Australia at a glance
an Annotated Web-resources Bibliography


Here you'll find a list of interesting sites, even if not exhaustive, as you can easily imagine. It is just a starting point. There are some official sites, some sites for kids but also lists of links and search engines. It's a long list, I know, but there are thousands and thousands of sites about Australia and it's very difficult to select only a few! The first ones are sites about Australia in general, followed by sites about each specific topic (but of course, in some cases they can be useful to other topics, too). We tried to avoid, as much as possible, any commercial site. All sites have been checked on 20th May 2001.

 

Australia in brief 2000

Authoritative and introductory site about different aspects of Australia
(created by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs)
( in particular, look at : Australia 2000; Olympic games; Environment and history; Australia now - education)
Recommended as a starting point to get an overview of Australia.
http://www.dfat.gov.au/aib2000/index.html

Facts & Figures

Fabulous facts http://www.auslig.gov.au/facts/facts.htm
Quick facts http://www.mediafocus.org/reference/quickfacts.htm
A brochure http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/pdf/AnIntroduction.pdf
a clickable map http://www.auslig.gov.au/facts/map.htm

Centenary of Federation
http://www.centenary.gov.au/
http://www.federation2001.sa.gov.au/index.htm

Trishan's OZ

Simple, but useful site, very well done by a young boy and his dad;
Excellent photos.

http://www.ozramp.net.au/~senani/mainpage.htm
http://www.ozramp.net.au/~senani/austral.htm

Australia Down Under

http://library.thinkquest.org/28994/index.html

 

All Australian (an overview of everything)
http://www.australianaustralia.com/index.html

A-Z about Australia (you can look for a word, find some quick information and links)
http://www.gamesinfo.com.au/az/index.html

LINKS

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs http://www.dfat.gov.au/australia2000/index.html
Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. http://www.austemb.org/sites.htm
National Library of Australia
i
nteresting the section "Images1", in the same site, with old pictures and drawings
http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/
National Library of Australia - Canberra
It suggests trails, for example, "Australians and the Olympics"
www.pictureaustralia.org
Australian Cultural Network http://www.acn.net.au/
National Museum of Australia
(try: Education and Games)
http://www.nma.gov.au

WWW Virtual Library
http://www.api-network.com/vl/

Virtual Australia

A commercial site, but useful to see photos (photo tour), listen to radio (live radio), connect to webcams (Live camera), have information about time, weather, latest news. Have a look at "Education" to listen to the national anthem and get general informations.
http://www.virtualaustralia.com/home.htm

Guide to Australia (Charles Sturt University)

A collection of links to all major on-line information resources about Australia (culture, geography, nation, science - education, tourism, cities, commerce, etc.)
http://www.csu.edu.au/australia

 

Wildlife & Nature
Environment Australia online
(try "search" or "site index")
www.environment.gov.au
Australian Institute of Marine Science
www.environment.gov.au
www.aims.gov.au
National parks in NSW http://www.npws.nsw.gov.au/
Great Barrier Reef
(an overview)
http://www2.eis.net.au/~nqtds/infocomm/1overv1.html
http://www.wri.org/wri/indictrs/australi.htm
Aussie Animals http://home.mira.net/~areadman/aussie.htm
http://www.aaa.com.au/A_Z/K.shtml
Fact sheets about koala (and not only) http://www.koala.net/ed/default.htm
Links about kangaroo http://members.aol.com/richbrant/kangaroo.html

 

 

Tourist attractions

Sydney (to start with) http://www.gamesinfo.com.au/sy/LC/SYGR/index.html
www.sydneylink.com
Sydney Opera House
http://www.acn.net.au/articles/1998/10/soh.htm
www.soh.nsw.gov.au
Historical Sydney http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/historical_sydney.asp
Bondi Beach http://www.voyeurmagic.com.au/
Webcam in Sydney http://www.viewsydney.com/index3.htm
Uluru www.acn.net.au/articles/1999/06/uluru.htm
http://www.northernterritory.com/3-2a.html
http://www.wcmc.org.uk/protected_areas/data/wh/uluru.html
Coober Pedy
Opal Festivals & Mines
http://www.oac.schools.sa.edu.au/courses/r-10/dibben/k&s/home.htm
http://www.opalcapitaloftheworld.com.au/
Tourism New South Wales http://www.tourism.nsw.gov.au/
National parks in NSW http://www.npws.nsw.gov.au/
Guide to South Australia http://www.sacentral.sa.gov.au/tourism/
http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/
Queensland http://www.bomis.com/rings/Mqueensland-culture-regional/1
Australian Tourist Commission (official site) http://www.australia.com/

 

History & Population

Australian history outline www.austemb.org/history.htm
http://www.acn.net.au/articles/1999/01/australia.htm
Australian History on the Internet
Published by the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C., it's a brief account of the history of Australia.
www.nla.gov.au/oz/histsite.html
Indigenous Australian (the Aborigines) http://www.mediafocus.org/reference.htm
http://www.dfat.gov.au/australia2000/arts_culture.html
http://cf.vicnet.net.au/aboriginal/
http://www.aboriginalaustralia.com/
A quiz about Aborigines http://members.nbci.com/_XMCM/athw/test.htm
Aboriginal art and culture ( a bit more commercial) http://aboriginalart.com.au/
Australia as a multicultural society http://www.beenleigss.qld.edu.au/webquest/actualquest/actualquest.htm#Question

 

 

Education

Netdays Australia 2000 http://netdays.edna.edu.au/2000/
Open Access College - School of the Air http://oac.schools.sa.edu.au/index2.htm
Oz Education (an overview) http://www.effect.net.au/lukastan/oz/Educate.htm
Australian Education System http://aei.deetya.gov.au/students/education/education.htm
Department of Education http://www.detya.gov.au/
Education Network of Australia http://www.edna.edu.au/EdNA
The Royal Flying Doctor Service http://www.rfds.org.au/

 

 

Language & Traditions

Australian English http://www.artistwd.com/joyzine/australia/strine/a.htm
http://www.effect.net.au/lukastan/oz/Language.htm
Click on G'Day
(you can listen to the Aussie accent)
http://www.australia-online.com/dictionaussie.html
Australian folk songs
http://crixa.com/muse/songnet/
Waltzing Matilda http://www.waltzingmatilda.com/HTB_Welcome.html
http://www.ozramp.net.au/~senani/waltz.htm
http://www.aaa.com.au/Waltzing.html (+ audio)
http://ingeb.org/songs/walzingm.html (+ audio)
Chrissie (Xmas) Down Under http://www.ozkidz.gil.com.au/Christmas/ http://www.beenleigss.qld.edu.au/christmas/page28.html
http://www.acn.net.au/articles/1998/11/xmas.htm#oz

 

Sport

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games http://www.oca.nsw.gov.au/oca/html/default.cfm
http://www.gamesinfo.com.au/
http://www.mediafocus.org/reference/olympics2000.htm
http://www.southcom.com.au/~jennifert/Games/olythm.html
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/activity.htm
About surfing www.surfingaustralia.com

 

 

Just for fun!!

Webcams
from Sydney to koalas,
from beaches to Antartic
http://www.nadc.com.au/aboutaust/webcams.html
Compare Dublin to Sydney
http://www.magna.com.au/~gb1/public_html/index.htm
Just view (absolutely DON't copy) amazing photos of Australia http://www.pwp.com.au/search.asp?refresh=2%2F20%2F01+3%3A10%3A33+PM
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorer/australia/abell/2.html

 

From A to Z (About.com)
http://goaustralia.about.com/travel/goaustralia/library/weekly/blausa.htm?rnk=r8&terms=australia

More links
http://www.ozkidz.gil.com.au/AustraliaDay
http://www.austmus.gov.au/scripts/bookmark/booksearch.asp

Useful search engines:
www.studyweb.com
www.yahooligans.com

Two Australian search engines:
Matilda search engine
http://www.aaa.com.au/
http://www.webwombat.com.au/

Have a nice surfing!!!