ENG -Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the mainland of the world's smallest continent, the major island of Tasmania, and numerous other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.N4 Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east.
For around 40,000 years before European settlement commenced in the late 18th century, the Australian mainland and Tasmania were inhabited by around 250 individual nations of indigenous Australians. After sporadic visits by fishermen from the immediate north, and European discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606, the eastern half of Australia was claimed by ...
WE are obsessed with natural disasters, celebrities and planking, internet searching habits reveal.
Australia's top 10 search terms on Yahoo!7 revealed the Queensland disasters were the most searched term after devastating floods were followed by Cyclone Yasi early this year.
The Christchurch earthquake ranked third and the Japanese tsunami fifth.
But celebrities weren't far behind, with the popularity of Pippa Middleton pushing the royal wedding into second place.
Read more: Herald Sun (November 29, 2011)
A growing number of Britons are choosing to emigrate to Australia, with Queensland being the top destination, a new survey has revealed.
The Move Monitor study, conducted by Pickfords, revealed that of the firm's 7,000 customers who moved overseas during 2008, there was a 31 per cent jump in the number of Britons looking to relocate down under.
Adelaide and Melbourne were also popular locations, the research found, with the former seeing a 44 per cent increase in movers and the latter experiencing a 42 per cent jump.
Pickfords spokesperson Graham Hardwick explained that the "quality ...
There are strong signs Australia will witness its largest influx of Middle East visitors ever this summer.
The number of visa applications for Australia made by GCC residents shot up by 39% in April compared to the same month in 2006, and increased 15% year-on-year in May, according to Tourism Australia (TA).
"Online visa applications for both months were up 129% on last year," said TA's distribution development manager for the Middle East, Andrew Oldfield. "The majority came from the UAE, but we are hoping the number of visitors from Kuwait will be better this year."
Oldfield said ...
Parking rage soars at Aussie holiday spot TOO many cars, and nowhere to put them. Angry motorists are facing footpath punch-ups, car park rage and vehicles being snatched away by towies at this tourist hotspot.