The Land Down Under, where kangaroos and koala bears roam, where Crocodile Dundee and aborigines hunted crocs and other animals. Ned Kelly still evokes memories of outlaws who once roamed Australia. Australia is the only country in the world that occupies an entire continent, making it one of the best places to live. It was originally settled through penal transportation in New South Wales, but its population grew and new areas were explored until five largely self-governing Crown Colonies were formed during the 19th century. Liberal democracy has been the political system since it became the Commonwealth of Australia. Australian culture is primarily Anglo-Celtic, but the country’s unique environment and preexisting indigenous culture soon contributed to its distinctive features. Australian culture has been heavily influenced by American popular culture (especially television and movies), large-scale immigration from non-English-speaking countries, and its Asian neighbors.
Australia’s arts-literature, cinema, opera, music, painting, theater, dance, and crafts-have achieved international recognition and have been one of the reasons why people love to visit or live here. There are a lot of state art galleries in Australia that have strong collections of Australian and overseas artworks that are highly visited by Australians. There’s a strong tradition of music, ballet, and theater; many of its performing arts companies get funding from the Australian Council. Besides fostering dance, it also produces great actors like Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, and the late Heath Ledger.
Sport is a big part of Australian culture, as well as a climate that favors outdoor activities. Australia has strong teams in cricket, field hockey, netball, rugby league, and rugby union, as well as cycling, rowing, and swimming. The summer Olympics and the big finals of local and international football competitions are the most watched televised sports.Australia has really grown into a highly developed country with lots of opportunities. It’s got a landscape for anyone who loves culture and arts and adventure.