AUSTRALIA is the world’s smallest continent and also the largest island with 34,218 km of mainland coastline. Australia is a land of geographical extremes, boasting some amazing natural scenery and formations, notably the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, extending for over 2,000 km.
The Great Dividing Range along the east coast sees snow each winter and North Queensland is home to tropical rainforests teaming with animal and plant life. Inhabited for more than 42,000 years by Indigenous Australians, the British settled the eastern mainland through penal transportation as part of the colony of New South Wales in 1788. Most Australians are descended from European settlers, the majority from Great Britain and Ireland. Today the population, now 21 million, is concentrated in the state capitals and has quadrupled since the end of WWI, spurred by an ambitious immigration program and a policy of multiculturalism. Sport plays an important part in Australian culture, assisted by a climate that favours outdoor activities.
Superyachts, upon entering Australian waters, should participate in AUSREP, which is a ship reporting system designed to contribute to safety of life at sea and is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) through the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) in Canberra. Participation in AUSREP is mandatory for certain ships but superyachts visiting Australia or transiting Australian waters are encouraged to participate voluntarily.
More info at www.amsa.gov.au/publications/AUSREP.pdf. Australia has a very well established and cohesive superyacht industry that is ably represented by the national body, Superyacht Australia, a division of the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and regional cluster groups in most states.
Captain’s log: Australia – Why not Australia?