25 Facts About Australia
Did You Know?
- Australia is the world's 6th largest country by area. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
- Australia's richest woman,Gina Rinehart, earns about $1 million every half hour.
- Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
- The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
- It has the world's 3rd largest ocean territory, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres.
- Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
- Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
- Melbourne has the world's largest Greek population outside of Athens.
- The Great Barrier Reef is the planet's largest living structure. And it has it's own postbox!
- Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
- Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.
- Australia's national anthem was 'God Save The King/Queen' until 1984.
- European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
- The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
- Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum.
- Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
- More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
- Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages.
- Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
- In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide
- The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra.
- The world's oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
- Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
- The world's highest proportion of migrant settlers in a developed nation with over 25% of Australians born in another country
- If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
20 Nov 2015