Travel to Australia
The Commonwealth of Australia is the sixth largest country by area and consists of the mainland, the island of Tasmania and several smaller islands. It is surrounded by sea on all sides – the Indian Ocean on the west, the South Pacific Ocean to the east, the Tasman Sea to the south east, the Coral Sea to the northeast and the Arafura Sea and the Timor Sea to the north.
The capital of the country is in Canberra, although the largest city is Sydney. The majority of the highly urbanized population live on the eastern seaboard. Some of the major cities in the country are Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
English is spoken as the national language. Many Aboriginal languages are still used, although some of these may be dying out due to disuse.
Based on scientific evidence it is clear that Australia was settled more than 50,000 years ago, which was succeeded by successive waves of immigration.
Captain James Cook lead an expedition on his ship, the Endeavour, and charted the east coast of Australia, making landfall at Botany Bay in 1770. He is perceived as the first European discoverer of Australia, although in truth, Australia had been explored for centuries prior to this date.
Present day Australia is a developed, prosperous country with a comprehensive social security system, free universal healthcare and is a wonderful place to live and visit.
We hope that this carefully prepared travel guide will ease your travel planning and encourage you to plan a future trip to Australia.