Fascinating Facts / Melbourne
Australia is a unique country that has many interesting facts that you may not have already known. Here are some facts about Australia that you may find them rather interesting.
|DISCLAIMER: This article is written mainly in British English. I have been interrupted a number of times while typing this article. Therefore, I apologize for any grammatical errors made. The source of information can be found by clicking on the links in the article below. However, I cannot guarantee the continue existence of the web pages or PDF documents represented by the links.|
Click here to test your knowledge on Australia.
1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London and Moscow.
2. The largest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, a state of Australia was the richest city in the world in the 1880s.
4. 200 Australians who were unhappy with the government attempted to start a new colony in Paraguay called ‘New Australia’ in 1892.
5. Honeysuckle Tracking Station which was located near Canberra was the first to beam a photo of the U.S. moon landing of 1969 to the rest of the world.
6. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote.
7. 70 tourists overstay their visas each week in Australia.
8.Australia became the first country to have a standard 8-hour-working days when some stonemasons took action to ensure it happened in 1856,
9. Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds in 1955.
10. A 3.4 billion-year-old fossil which is the world’s oldest, was found in Australia.
11. Australia is very sparsely populated with only 2.66 persons per square kilometre. The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre.
12. The first police force in Australia consisted of the most well-behaved convicts.
13. It is most expensive to use electricity in Australia.
14. Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia (mostly for meat production).
15. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
16. Over 80% of Australians are engaged in at least one form of gambling which makes Australia the country with the highest gambling rate in the world.
17. The Ladies at a party of the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania could not control their laughter when they saw 300 female convicts mooned him in 1832.
18. The longest fence in the world is in Australia. It was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land and is 614 km long,
19. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
20. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world because it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else.
21. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard.
22. Australia has a kangaroo and emu on its coat of arms because they cannot walk backward.
23. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see all its 10,000 beaches.
24. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
25. The Great Barrier Reef of Australia is the planet’s largest living structure.
26. The Great Barrier Reef has it’s own postbox.
27. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach in Australia during the day.
28. Just as the Premier of New South Wales Jack Lang was about to cut the ribbon to officially open the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a retired cavalry officer, Francis De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon was retied and De Groot was transported to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon.
29. Australia has 3.3 times more sheep than people.
30. Australia’s national anthem was ‘God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984.
31. A wombat uses its cube shaped poop to mark its territory.
32. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
33. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
34. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
35. Tasmania, an island state located south of mainland Australia, has the cleanest air in the world.
36. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
37. 63% of Australians are overweight.
38. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
39. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people ‘mate’. It lasted one day.
40. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
41. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
42. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.
43. The name ‘Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang.
53. 91% of Australia is covered by native vegetation.
44. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia.
45. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most livable city for the past three years.
46. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
47. 20% of the world’s poker machines are found in Australia and half of these are found in New South Wales.
48. Moomba which means ‘up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages is the name of a the largest festival that is held yearly in Melbourne.
49. No native Australian animals have hooves.
50. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
51. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention
52. Selfie is originally an Australian word. 53. Australia’s biggest electorate, Durack, is larger in size than Mongolia.
54. Victoria, a state of Australia was the first to have the compulsory seat belt law in the world in 1970.
55. Each year, Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, Australia hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
56. The Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia in 1932 but they lost.
57. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city.
58. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable.
59. Australia had a government shutdown in 1975 which ended with the Queen sacking everyone and the government starting again.
59. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting ‘Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players.
60. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
61. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair in NSW but managed to made a safe landing while being stuck together.
62. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds and can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
63. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night.
65.Australian, British and American sign language are all completely different languages.
66. NASA was fined $400 for littering when debris from its space station ‘Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA.
67. In New South Wales, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.
68. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef.
69. Long before the arrival of Europeans, Chinese sailors and fisherman came to Australia as early as the 1400s for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples.
70. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it ‘New Holland’.
71. Two french ships arrived too late to claim Australia for France as they arrived within days after the First Fleet arrived and raised the British flag to claim it for Great Britain.
72. Australia has the 12th largest economy in the world.
73. Australia has the 2nd highest human development index.
74. There are more kangaroos than people in Australia.
75. Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
76. Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia was once known as Batmania.
77. In Australia, the number of camels is ten times greater than the number of koalas.
78. Australia is the only western country that does not have the bill of rights.
79. 75% of the living species in Australia are not known to humans.
80. There is a mountain in Australia called Mount Disappointment.
81. Burger King is known as Hungry Jack's in Australia.
82. Australia's largest cattle station, Anna Creek, is larger than Israel.
83. Australia's Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway. It is about 14,500 km long.
84. Australia is surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.
85. Australia has the top ten deadliest snakes.
86. There is a river Australia known as the Never Never River.
87. Australia is almost as large as continental U.S.
88. Australia has 31% of the world's uranium supply.
89. The Australian plate is moving 7 centimeters[2.8 inches] northwards every year.
90. Perth, the capital of WA, Australia has the most number of cafes in the world.
100. The refrigerator, the tank, ultrasound, Vegemite, football and prepaid postage were invented in Australia.
101. The didgeridoo, an Australian Aboriginal musical instrument is believed to be able to help reduce stress, reduce snoring and improve blood circulation.
102. There are over 200 languages spoken in Australia.
103. Most of Australia's fauna and flora cannot be found in other parts of the world.
104. Australia is both a country and a continent.
105. More than 25% of Australians were born overseas making it the country with the highest proportion of immigrants.
106. Since 2012, Australia has the highest rate of obesity in the world with a rate of 26 percent.