Australian States

There are eight Australian States.

The Commonwealth of Australia constists of six states and two territories.

New South Wales was the first colony and is the oldest state of Australia.

Sydney Harbour, with Opera House and Ms Europa in Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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It is here that Captain Arthur Phillip took the First Fleet, and after their first stop in Botany Bay they settled and started buidling the colony where Sydney Harbour is today.

Consequesntly there is a lot of history particularly in Sydney. The coastal towns of New South Wales are pleasant with great sandy beaches and good weather. In the inland there is the outback with some mining towns like Broken Hill, classic outback spots like Silverton, and some interesting national parks like Mungo. In between is a lot of empty land like anywhere in the outback.

Twelve Apostles
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Victoria is the smallest one of all the mainland states, but most densely populated. No wonder Victorian cars are all over the country despite their number plates saying "Victoria - the State to Be".

Victorian history is a lot about gold rushes, and there are a lot of beautiful old Victorian buildings from them old rich days, particularly a bit inland. Victorian beaches are also good, but Victoria is a bit of a cool state - the coldest on the mainland, along with ACT.

Parliament House, Capital Hill, Canberra, Act, Australia
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Australian Capital Territory is the youngest of all of Australian states and territories. Canberra was built to be the capital of Australia, after all the struggles to decide between Sydney and Melbourne. ACT is of course the smallest of Australian territories.

Dove Lake & Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair Nat'l Pk, UNESCO Site, Tasmania
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Tasmania is the only Australian island state, and the smallest of all Australian states. Like ACT and Victoria, it has a cool climate, but it is not nearly as crowded - there is a lot of wilderness. Tasmania was the second oldest Australian colony.

Vineyards, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
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South Australia was the first Australian settlement of free settlers and not convicts. All in all it is way less populated than the south eastern mainland states and has a proper proportion of quite exciting outback with Australia's central deserts and some great national parks. Its coasts are more rugged and have less population too, but most of the population is in the south east of the state, around Adelaide.

Walkers at the Domes, Bungle Bungle, Purnululu National Park, Kimberley, Australia
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Western Australia is the largest of Australian states, and all in all one of the least populated. Most of its population lives in the south west, around Perth, and the rest is pretty much deserts, wilderness and mining leases.

Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia
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Northern Territory is the largest of Australian territories (well with ACT it's not a hard task even if it was much smaller), and along with WA it is one of the least populated and most remote.

Aerial View of Hardy Reef, Great Barrier Reef and Sea, Queensland, Australia
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Queensland is the second largest state after WA, and like the rest of the northern half of the country still less populated, however its coast is the most populated of the northern states. It is known as the sunny state, the laid back and bacward state, but you can call me all the names, I still quite happily live here :-)

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