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While Australia is roughly the size of the continental United States, it has fewer residents than the state of Texas. It is a country of epic landscapes—the famous Outback stretching to the horizon and rain forests that include plant species from the days of the dinosaurs. You’ll find the world’s…

While Australia is roughly the size of the continental United States, it has fewer residents than the state of Texas. It is a country of epic landscapes—the famous Outback stretching to the horizon and rain forests that include plant species from the days of the dinosaurs. You’ll find the world’s largest living organism here: the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles). Australia also has the distinction of being home to the world’s largest monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock), the red sandstone formation that is a sacred site for the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area.Along with Australia’s natural wonders, its cities have undeniable appeal too. Lively Sydney is centered around its harbor, ringed with manmade landmarks including the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its friendly rival, Melbourne, is a city of immigrants as well as historic buildings from the days when Australia was still a British colony. Sunny Brisbane, remote Darwin on the west coast and Tasmania’s Hobart are just a few of the other cities waiting to be explored.And, of course, there are the country’s welcoming locals. Not just the friendly human residents, eager to show you the best of Australia, but kangaroos, koalas and wallabies that willingly pose for photos—you know you want one. In short, it’s a country like nowhere else. With its Aboriginal rock paintings, natural beauty and bustling cities, Oz (to use the country’s common nickname) is perhaps better described as a land of awe.

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