"Do people in Australia call the rest of the world 'up over'?" ~
~ George Carlin ~
This map was on the wall inside the Great Barrier Reef Exhibit of the "Australian Outback" section of the Ft. Worth, Texas Zoo.
I had hoped to see those adorable koalas, but there was a sign that said they had been sent to the San Diego, California Zoo for the time being.
I TOOK THIS ESPECIALLY FOR ALL OF MY MANY WONDERFUL AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS INCLUDING:
Gordon - Larpoon
Billy - Mick Walters
Amanda - craftedfromtheheart
John - Pominoz
Coral - syam C
Jane - Lady Jayne
Ann - craftytutu
Please view on the LARGER sizes ~
Australia officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the mainland, which is both the world's smallest continent and the world's largest island, the island of Tasmania, and numerous other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. N4 Australia is the only place that is simultaneously considered a continent, a country and an island. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east and New Zealand to the southeast.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies became a federation, and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system and remains a Commonwealth realm. The population is just over 21.7 million, with approximately 60% concentrated in and around the mainland state capitals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. The nation's capital city is Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Technologically advanced and industrialised, Australia is a prosperous multicultural country and has excellent results in many international comparisons of national performance such as health care, life expectancy, quality-of-life, human development, public education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Australian cities also routinely rank among the world's highest in terms of livability, cultural offerings, and quality of life. It is a member of the United Nations, G-20 major economies, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, OECD, and the WTO.