Australia (sometimes referred to as the Land Downunder) is located southeast of Asia in the southern hemisphere. It is the world’s largest island (and smallest continent) covering an area of 7,713,360 square kilometres (2,978,145 square miles).
The island together with the nearby island of Tasmania forms the Commonwealth of Australia. It is the only nation to occupy an entire continent and, as an island nation, Australia shares no borders with other nations.
Australia is divided up into six states and three territories. The six states are; New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. The three territories are the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory and Jervis Bay Territory. Australia is also responsible for a number of dependencies such as Norfolk Island where some descendants of the mutineers of the Bounty live.
Australia is a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometre. Much of Australia’s exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world and the lifestyle is one second to none.