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Australia is our favorite vacation location outside of the United States. The mainland has been inhabited for more than 42000 years by the Torres Strait Islanders and Aborigines. Although the continent had been visited many times by fishermen from many countries it wasn't until 1606 that the country was "discovered" by Dutch explorers. The eastern half of the continent was later claimed by the British in 1770.

Australia seems to be best known for koalas, kangaroos, the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and the late Steve Irwin but there is much more to the continent than that. To discover all the continent has to offer would take a visitor years.

We had the pleasure of visiting the "Land Down Under" back in 1997 and can't wait to return there someday. Until then hopefully the pictures and videos we took on our trip will give you a taste of what makes Australia so popular.


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