A natural paradise
Australia is an ancient island continent with vast open spaces fringed by fertile coastal regions and the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are more than 40 world heritage listed sites, [insert link: environment.gov.au/heritage/places/world] including pristine rainforests and wilderness areas, fossil sites, and iconic destinations like Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.
Much of Australia's flora and fauna are unique to the region, and there are many accessible locations where visitors can come face to face with animals in their native habitats.
An estimated 23 million people share this wide land. Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with an estimated 260 languages spoken. Nearly half of all Australians were either born overseas or have one parent born overseas.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia are the oldest surviving cultures in the world, tracing their history back at least 50 000 years. Indigenous communities keep this heritage alive by passing traditions and stories from one generation to the next, and by protecting sacred and significant sites. Contemporary Indigenous art and music reflect the rich culture of the many tribal groups throughout the nation.
Quality of life
Australians enjoy a high quality of life, with an excellent health care system and top quality educational institutions. Australia is a safe and tolerant multicultural community, and Australians are renowned for their easy-going and welcoming nature.
Innovation and infrastructure
Australian research and innovation is behind many of the world’s cutting-edge developments in science and technology. With large amounts of money invested in research and development by government and industry, Australia is an integral part of the global scientific and educational community.