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.

Further test your knowledge about Australia with this 25 Question Australia General Knowledge Quiz and 20 Question Australian Cricket Quiz