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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign transcontinental country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands.

 With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's 6th largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils.

 It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, and mountain ranges in the south-east.
New Zealand  is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island 
(Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). 

New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the islands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.

New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, government transparency, and economic freedom.
11 Shark Species You May Spot in Australia's Oceans!

There are more than 400 species of shark roaming the earth’s oceans, and just under half of those are found in Australia. 
The kangaroo, any of 6 large species of Australian marsupials noted for hopping and bouncing on their hind legs. 

The term kangaroo  refers to the eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo,  the red kangaroo, as well as antilopine kangaroo and two species of wallaroo. 
Immigration Law Matters Australia
The koala o koala bear is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson born 
October 31, 1961 in 
Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

3 time Academy Award-winning work in The Return of the King, the third part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The third-highest-grossing director ever, he is also the man behind The Hobbit trilogy and the 2005 film King Kong. 


“New Zealand is not a small country but a large village.”
Edmund Hillary 
First person to climb Mt. Everest -1953.
July 20, 1919, Auckland, New Zealand
Died: January 11, 2008

Founder / Co Founder: Himalayan Trust

"My most important projects (including climbing Mt. Everest) have been the building and maintaining of schools and medical clinics for my dear friends in the Himalaya and helping restore their beautiful monasteries, too."
A Beginner’s Guide to Australian Slang

Whether you’re dreaming of visiting Australia, have just arrived or have been in this gigantic island of paradise for a while, there are a few Australian slang words that you should learn to help you get through day to day life.
Keithel Urban  New Zealand-born Australian-American musician, singer, guitarist and songwriter known for his work in country music. 
Born: October 26, 1967 (age 54 years), Whangārei, New Zealand

Nicole Mary Kidman is an American and Australian actress and producer. Known for her work across various film and television productions from several genres, she has continuously remained one of the world's highest-paid actresses.
Born: June 20, 1967 (age 54 years), Honolulu, HI
Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. 

Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.
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