Australia Fun & Facts

Australia Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • Australia was inhabited by indigenous people for about 50,000 years before the British came.
  • Australia has the world's 12th-largest economy and it had the world's 5th-highest per-capita income in 2014.
  • Australia has the second-highest human development index in the world, which measures quality of life, health, education and economic freedom.
  • In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.
  • Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
  • Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.
  • The city of Melbourne, Australia, used to be called Batmania.
  • In 1967, Australia's Prime Minister went to the beach for a swim and was never seen again.
  • Australia has 10 times more camels than koalas.
  • Australia is the only Western country in the world to not have a Bill of Rights.
  • 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."
  • Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
  • 75% of Australia's living species are unknown to man.
  • There is a mountain in Australia called Mt. Disappointment because its explorers found the view from it sub-par and wanted to reflect that.
  • In Australia, Burger King is called "Hungry Jack's".
  • The world's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station in Australia, is larger than Israel.
  • The town of Docker River in Australia was once invaded by 6,000 camels that came in search of water.
  • An Iraqi man 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.
  • 10% of Britons think Australia is further away than the Moon, a survey found in 2013.
  • Australia's Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway. With about 14,500 km, (9,000 mi), it circumnavigates the entire country.
  • 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."
  • Australia's National Science Agency claims to have invented the technology behind Wi-Fi and has sued companies using the technology without a license.
  • In Victoria, Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.
  • Australia is an island surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.
  • The top ten deadliest snakes can be found in Australia.
  • Australian koalas are in danger of extinction because over half of them have chlamydia.
  • Burning Mountain, Australia, has an underground natural coal fire that has been burning for about 6,000 years.
  • In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create "New Australia," a utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay.
  • In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
  • 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.
  • The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.
  • Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).
  • There's a plant, 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.
  • In 2013, A pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow.
  • There were over 10 million koalas before British settlers arrived in Australia. Now, there are around 43,000 in the wild.
  • In 2009, snipers were deployed in Australia to protect a colony of little penguins from predators.
  • You are required to show up to vote in Australia. If you don't, you'll face a fine.
  • 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.
  • There's a river in Australia called the "Never Never River."
  • In 2004, gay rights activists in Australia started a micronation in the Great Barrier Reef called the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.
  • Lake Hillier in Australia is a bright pink color and scientists aren't sure why.
  • The Church of Scientology runs a child labor camp in Australia.
  • 24 rabbits that were introduced to Australia in 1859 had multiplied in number to over 2 million in ten years.
  • The SEX Party in Australia is looking to legalize marijuana, euthanasia, censorship, abortion, and tax the church.