We are the planet’s smallest continent, and the largest island; our fauna and flora appeared wildly upside down to the early European visitors, and we still have extant pockets of the mega-continent Gondwana land ancient forests, some of the most the world’s most extensive area of subtropical rainforest.
Many sites of our natural heritage have been granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO. Australia is also home to what is often called the “oldest living culture”. I am proud to note I am a member of that culture, but also to celebrate my other heritages: convict and free settler. Australian Indigenous history has much to offer to the broader conceptual space of “Australian History”.