Australia The Land Down Under
Australians call different parts of their country by different names:
Is the area immediately outside a city and usually includes the surrounding smaller towns and farms. Most of what is called "the country" is a stretch of land about 200 kilometres deep around the south-eastern seaboard of Australia. Upper Beaconsfield, the Great Ocean Road , the Dandenongs, etc are in "the country".
Is the sparsely populated arid interior of Australia. It makes up almost 85% of Australian landmass. The Outback is both harsh and breathtakingly beautiful. It's like no other place on earth. Coober Pedy, Uluru, etc are in the Outback.
The official name for Australia is the Commonwealth of Australia. It is a stable, culturally diverse, democracy following the Westminster form of government (the British model). It is made up of of 6 states and territories.
The six states are:
The two Territories are:
• The Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
• Northern Territory
The capital of Australia is Canberra.
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The six states were initial semi-autonomous British colonies which came together as a federation in 1900. This past is reflected in the anachronistic practice that each state still has a Governor General who is appointed by the Queen of England.
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