Australia Facts

Conventional long form : Commonwealth of Australia
Independence : January 1, 1901 from UK
Currency : Australian dollar
Official language : English
Religion : Christianity
Capital city : Canberra
Population : 23.13 million (2013)
Literacy : (est 2012) Total – 96%  , Male – 96%  , Female – 96%
Australia Trade
Exports : Iron ores & concentrates, Coal, Natural gas, Gold, Crude petroleum
Imports : machinery and transport equipment, computers and office machines and telecommunication lasers
Australia Geography
Continent : Australia (continent by itself)
Total Area : 7,617,930 km2 (2,941,300 sq mi)
Time Zone : Australia has three main time zones – Australian Western Standard Time (AWST; UTC+08:00),  Australian Central Standard Time (ACST; UTC+09:30) and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST; UTC+10:00). Some of the states observe daylight saving time (DST) and external territories observe different time zones.
Location : Australia is a country and a continent by itself. It is located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean.
Boundaries : none
Climate : The greater part of the continent is desert or semi-arid. Only the south-east and south-west corners have a temperate climate and moderately fertile soil. The northern part has a tropical climate.
Terrain : The geography of the country is extremely diverse, ranging from the snow-capped mountains of the Australian Alps and Tasmania to large deserts, tropical and temperate forests.
Lowest Point :  Lake Eyre, -15 m
Highest Point :  Mount Kosciuszko,  2228 metres
Major Rivers : Murray River, Murrumbidge River, Darling River, Lachlan River, Cooper Creek, Gascoyne River, Goulburn Reiver, Warrego River, Paroo River, Snowy River
Mountains : Mount Kosciusko , Mount Townsend, Mount Twynam, Unnamed peak on Etheridge Ridge, South Rams Head, Rams Head North, Alice Rawson Peak, Byatts Camp, Carruthers peak, Abbott Peak
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Popular Sports : Cricket, Football, Tennis, Golf, Rugby
National Bird : Emu
National Animal : Red kangaroo
Popular Food : Meat pie, Fish, Chips
Attire : Western clothing
Top Cities / Towns : Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Hobart, Cairns, Canberra, Alice Springs
Tourist Attractions : Great Barrier Reef, Great Ocean Road, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fraser Island, Kakadu National Park, The Rocks, Barossa Valley, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Kings Park, Western Australia

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