Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, where Aborigines, British, and foreigners have coexisted for years surrounded by beautiful nature.. Its inhabitants have been populating the coast being Sidney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth the most inhabited cities. Here are four facts about Australia that you have to know before traveling to the country.
It is the biggest island in the world and most of it is desert
Australia is considered the largest country in Oceania and the seventh biggest country in the world. Plus, there is no other island bigger than Australia –except Antarctica, which is technically a continent. Australia extends over approximately 7.7 million square kilometers –more than that of all the countries of the European Union combined. 80% of Australia’s surface corresponds to the outback, a huge desert developed through kilometers and kilometers of nothingness until reaching the popular Ayers Rock in Uluru.
This is the reason why the usual way to travel from one point to another in Australia is by plane. Because of this, long term airport parking is available in most airports of the country –so you can keep traveling by plane without worrying about your car. If you are flying from Melbourne and planning on using long-term parking at Melbourne Airport, Parkos offers shuttle parking at very reasonable prices. This means that you don’t need to walk far or use public transport to get to the terminal: you just have to drive to the airtport car parking and then take a free shuttle bus.
The capital, Canberra, was created from scratch
The dispute between Sydney and Melbourne in order to decide which one should be the capital ended up with the Solomon-like decision of creating a new capital from scratch. The construction of Canberra began in 1913 and was designed by American architect Walter Burley Griffin.
It has the most impressive beaches in the world
If you visited an Australian beach a day, it would take you 27 years to cover them all. The coast is so immense that you have to choose. Some of the best known are Byron Bay, Port Douglas, Surfers Paradise, Twelve Apostles or Bondi Beach. Its seabed is also one of the richest and most varied in the world. The ideal place to discover it is in the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site where we can find more than 2,000 different species and endless corals.
It has animals that you have never seen or heard before
Although if we think of Australia the first thing that comes to mind are kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles, the truth is that in this country there are more than 378 species of mammals, 828 kinds of birds, 4,000 types of fish, 4,400 species of lizards and snakes, a couple of crocodile species and about 50 types of marine mammals. Fun fact? Asutralia is the first camel – exporting country in the world.