Australia has a population of approximately 23.5 million, most of whom live on or near the coast. The eastern states and their capitals are home to the majority of the population, whilst regions such as the Kimberley are among the most sparsely populated areas on Earth.
Australia's colourful history has bred a very multicultural population, with most Australians still either born elsewhere, or the children of people who emigrated to Australia - most commonly from the UK, Europe and South East Asia.
Whilst only 1% of the population today is Aboriginal, their culture may be observed in various museums, galleries and regions across Australia. "Dreamtime" legends told through dance, art and storytelling keep the essence of their culture alive.
The official language in Australia is English - though some visitors may require the assistance of a dictionary to decipher some of the "local lingo". www.australiaday.com.au/get-involved/aussie-slang-dictionary/
Travel Tips - engaging with Australia's First Peoples:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people possess the most ancient continuous culture on Earth. There remains a diverse mix of traditions, spiritualities and customs among today's Aboriginal population. Across regions, languages and dialects, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people share a common philosophy of a custodial relationship to the land. When interacting with Aboriginal culture or visiting Aboriginal communities:
- Always ask before taking photographs. Photos of certain people, places and practices can be highly intrusive and may not always be welcome.
- Direct eye contact may also be considered overbearing.
- Different rules and practices may apply to different communities and sacred sites. Take note of any signs and local advice asking you not to photograph, climb or touch important Aboriginal landmarks.