Australia Facts: 86 Interesting Facts About Australia

Last updated on April 8th, 2018

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is an Oceanian country. The term ‘Down Under’ which is used for Australia comes from the fact that the country is in the Southern Hemisphere, ‘below’ many other countries on the globe.

86 Interesting facts about Australia

These facts will give you insights about the country’s history, people, wildlife, culture, tourism, famous inventions and more…

1. The name Australia comes from the Latin, ‘Terra Australia Incognito’, which means the Unknown Southern Land.

2. It is astounding to note here that Australia is listed on the 58th spot in the index of internet download speeds. According to NetIndex, Australia is even behind Kazakhstan, Madagascar and Vanuatu. Australian’s may have the most venomous snakes but not the fastest internet.

3. Australia is also known as ‘the sports capital’ of the world. The reason is – more than 70% of its capital participates in a recreational activity or sports, at least once in a week.

Map of Australia

australia on world map
Australia on world map

4. In land area; Australia is 32 times greater than that of the U.K, almost twice than that of the Europe, and almost equal to that of the United States of America.

5. Australia has the lowest population density in the world—two people per square kilometer.

6. Australia is the only continent-nation in the world. It means, it is a continent and an independent country as well. It is also the smallest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent in the world.

7. Australia day, the national day of the country is celebrated on 26th January every year. The day is a form of celebration of Australia’s diversity and tolerance of different sects of people.

8. Kangaroo is the national animal of Australia. There were 34,303,677 kangaroos in Australia in 2011 within the commercial harvest area. And they (kangaroos) are found only in Australia.

Kangaroo in Australia
Kangaroo in Australia. Image credit

9. If you know Australia’s total population, you can clearly see that the population of kangaroos in the country outnumbers that of the humans. And there are strict measures in place to check the population of the national animal.

10. In Australia, you can undergo a unique health treatment which is expected to be 40,000 years old. These Aboriginal culture and healing techniques are believed to be the oldest in the world. Difficulties and illnesses such as depression, cancer and substance abuse can be treated with these century’s old techniques.

11. The longest fence in the world is in Australia and it is 5,530 kilometers in length. It is called the ‘dingo fence’.

dingo fence australia
Interesting facts about Australia: Dingo fence. Image credit

12. The first cops in the country were all criminals. They were a band of eight of the most well-behaved convicts, formed in 1789 by Governor Arthur Philip.

Facts about Australian spiders, snakes, inventions, golf course, mammals that lay eggs …

13. If you are interested in the world’s deadliest spiders, you should definitely visit Australia. These spiders are available in the Australian Reptile Park, which is the only place in the world where these spiders are milked. These spiders are known as ‘the funnel web’. The venom is milked from these spiders and sent to a laboratory in the country where it is made into antivenom.

The funnel web spider. Image credit

14. Australia is the only country in the world where there are more species of venomous snakes than the non-venomous snakes. The inland Taipan is the most venomous snake, and with its one bite, it can kill at least 100 fully grown men or 2,50,000 mice.

15. The world’s highest steel arch bridge – the Harbor Bridge – is in Sydney, Australia. It spans 97.3 m and 134 m high above the mean sea level. It is recorded in the Guinness for its span.

16. Nullarbor Links is “the World’s Longest Golf course”, situated along 1,365 kilometers of the Eyre Highway that crosses the southern coast of Australia in two states (South Australia and Western Australia).

17. The platypus and echidna are the only two mammals in the world that lay egg. And you guessed it right; they are only found in Australia.

Flag of Australia

Flag of Australia
The national flag of Australia. Image credit – CIA

18. Australian’s invented a lot of things including the ultrasound, Vegemite, the tank, football, the refrigerator, the pre-paid postage, the BlackBox on aeroplanes, lawn mowers with engines, smoke alarms, asprin/aspirin, the pacemaker, and penicillin etc.

19. The world’s largest espresso machine is fitted in Australia. It can brew up to 18 cups of coffee at any given time, and at least 5 people are required to handle it while operating.

20. Australians eat 260 million meat pies every year, around 12 per head.

Facts about white whale, languages, obesity, wages …

21. They drink 83 liters of beer on an average per person in Australia.

22. The world’s only white whale – they call him – ‘Migaloo’ can be seen in Australia. If you are lucky, you could have a beautiful sight of this giant mammal, if you choose to visit Australia during spring and autumn seasons. Check this site for more information about this incredible whale – Migaloo.

Interesting facts about Australia: The Worlds only white whale. Image credit

23. Australia has a vibrant multicultural community of people from close to 200 countries.

24. And over 200 different languages and dialects are also spoken in the country which is very rich in diversity.

25. Amazingly, during winter Australia has more snow than Switzerland.

26. In 1902, Australia became the second country in the world to allow women the right to vote.

27. In Australia, 16% of its population speaks a language which is other than English.

28. Out of its population of 23 million, at least 14 million are obese in Australia. And obesity is killing more people prematurely than smoking and illness in the country.

29. Australians have swimming pools in their oceans, too.

30. The minimum wages in Australia is $16.88 while that in Georgia in the U.S. is $5.5.

31. There is a lake known as ‘Pink Lake’ in Australia. The name of this lake, which is a salt lake is named after its color. It is in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. However, the color of this lake is not always pink, and changes as a result of change in salinity of the water and the concentration of brine prawn in the lake.

Pink Lake Aaustralia
Interesting facts about Australia: Pink Lake. Image credit

32. Lord Howe Island, a famous tourist destination in Australia, allows only 400 tourists at any time – no matter how many apply and want to get in there. Rules are rules!

33. In Australia they have a town named ‘1770’. Yeah, the name just contains digits. The town is a six-hour drive north from Brisbane along the coast of Central Queensland.

34. Spanning 2000 km from Halls Creek to Wiluna in outback WA, the Canning Stock Route is the longest and most remote stock route in the world.

Facts about vegetation, beaches, Wi-Fi, oldest fossil, gambling …

35. A whopping 91% of Australia is covered under vegetation.

36. With around 12 million square kilometers and spanning three oceans, Australia has the world’s 3rd largest ocean territory.

37. In Victoria, Australia, only a licensed electrician can change an electric bulb.

38. Australia has more than 10,000 beaches. And if you decide to visit a new beach every day, it will take more than 27 years of your lifetime.

39. Wi-Fi is claimed by the Australians as the invention of its National Science Agency.

Wi-Fi: An Australian Invention. Image credit

40. The last time a spider killed somebody in Australia was in 1981.

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