Monday, May 17, 2010

AUSTRALIAN WALK-ABOUT


I realise not a lot is known about Australia (Oz).
So let's go walk-about together.

The wide, brown land: A Country, Island and Continent.

Australia 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.
Beach paradise,  Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it an integral part of our laid-back lifestyle. 

Australia produces 95 per cent of the world's precious opals and 99 per cent of its black opals. The world’s opal capital is the quirky underground City of Coober Pedy in South Australia. The world’s largest opal, weighing 5.27 kilograms, was found here in 1990. 

Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is Australia's largest producer of gold. It also embraces the world's largest political electorate, covering a mammoth 2.2 million square kilometres.

Australia's 85.7 million sheep (mostly merinos) produce most of the world's wool. With 25.4 million head of cattle, Australia is also the world's largest exporter of beef.

Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest oyster, weighing up to 3 kilograms, while the world’s longest earthworm, stretching up to 4 metres, is found in Gippsland in Victoria. 

The world’s longest piece of straight railway track stretches 478 kilometres across South Australia’s vast, treeless Nullarbor Plain. Australia’s longest stretch of straight road - 148 kilometres – is on the Eyre Highway in Western Australia. It’s just a tiny portion of the 2,700 kilometre sealed road that takes travellers from Perth to Adelaide. The world's longest continuous fence – the dingo fence – was built to keep sheep safe from Australia's native dog and runs for 5,531 kilometres through central Queensland and South Australia.

Today Australia is home to a wealth of wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. We have around 800 species of birds, half of which are unique to this country. Our marine environments contain more than 4,000 fish varieties and tens of thousands of species of invertebrates, plants and micro-organisms. About 80 per cent of Australia's southern marine species are found nowhere else in the world.
Australia also supports at least 25,000 species of plants, compared to 17,500 in Europe. There are over 12,000 species in Western Australia alone!

We are predominately a Christian country and were originally known as,
The Great South Land of The Holy Spirit in 1606.

9 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. Thanx for this Crystal Mary - it's very informative.

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    God bless you always.

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  2. crystal mary, your post was fascinating!! i'm ashamed at how little i knew about australia, learning so much in your first paragraph! what a wonderful place to live, a true treasure on this earth!

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  3. That was a great post. I would love to come visit some time. Seems like there would be a lot to see and learn about. sandie

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  4. Thanks for the walk about. I've been wanting to visit Australia. Hopefully someday. Thanks also for visiting my blog.

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  5. Really interesting, Crystal. I wish I could come for a visit. What an amazing country.

    Bonnie

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  6. Hiya Bonnie, I believe you will one day..Hug

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  7. One of my life-long goals was to get to Australia. I came close out of university when I was lined up to teach downhill skiing in canada and also in Australia. then I found out what the pay was to be. Anyway, thanks for the post! lots of things I didn't know.

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  8. Thankyou for the visit Ian. Bless you.

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