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.
Blogs from Fraser Island
Latest Blogs from Fraser Island
- December 15th 2013 1. Etappe: Brisbane - Pialba (Hervey Bay)
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- July 15th 2013 Only 5 sleeps to go.....
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- July 11th 2013 9 sleeps ..... eeek ..... excited MUCH!!!!
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- July 3rd 2013 17 sleeps
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- October 14th 2012 Sunday 14th October 2012
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- January 22nd 2012 Start of the Journey Down to Melbourne
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- October 20th 2011 Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Island, Scooteroo og Hervey Bay
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- August 30th 2010 Whale watching and Fraser Island
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- July 13th 2010 Hervey bay/ Fraser Island/ Whitssuday
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- May 25th 2010 Australia Part 13 - Fraser Island
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- January 26th 2010 Hervey Bay & Fraser Island
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- January 18th 2010 Hervey Bay
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- January 17th 2010 Hervey Bay & Fraser Island
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- December 22nd 2009 G'day all!
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- July 12th 2009 Fraser Island
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- June 14th 2009 Hervey Bay and Fraser Island
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- May 16th 2009 Hervey Bay
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- March 25th 2009 The Australian Bloom Contingent
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- March 16th 2009 A few busy days...
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- January 13th 2009 13th -15th January - Fraser Island!
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