Australia is famous for the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, kangaroos, koalas, the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, its convict colony history, Shiraz and Uluru. Australia is an island located in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The island is both a country and a continent.
As of 2014, Australia's population is approximately 20,351,000, with most of the population living on the southeast coast. The capital is Canberra; however, the city of Sydney is the location of some of Australia's iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera house and Harbour Bridge.
Rural desert areas known as the Outback are found in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The world's largest rock, Uluru, is also found in the Northern Territory. Australia is home to about 130 species of marsupials, such as wombats, koalas and kangaroos, which live in the Outback and rainforests of the country.
The Great Barrier Reef is located on the coast of Queensland. This reef is the world's largest single structure comprised of living organisms. Australia also has several wine-making regions, such as Hunter Valley. Shiraz is the country's most popular wine, and was brought to Australia in 1832 by James Busby.
The country was founded as a British convict colony in 1788. Its history can still be seen in in several sites, such as the Port Arthur convict settlement in Tanzania.Learn More
The Sydney Opera House is primarily made from concrete, granite, glass and ceramic materials. Its trademark white shells are made from precast concrete reinforced with steel and are covered by over 1 million ceramic tiles. Other walls are made from laminated glass supported by steel mullions or by granite-clad concrete.Full Answer >
Clownfish, also called anemonefish, live in the warm waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. These fish have a symbiotic relationship with anemones, which are slow-moving invertebrate animals that look like flowering plants. Clownfish never venture far from their anemone partners.Full Answer >
The Great Barrier Reef is 2,300 kilometers long and runs along the coast of northeastern Australia. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers about 344,000 square kilometers and contains about 3,000 separate coral reefs.Full Answer >
Sitting Bull is famous for leading the Sioux tribes in the fight against the U.S. authorities to survive on the North American Great Plains. Also referred to as Tatanka-Iyotanka, Sitting Bull was born in the Grand River Valley, what is now called South Dakota. He earned a great reputation as a warrior by the time he was 14 years old.Full Answer >