Thursday, December 29, 2011

learn something about Australia

Sunrise and morning mist at Colour Patch, Augusta,
near the mouth of the Blackwood River, Western Australia.

Hello!

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.

The name Australia is derived from the Latin australis, meaning "southern". The country has been referred to colloquially as Oz since the early 20th century. Aussie is a common colloquial term for Australian. In neighbouring New Zealand the term Aussie is sometimes applied as a noun to the nation as well as its residents.


Australia has six states - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia - and teo major mainland territories - the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Each state and major mainland territory has its own parliament.

Although most 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 inshore, temperate zone fish are endemic.

Australian forest are mostly made up of evergreen species, particularly eucalyptus trees in the less arid region, wattles replace them in drier regions and deserts as the most dominant species. Australian fauna are hte monotremes (the platypus and echidna) a host of marsupials, including the kangaroo, koala and wombat. Australia is home to many dangerous animals including some of tthe most venomous snales in the world!

The delightful Blackwood River which flows through the south west of the state offers some excellent scenic walk trails along its banks. The Blackwood is the largest river in the south west and begins its journey near the wheat belt town of Wagin, before flowing through Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup to its final meeting place at the coastal waters of Augusta.

Characterised by lush rolling hills and charming historic towns, the blackwood river valley is breathtakingly picturesque and naturally beautiful. its particularly beautiful in springtime, when the wildflowers and local award-winning gardens put on a dazzling show of colour. at night, clear skies give stargazers an awe-inspiring view of the constellations, and by day art-lovers will discover outstanding craftsmanship in the local galleries. food and wine lovers will be delighted by the aray of products on offer for tasting throughtout the region.

Have a nice day!

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