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Australia is the largest country in Oceania, the world’s sixth-largest country with a population of nearly 26 million, and is the largest island in the world. Canberra is the nation’s capital, while the largest city is Sydney (just), and other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

Australia is a highly developed country, with the world’s twelfth-largest economy. It has a high-income economy, with the world’s tenth-largest per capita income.

Migrants to Australia account for 30% of the country’s population (the highest proportion among major Western nations) whilst it is rated as the eighth-highest on the ‘Human Development’ index, and the ninth-highest ranked ‘Democracy’ globally.

Australia ranks high in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, civil liberties, and political rights, with all its major cities faring exceptionally well in global comparative ‘Liveability’ surveys.

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Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island and is made up of 7 States.

The following information is about the biggest state in Australia - Western Australia (WA).

1. The capital of Western Australia is Perth (the most isolated city in the world), with the next closest city being Adelaide in South Australia, and that’s over 2,200 km away.

2. WA boasts over 12,500 kilometres of coastline. Which means you are never going to be stepping on anyone’s towel at the beach.

3. If WA were a country, it would be in the world’s top 10 for size.

4. Perth city is closer to Singapore and Jakarta than it is to Canberra (Australia’s capital city). Therefore, it is closer to a foreign country than it is to its own national capital.

5. The world-famous jetty at Busselton is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. How big would that be, you ask? 1.8 kilometres of wooden glory.

6. Western Australia is also home to the longest stretch of straight railway in the world at 478 kilometres.

7. Where can you find the world’s biggest fish? Off the coast of WA of course. Here you can go for a night dive with a 13-metre-long whale shark.

8. WA is the second largest state in the world after Russia’s Sakha

9. Perth is the only city in the world where you could fly your own aeroplane, and land it smack-bang in the middle of the central business district.

10. The Kalgoorlie mine in WA is the world’s largest producer of gold.

11. The Argyle mine in WA is the world’s largest producer of diamonds.

12. Broome in WA is the world largest producer of pearls....Triple bling!

13. King’s Park in Perth is the biggest city park in the world.

14. The Mount Augustus Tourist Park in WA is massive. So massive it is the biggest in the world. 8 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide.

15. Finally and most importantly, Perth is the home to the highest amount per capita of self-made millionaires in the world.

The following information is about another big state in Australia - Queensland (QLD).

1. Queensland is home to the tallest residential tower in the Southern Hemisphere, the Q1. It measures 322.5m, with a roof height of 275m.

2. Queensland is the second-largest state in Australia (the biggest is Western Australia) and is nearly 273 times bigger in total size compared to the country of Singapore.

3. Queensland is 5 times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain, and two-and-a-half times the size of Texas.

4. If Queensland was its own country, it would be the eighteenth largest in the world!

5. Out of Australia's 11 World Heritage-listed areas, Queensland is home to five of them – the Great Barrier Reef, the Scenic Rim National Park, Fraser Island, Riversleigh Fossil Fields, and the Wet Tropics.

6. There are more than 200 National Parks in Queensland.

7. The majority of Queensland receives an average of between 8 and 9 hours of sunshine every day – no wonder it's called the Sunshine State!

8. There are over 200 national parks in Queensland.

9. Queensland has a population of only 4.5 million people, and more than half lives outside the greater metropolitan area of Brisbane (it's capital).

10. Queensland is the third-most-popular destination for tourists in Australia.

11. Queensland has the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary spreading over 6-hectare, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has over 130 koalas that you can cuddle with!

12. Queensland's thriving music scene was the launch-pad of many successful musicians, such as the Bee Gees (the Bee Gee brothers migrated to Queensland from the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom).

13. Queensland is also home to famous entertainers, one of which was the late great Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.

14. Queenslands spectacular Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural wonder in the world – even visible from space.

15. World Heritage-listed Hinchinbrook Island is Australia's largest island national park.

16. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and home to one of the world's most beautiful blue freshwater lakes, Lake Mackenzie.

17. Queensland boasts some of the oldest dinosaur footprints in the world which can be found in the outback town of Winton.

18. Queensland will host the 2032 Olympic games. The third-time they have been awarded in Australia.

19. Queensland is home to the world's most ancient forest. The Daintree rainforest.

What are some interesting facts about Australian immigration?

1. 46 per cent of Australians have at least one parent who was born overseas.

2. Nearly 20 per cent of Australians speak a language other than English at home.

3. In 2013, overseas migration represented 60 per cent of Australia's population growth in the year.

4. Skilled migrants have very high participation rates in the Australian workforce, helping to stimulate economic growth.

5. In August 2021, there were 3.0 million permanent migrants in Australia who arrived since January 2000.

6. India was the top country of birth among permanent migrants (439,700 people). 59% of permanent migrants were Australian citizens (1.8 million people) on 29 Mar 2023.

7. The Top Occupations In Demand in Australia 2023

  • Nurses and Medical Staff
  • Software Programmer and IT
  • Trades and Construction
  • Teachers
  • White Collar Management/Professionals
  • Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
  • Engineers
  • Farmers

8.  Modelling says Australia needs 250,000 migrants a year to boost the economy by $1.6 trillion by 2050.

9. This year (2023) — it is estimated that 190,000 permanent migrants and 13,750 humanitarian migrants will be granted visas to enter Australia in addition to 66,000 “temporary" visa grants.

1. There are four seasons across most of Australia, with the tropical north experiencing a wet and dry season. Summer runs from December to March (average temperature 29 °C), autumn from March to May, winter runs from June to August (average 13 °C) and spring from September to November.

2. Top 10 Safest Cities in Australia are;

  • Canberra – Australia’s Capital City
  • Adelaide – South Australia
  • Hobart – Island state of Tasmania
  • Perth – Western Australia
  • Gold Coast – Queensland
  • Newcastle – New South Wales
  • Geelong – Victoria
  • Darwin – Northern Territory
  • Wollongong – New South Wales
  • Ballarat – Victoria

3. The sunniest city in Australia Perth. In fact, it's officially the sunniest capital city in the world, with an average of eight hours of sun per day, year-round. It's wonderfully close to Fremantle and Rottnest Island too (home of the Quokka marsupial) 

4. The Highest Point in Australia is;

  • Mount Kosciusko at 7,310 ft (2.23 km)
  • The Lowest Point is Lake Eyre -39 ft. (-12 m.) and
  • The Longest River is the Murray River (2,520 km)

5. Australia is a continent and also a country.

6. The Capital of Australia is Canberra.

7. Kangaroos only exist in Australia.

8. Australia's coat of arms contains the Kangaroo and the Emu (the only 2 animals in the world that cannot walk backwards)

9. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the biggest reef system in the world.

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