The sixth-largest country by land area, Australia is among the wealthiest nations in the world, with an economy driven by mining and the export of natural resources such as bauxite, coal, iron, natural gas and uranium. It is a sporting powerhouse and boasts a landscape that ranges from a vast desert to green tropical forests. It's home both to the world's largest coral system, the Great Barrier Reef, and modern marvels like the Sydney Opera House.
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