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 Bright
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- February 27th 2012 Mount Buffalo / Lake Catani & Bright
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- November 30th 2011 Spring is here!
by Words: 620 Photos: 26
- October 24th 2011 Snow... in Australia!
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- September 21st 2011 3½ Months on the Central Coast. (Quite a while back)
by Words: 1523 Photos: 8
- February 24th 2011 Trip to Bright!
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- December 25th 2009 Australie : Victoria - The place to be
by Words: 1861 Photos: 19
- December 24th 2009 JOYEUX NOEL !
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- January 29th 2009 Day 3 - Bright to Omeo
by Words: 569 Photos: 3
- January 28th 2009 Day 2 - Bright
by Words: 185 Photos: 3
- January 27th 2009 Day 1 - Late afternoon
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- January 27th 2009 Day 1 - continued
by Words: 215 Photos: 2
- October 22nd 2008 Loving the (Australian) Alps
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- January 3rd 2008 Bright, Victoria
by Words: 76 Photos: 2
- September 30th 2006 From Coast to Mountains: Yamba to Bright
by Words: 1327 Photos: 13
- March 3rd 2006 Melbourne to Bright, sea and sand to mountains
by Words: 963 Photos: 9
- March 1st 2006 Flying Bright
by Words: 896 Photos: 12