Reading Bill Bryson’s In A Sunburned Country, about his journey through Australia. Like all Bryson books, it is very readable, funny and fascinating. Notes:
Australia is a dry, hot, vast expanse that containing most of the world’s poisonous creatures, including quite a few that can easily kill a human being with a single bite or sting.
Australia was discovered 10s of 1000s of years ago by The Aborigines, and it appears they found it through boating. It was later encountered — but deemed unimportant — by several different Europeans before James Cook found it for England while on dual science and South Seas exploration in 1770. After discovering the land, he sailed north and found “agreeable” and larger than expected land.