Australia Oz is a large country spanning many time and temperate zones so anything I say here will be general and foolishly simplistic. But, hey, it's my site. This is a proud country, rightly so, and one of humor, skepticism, patience, fair- ness (Aussies - consider the the world before laughing out loud), intelligence, rowdiness, bawdiness and beer. Prices are high but so is the general standard of living. It sports a bit of a complex about its position in the world, but none about the preeminence of Aussie rules football; that is a certain truth. The great bulk of the country is currently uninhabitable bush; the population lives on its fringes (coasts). Australia does not include many world or weather extremes; it does, however, claim numerous unique and indigenous animals and birds. It is also, wherever people gather, a lovely and gracious place with good humored people who are not in a hurry. Australia tempers the work ethic of the Commonwealth with the pace of the Mediterranean; where does one need to rush?