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Australia Webquest

Updated 16/4/2005

Australian scene

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Read each question carefully, then follow the links to find the information requested.

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Good luck and enjoy finding out about Australia!

 

1. Read about continents then complete the map and colour France in blue and Australia in red.

World map

AFRICA – ANTARTICA - ASIA – AUSTRALIA – EQUADOR – EUROPE – NORTH AMERICA – THE NORTH POLE – SOUTH AMERICA – THE SOUTH POLE

  • Which hemisphere is Australia in?
  • So when its winter in France, it's ………………………………………… in Australia.

2. Complete the map of Australia

Canberra – Coral Sea

Great Barrier Reef –

Indian Ocean – Victoria –

New South Wales –

Northern Territory –

Queensland – Tasmania –

Tasman Sea –

Western Australia –

South Australia

Map of Australia
 
  • Australia is composed of ………………… states and …………………. territories.
  • What is the capital city of Australia?
  • Which are the largest cities?
  • How many people are there in Australia?
  • What is the nickname of Australia? Why?

3. Colour the Australian Flag

Australia's flag
  • Why is there the British flag on the upper left corner?
  • What do the 5 stars represent? Why?
  • What does the Commonwealth star symbolize?

4. What is the currency in Australia?

In France we pay in Euros, in Australia they pay in ………………………………………………………………….

5. Government in Australia

  • Who is the «Head of State» of Australia?
  • Who represents her when she is not there?
  • Who runs the country? Who is the Head of the Government?

6. The Aborigines (source 1) (source 2)

Aboriginal flag
  • The black represents
  • The red represents
  • The yellow represents
  • What's a "didgeridoo"?

7. Ayers Rock (Source 1) (Source 2)

  • What is its aboriginal name?
  • Why is it so important for the aborigines?
  • How high, how old and how long is it?

8. The Flying Doctors

  • Who are they?
  • What do they do?

9. Alice Springs School of the Air (source 1) (Source 2)

  • What is it?

10. The Animals

Dingo

Emu

Duck-billed Platypus

Echidna

Koala

Kangaroo

Kookaburra

Sugar Glider

Wombat

Australian animals
  • what are "dingoes"
  • Where do they live?
  • What do they eat?

11. Geography and Tourism (Source 1) and (Source 2)

  • What is the "outback"?
  • What are there in the outback?
  • What can you see in Sydney?
  • What is the most famous touristic place near Cairns?

Get more information here

12. Language

The Australians speak English but some words or expresssions can be different: it’s Australian slang.

Can you find the Australian slang words for these English words?

Australian Slang
English / Australian Australian / English
friend: arvo:
good day: brickies:
work: hoon:
toilet: Oz:
girl: sticky beak:
Australian language: durry:

13. Sport (Source 1) (Source 2)

  • Australians are very sporty. What sports do they practice?

14. The 2003 Rugby World Cup

  • Which group was France in? Write the names of the other teams.
  • Which group was Australia in? Write the names of the other teams.
  • Which group was England in? Write the names of the other teams.
  • Which group was New Zealand in? Write the names of the other teams.

Play this matching game then match the emblem with the team in the table below.

Now click on the emblems to find information about each team. Give the name of the team.

Rugby Teams
1 2 3 4 5 6
ffr ffr ffr ffr FFR ab

England

N° ....

Name

.........................

New Zealand

N° ....

Name

.....................

France

N° ....

Name

.....................

Australia

N° ....

Name

.....................

Argentina

N° ....

Name

.....................

South Africa

N° ....

Name

.....................

Group matches

  • When and where did France play?
  • When and where did Australia play?

This Webquest created by Nathalie Vezon, professeur d'anglais dans le Gard. Adapted for the web by Darren Rigby