Australia is one of the most exhilarating places to visit. The island continent combines a sunny Mediterranean climate with a relaxed, sophisticated life-style, a prosperous economy with a collage of cultural influences, and a flora, fauna and landscape that is distinctly its own. Australia is the world's sixth largest nation in terms of area. It covers a massive 7,682,300 square kilometres. If the country's outline was superimposed onto a map of Europe, it would extend from London across to just east of Moscow, and from Helsinki in the north down to Cairo.