We all have some kind of fantasies associated with ‘the last land on the earth’, Australia. The smallest of the continents and also ‘the oldest one’, Australia has always intrigued travelers’ and global people’s interest for its diversified landscape, floral and faunal composition, over 10,000 glittering beaches, and quality lifestyle. Australia currently ranks fourth in the world according to the quality of life index. There are endless numbers of exciting and lesser-known Australia facts that will keep you glued to our today’s article, we bet. Its kangaroo population, its indigenous people, its culture – let us take you on a joyride through all the amazing facts that make this continent one of its kind. Come, join us on board.
Australia: At A Glance:
- The full name: Commonwealth of Australia.
- It is the smallest continent in the world.
- Australia is also the largest island.
- Not only the smallest, but Australia is also the lowest and the flattest continent.
- It is the 6th largest country in the world.
- It has 6 states, 3 internal, and 7 external territories.
- The states: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia.
- The internal territories: Australian Capital Territory, Jervis Bay Territory, and Northern Territory.
- The external territories: Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, Coral Sea Islands, Cocos Islands, Australian Antarctic Territory, Norfolk Island, and Heard Island and Mcdonald Island.
- Capital: Canberra.
- Largest City: Sydney.
- AUD or Australian Dollar is the national currency of Australia. And they call it a buck, dough or Aussie.
Most Amazing & Craziest Fun Australia Facts To Know:
Amazing Australia Facts: (1 – 10)
#1. Australia’s capital is Canberra which is the biggest inland city of Australia.
#2. It is crazy to know that it is the only continent in the world that does not have any active volcano.
#3. The kangaroo population in Australia is higher than its human population!
#4. One of the most fascinating Australia facts is that it has more than 10,000 glistening beaches.
#5. Uluru or the Ayers Rock is a sandstone monolith situating in central Australia and it is the largest stand-alone rock in the world.
#6. Again, Australia has Mt. Augustus which is the largest overall rock formation in the world having different stratas, different layers of rocks.
#7. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world that is one of the most fascinating Australia facts to know.
#8. The largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef situates here in Eastern Australia. It is also the largest living structure in the world.
#9. There is a mountain in the country named as ‘Mt. Disappointment’:
Yes, you’ve read it right. Explorers Hume and Hovell gave this mountain such a bizarre name because of the disappointing view of the surrounding from the summit of the mountain. They were unable to catch the view of Port Phillip Bay from the summit as the dense tree growth caused hindrance.
#10. Tasmania, which is an island state of Australia has the cleanest air in the world. And to add to that, half of this island is either World Heritage area, national park or marine or forest reserve which is truly amazing.
Amazing Australia Facts: (11 – 20)
#11. Fraser Island which is the world’s largest sand island can be found in Australia.
#12. One of the most intriguing Australia facts is that the 3.5 billion years old fossils that were found in Western Australia are the oldest fossil in the world.
#13. Australia is the driest inhabited continent.
#14. There are 71 different species of kangaroo in Australia.
#15. Australia is the land where you can find most of the marsupials. Koala, kangaroo, wallaby, opossum, Tasmanian devil, wombat – you can find all of them in Australia.
#16. The largest extant marsupial in the world, the Red kangaroo can only be found in Australia.
#17. Kangaroo Paw is a plant that is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia.
#18. Australia invented the word ‘SELFIE’.
#19. Aboriginal Australian are the oldest living civilization in the world.
#20. In Australia, more than 80% of people live within 100 kilometers from the coast.
Amazing Australia Facts: (21 – 30)
#21. The world’s longest stretch of dead-straight railway track is in Australia. It runs for 297 mi between Port Augusta in South Australia and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
#22. The Australian Box Jellyfish is notorious for being the most venomous marine animal known to mankind. Their stings can cause cardiovascular collapse and death with a couple of minutes.
#23. Wombat poops are of a cube shape.
#24. Melbourne is the city with the largest Greek-speaking population outside Greece.
#25. Dingo Fence: Amazing Australian Facts:
The longest fence in the world, the Dingo Fence or the Dog Fence is in Australia. This fence in south-east Australia stretches for about 5,614 km and was built to block off the dingoes from the fertile southeastern part of the continent.
#26. Melbourne’s tram public transportation system is the largest in the world. Did you know this one of the most amazing Australia facts? You are just one in a melon!!!
#27. More than 80% of adult Aussies take part in some kinds of gambling.
#28. Talking about gambling in Australia; the country has more slot machines per person than any other country in the world.
#29. In Australia “prawn” is a general term that describes both prawns and shrimp.
#30. The Australian Fishing Zone is the third largest fishing zone in the world.
Amazing Australia Facts: (31 – 40)
#31. Melbourne is the world’s second most livable city as ranked in 2019.
#32. The camel population is higher in Australia than in Egypt.
#33. 90% of the Australian population live in the coastal area of the country.
#34. The average Australian drinks 83 liters of beer each year.
#35. Flip flops are known as Thongs in Australia.
#36. The use of seat belts for all vehicle passengers was first made compulsory in the Australian state of Victoria.
#37. Australia celebrates the ‘Melon Festival’ every year in Chinchilla, the ‘Melon Capital of Australia’.
Did you know about one of these truly amazing Australia facts?
#38. The only two monotremes (mammals that lay eggs) are all indigenous to Australia and New Guinea. These are platypus and echidna.
#39. Emu, the second-largest living bird by height, is endemic to Australia.
#40. It is okay to dig in a plateful of kangaroo in Australia.
So, pals, these were some of the very interesting and fun Australia facts that many of us do not know. Apart from being an amazing continent to travel to, Australia holds special position on the world map for its intriguing fact files.
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