Interesting Facts about Australia

Australia is one of the most popular countries for travel. That’s why we’ve decided to create a blog about Australia to make your stay easier and more fun. This country is special for its rich history, relaxing vibe and nice environment especially in its vast natural parks like Great Barrier Reef and Blue Mountain National Park.

This post will help you to learn some Interesting facts about Australia. Let’s get started.

1. Australian Alps Receive More Snowfall than Switzerland

Australian Alps Receive More Snowfall than Switzerland

The Australian Alps, a mountain range that runs parallel to the Great Dividing Range, receives more snowfall than Switzerland, located in Central Europe. Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, is in this range and can have up to 20 feet (6m) of snow at its peak during the winter months.

2. Australia is Home to the Longest Golf Course in the World

Australia is Home to the Longest Golf Course in the World

Australia has the longest golf course in the world, which is 1,365 km long and is called Nullarbor Links. The course runs along the railway line between Kalgoorlie and Ceduna in South Australia, which you can check here. [1]

3. Longest Fence in the World

Longest Fence in the World

The longest fence in the world is made of barbed wire, and it’s not in America. It’s called the ‘Dog Fence’ (or the ‘Dingo Fence’), and it stretches 5,531 km (3,436 miles) across Queensland and South Australia. It was built in the late 1880s to keep dingos away from grazing sheep. [2]

4. Australia is the Second Country to Give Women the Right to Vote

Australia is the Second Country to Give Women the Right to Vote

In 1902, Australia became the second country in the world to allow women to vote, following New Zealand and preceding Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. [3]

5. Canberra’s Selection as the Capital City of Australia Was a Controversial One

Canberra’s Selection as the Capital City of Australia Was a Controversial One

The Australian Capital Territory, which contains the country’s capital city of Canberra, was officially formed in 1913. Canberra was made the capital of Australia in 1913 because it was determined to be the halfway point between the country’s two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney.

6. Melbourne is home to the Largest Tram Network in the World

Melbourne is home to the Largest Tram Network in the World

Melbourne has the largest tram network in the world. The city has 250 kilometers (160 miles) of double tram tracks and around 500 trams running on them.

7. Australia is a Big Country with So Many Beautiful Beaches

Australia is a Big Country with So Many Beautiful Beaches

Australia is the largest island on Earth. It covers an area of over 2 million square miles and includes Tasmania as well as mainland Australia. In fact, if you were to visit one Australian beach daily, it would take you a little over 27 years to see them all.

8. Australia is Home to a Lot of Sheep, Three Times as Many as Its Human Citizens

Australia is Home to a Lot of Sheep, Three Times as Many as Its Human Citizens

Australia has about 3 times more sheep than its inhabitants. The population of Australia is about 25.69 million people, while there are more than 63.7 million sheep (as of 2020), which makes 1 sheep per every 4 Australians.

9. 80% of the Australian Population Lives On the Coast

80% of the Australian Population Lives On the Coast  

Although a large country by world standards, Australia has a relatively small population — just over 25 million people. Almost 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometers of the coast. Australia is among the world’s most urbanized nations. The environment varies from tropical rain forests in northern Queensland to arid deserts in central Australia. [4]

10. Crocodiles in Australia are protected under State Legislation

Crocodiles in Australia are protected under State Legislation

Crocodiles are well known as dangerous animals and can be found in northern Australia’s rivers, swamps, and lagoons. They are protected under state legislation but are still hunted by some indigenous people for their skins which are used to make leather goods such as shoes, belts, and handbags. [5]

11. The Design Theory of Sydney Opera House

The Design Theory of Sydney Opera House

While many think that the Sydney Opera House is shaped like ship sails, architect Jørn Utzon said he designed it after observing the shells of orange peel and oyster mushrooms he encountered while walking along a beach in Sweden.

12. Australia is the only Continent That Does Not Have An Active Volcano

Australia is the only Continent That Does Not Have An Active Volcano

Australia is the only continent with no active volcanos because it lacks plate boundaries—areas where its plates are adjacent to one another.

13. Besides Athens, Melbourne in Victoria Has the Largest Greek Population in the World

Besides Athens, Melbourne in Victoria Has the Largest Greek Population in the World

Australia is one of the most highly urbanized countries in the world, with about 80 percent of its population living in coastal cities. The largest Greek population outside Greece resides in Melbourne, Victoria.

The city also has the largest Croatian population outside Croatia. There are also large populations of Italians (Sydney), Chinese (Melbourne), Vietnamese (Sydney), Lebanese (Sydney), and Indians (Melbourne).

14. The Great Barrier Reef is Considered One of the World’s Largest Living Organisms

The Great Barrier Reef is Considered One of the World’s Largest Living Organisms

The Great Barrier Reef, stretching for over 2,300 kilometers (1,400 mi) along the northeast coast of Australia, is the world’s largest coral reef system and is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. It is located off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia.

Although this reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps, it can be seen from outer space. The Great Barrier Reef was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981 by the United Nations and was also labeled one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

15. Australia’s Rainforests Are among the Oldest on Earth

Australia’s Rainforests Are among the Oldest on Earth

Some even date back more than 90 million years. The Daintree Rainforest in Queensland is estimated to be 180 million years old. It contains 30 percent of frog, marsupial, and reptile species in Australia and 65 percent of Australia’s bat and butterfly species. [6]

16. Australia is home to 10% of the World’s Biodiversity

Australia is home to 10% of the World’s Biodiversity

Australia has more than 500 national parks to protect its unique plants and animals, including kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies; 140 species of eucalyptus trees; and more than 1 million wild camels!

17. Home to World’s Largest Monolith

Home to World’s Largest Monolith

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the world’s largest monolith. It stands 1,142 feet (348m) high and measures 2.2 miles (3.5 km) across, with a circumference of 6.2 miles (10 km).

18. 300 Different Languages Are Spoken in Australia today

300 Different Languages Are Spoken in Australia today

Today, more than 300 languages are spoken in Australia, including 45 Indigenous languages. English is the most common language used in Australia, with over 75% of Australians speaking English only at home. [7]

19. Mount Kosciuszko is the Country’s Tallest Peak

Mount Kosciuszko is the Country's Tallest Peak

At 3,450 feet (1,052 m), Mount Kosciuszko on Australia’s mainland is that country’s tallest peak. If you count its external territories of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, and Australian Antarctic Territory, however, the tallest peak becomes Mawson Peak on Heard Island at 9,006 feet.

20. The Australian Flag

The Australian Flag

The Australian flag was unfurled for the first time on the 3rd of September 1901 in Melbourne, Australia. It features six white stars on a blue background, with a seventh star representing the federation of Australia. [8]

Conclusion

As you can see, Australia is a beautiful and fascinating country that has plenty of intriguing facts to share. It’s a place where people can go on vacation and enjoy themselves immensely, or they could even make it their new home. A lot of people are afraid to move abroad at first, but they’re usually glad they did once they take the plunge.

References

  1. https://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/page/nullarbor-links-golf-course 
  2. https://theconversation.com/lets-move-the-worlds-longest-fence-to-settle-the-dingo-debate-37155
  3. https://www.nla.gov.au/digital-classroom/senior-secondary/shoulder-shoulder-feminism-australia/womens-suffrage
  4. https://www.ga.gov.au/ausgeonews/ausgeonews201103/climate.jsp
  5. https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/129
  6. https://jungletours.com.au/10-daintree-rainforest-facts/
  7. https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/lookup/media%20release3
  8. https://www.moadoph.gov.au/blog/australian-national-flag-day