Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Australia is an extraordinarily beautiful place, as rich in rainforest as it is in remote rocky outcrops like Uluru, Kakadu and the Kimberleys. The coastline, too, beset as it is with islands and deserted shores, is wild and wonderful.

Australia plates up a multicultural fusion of European techniques and fresh Pacific-rim ingredients – aka ‘Mod Oz’ (Modern Australian). Seafood plays a starring role; from succulent Moreton Bay Bugs to delicate King George Whiting, and of course, with beer in hand, you’ll still find beef, lamb and chicken at any Aussie barbecue.

Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence? Peek over the pickets and find out. This vast country is affluent, multicultural and laced with natural splendour.

Interesting facts about Australia:

  • Manly, NSW, Australia, was named after the local indigenous people who the governor thought were very…. manly.
  • There’s a mountain in Australia called Mt. Disappointment. It was named such because the explorers who first reached its summit found the view to be sub par and wanted to reflect their feelings in the name they chose for the mountain.
  • An Australian man typed every number from 1 to 1,000,000 in words, not numbers, on his typewriter. It took him 16 years.
  • The first ever modern commercial refrigerator was built in Australia in 1856 to keep beer cold.