The european exploration of australia first began in february 1606 when dutch navigator willem janszoon landed in cape york peninsula and on october that year when spanish explorer lus vaz de torres sailed through and navigated torres strait islands twenty nine other dutch navigators explored the western and southern coasts in the 17th century and dubbed the continent new holland. Booktopia has all about australia explorers by australian geographic buy a discounted paperback of all about australia online from australias leading online bookstore. Learn about the early explorers of australia in this animated rap lyrics to rap willem jansz back in march 1606 dutchexplorer willem jansz co mman ded the duyfken shipmapped 300ks of land . The following is a list of explorers their common names countries of origin modern and former centuries when they were active and main areas of exploration are listed below their common names countries of origin modern and former centuries when they were active and main areas of exploration are listed below. In 1788 with the arrival of the first fleet little was known about this wide brown land which we now call australia it was only through the courage and perseverance by many brave explorers that the australia we know today was mapped
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