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Australia is the smallest continent in the world, but the sixth largest country.
The capital of Australia is Canberra, and the largest city is Sydney; both are located
in the southeast.
In my opinion, some of the most imposing things of Australia are the followings:
The Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest known coral formation in the world. It
possesses an abundance of coral types. Their variety creates a magnificent display of
different shape and colors, with the most colorful fish species and about 350 species
of stony corals. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was created in 1975 and it is the
largest marine park in the world.
Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, is considered to be the largest individual rock mass,
or monolith, in the world. Located in central Australia, the monolith measures about
3.6km long and 348m high. Rock paintings made thousands of years ago by
Aboriginal artists cover the walls of many caves in Uluru.
Boomerang, missile used chiefly by the Aboriginal Australians as a weapon and for
sport. Made of hard wood, it is roughly V-shaped, with arms skewed. One surface is
flat and the other is slightly convex.
The return boomerang, which normally returns to the thrower, is about 30 to 75 cm in
length and is used for sport and for hunting small birds. The non return boomerang in
length from 60 to 90 cm is used in war and for hunting large game. With it the
Aboriginal people can fatally injure an enemy or bring down game at a distance of
Koalas are native marsupials that live in trees. They can only be found in
eucalyptus forests of Australia, feeding on the leaves and flowers of certain species
of eucalyptus.
Koala paws are well adapted for gripping and climbing trees. These marsupials
appear to have a good sense of smell, they sniff leaves before selecting one to eat,
suggesting that they can smell a difference among individual leaves.
Both wild and captive female Koalas may live 13 to 20 years, while males generally
have a maximum life span of about 12 years. In the wild, however, most koalas die
younger due to predation, disease, or accidents with motor vehicles.
Today koalas survive in the remaining small patches of eucalyptus forests throughout
eastern Australia, from the tropical northeast to the southeast.
Koalas are protected by the Australian government.