Saturday, March 08, 2014

Wide and brown land

Australia is a big country and continent. It is almost as large as the United States of America. It takes 5 hours to fly from Brisbane to Perth, that is east to west, and north to south, over 5 hours to fly from Darwin to Hobart.

When R's late parents visited us, they were told they had crossed the Australian coast line, and so began to get their things together to before the plane landed. They had crossed the northern coast of Australia and it was still five hours before they could set foot on Australia.


This map clearly shows the states of Australia, with me being in Melbourne, Victoria, right down near the bottom. The Tropic of Capricorn runs through Queensland near Bundaberg across to below where the Ashburton River is marked in the west, so the climate is very varied from tropical in the far north to much cooler in the south. Much of the interior land is desert and cannot support many humans. We cling to the coastline.

Within mainland Australia are also two Territories, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. The administration is somewhat similar to the states, but they don't have Premiers, rather Chief Ministers. The ACT, within the state of New South Wales, encompasses the capital city of Canberra, the seat of our Federal Government. 

Within the states are smaller local government areas, usually called Cities or Shires.

So we have three levels of government, Federal, State and Local and I recently heard that we are the most urbanised country in the world.

24 comments:

  1. Sir, sir, sir!!! I need to go to the toilet.............

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    1. Disruptive behaviour from you, as usual.

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    2. I was always amongst the first to be placed on detention.

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    3. And you are up for another bout, as clearly people who don't live in Australia appreciate my efforts.

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  2. It takes a while to get your head around distances in Aus. I though Ayers rock was just a few miles from Alice Springs! Bit of a blunder in my planning there.

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    1. Many have made that mistake Fun60, including my other half back in the 70s.

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  3. Thanks for that, my knowledge of Australia is non existent

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    1. Good that you are interested John. You may well have had some family in the past sent here at Her Majesty's pleasure.

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  4. Definitely Australia is a very big country and for Europeans amazing and dangerous in some ways because of the exotic animals. Bu I definitely would like to see it and personally watch kangaroos in their environment.

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    1. We do exaggerate the danger Gosia. Creatures to sting you, bite you, eat you or crush you are here, but they are not in our main streets. Wallabies, small creatures like kangaroos are a bit cuter and less dangerous.

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  5. And the most urbane?

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    1. FC, while we know it is Melbourne, we shouldn't brag.

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    2. That's not what the New York Times says Andrew :)

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    3. Grace, they don't even know where Australia is.

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  6. Neither of my parents (English and German) ever really got their heads around the size of Australia. Which meant that my father planned (and sometimes executed) some BIG trips for a weekend's outing. Canberra to Brisbane and back in a weekend is NOT fun. Possible (just) but not fun.

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    1. No EC, that is a big trip. I was little inclined that way when I was younger, but R put a stop to it. It is not fun to be driving all day.

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  7. Andrew

    Can you add a map that shows that proportion of the continent that is barren, rocky desert. The map might help explain why
    A) we mainly live near the coast and
    B) why we are the most urbanised country on earth.

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    1. Good idea Hels. I will keep that in mind for the future.

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  8. I notice my state has two big blue lakes marked on it, yet we are the driest state in the country.

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    1. River, I had not heard of Lake Torrens. It looks like it might be overflow for Lake Eyre.

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  9. I really knew nothing about Australia, except for you guys have the best films, until I started reading you and Red.

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    1. Rubye, I hope you are pleased with what you have learnt. But we do have huge problems here too.

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  10. Thanks for the reminder about the size of Australia. No matter how many times I learn that, I still think of it as a "little island" country. I had no idea it was so urbanized.

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    1. Mitchell, the eastern coast to the south is where about 70% of the people live.

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