Travel May 03, 2016
Facts about Australia you didn’t know

Facts about Australia you didn’t know

Australia, like every single country, has a rich history with quite some remarkable facts. Living in your home country you might think to know all about it. However, in a country this huge you will always be finding out things you never knew. We decided to give you a hand here, with the 15 remarkable facts you didn’t know about Australia.

#1

Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second.

#2

bob_hawke_beer

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.

#3

australian police

Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.

#4

emu_face

In 1932, we fought a war against emus. And we lost.

#5

gunbarrel

There is a place called Gunbarrel that is so far from everything that space is even closer than the nearest town.

#6

camel

Australia suffered a big camel-problem. Yes. There were so many of then we had to export them to the middle east. How do you even transport so many camels, really?

#7

animals

Before humans started populating Australia, the land was inhabited by 3 metre tall kangaroos, ducks with the size of a horse and 7 metre long goannas. That sounds like a big NOPE.

#8

sheeps

The Australian sheep population is 3.3 times bigger that the population of people.

#9

kangaroo_gday

In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people ‘mate’. It lasted one day.

#10

selfie stick

The popular selfie is an Australian invention. Yes people you did this.

#11

ebay-funny-picture

Once upon a time there was an Australian man who tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.

#12

lyrebird

The male lyrebird, an Australian bird, can mimic the singing of 20 other bird breeds, but can easy even mimic the sound of a car alarm or a camera shutter.

#13

sign-language-basics

Even though Australians, the British and Americans share the same verbal language, there sign languages are completely different. How inconvenient.

#14

Masterchef

An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef. Priorities, mate.

#15

new_australia

In 1892 a group of 200 Australians was so unhappy with the government that they intended to start a new colony in Paraguay called “New Australia”.

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1 thought on “Facts about Australia you didn’t know”

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    Parthena on January 31, 2017 Reply

    Great thkniing! That really breaks the mold!

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