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Awesome Facts About Australia

If you want to learn something new about Australia check out these 37 awesome facts about Australia.

1. Australia has 10 time more camels than koalas.

Source: CNN

2. Lake Hillier is a bright pink color and scientists aren’t sure why.

Hillier Lake, Australia

3. There are more kangaroos than people.

Source: environment.gov.au

4. Australia’s Highway 1 is the world’s longest national highway. With about 14,500 km (9,000 mi), it circumnavigates the entire country.

Highway 1 (Australia)

Source: wikipedia

5. In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create “New Australia,” a utopian socialist settlement in Paragway.

New Australia

Source: wikipedia

6. In Australia Burger King is called Hungry Jack’s.

Hungry Jack's

Source: wikipedia

7. In 1967, Australia’s prime minister Harold Holt went to the beach for a swim and was never seen again.

Australian prime minister Harold Holt (1908 - 1967) on the beach with three women. (circa 1966). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Australian prime minister Harold Holt (1908 – 1967) on the beach with three women. (circa 1966). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Source: wikipedia

8. The city of Melbourne, used to be called Batmania.

Melbourne skyline at night

Source: wikipedia

9. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.

Blenheim Beach, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia (Via)

Blenheim Beach, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia (Via)

Source: australia.gov.au

10. There is a mountains in Australia called Mount Disappointment because its explorers found the view from it sub-par and wanted to reflect that.

Source: wikipedia

11. 75% of Australia’s living species are unknown to man.

The viper-like snake Acanthophis cryptamydros discovered in the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia. It has a diamond-shaped head and stout body. (Via)

The viper-like snake Acanthophis cryptamydros discovered in the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia. It has a diamond-shaped head and stout body. (Via)

Source: abc.net.au

12. An Iraqi refugee Sam Eisho moved to Australia and used the welfare system as income. Years later, he became successful and wrote a check to the government for every cent they gave him.

Sam Eisho

Source: Business Insider

13. Australia’s national science agency claims to have invented the technology behind Wi-Fi and has sued companies using technology without a license.

wi-fi

Source: arstechnica

14. Burning Mountain in Australia has an underground natural coal fire that has been burning for abour 6,000 years.

Burning Mountain

Source: wikipedia

15. The town of Docker River in Northern Territory was once invaded by 6,000 camels that came in search of water.

Docker River camels

Source: wikipedia

16. There’s a bookstore in Australia where books are wrapped in paper with short descriptions so no one can “judge a book by its cover.”

The Blind Date book shelf at Elizabeths in Newtown, Australia

The Blind Date book shelf at Elizabeths in Newtown, Australia

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au

17. In 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Until this time, Australia used Britain’s flag, the Union Jack. A competition was held to find the design for Australia’s own flag. Five designers shared the prize because they came up with similar ideas for new flag.

Flag of Australia

Source: wikipedia

18. In Victoria, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.

Source: buzzfeed

19. The top ten deadliest snakes can be found in Australia.

Eastern brown snake (Via)

Eastern brown snake (Via)

Source: australiangeographic.com.au

20. There’s a plant called the Gympie Gympie, native to Australia, that will make you vomit in pure agony just by touching it. The sting is potent enough to kill humans and horses.

Source: gizmodo

21. There is a river in Australia called the “Never Never River.”

Source: wikipedia

22. The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.

Redback spider (Via)

Redback spider (Via)

Source: australianmuseum.net.au

23. There were over 10 million koalas before British settlers arrived in Australia. Now, there are around 43,000 in the wild.

Source: themalaymailonline.com

24. You are required to show up to vote in Australia. If you don’t, you’ll face a fine.

Source: wikipedia

25. The Church of Scientology runs a child labor camp in Australia.

Source: nydailynews

26. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with Queen Elizabeth II firing everyone and the government starting again.

Queen Elizabeth II in Western Australia watching a traditional performance welcoming her. (Mogens Johansen/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II in Western Australia watching a traditional performance welcoming her. (Mogens Johansen/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: washingtonpost.com

27. Australian koalas are in danger of extinction because over half of them have Chlamydia.

A vaccine for chlamydia in koalas

A vaccine for chlamydia in koalas

Source: BBC

28. Many claim that a genocide was committed in Australia against its native people from 1910 to 1970 in an effort to create a “White Australia.”

An Indigenous Australian playing the Didgeridoo (Via)

An Indigenous Australian playing the Didgeridoo (Via)

Source: independent.co.uk

29. The most valuable legal tender coin in the world is a US$1 million coin from Australia. Since it weighs 1,000 kg and is 99,99% pure gold, it is worth almost US$45 million.

The most valuable legal tender coin in the world

Source: perthmint.com.au

30. Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).

Australian Antarctic Territory

Australian Antarctic Territory

Source: wikipedia

31. Australia exports sand and camels to Saudi Arabia.

Source: BBC

32. Australia is an island surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.

Source: Australia.com

33. Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. States but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Close-up of a declawed paw

Source: wikipedia

34. The world’s largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station is larger than Scotland.

Homestead at Anna Creek, South Australia (Via)

Homestead at Anna Creek, South Australia (Via)

Source: The Telegraph

35. 10% of Britons think Australia is further away than the moon, a survey found in 2013.

An airplane flies past the supermoon near Madrid, Spain, 24 June 2013. The 'supermoon' filled the sky on 23 June and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth. EPA/CHEMA MOYA

An airplane flies past the supermoon near Madrid, Spain, 24 June 2013. The ‘supermoon’ filled the sky on 23 June and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth. EPA/CHEMA MOYA

Source: metro.co.uk

36. In 2009, snipers were deployed in Australia to protect a colony of little penguins from predators.

Four little penguins walk towards the ocean in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Four little penguins walk towards the ocean in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Source: The Guardian

37. 24 rabbits that were introduced to Australia in 1859 had multiplied in number to over 600 million over the course of less than a century.

European Rabbit

Source: wikipedia

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