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.
2. Lake Hillier is a bright pink color and scientists aren’t sure why.
3. There are more kangaroos than people.
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.
5. In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create “New Australia,” a utopian socialist settlement in Paragway.
6. In Australia Burger King is called Hungry Jack’s.
7. In 1967, Australia’s prime minister Harold Holt went to the beach for a swim and was never seen again.
8. The city of Melbourne, used to be called Batmania.
9. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.
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.
11. 75% of Australia’s living species are unknown to man.
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.
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.
14. Burning Mountain in Australia has an underground natural coal fire that has been burning for abour 6,000 years.
15. The town of Docker River in Northern Territory was once invaded by 6,000 camels that came in search of water.
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.”
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.
18. In Victoria, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.
19. The top ten deadliest snakes can be found in Australia.
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.
21. There is a river in Australia called the “Never Never River.”
22. The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.
23. There were over 10 million koalas before British settlers arrived in Australia. Now, there are around 43,000 in the wild.
24. You are required to show up to vote in Australia. If you don’t, you’ll face a fine.
25. The Church of Scientology runs a child labor camp in Australia.
26. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with Queen Elizabeth II firing everyone and the government starting again.
27. Australian koalas are in danger of extinction because over half of them have Chlamydia.
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.”
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.
30. Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).
31. Australia exports sand and camels to Saudi Arabia.
32. Australia is an island surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.
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.
34. The world’s largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station is larger than Scotland.
Source: The Telegraph
35. 10% of Britons think Australia is further away than the moon, a survey found in 2013.
36. In 2009, snipers were deployed in Australia to protect a colony of little penguins from predators.
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.