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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the only country that has a whole continent to itself. Although it is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback", Australia is actually one of the world's most highly urbanised countries with vibrant, cosmopolitan cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
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Sydney is the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and liveable cities.
Victoria is the southernmost of the eastern mainland states of Australia.
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay.
South Australia is a state of Australia in the south of the country between Western Australia to the west and Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to the east, and south of the Northern Territory.
Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia. It is separated from Adelaide by the distance of 2,139km to the east.
Tasmania has both the smallest land area of any Australian state and the smallest population - less than half a million.
Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland. The Greater Brisbane region has a population of about 2.2 million people, making it the third-largest city in Australia.
New South Wales is Australia's most populous state. Its capital, Sydney is the country's oldest, largest and most cosmopolitan city, centred on its spectacular harbour.
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. It lies on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent in the central, southern part of the Australian continent.
Queensland is one of the six states in Australia and probably most famous because of its association with several major world heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park and Fraser Island.
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, occupying the western third of the continent.
The Northern Territory is a Federal territory of Australia, occupying much of the centre of the mainland continent, as well as the Central Northern regions.
Canberra is the purpose built capital city of Australia, located in the Australian Capital Territory in the south-east of New South Wales.
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