Australia is one of the largest countries in the world with a heat scorched and mostly uninhabited colorful hinterland.
Despite its remote location first humans set afoot here as early as 80 millenia ago. They came by boat from the north, practicing island hopping.
 
DNA  from Mungo Man  differ substantially from present day Aboriginals. This points to multiple emigration waves, sofar lost in the haze of time.
 
Before Willem Janszoon stepped ashore in 1606, Indians, Chinese and probably Arabs had already reached Australia but did not create permanent settlements.
 
James Cook explored the eastern shores in 1770 and claimed it as British territory.
A British penal colony was set up in 1788 at Sydney Cove. This was the beginning of the decline of the Aboriginal people.
 
In 1986 the last formal ties with Britain were cut and Australia is now a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy.
The country's  economy is based on mining (coal), agriculture, manufacturing and banking.

Most Australians live in urban areas close to the shore, leaving most of the countryside to kangaroos, camels and poisenous snakes while salties and great whites endanger the shores. 
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Central
Sydney
North East
Whitsundays
Fraser Island
Byron Bay
Blue Mountains
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