G’day mate, and welcome to the land down under! Australia is the smallest inhabited continent of the seven continents and can also be considered the largest island in the world. Because it is below the equator, the seasons are reversed – you may be in winter, but it is the middle of summer here. Most people live on the coast of Australia, the interior is mostly desert. Many of Australia’s native animals and birds can be found only in Australia like the kangaroo, koala, dingo, emu, platypus, wallaby and wombat.