55 Magnificent Facts About Australia

Australia is both a continent and a country on its own. Australia is situated between the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. Because it is entirely in the southern hemisphere, Australia is often referred to as “the land down under.” Australia means “southern” in Latin. The country’s official name is “the Commonwealth of Australia.” Australia gets its name from the Latin word Australis, which means “southern.” It is the sixth-largest in terms of land area and is the smallest continent. So have a look at these amazing facts about this amazing country.

  1. Some parts of Tasmania island of Australia are so fertile that you can find the topsoil 70 feet deep. Tasmania islands is also known for having the cleanest air in the world, and beautiful scenic beauty and have richest history compared to many other parts of Australia.
  2. It’s been estimated that about 18 million spoons weighing equivalent to four blue whales go missing in Melbourne city every year.
  3. The 3rd largest town which is located in the north of Australia used to be called Stuart.
  4. Anna creek station, which is situated in the south region of Australia, is the largest cattle station in the world. It is larger than the state of Israel.
  5. Australia is home to all the top ten venomous snakes in the world.
  6. Bob Hawke was the 23rd prime minister of the country. Before getting elected, he got a Guinness book of records in 1953 for drinking two and a half pints of beer in just 11 seconds.
  7. The national animal of Australia is the red kangaroo.
    Red Kangaroo Of Australia
  8. The Daintree national park is a rain forest in the country that is famous for its bouncing stones. The stones can bounce off just like a ball. It is believed if a person steals the stones, he gets cursed.
  9. Over 75 percent of total trees in Australia are Eucalyptus trees. The trees are also called the blue gum tree or malee. They are pronounced with some other names too, like stringybark tree and Australian fever tree.
  10. The total number of births in India every year is higher than Australia’s total population.
  11. The tower of terror 2 is the highest roller coaster in Australia. It stands at 115 meters.
  12. Australia produced stamps that actually look like gems. In the years 1995 and 1996, they used a special technology to make the stamps look like opals and diamonds.
  13. The biggest city of Australia is Brisbane which stretches over a distance of 15,826 km². Whereas Sydney is the second largest city in the country.
  14. In Australia, a common term is used for surfing which is “boxing day.”
    People Doing Surfing at a beach in Duranbah, Australia
  15. The Tasmania island of Australia has the cleanest air in the world.
  16. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than the Swiss Alps.
  17. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on the planet, which comprises over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometers (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
  18. Wine is produced in every state of the country; there are over 60 designated wine regions that cover about 160,000 hectares of land.
  19. The total revenue the country earns from wine exports is close to $2.82 billion in 2018.
  20. In Australia, about 1.75 million tonnes of wine grapes are produced every year.
  21. Australia’s coastline stretches for over 50000 km and is linked to about 10000 beaches.
    A Coastline of Australia
  22. The continent is the only continent in the world that has no active volcano.
  23. There are three times more sheep than the people in the country.
  24. According to the 2016 census, around 4 lakh people of Greek origin live in the country. Greeks are the seventh-largest ethnic group living in the country. After Greece, the country is the 2nd home to the greeks.
  25. The country has national colors, which are green and gold which was adopted on 19 April 1984.
  26. In May 2006, a man from Brisbane tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. He started the auction price at A$0.01; the price reached $3000, which was later closed by the eBay auction team.
  27. In 1902 Australia became the second country on the planet that gave women the right to vote.
  28. Highway 1 of Australia is the biggest highway in the world, stretching about 145000 Km.
    Evad37 via Wikimedia Commons
  29. There were about 44 million kangaroos in the country in 2015 compared to that of 27 million in 2009. the total number of residents in the country is about 24 million, so there are more kangaroos than people in the country.
  30. The country holds the record for the two most longest fences in the world. The dingo fence situated in southeast Australia is about 5,614 Km wide. Whereas the second-longest fence is the rabbit-proof fence in Western Australia and is stretched at 3,253 km.
  31. The Canberra city of Australia was declared as Australia’s capital because the administrations of Melbourne and Sydney started arguing that their city should be the capital.
  32. Fraser Island is the biggest sand island on planet earth.
  33. The Indian Pacific train includes the world’s longest straight stretch of railway in the world. The stretch is 478 kilometers (297 miles) wide.
  34. The great ocean war memorial is the world’s biggest war memorial. The great ocean road stretches 243 kilometers along the west coast of victoria between Torquay and allansford. The road was built by the first world war returned soldiers, and was the construction of the road was started on 19 September 1919.
  35. The flora and fauna of Australia is about 80 percent unique to the land. Some of the wild animals that are only found in Australia are kangaroo, platypus, dingo, koala, echidna, and wallaby.
    Koala Animal of Australia
  36. During 2016-2017 the total consumption of pure alcohol consumed in the country was about 186 million liters or 9.4 liters per person.
  37. The Aussies made a hoax called the drop bear, which was an imaginary animal and was spread as a rumor to scare the tourists.
  38. According to the 2019 human development index ranking, the country stands at the sixth spot in the entire planet.
  39. The humans inhabited the land around 40000 years ago before Britishers arrived on the land in 1770. The colonization process began in 1788 when a fleet of 11 ships containing 736 convicts and a governor who set up the first colony in the west of the country known as south wales.
  40. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia due to a shortage in the country. There are about 1 to 1.2 million camels in Australia, which are thought to be get doubled every 8-9 years. The camels occupy about 3.3. million square kilometers of rangeland in the country.
  41. The country’s desert is called outback and covers 1,371,000 square kilometers or 18 percent of the entire mainland.
  42. Australia has the highest number of reptile species count than any country in the world. There are over 860 different types of reptile species in the country.
    Longest snake in Australia the Amethystine Python
  43. The national floral emblem of Australia is the golden wattle which was adopted on 19 august 1988.
  44. The country has a national gemstone, too, which is opal.
  45. Australia’s neighboring countries are New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua new guinea, new Caledonia, Vanuatu, Soloman Islands, and Timor-Leste.
  46. According to a report published by the acoss(Australian council of social services), poverty is growing in Australia and now stands at 13.6 percent of the total 3.2 million people.
  47. The country is the biggest exporter of iron ore globally, and it generates total revenue of $45.26 billion to the economy. The country’s other exports are coal, natural gas, gold, aluminum ores, and wheat.
  48. Australia is divided into six main states that are Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, and Tasmania. The country is the biggest island and smallest continent on the planet earth.
    Дмитрий-5-Аверин via Wikimedia Commons
  49. There are three different time zones Australian western standards, Australian central standard, and Australian eastern standard.
  50. There is a race of cockroaches that takes place in Brisbane every year that packs a program of about 12 races.
  51. Australia comes on the first rank on the planet in terms of gambling. As a wholesome, the country gambles $24.887 billion, and per person, the losses are about $1,292.25.
  52. The great victoria desert is the second hottest desert in the world, which stretches over 700 km and lies in both western and south Australia.
  53. The average wage of Aussies is about A$82,436 a year.
  54. Wifi was invented in the country by O’Sullivan in 1994 and was patented by CSIRO(Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). Later in 2009, he was awarded by both CSIRO and the Australian prime minister.
  55. The oldest known fossil is found in western Australia, which is a microbial mat fossil that was found in about 3.7 billion years old sandstone.

  • CAPITAL CITY: Canberra
  • POPULATION: 2.5 crore
  • LARGEST CITY: Brisbane
  • GDP NOMINAL: $1.37 trillion USD
  • GDP RANK: 14th
  • CURRENCY: Australian dollar
  • FOUNDED: 26 January 1788
  • FATHER OF THE NATION: Lachlan Macquarie
  • TOTAL AREA: 7.692 million km2
  • AREA RANK: 6th worldwide
  • CONTINENT: Australia
  • ARMY STRENGTH: 47,338 personnel
  • ARMY RANK: 21st
  • LITERACY RATE: 99 percent
  • PER CAPITA INCOME: 51,760 PPP dollars


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