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After presenting the iconic views of Australia, I would like to show the places less visited and presented.
We began our trip in Darwin. We went for a walk around the town and its beaches. Beaches are sandy and beautiful but empty as they are dangerous - the meeting with the box jelly fish can be fatal. It was very hot and humid and we were a bit exhausted. We saw there an Aboriginal couple. They started to talk to us, they were worried if we had enough water to drink. We chatted with them for a while and than I asked about the photo. And they posed for me! I felt privileged as Aboriginal people do not like photos and in other case I wouldn't ask.
Aboriginal Australians, also referred to as Aboriginal people, are people whose ancestors were indigenous to the Australian continent— that is, to mainland Australia or to the island of Tasmania—before British colonisation of the continent began in 1788.

"In a genetic study in 2011, researchers found evidence, in DNA samples taken from strands of Aboriginal people's hair, that the ancestors of the Aboriginal population split off from the ancestors of the European and Asian populations between 62,000 and 75,000 years ago—roughly 24,000 years before the European and Asian populations split off from each other. These Aboriginal ancestors migrated into South Asia and then into Australia, where they stayed, with the result that, outside of Africa, the Aboriginal peoples have occupied the same territory continuously longer than any other human populations. These findings suggest that modern Aboriginal peoples are the direct descendants of migrants who arrived around 50,000 years ago." (Wikipedia)
Total population of Aboriginal people is 517,000 (2006), it is 3% of Australia's population. but in Northern Territory it is 32.5%. We saw many groups of them in the city, picnicking on the lawns ar making shopping in supermarket.

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