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Sportsman's Addiction Australia Fishing TripsAustralia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian Continent, the island Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

A prosperous developed country, Australia is the world's thirteenth largest economy. Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance such as human development, quality of life, health care, life expectancy, public education, economic freedom and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.

Australia has six states - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmainia, Victoria and Western Australia - Two major mainland territories - The Northern Territory and the Australia Captial Territory (ACT).

Sportsman's Addiction Australia TripsMost of Australia is semi-arid or desert, it includes a diverse range of habitats from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests, and is recognised as a megadiverse country. Because of the continent's great age, extremely variable weather patterns, and long-term geographic isolation, much of Australia's biota is unique and diverse. About 85% of flowering plants, 84% of mammals, more than 45% of birds, and 89% of in-shore, temperate-zone fish are endemic. Australia has the greatest number of reptiles of any country, with 755 species.

Australian forests are mostly made up of evergreen species, particularly eucalyptus trees in the less arid regions, Wattles replace them in drier regions and deserts as the most dominant species. Among well-known Australian fauna are the monotemes (the platypus and echidna); a host of marsupials, including the kangaroo, kangaroo, koala, and wombat, and birds such as the emu and the kookaburra. Australia is home tomany dangerous animals including some of the most venomous snakes in the world. The dingo was introduced by Austronesian people who traded with Indigenous Australians around 3000 BCE. Many plant and animal species became extinct soon after first human settlement, including the Australian magafauna; others have disappeared since European settlement, among them the thylacine.

Most of the estimated 22 million Australians are descended from colonial-era settlers and post-Federation immigrants from Europe, with almost 90% of the population being of European descent. For generations, the vast majority of immigrants came from the British Isles, and the people of Australia are still mainly of British or Irish ethnic origin.

Fun notes:
  1. Sportsman's Addiction Australia Fishing TripsAustralia also has a royal anthem, "God Save the Queen", which is played in the presence of a member of the Royal family when they are in Australia. In all other appropriate contexts, the national anthem of Australia,"Advance Australia Fair", is played.

  2. English does not have de jure.

  3. Australia describes the body of water south of its mainland as the Southern Ocean rather than Indian Ocean.

  4. The Oxford English Dictionary records a first occurrence in 1908, in the form Oss.

  5. Oz is often taken as an oblique reference to the fictional Land of Oz in the film "The Wizard of OZ"(1939), based on L. Frank Baum's novel "the Wonderful Wizard of oz (1900). Australians' image of Australia as a 'Land of Oz' is not new, and dedication to it runs deep". The spelling Oz is likely to have been influenced by the 1939 film, though the pronunciation was probably always with a /z/, as it is also for Aussie, sometimes spelt Ozzie. The Baz Luhrmann film "Australia" (2008) makes repeated reference to The Wizard of Oz, which appeared just before the wartime action of Australia. One reviewer writes: "You even nod with approval at Luhrmann's audacity for cribbing from 'The Wizard of Oz' in his depiction of his Land of Oz, Australia, as a magical place over the rainbow." Some critics have even speculated that Baum was inspired by Australia, in naming the Land of Oz: "In Ozma of Oz (1907) Dorothy gets back to Oz as the result of a storm at sea while she and Uncle Henry are traveling by ship to Australia. So, like Australia, Oz is somewhere to the west of California. Like Australia, Oz is an island continent. Like Australia, Oz has inhabited regions bordering on a great desert. One might almost imagine that Baum intended Oz to be Australia, or perhaps a magical land in the center of the great Australian desert."
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