Australia

Australia is a vast and diverse island continent, spreading from the Pacific to the Indian Oceans, from the tropics to the departure point for ships heading to the Antarctic. It’s covered with deserts and rainforests, fringed with endless beaches and massive coral reefs – one of them can even be seen from space. All our cities cling to the coast, yet each is unique with its own culture, style and pace. Australians are known for our sunny and positive disposition, a friendliness enshrined in our national culture of ‘mateship’ and a passion for sport matched only by our appreciation of art – more Australians visit galleries and museums than attend sports venues.

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We may be best known for our laidback beach lifestyle and our obsession with sports,
but the arts also play a dominant role in our culture. 
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No, you probably won’t find a wombat under your bed or see kangaroos running down your street, but you might well meet up with them at the beach. And if you head out of town and ‘go bush’ in our sparsely populated interior, you’ll be delighted at the abundance of wildlife with ample room to roam and thrive.
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Our cities cling to the coast and are endowed with some of the loveliest and most famous beaches in the world. But there’s more to our outdoor lifestyle than sun, sand and sea: there’s heaps of snow! Australia has more snow than Switzerland, and it’s just a few hours’ drive from some cities.

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