Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Pacific and the Indian oceans. Its principal cities are spread around the coast and include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, and Darwin. Australia’s political capital is Canberra, which is inland and 250kms southwest of Sydney. Australia is the world’s largest island but also the smallest continent. The country is divided into six states and two territories.
Australia has some great museums which provide a unique sample of Western, Asian, and Pacific masterpieces as well as a significant focus on the Australian Aboriginal culture.
The history of Indigenous Australians began over 65,000 years ago when Aboriginal Australians first populated Australia. At the time of first European contact, it is estimated that as many as 750,000 people lived in Australia, with upper estimates being as high as 1.25 million. A cumulative population of 1.6 billion people has been estimated to have lived in Australia for over 70,000 years. With this long and diverse history, Australia’s First Peoples developed a strong spiritual connection to the land, water, and animals that continues today.
NOTE: The collections on this site may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.
“Joy of Museums” acknowledges the Traditional Owners as the custodians of Australia
“Joy of Museums” recognize their connections to the land, water, and territories, and we pay respects to Australia’s First Peoples and their Elders, past, present, and future.
- Museums in Sydney
- Museums in Melbourne
- Museums in Canberra
- Museums in Brisbane
- Museums in Perth
- Museums in Adelaide
- Museums in Darwin
Australian Proverbs and Quotes
- Country: Australia
- Political Capital: Canberra
- Largest City: Sydney
- National language English
- Population 24 million
- Australian States & Territories with Capital City
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – Canberra
- New South Wales (NSW) – Sydney
- Victoria (VIC) – Melbourne
- Queensland (QLD) – Brisbane
- South Australia (SA) – Adelaide
- Western Australia (WA) – Perth
- Tasmania (TAS) – Hobart
- Northern Territory (NT) – Darwin
Map of Australia
” A Platypus is a duck designed by a committee.”
Photo Credit: By Hai Linh Truong from Sydney, NSW, Australia (Sydney Opera House Close up HDR Sydney Australia) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons