A Closer Look
Geographically isolated and home to unique cultures, wildlife and landscapes, Australia is a world unto itself. The country’s billabongs, gorges, canyons and deserts are populated with species found nowhere else on earth—kangaroos, koalas and fairy penguins, to name just a few. The country’s indigenous culture, speculated to be the world’s oldest continuous living culture (at least 60,000 years old), imbues the land with a sacred significance. And the land itself—from the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living organism, to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), the world’s largest monolith—is equally vibrant. To top it off, Australia’s cities are jewels of contemporary Aussie culture, worthy rivals of the world’s top metropolises.