Surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, Australia is a country and continent with a population of approximately 23 million. Its capital city is Canberra, located inland in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide are all coastal. The country is well known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and the Outback (interior desert wilderness) and its variety of unique animal species, including kangaroos, koala bears and duck-billed platypuses. Australia is a melting pot of culture thanks to the influx of immigrants to the country from Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and this is reflected in modern Australian cuisine. Australian chefs are renowned worldwide for their ability to combine traditional European cooking with Asian flavors. The major cities all offer a wide variety of restaurants, with popular specialities being Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Lebanese, French, African and Greek cuisine.
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