We’ve been learning about Australia, andÂ I am going to tell you about The Outback. The Outback is in Australia, it is a desert.Â It is in the middle of the country, but it is so BIG!Â It is most likely you will die if you get lost there!Â Australia is huge too!Â Most of the people are Aborigines but some of them are white!Â The jobs are mainly sheep farming, cattle stations, mining and tour guides.Â It would be really hard, it can be 500 miles to a petrol station or a shop! Â The roads are just like muddy dusty sand roads.Â Â Australian cities are mostly near to the coast however the Outback isnt!Â There are more sheep in Australia than people!Â People who are miners dig for metals and underground valuables.Â School of the air is a school over the radio because people who live in the outback would have to travel 100s of miles everday to get to school, but now it is over the internet.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge. The harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House, is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.
Under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932. The bridge’s design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level. It was also the world’s widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 m (160 ft) wide.
The First Fleet happened in AustraliaÂ after Captain Cook discovered Australia, then the island was used forÂ people of crimes.Â The fleet was 11 ships led by HMS Sirius and captain Philips. They landed near where Sydney is now. The convicts had to build a town and look after them selves and were guarded by soldiers.
This week we have been doing some facts about the Great Barrier Reef .
Coral is a hard stony substance secreted by marine coelenteries as an exleranald skeleton, typically forming large reefs in warm seas.
About 630 species have been recorded along the great barrier reef, includingÂ starfish.
TheÂ greatÂ barrier reefÂ isÂ the world’sÂ largestÂ coral reefÂ system.
There are at least 40 species of funnel web spiders and they are currently in two general types: Hadronyche and Atrax. They are medium to large, varying from 1 cm to 5 cm body length. Body colour can vary from black to brown, but the hard carapace covering the front part of the body is sparsely haired and glossy. The Sydney funnel web spider is probably responsible for all recorded deaths (13) and many medically-serious bites.
We are learning about Australia for our topic. It is a very fascinating country, Australia, we have learned about Aborigines, what they eat and what they do. Captain Cook was the first person to discover Australia. His ship was called the Endeavor. Endeavor means never giving up and trying hard and being tough.