Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the “Bush Capital.” The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses. Australia boasts a number of the world’s foremost attractions and there is truly something for everyone in any of the main cities. Natural sites, man-made spectacles and entertaining parks make up for a larger part of the iconic landmarks. Sydney Opera House, which took more than 14 years in construction, is one of the most remarkable pieces of architecture in the world.