When Europeans first settled in Australia, ships provided their only link with Britain and other parts of the world. They were the only transport between the colonies before roads and railways were built. Read about ships in Australia today and in the past, their importance in transporting goods between Australia and other countries, and the problems they can cause to the environment. Find out about the different kinds of ships that transport people and goods, and about the jobs people do on ships and in harbours.
About the Australian Transport Series: This bright and informative new series looks at the development of our transport systems and what they mean for life in Australia today. Topics such as the technology involoved, issues of safety and the environment and employment in this field are covered. For ages 7 to 12.