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"While Aboriginal inhabitants had lived well in the rainforest and from the sea, immigrants found the land harsh and ungiving. The dangerous reefs, dense vegetation, debilitating climate and advent of disease took their toll. For these reasons and more, it was not until gold fever lured hundreds of thousands of fortune hunters after the discovery of gold at Palmer River in 1872 that the region became developed."
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"Despite the diversity of their homelands – from outback deserts to tropical rainforest and snow-capped mountains – all Aboriginal people share the belief in the Dreaming, or ‘Tjukurrpa’. According to Aboriginal myth, the ancestor spirits forged all aspects of life and continue to link the past, present, the people and the land. Dreaming stories describe the journeys of spiritual ancestors and are told through song, dance, painting and storytelling."
"Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first)."
"While an Australian may say, 'G'day' or 'G'day, mate', this may sound patronizing from a foreigner. Visitors should simply say, 'Hello' or 'Hello, how are you?'"
Start Preparing for Your Trip
Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations
Visas: An e-visa is required
What to Pack: "First, consider what time of the year you’ll be traveling. Remember that the seasons are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere (with winter in July and summer in January)."
Places to Go. Things to Do.
Enjoy a Little Australia from Home
When You Arrive
Water Safety: Water is safe to drink
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