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Fun facts about Australia

embraceaustraliaadmin | Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 10:50 am

We’ve brought together a list of fun and quirky facts you might not know about your favourite country, Australia!

  • The UK fits into Australia thirty-three and a third times
  • The platypus is only found in Australia
  • The World’s longest mail run in a single day is the flying postman’s route. From Cairns to Cape York the postie covers 1450km over nine hours with ten stops
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, and its rainwater is so pure 5.5 tonnes of it was shipped to Seoul to quench the thirsts of Australia’s Olympic athletes
  • Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, NSW, has the whitest sand on Earth according to the Guinness Book of Records
  • Sydney has the deepest natural harbour in the world with 504,00 mega litres of water
  • Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road like us
  • Australians celebrate the Queen’s birthday with a public holiday. Alright for some!
  • Perth has more cafes per capita than any other city in the world
  • South Australia is the driest state on the World’s driest continent
  • Half of Australia’s total wine production comes from South Australia
  • Western Australia is Australia’s largest State.  At 2,525,500 sq km, Western Australia is about the same size as Western Europe, and boasts cattle stations (ranches) the size of England
Earnie the very lovable Emu from Waratah park NSW, Image: SXC

Earnie the very lovable Emu from Waratah park NSW, Image: SXC

More fun facts about Australia…

  • Approximately 200,000 camels roam Australia’s deserts, representing the largest herd of wild camels on Earth
  • There are over 60 national parks and reserves in the Northern Territory including Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock), West MacDonnell National Park, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge),  and Davenport Ranges National Park (Tennant Creek)
  • Melbourne has been twice voted the most liveable city in the world by the London based Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Australia’s longest-running soap, Neighbours, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. Visitors to Melbourne can take an official Neighbours tour to Ramsay street (real name Pin Oak Court) in Vermont South. You can also see an authentic Neighbours set in the Melbourne Museum. Look closely and you will see that cast members have signed the back of the set. Check out the Neighbours Trivia Night, held every Monday evening at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow pub in trendy St Kilda, where you can mingle with the stars and get your photos taken with the likes of Dr. Karl Kennedy and Toadie
  • The Australian Surf Life Savers set up beach lifeguards in the UK with the RNLI in 1953
  • Fraser Island in Queensland is the largest sand island in the World
  • Australia is the only continent on Earth occupied by only one nation
  • Australia has a tradition of building giant, quirky structures that can often be spotted by the roadside. New South Wales is home to the Big Banana, while Queensland has the Big Apple. The Big Tasmanian Devil can be found in Tasmania, the Big Scotsman in South Australia, the Big Koala in Victoria, the Big Crocodile in Western Australia and the Big Stubby in The Northern Territory

If you have any more fun facts about Australia, please share them with us.

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3 Responses to “Fun facts about Australia”

Comment by A.J. — May 4, 2011 @ 2:39 am

I did this for my Country Research Project in Acc. English, and it helped soo much. I didn’t copy, but I used it in my own words to make it even better! (: Can’t wait until I get my grade back… (:

Comment by Tasmania Info Centre — November 2, 2011 @ 5:02 am

Awesome facts! Especially the one about Tasmania having the cleanest air in the world… will definitely be telling people about that one :)

Comment by Liam — March 19, 2012 @ 9:06 am

nice facts but short :(

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