The First British ships arrived at Sydney in 1788 and claimed the country naming it “New South Wales”. It later became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901.
Australian culture is influenced by Western culture. It is also influenced by Britain, its geography and Aboriginal.
The crops grown in the country are wheat, pulses, oats, sorghum, canola and barley.
The common foods include chicken parmigiana, sausages, pavlova, meat pies and barramundi.
Common wildlife animals that you find here include kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, wombat, wallaby and platypus.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
Byron Bay Bluesfest is a music festival held annually.
Australia Day is held on 26th January to commemorate the arrival of Captain Arthur Philip and 11 ships from Britain in New South Wales.
Sydney festival is held annually on January to usher in New Year in a style.
Things to see
Its coastline is home to the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef system in the world with more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands extending for 2,300 km in the Coral Sea.
There is also the Great Ocean Road is a 243 km long road along the southeast coast of the country which is listed in the Australian National Heritage sites.
People also visit the Uluru also called Ayers Rock is huge sandstone in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park near Alice Springs.
Other must-visit places are Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge and Bondi Beach.
It is a nation but sometimes referred to as an island nation for it is surrounded by water.
It is surrounded by water on all sides. The closest neighbour is Papua New Guinea followed by 13 others.
It is separated from Indonesia to the northwest by the Timor and Arafura seas, from Papua New Guinea to the northeast by the Coral Sea and the Torres Strait, from the Coral Sea Islands Territory by the Great Barrier Reef, from New Zealand to the southeast by the Tasman Sea, and from Antarctica in the far south by the Indian Ocean.