Australia is the world´s sixth largest area and is the only country that occupies an entire continent. Commonwealth of Australia is made up of the Australian mainland and several islands, the largest of which is the island of Tasmania. Populous metropolises are surrounded by diverse nature on the mainland territory. Although much of the continent is covered by deserts and semi-deserts, there are other various landscapes in Australia: alpine meadows, tropical jungle etc. Australia is home to unique species of flora and fauna, some of which are found only in this continent. Many animals and plants, including the giant marsupials, disappeared with the emergence of aborigines, while others (such as the Tasmanian tigers) disappeared with the advent of the Europeans.
Australia is the perfect place to practice any water sports. Windsurfing, surfing, diving, boating, water skiing, sailing and other water sports – everything is available to those having rest on the coast. If you do not like it, you can stroll in one of the many national parks, cycle or go horse riding. You can also take part in a safari or rock climbing.
Australia is sunny blue sky, blinding sun, beaches covered with white sand and ocean ending at the horizon. Along all the northeastern coast of the country stretches out the Great Barrier Reef, where a unique marine national park of Australia is situated, which is also in the list of World Heritage. This place is famous for the colorful coral reefs and many islands in the Coral Sea, where first-class hotels are can be found.
Australia's attractiveness lies not only in the colorful nature of the continent. Comfortable cities, centers of cultural and economic life of the country also make a contribution to this. In all big cities - whether Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne or any other large city of Australia - skyscrapers coexist with historical places of interest, and cozy parks and museums - with busy streets and luxury shops.
When returning home, you will certainly want to buy yourself a souvenir, something that will remind about staying in this delightful country. On the shelves of gift shops you can find handicrafts made by local residents, thin clothing of sheep's wool, and in jewelry stores - jewelry made out of the famous Australian opals, pearls or elegant beautiful pink diamonds.