You can find on this page the old map of Australia to print and to download in PDF. The ancient Australia map presents the past and evolutions of the country Australia in Oceania.

Ancient Australia map

Historical map of Australia

The ancient map of Australia shows evolutions of Australia. This historical map of Australia will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of Australia in Oceania. The Australia ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Human habitation of the ancient Australian continent is estimated to have begun between 42,000 and 48,000 years ago, possibly with the migration of people by land bridges and short sea-crossings from what is now South-East Asia as its shown in Ancient Australia map. These first inhabitants may have been ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. At the time of European settlement in the late 18th century, most Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers, with a complex oral culture and spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime.

Legends of Terra Australis Incognita—an "unknown land of the South"—date back to Roman times and were commonplace in medieval geography, although not based on any documented knowledge of the continent as its mentioned in Ancient Australia map. Following European discovery, names for the ancient Australian landmass were often references to the famed Terra Australis.

Following sporadic visits by fishermen from the Malay Archipelago, the first recorded European sighting of the Australian mainland and the first recorded European landfall on the ancient Australian continent were attributed to the Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon (see Ancient Australia map). He sighted the coast of Cape York Peninsula on an unknown date in early 1606, and made landfall on 26 February at the Pennefather River on the western shore of Cape York, near the modern town of Weipa.