20 Fun and Interesting Facts About Australia
Improve your knowledge of Austraila, its people, history and natural wonders with these 20 interesting fun facts:
Fact Number 1: Australia is the only place in the world considered to be a country, a continent and an island.
Fact Number 2: Although Australia is enormous, approximately 80% of the population live within 2 hours drive from the coast, due to non-coastal areas of the country tending to be arid or deserts.
Fact Number 3: Australia has 6 of the world's 10 most deadly snakes.
Fact Number 4: The animals depicted on the Australian Coat Of Arms, the kangaroo and emu, were selected as it is physically impossible for them to take a backwards step.
Fact Number 5: Per capita, Australia has won the most amount of gold medals at the last 4 summer Olympic games.
Fact Number 6: Excluding daylight savings, Australia is so large that the country is split into 3 different timezones.
Fact Number 7: The country effectively comes to a stop at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November to watch a horse race, The Melbourne Cup.
Fact Number 8: Australia's largest lake, Lake Eyre is located in the middle of the desert and rarely has any water in it at all.
Fact Number 9: By land area, Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, but with a population of approximately 22 million people, is only the worlds 52nd most populous country.
Fact Number 10: Australia has one saint recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, Mary Mackillop.
Fact Number 11: The official head of state of Australia is still The Queen of England.
Fact Number 12: Australia has never experienced a civil war nor did it have to fight for its independence from England.
Fact Number 13: The first convicts (convicted felons from England) arrived in Australia in 1788, with the last convicts arriving in 1848.
Fact Number 14: Australia is the world's largest exporter of beef.
Fact Number 15: The largest cause of preventable deaths in Australia is attributed to smoking.
Fact Number 16: Uluru (Ayres Rock), is a natural construct made from Sandstone standing 348m above ground.
Fact Number 17: Australia is home to more Poker (video gambling) Machines than any other country in the world.
Fact Number 18: Australia has the world's second largest sheep population, only beaten by China.
Fact Number 19: Australia's smallest state, Tasmania, is only approximately 2.5% of the size of Australia's largest state, Western Australia.
Fact Number 20: The last time a person was executed via the death penalty in Australia was in 1967. The death penalty was officially abolished in all Australian states and territories in 1984.