1840 map of Australia - by A. Arrowsmith

1840 map of Australia - by A. Arrowsmith

“Van Diemen’s Land would have been the coolest name for a state but they changed it to Tasmania in 1856. It was a rebranding and apparently, “New Van Diemen’s Land” was too verbose”–pologolfpolo

“It was because “Van Diemen’s Land” had a reputation as a convict hellhole full of horrible murderers and other criminals”–superegz

Remoteness areas of Queensland

Remoteness areas of Queensland

“This looks similar to the ABS Remoteness Structure Map - which is an Australia wide standard for measuring remoteness. It has to do with travel distances to various population centres. Theres a better explanation on the ABS website.

Even if there is a sealed road it still means it can take ages to drive there - making it remote”–fowardtheford

The Remoteness of Western Australia

The Remoteness of Western Australia

“One of the signs of remoteness, is where they keep sliced bread in the freezer section at the shops, and flour is bought bulk. The range of breakfast serials is ‘weet-bix’ and ‘corn-flakes’. Some shops sell their groceries over there near the household goods, the cassettes (country and western) the books (deadwood dicks, motor-car magazines, and the like), and then the farm equipment, and out the back is the barbed wire”–wendykrieger

The Nations of Aboriginal Australia

The Nations of Aboriginal Australia

“I keep thinking if Australia is as habitable as the Europe, what or how many civilisation could have been established, how many wars could have been fought and how many legendary stories could have been told through generations. After all it’s even bigger than western Europe in size”–rwang8721