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 12 remarkable facts you didn’t know about Australia.
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.
In 1932, the Australian Army fought a war against emus. And they lost.
There is a place called Gunbarrel that is so far from everything else in Australia that space is closer than the nearest town.
Australia suffered a big camel-problem. Yes. There were so many of them they had to export them to the middle east. How do you even transport so many camels, really?
Australia was once inhabited by 3 metre tall kangaroos, ducks the size of a horse and 7 metre long goannas. That sounds like a big NOPE.
The Australian sheep population is 3.3 times bigger than the population of people.
In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people ‘mate’. It lasted one day.
The popular term ‘selfie’ was coined by an Australian. Yes mates, you did this.
Once upon a time there was an Australian man who tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
The male lyrebird, a native Australian bird, can mimic the sound of 20 other bird species, and can even mimic the sound of a car alarm or a camera shutter.
An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef. Priorities, mate.
In 1892 a group of 200 Australians were so unhappy with the government that they intended to start a new colony in Paraguay called “New Australia”.