Population: 24.49 million Capital: Canberra (ACT) Size: 7,682,300 sq. km (world’s 6th largest country)
Despite being a massive continent, 90% of Australia's population live on the coast due to the majority of the interior being a vast desert.
Australia contains an amazing ecosystem with unique flora and fauna including pristine rainforests, ancient rock formations and beautiful beaches.
Today's Australia is very multicultural with Indigenous peoples and migrants from some 200 countries. Over 250 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages.
Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations.
Australians drive on the left hand side of the road, watch out when you cross the road – look both ways!
Australians generally use British English for the majority of language, with 'colour' and similar words spelled with a 'u', while words such as 'specialised' use an ‘s’ as opposed to a 'z'.
Some popular Aussie (Australian) words/terms and their meanings:
Arvo - afternoon
Barbie - barbecue
Brekkie – breakfast
Cheers - thank you
Fair dinkum - true, real, genuine
G'day - good morning or hello
Good onya : good for you, well done
Mate - friend
No worries! - no problem / it’s okay
Thongs - flip flops
Ta – thanks
Good onya, mate! Understanding the Aussies should be easy now!