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25 Facts About Australia

25 Facts About Australia

Australia is a country full of unique surprises

25 Facts About Australia

  1. Australia is the world's 6th largest country by area. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
  2. Australia's richest woman,Gina Rinehart, earns about $1 million every half hour.
  3. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
  4. The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
  5.  It has the world's 3rd largest ocean territory, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres.
  6.  Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
  7. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
  8. Melbourne has the world's largest Greek population outside of Athens.
  9. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet's largest living structure.  And it has it's own postbox!
  10. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
  11. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.
  12. Australia's national anthem was 'God Save The King/Queen' until 1984.
  13.  European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
  14. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
  15. Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum.
  16. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world. 
  17. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
  18. Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages. 
  19. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
  20. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide
  21. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra. 
  22. The world's oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
  23. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
  24. The world's highest proportion of migrant settlers in a developed nation with over 25% of Australians born in another country
  25. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.

20 Nov 2015

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