The Commonwealth of Australia is a self-govering federal state. It is situated in the south-west of the Pacific Ocean, occupying the continent of Australia and a great number of islands of which Tasmania is the most important. Australia is a continent-island washed by the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. The country consists of six states and two territories. 16 million people live in Australia. The capital is Canberra. The offical language is English. Australia has a Parlament composed of two chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The governmant of the country is headed by the Prime Minister. Australia is not only far from the rest of the world, it has a bad climate, too. The climate is better in the east and south-east, where most big cities have been constructed, but the northern coast has too much rain, and the westen coast is too dry. The whole central part of the country is dry; it never rains, and there are no large rivers and no water there. So there is no rich plant life in Australia, except in the east and south-east. Australia is an important producer and exporter of primary products: wool, meat, sugar, fruit, black, coal, iron, copper, lead, gold and so on. Most of the factories are situated near big cities. There are five big cities in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. These cities are also the country's main ports. Canberra was specially planned as a capital. It is a quiet city. All the government buildings are situated there. There are no industrial plants in the city. About 300,000 people live in Canberra. Sydney is the oldest and largest city in Australia. It was founded in 1788. Sydney is a big industrial centre. About 3 million people now live in the city.
Ed. Note: The sentence about the mountains can be included if you say where the highest point in Australia is (Mt. Koziusko) and then bring in the mountains.