The Aussie in Me
By Betty Boyd
I find the geography of Australia exciting. According to Wikipedia, Australia is located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. It is the sixth largest country and the smallest continent. The landmass is 2,967,910 square miles, which is still smaller than the 48 contiguous states in the United States and is 31.5 times larger than the United Kingdom.
The diversity of Australia has always fascinated me. It has the lowest, flattest and oldest continental landmass on Earth. Its terrain has low plateaus with deserts, rangelands entwined with fertile plains in the southeast portion of the country. Australia also has the Australian Alps (its largest mountain range) which does not contain any permanent icefields or glaciers.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, and it lies just off the northeast coast of Australia. It has over 2,900 individual reefs, and the 900 islands stretch over 1400 miles. The total area is approximately 133,000 square miles and is off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Another interesting area is the Great Artesian Basin, the world’s largest and deepest fresh water basin.
If money were no object for the trip of a lifetime, then I would definitely visit the country of Australia. I could probably spend half a lifetime there and still not see everything there is to see. I would also have a vacation home for six months out of the year since their seasons are the opposite of the United States.
I love that it is both a continent and a country–how cool is that! I know people that have visited Australia, and their stories are so intriguing that it makes me want to jump on an airplane right now to visit and stay for a spell.
What do you find irresistible about Australia?
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- Coral Reef