Tell me about this i have always wondered why such a huge piece of land lay practically ignored for over 300 hundred years, why was it it not colonized till the late 18 century. I mean how could all those explores acutually mis it
Simply put the logistics were terrible. The North West of Oz where the explorers came is hot and dry apart from the wet season where it's hot, dry and then occassionally very wet.
No lovely forests and rich green farming land was in sight. Also...who the hell were you going to colonise with? Well, the British worked that one out.
I see zero grand conspiracy in it all. Australia is simply a logistical and survival nightmare for sea farers from afar. Easily one of the toughest places to colonise and explore with Europeans on the planet.