Background: Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop its agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990's, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980's. Long-term concerns include pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.
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- September 29th 2013 Daly Waters to the dead centre of Australia
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- November 8th 2012 Barkly Homestead, Tennant Creek, The Devil’s Marbles and Wycliff Well
by Words: 909 Photos: 9
- September 26th 2012 Devil’s Marbles
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- July 26th 2012 The Devils Marbles
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- November 23rd 2011 THE DEVILS MARBLES
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- November 21st 2011 BARKLEY HOMESTEAD
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- September 12th 2011 Aliens, Devils and Ghosts.
by Words: 541 Photos: 8
- September 3rd 2011 Devil's Marbles and UFOs?
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- May 8th 2011 Day 2 King River to Devils Marbles
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- January 2nd 2011 Stuart Highway day 3
by Words: 271 Photos: 13
- November 24th 2010 THE DEVILS MARBLES
by Words: 972 Photos: 15
- August 9th 2010 The long, the short and the longest yet!
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- December 8th 2009 The Devil's Marbles, Barrow Creek and UFOs
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- November 7th 2009 Big Round Rocks!
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- October 21st 2009 Devils marbles anyone?
by Words: 521 Photos: 5
- October 20th 2008 Like a Rolling Stone
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- September 26th 2008 Day Thirteen and Fourteen
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- July 27th 2008 Tennant Creek to Alice Springs
by Words: 63 Photos: 4
- July 2nd 2008 Alice - Devils Marbles - Mataranka Springs - Kakadu
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- April 22nd 2008 Darwin-Alcie Spring day 3
by Words: 140 Photos: 10