This dry, arid landscape you see behind me is called Australia. One-third of the whole continent is desert.
In the early 1600´s the dutch had explored parts of Australia. The had a penal colony, which you see behind me, to exile criminals.
The first penal colony was at Port Jackson that later became Sydney.
This beach behind is a good representation of how Australia´s beaches look like in the summer.
Australia´s climate and seasons are very different from ours. Their summers are from December to Febuary and their winters are from June to August.
One thing especially unique about Australia is its wildlife. The kangaroo, koala, and wallaby. They also have the most venomous snakes in the world.
Australian culture is very unique as well. They dine on European and Asian dishes. They celebrate Christmas and three other holidays ANZAC Day, Australia Day, and Queen Elizabeth's Birthday.
ANZAC Day or Australia and New Zealand Army Corps Day honors the armed forces and also marks the day of Australia's first battle in World War ||. Australia Day celebrates the first arrival of european settlers.
The aboriginal Australians or native people of Australia had inhabited the land for tens of thousands of years before the europeans arrived. They lived in hunter-gatherer communities much like the one you see behind me.
Approximately one million aboriginal lived in Australia before europeans arrived. Due to foreign diseases and land loss brought by the europeans many aboriginal people died during the european colonization.