It is one of the oldest living coral reefs in the world, and also is one of the largest. There are more than 2,000 different kinds of fish and 500 species of coral polyps.
It is the world's largest sand island, stretching over 120km. Panoramic viewpoints include Indian Head, and a cliff famous for sculpted ribbons of coloured sand.
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.
Melbourne is the second-most populous city in Australia and Oceania. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development by the Yarra River.
Australian dollar (AUD)
Around 25 million
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Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Cairns, Alice Springs,Great Barrier Reef.
Australian Citizens with a valid Australian passport can travel to the Schengen states up to a maximum of 90 days without the need of a Schengen visa.
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