The Land Down Under is a colorful patch of islands in the Southern Hemisphere, located as it is between the Southern and Indian Oceans. The smallest part of Australia is Queensland, situated on the island of Aotearoa (also called the South Island) to the north, and to the west the populated island of Tasmania.
Several island chains are located close to Australia’s coast. The Whitsundays is located on the coast of the Southern Ocean, and consist of a group of islands that are separated by a large group of islands known as the Great Barrier Reef.
Another large island group is located off the coast of central Australia. This island chain is called the Adnyam Islands; 45 islands are located in 1173 near Port Macquarie, New South Wales (Australia’s oldest town). These islands became a National Park in 1989.
There are also several small islands such as Eleuthera, just off the coast of Central Australia, and some smaller islands such as Barney and Jervis Island. The largest island in Central Australia is the island of Queensland. There are many other islands as well, such as Christmas Island, in the north of Australia, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef.
Inland, Australia is usually found to be a desert. In the Outback (or Highlands in Queensland, Australia) it can be a hot and dry place, even in summer. One of Australia’s off-limits, is any form of tourism, as it has become too expensive due to its high population of Aussies.
Climate – Australia’s climate is described as being moderately hot and humid. The temperature ranges from 39-56°C in summer, and from 0-23°C in winter. The humidity is lower near the coast, up in the mountains. Winters are cold with cold waters striking inland.
Summer temperatures are increasing due to climate change, and will soon approach those of London.
Land – Australia is generally considered to be a continent and the largest country in the world by area. It is composed of 6 main islands, Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia. The smaller islands are mainly found off the coast.
The largest continent has got to be Australia itself. The insular label of Australia began with Tasmania and continues with the Macquarie Islands and Christmas Islands. Australia is a patchwork of land, harboring the might of three major biomes. Here are the biomes you find in Australia:
Sandy Gully, Western Australia: Located 90 kilometers north of Perth one would be hard to miss. Sandy Gully resembles granite outcropping. The area is Surfers Paradise and is known for erecting world-class waves.
Underwater World, Queensland: Much like Stingray City, this insular region has captured the adoration of surfers all around the globe. A variety of reef beasts can be found in this area, and all around Brisbane. An up-and-coming area, world-class surfers covet this area highly.
Noosa: This area preserves the beauty of sand beaches unspoiled by development. Orange is the keyword in this area, for innovation and change. The architecture in this area is distinctive and is often used to design new businesses and accommodation.
Inbetweeners, Victoria: Between Melbourne and Brisbane is the interesting community of Noosa in the irrigated foothills of the Brisbane River, Noosa is more than just a footpath by Brisbane’s standard. Take a drive to Noosa, hop on a bus and visit the arts and crafts venue, settled into a striking location on the bank of the swooping river, and visit the Butterfly farm and Bird Park. Noosa is also within easy reach of the mountain lodges in the area.
The Hammersley Ranges, New South Wales: Experience the beauty of the Murray River and the red history of Australia. Sited between Exmouth in the South and King Point in the North, the Hammersley Ranges are an ancient weathered surface for coastal mineralization. These heights of Australia are also an ancient wilderness, untouched by development.
Overberg, Western Australia: Convenient well-located in the State of Western Australia, Overberg is a nice offbeat location. It lies between the towns of Mandurah and Scarborough, on the South West Coast of Western Australia. Its great walking trails provide the opportunity to explore the striking scenery of the coastal plains and mountain habitats. The South West Coast invites you to stay in this delightful outback town.
The choosing way to define the Outback is to look at the people who have come to the region in the times of yore. Visiting these historic sites will be worth all the visit.