Here is a list of 36 interesting and Interesting facts Australia before leaving to live in Australia. It must be said that it is a country quite unique in its kind, because of its geography, its history and especially with the number of mortal critters that roam there. Moreover, many of these facts concern animal life in Australia. She also holds some world records in various fields.
Interesting Facts About Australia
Since many of you want to go there to travel or even live there, this list can help you better understand Australia and the Australian mentality:
- The origin of the name Australia comes from the Latin ‘Australis’ which means ‘to the South.
- 88% of Australians live in urban areas, but despite this Australia has the lowest population density per km² in the world (about 3 people per km²)
- Australia is 75 times the size of Iceland, the largest island in the world, but it is also the smallest continent in the world.
- Apart from English, the most widely spoken languages in Australia are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Arabic.
- Australia is one of the most obese countries in the world, although Australians are generally very athletic.
- Canberra was chosen to be the Australian capital because they could not decide between Melbourne and Sydney.
- Canberra is therefore at the same distance from these two cities.
- In the aboriginal tradition women are not allowed to play didgeridoo.
- The Australians call the English ‘pomes’ or ‘pommies’, the acronym for ‘Prisoner Of His Majesty’.
- Ugg Boots are of Australian origin. Ugg actually means ugly. Not surprising.
- Akubra is the name of the typical Australian hat that farmers use to protect themselves from the sun. It is also the one worn by crocodile dundee.
- Australia is the driest continent in the world, it is also the lowest continent in the world with an average of 330 meters above the sea.
- It is also the only continent that does not have an active volcano.
- 162000 prisoners were taken to Australia during its colonization, thanks to 806 boat.
- Ned Kelly is a legendary figure from Australia, he was the leader of a gang in the 1800s and is considered a modern robin wood.
- ‘Bush tucker’ is the name given to aboriginal food, that is, what they find in the bush for food.
- Burke and Wills were the first explorers to cross South Australia to the North from August 1860 to February 1861.
- The first aboriginal to be elected to the federal parliament was Neville Bonner. He was a senator from 1971 to 1983.
- The design of the Sydney Opera House was chosen after a competition in the 1950s. It was the Danish architect Jorn Utzon who won this competition, but he dropped the project in 1966. The opera will be completed without him in 1973, and he died in 2008 without ever returning to Sydney to see him.
- The Sydney Harbor Bridge was opened in 1932 and is the largest bridge of its kind in the world.
- The longest barrier in the world is in Australia and is 5400 km long and 1.8 meters high. It is called the Dingo Fence because it serves to protect the flocks of sheep from the dingoes.
- The largest straight line in the world is also in Australia, in the plain of Nullarbor. It is 146 km long.
- As well as the longest railway line in a straight line, which is 478km long.
- Australians love games of chance, Australia has 20% of the world’s slot machines.
- The largest ranch in Australia is Anna Creek Station in the state of South Australia, and makes 24000 km². Greater than Israel.
- Australia is home to six of the world’s ten most dangerous snakes.
- Stonefish is the most venomous fish in the world and guess what … it is found in Australia.
- The Sydney Funnel Web is the most dangerous spider in the world and we find it to Sydney (hence the name)!
The box jellyfish, a jellyfish found in Australia, is considered one of the most dangerous aquatic creatures because of its venom.
- Echidna and platypus are the only two mammals to lay eggs.
- The last Tasmanian tiger died in captivity in the Hobart Zoo in 1936.
- There are more sheep than kangaroos in Australia (about 140 million sheep for 40 million kangaroos).
- Australia is the only country in the world where there are still wild camels. It even exports to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
- The Australian train ‘The Ghan’ is named after the Afghans who provided camels at the start of Australia’s exploration.
- The first Australian TV channel was Channel 9, which was launched in 1956.
- The Melbourne Cup, a popular horse race in Melbourne since 1861, is a public holiday throughout the state of Victoria, every first Tuesday of November.
- Australian women gained the right to vote in 1902.