Fun Facts About Australia

Australia has a lot to offer in terms of a unique tourist experience with pristine beaches, the rugged outback region and the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. There are a lot of interesting facts that can throw light on the rich history of this country. Read on to explore some fun and interesting facts about Australia.
| Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Australia, a favourite tourist destination is the only country in the world that is actually a continent. This island is also the smallest and flattest continent on earth. For this reason Australia is also referred to as the "island continent". This place was a British penal colony and the thieves and murderers that were banished were deported to this country as punishment.

Some Fun Facts about Australia

  • Australia has one of highest concentration of people in the urban areas. It is the sixth largest country in the world. In spite of this statistic it has one of lowest population densities in the world with an average of just three people for every square kilometre. Its total population is just over 20 million.
  • Australia is three times bigger than Greenland which is the largest island in the world. The first European settlers in this country were known for drinking more alcohol per person than any community in the history of mankind.
  • Life in Australia revolves around beaches and parties with no region in Australia being more than 1000 kms away from the beach and the ocean.
  • Among all the inhabited continents in the world Australia is one of the driest with only Antarctica being drier than Australia. Around ¾ of the land in the interiors is arid or semi arid.
  • Around 30% of the population in this country was born overseas with four in every ten Australians being migrants or first generation children of the migrant population. The largest numbers of immigrants to Australia are from UK and Ireland followed by New Zealand.
  • The first political party formed in the country was the Australian Labor Party that was formed in 1891 and its first meeting was help underneath a gum tree in Queensland region.
  • Mines in Australia account for 15% of the GDP of this country and these mines cover 0.02% of the land mass while more land is covered by pubs.
  • The Australian Coat of Arms features an emu and a kangaroo on it because the emu and the kangaroo can only walk forward and cannot go backward.
  • The homicide rate in Australia is only 1.8 for every 100,000 people while the homicide rate in The United States is as much as 6.3 for every 100,000 people.
  • The Aboriginal people that are the indigenous people now only amount of 1.5% of the population and there are no full blooded Tasmanian aboriginals left.
  • Sydney which is the largest city in this country has a population of more than 4 million people while the capital which is Canberra has a population of around 300,000 people. The literacy rate claimed at 100% is the highest in the world.  Melbourne has the second largest population of Greek people in the world after Athens.
  • Some animals are uniquely found in this country and these include emu, kangaroo, koala bear and kookaburra. There are as many as 1500 species of spiders in the country along with 4000 species of ants and 6000 species of flies. Australia also has the largest population of wild camels possessing one hump. The population of sheep is also higher than the population of this country with as many as 150 million sheep as against the human population of 20 million.
  • Australia also has the largest cattle station or ranch in the world. This cattle station or ranch is as big as the size of the country Belgium.
  • In 1954 an individual named Bob Hawke created a Guinness Book record when he sculled 2.5 pints of beer within 11 seconds. Bob Hawke eventually became the Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Australian’s from the Queensland area are called "banana benders" while those from Western Australia are called "sandgropers"
  • Sydney Opera House is regarded as one of the major tourist attractions in this country. This beautiful architectural wonder was completed in 1960s. It has 1000 rooms and is capable of seating more than 5000 people at a time. Sydney Harbor Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world and the Sydney Tower Center is regarded as the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
  • Australians love to gamble and this can be seen from the fact that Australians spend the highest on gambling as compared to any other country. Australia has twenty percent of the poker machines in the world.
  • 22% of the adults in Australia don’t have any children while 16% have only one child and as many as 34% men and 32% women may never marry.
  • Some other interesting Australia facts indicate that in spite of having arid areas the snowy mountains in this country receive more snow that those in Switzerland. Also the Great Barrier Reef which is the longest coral reef in the world has a mailbox and if a letter needs to be send to loved ones then only a stamp of the Great Barrier Reef needs to be stuck on the letter.
  • In ideal viewing conditions one can see more than 5500 stars in the Australian Outback. The air in Tasmania is the cleanest in the world.
  • The average Australian will consume eight tonnes of fruit, 165000 eggs, ten tonnes of vegetables and half a tonne of cheese in his or her lifetime
  • One of the five people credited with designing the Australia flag was a Victorian school boy.
  • Australia is the largest exporter of wool, alumina, sheep, coal, lead, diamonds, mineral sands and refined zinc ore.
  • The motto of Melbourne is "Vires acquirit eundo" which means "We gather strength as we grow". Melbourne also has the largest tram public transport system remaining in the world. Melbourne declares a public holiday for a horse race that is conducted every year and this is called as the Melbourne Cup.
  • The first television station that was started in Australia was Channel 9 and it started in Sydney in 1956. Australia had the unique opportunity to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000.
  • The Australian women won their right to vote in the year 1902.
  • Popular foods in Australia include vegemite which is a black and salty spread applied to bread or toast. Barbeque is also popular in Australia and is called as Barbie.
  • The first car that was mass produced in Australia was the FX Holden and was produced at the Fishermans Bend, Victoria in the year 1948
  • The largest electorate in Australia is Kalgoorlie in the Western Australia region and spans 2,225,278 square kilometres.
  • The oldest skeleton found in Australia was determined as 60,000 years old. This skeleton was of an Aborginal male and traces of ochre were found on it. Ochre was a ceremonial paint that was widely believed to be used by the Aboriginals.
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