Australia – April 2014
Australian Tour 2014
For the first big trip of 2014 Chris Wilks and I are heading to Australia! We will be visiting Cairns, scuba diving in Port Douglas, and then heading to Sydney to do some exploring for the last four days of our tour. I’ll be blogging about each day of our trip but depending on internet availability the posts may not go up every day. Subscribe to my blog in the upper right hand of this site to be notified when each day goes up.
Australia covers a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres, mainland Australia is the world’s largest island – but smallest continent. The continent stretches about 3700 kilometres from north to south and 4000 kilometres from east to west, making it the sixth-largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States, and Brazil.
Australia is also the only continent that is governed as a single country. It is sometimes informally referred to as an ‘island’ continent, surrounded by oceans. Australia’s ocean territory is also the third-largest in the world, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres. They also have one of the most urbanised and coast-dwelling populations in the world, with more than 80 per cent of residents living within 100 kilometres of the coastline. Australia currently has a population of almost 23 million people.
The first state we will be visiting is Queensland. Queensland is Australia’s second-largest state in size. The state capital is Brisbane, the third most populated city in Australia. Queenslanders enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than most other Australian states, its home to the Great Barrier Reef as well as five World Heritage listed areas.
Our next stop will be New South Wales. It is Australia’s oldest and most populated state. It was originally settled as a penal colony on the shores of Port Jackson where the bustling capital city of Sydney now stands. More than a third of Australians live in New South Wales.
Thanks for reading so far and stay tuned for posts and pictures of our daily adventures.