Australia is the only country in the world which is a country and a continent. It’s surrounded by the Pacific and Indian oceans. Canberra is the capital of Australia and its largest city is Sydney. Major cities in Australia are coastal cities and they are Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.
The name Australia comes from the Latin word “australis” which means southern. Australia has a total area of 7,692,024 sq. kilometers with over 24 million people. It is the 6th largest country in the world by land area. Large part of Australia is covered by the desert area known as the “outback.” The country is popular for its Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness known as the outback, unique animal species and Sydney opera house. Australia has a range of different landscapes, including urban areas, mountain ranges, deserts and rain forests. There are variety of unique animals in Australia such as the koala, kookaburra, emu, kangaroo, and platypus.
The indigenous people of Australia are the Australia Aborigines and the Torres Strait islanders. The highest mountain in mainland Australia is Mt Kosciuszko which stands at 7310FT above the sea level. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest reef system in the world which is on the north-eastern coast of the country. The official currency of Australia is the Australia dollar.
The country has many fascinating lakes such as Lake Eyre which is in the South Australia covering a surface area of 9500 sq kilometers. The climate in Australia varies with tropical climate in the northern parts, subtropical in the south and temperate in the south east and south west. One of the main benefits of studying in Australia is most of Universities in Australia have a strong reputation around the world. Indeed students also prefer to study in UK or USA because this two countries have more universities in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings®.