The last discovered continent was charted and explored by sailors, traders and adventurers. The history of all these expeditions begins with the arrival of Dutch merchant ships in 1595 and and ends with the penetration of the lost corner of the Australian desert by Colson in 1936. The intervening centuries saw men like Abel Tasman, James Cook, Charles Sturt and Edward Kennedy traverse the rivers, scale the mountains and plod across the plains and deserts of the land down under. Each expedition added another section to the map of Australia and each tells an individual, dramatic story. What these men found,- the wild cattle and kangaroos, the native populations, the vast gold fields, the unusual vegetation- is described along with the overall itinerary of each journey. An informative study --companion to Exploring the Americas and Exploring the Pacific.