However, Cook by no means discovered Australia, nor was he even the first Englishman to land on its shores. That was done by William Dampier in 1688, and his opinions of Australia ("New Holland" as it was then known) were less than complimentary.
Aborigines had been in Australia for thousands of years, and Malay and Macassan traders had been landing on the far northern coast, collecting sea slugs to trade with China, for many years.
Willem Jansz/Janszoon was a Dutchman who was seeking new trade routes and trade associates. He became the first recorded European to step foot on Australia's shores on the western shore of Cape York Peninsula, on 26 February 1606. However, he believed the Cape to be part of New Guinea, from whence he crossed the Arafura Sea.
In 1616, Dutch sea-captain Dirk Hartog sailed too far whilst trying out Henderik Brouwer's recently discovered route from the Cape of Good Hope to Batavia, via the Roaring Forties. Reaching the western coast of Australia, he landed at Cape Inscription on 25 October 1616. His is the first known record of a European visiting Western Australia's shores.
First European to discover Australia was in 1606 by Willem Janszoon.
Being native to Australia alone, the emu was discovered in Australia.
No South American explorer discovered Australia.To see who really discovered Australia, see the related question below.
who discovered australia first
Captain James Cook claimed and discovered Australia in 1779.
When we discovered Australia.
The chinese were said to have discovered Australia and everybody thinks that Captian Cook discovered it but really the first people to discover Australia were the Dutch unless you incude the Aborigines in which case they discovered Australia first.
Because Australia was discovered by the British.
Australia's first payable gold was officially discovered in Australia in May 1851.
The aboriginals because they walked from Asia across Landbridges and discovered Australia.
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James Cook was a Lieutenant when he charted (not discovered) the east coast of Australia in 1770.
No, Australia discovered New Zealand.
Dirk Hartog discovered the west coast of Australia in 1616 and called it New Holland. Lieutenant James Cook discovered the east coast of Australia in 1770 and called it New South Wales.
he never discovered australia, he mearly brought tobacco to australia
Bauxite was discovered in 1950 at Gove, Northern Territory.
The ship that discovered Australia was called the Duyfken and came from Holland. This Dutch vessel sighted Australia's coast in 1606.
1851 was the year that the first payable gold was discovered in Australia.
No explorer discovered most of Australia in 1770. Australia had been "discovered" over 150 years earlier by the Dutch. However, Lieutenant James Cook (later Captain) charted the east coast in 1770.
The first dinosaur discovered in Australia was a small theropod. On 7 May 1903, geologist William Ferguson discovered the claw of the theropod at Cape Paterson in Victoria.
When it was discovered by Europeans.
captainJames cook discoverd botany bay in Australia