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Sydney, Australia

As the only country occupying an entire continent, it's fair to say that Australia is completely unique in its mix of thriving cosmopolitan cities, dense rainforests, deserts, famous coral reefs, beaches galore and of course, the great Outback. The country that first started as a British penal colony has now grown to one of the world's top (and favorite) tourist destinations. 

Perhaps Australia's most famous city is Sydney, the host of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and the country's largest (and oldest) city. The glorious Sydney Harbour, with its shell-shaped opera house perched above the water, is a photographer's delight. And the food in Sydney is an eclectic mix of nearby Asian influences, traditional Australian fare, and a wide variety of other tastes. Factor in the 28,500 hotel rooms in the Sydney tourism region, and there's no wonder why this city is a booming business destination as well!

Nature lovers will never want to leave Australia. The Great Barrier Reef along the coast off Queensland is the longest and most complex living coral system in the world and provides a habitat for a wide range of marine animals. And Australia has more than 2,000 national parks and nature reserves in which it's possible to spot a koala resting in a gum tree or a kangaroo hopping nearby!

C O N V E N T I O N   V I S I T O R S   B U R E A U S

Your first stop if you're planning an Australia vacation is the Australian Tourist Commission website. You'll find all the thing you need to know for when you go "Down Under."

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Historical Note: It is generally thought that Aborigines island hopped from South East Asia eventually arriving in Australia between 120,000 and 60,000 years ago. The oldest skeleton found in Australia was at Lake Mungo in southwest New South Wales, and has been dated at 48,000 years old. This is thought to be the world's oldest ceremonial burial site and the earliest sign of ochre use ever discovered.