Aborigines were the original inhabitants.
Australia is sometimes called "the land down under" because
it lies in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia is the smallest of the continents
The country of Australia consists of the continent of Australia, with
the island state of Tasmania.
The University of Melbourne Library - Map Collection
Blank outline maps.
Australia is part of the British Commonwealth of Nations but governs
itself. It has a national flag, which includes the English flag and
the southern cross or southern constellation on it. The southern
cross is an important symbol in Australia, it is a constellation that
shines brightly in the Southern Hemisphere.
Australian Flag color page with key
Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish ships sighted Australia in the 17th
century; the Dutch landed at the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1606. In 1616
the territory became known as New Holland.
William Dampier, the English buccaneer, landed in Australia in 1688. But it was not until Captain James Cook's voyage in 1770 that
Great Britain claimed possession of the vast island, calling it New
Australia was settled by convicts from England.
A British penal colony was set up at Port Jackson (Sydney) in 1788,
and about 161,000 transported English convicts were settled there
until the system was suspended in 1839.
Free settlers established six colonies:
New South Wales (1786)
The Island State of Tasmania is the only Australian state that isn't
located on the mainland. Tasmania is one of the worlds last temperate
wildernesses. Tasmania has some unique wildlife, the most famous is
the Tasmanian Devil which is a small and ferocious cat like animal.
Western Australia (1829), South Australia (1834),
Victoria (1851), and Queensland (1859).
Australian wildlife includes the emu and the kangaroo.
Each Australian State or Territory has its own emblem of a animal,
flower, and bird.
Need: paper towel tube, white paper, tape, scissors, paint, crayons
Flatten the cardboard tube. Cove the tube with white paper. Trim and
tape the paper. Color and paint designs on the paper covered tube.
Let dry. When dry deliver the stick to someone with an oral message.
The children could think of a message for their parents to go with
Things to know. In Australia, each aborigine tribe selected several
young men to serve as messengers. The young men carried special
sticks carved with meaningful symbols by the elders. A messenger
delivered his news orally, and left the stick as a reminder of the arrangement.
Need: small box lid, string (parameter of box 4 times),
Leave the corners of the box. Cut part of the sides of the box and
fold down under the box. Cut one slit in one side of a corner. Place
string in the slit. Wrap string around and across the box to create
pictures. Making a cat's cradle type design. Tape string at the corners.
Things to know. Aborigine women in Australia create over 400 string
figures to tell stories with. The storyteller uses her teeth or toes
to assist in making these designs or two women may work together to
make complicated figures. They must practice the sequence of steps
until the pattern is memorized.
Australian painter and printmaker Margaret Preston is renowned for her images
of Australian native flowers.
The Kookaburra Song
Sites to See
Australia For Kids
Created by students. Learn about Australia, take a quiz, fun things to do, and more.
Animals of Australia
Information and pictures of Australian Animals. A new animal added
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The world's first and largest koala sanctuary
Tasmanian Devils Printable Fact Card
Duck-Billed Platypus at National Geographic
Duck-Billed Platypus Printable Fact Card
read by Australian author Mem Fox
How Kangaroo got his Tail
Based on an Australian Aboriginal Legend
Australian Koala Foundation Fun Stuff chldren's section.
Crossword, wordsearch, join the dots, color pages, and more to print and do.
Sticky dot map of Australia craft
Print out the map outline. Be inspired by indigenous dot paintings.
Print a mask and paint interesting circular patterns on it. There are 3 different mask patterns to print.
Print the templates and assemble these paper animals, abilby, galah, kangaroo, Tasmanian tiger.
Australian Guide "Friends"
Print the template.
Make a Didgeridoo
Use a gift wrap tube and paint to create a didgeridoo.
Sydney Opera House Craft
Use paper plates to create the syndey Opera House.
Margaret Preston Inspired Collages (grade 1&2)
Papercraft-Sydney Opera House (hard)
Australia and South East Asia Map Puzzle
Australia Map Game