and the ninth-highest ranked democracy globally.
Australia ranks high in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, civil liberties, and political rights, with all its major cities faring exceptionally well in global comparative liveability surveys.
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Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island and is made up of 7 States.
The following information is about our home state - Western Australia (WA).
1. The capital of WA is Perth, which is the most isolated city in the world, with the next closest city being Adelaide in South Australia, and that’s over 2,200 km away.
2. WA boasts over 12,500 kilometres of coastline. Which means you are never going to be stepping on anyone’s towel at the beach.
3. If WA were a country, it would be in the world’s top 10 for size.
4. Perth city is closer to Singapore and Jakarta than it is to Canberra (Australia’s capital city). Therefore, it is closer to a foreign country than it is to its own national capital.
5. The world-famous jetty at Busselton is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. How big would that be, you ask? 1.8 kilometres of wooden glory.
6. Western Australia is also home to the longest stretch of straight railway in the world at 478 kilometres.
7. Where can you find the world’s biggest fish? Off the coast of WA of course. Here you can go for a night dive with a 13-metre-long whale shark.
8. WA is the second largest state in the world after Russia’s Sakha
9. Perth is the only city in the world where you could fly your own aeroplane, and land it smack-bang in the middle of the central business district.
10. The Kalgoorlie mine in WA is the world’s largest producer of gold.
11. The Argyle mine in WA is the world’s largest producer of diamonds.
12. Broome in WA is the world largest producer of pearls. Triple bling.
13. King’s Park in Perth is the biggest city park in the world.
14. Mount Augustus in WA is massive. So massive it is the biggest in the world. 8 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide.
15. Finally and most importantly, Perth is the home to the highest amount per capita of self-made millionaires in the world.
- Queensland is home to the tallest residential tower in the Southern Hemisphere, the Q1. It measures 322.5m, with a roof height of 275m.
- Queensland is the second-largest state in Australia (the biggest is Western Australia) and is nearly 273 times bigger in total size compared to the country Singapore.
- Queensland is 5 times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain, and two-and-a-half times the size of Texas.
- If Queensland was its own country, it would be the eighteenth largest in the world!
- Out of Australia's 11 World Heritage-listed areas, Queensland is home to five of them – the Great Barrier Reef, the Scenic Rim National Park, Fraser Island, Riversleigh Fossil Fields, and the Wet Tropics.
- There are more than 200 National Parks in Queensland.
- The majority of Queensland receives an average of between 8 and 9 hours of sunshine every day – no wonder it's called the Sunshine State!
- There are over 200 national parks in Queensland.
- Queensland has a population of only 4.5 million people, and more than half lives outside the greater metropolitan area of Brisbane (it's capital).
- Queensland is the third-most-popular destination for tourists in Australia.
- Queensland has the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary spreading over 6-hectare, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has over 130 koalas that you can cuddle with!
- Queensland's thriving music scene was the birthplace of many successful musicians, such as the Bee Gees.
- Queensland is also home to famous entertainers, such as the late great Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.
- Our spectacular Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural wonder in the world – even visible from space.
- World Heritage-listed Hinchinbrook Island is Australia's largest island national park.
- Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and home to one of the world's most beautiful blue freshwater lakes, Lake Mackenzie.
- Queensland boasts some of the oldest dinosaur footprints in the world which can be found in the outback town of Winton.
- Queensland will host the 2032 Olympic games. The third-time they have been awarded in Australia.
- Queensland is home to the world's most ancient forest. The Daintree rainforest.