Australian Travel and Culture

Australian Facts

Australia Online
Information, History and Culture of Australia

Australia is located in the southern hemisphere of the globe, covering 7,741,220 km² or 2,988,888 square miles, making it the sixth largest region in the world by land coverage.

It is believed that the first people to settle in Australia arrived more than 40,000 years ago, from Southeast Asia. The Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon was the first European to see the country of Australia in 1606 when he sailed past Cape York Peninsula. The Dutch called Australia "New Holland", but they chose not to settle the country.

The English sailor Captain James Cook arrived on the east coast of the country in 1770 and claimed the land in the name of Great Britain. The country started life as a penal colony for Great Britain.

>> Australian Culture>> Info Australia>> Australian Culture and Facts

Famous Australians

Featured Australian person, Rupert Murdoch of News Corporation and his wife Wendi Deng.
rupert murdoch and wendi deng

See more famous Aussies..
Singer Daniel Johns
Singer Kylie Minogue
Artist Brett Whiteley

Index Australia || About || Link to Us || Flag of Australia || Aboriginal Flag
Famous Australian Places : Sydney || Newcastle
Famous Australian People : Rupert Murdoch || Brett Whiteley
Australian Travel and Culture Portal Online