Australia Facts: 86 Interesting Facts About Australia

Last updated on April 8th, 2018

41. If you use the word ‘BARBIE’ (a plastic doll for kids) in Australia, you might be misunderstood to be referencing BBQ, or a party that usually takes place in the afternoon.

42. Gina Rinehart, the wealthiest Australian woman has a net worth of $29 billion. She is estimated to be making $600 every second.

43. The world’s oldest fossil, with 3.4-billion-year-old cells, was found in Australia. The discovery was made by Brasier and David Wacey, a geologist at the University of Western Australia in Crawley.

worlds oldest fossil cells
The worlds oldest fossil cells. Image credit

44. Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia. The Arabs use the camel for meat.

45. Australians are very fond of gambling, which is why they spend more money per capita on gambling than any other country in the world.

Facts about Australian kangaroos, emus and sheep; poker machine, the Opera House …

46. Kangaroos and Emus cannot walk backward. Ironically, their’s this incapacity to move backwards symbolize a nation moving forward.

Emu in Australia
Emu in Australia. Image credit

47. As per 2011 census, there were 73 million sheep in Australia. And this surely outnumbers the total human population in Australia.

48. Australian sheep broke the world record for the heaviest wool haul from one shearing. It had 40 kg of wool removed from its body and it took 5 shearers to get the job done.

Interesting facts about Australia: Chris the sheep. Image credit
Wool blanket from Chris
Wool blanket withdrawn from Chris. Image credit

49. ‘God Save The King/Queen’ was the national anthem of Australia until 1984.

50. Melbourne, Australia has been ranked the world’s most livable city for the past 5 years.

51. Selfie, is an Australian slang term, which was named the international word of the year in 2013. It was first used in an online forum by a drunk from Australia in 2002. And today, as we all know, it is a widely used term all over the world.

52. The average poker player in Australia loses $380 every year and yet they still play the game very fondly.

53. They have 20% of the world’s poker machines and less than 1% of its total population.

54. If you want to play poker in Australia, remember that when playing slot machines, the payout percentage is less than 100%. This means that you will eventually lose all your money if you continue to play for a long time.

55. The Opera House is an architectural wonder. If you open the sails of the house and combine them, a perfect sphere would be formed. And the inspiration for this kind of design came to its architect while he was eating an orange. If this might interest you, note that its roof weighs a whopping 161,000 tons.

The Opera House, Sydney. Image credit

56. The world’s first seat belt law was put in place in 1970, in the state of Victoria, Australia, making the wearing of a seat belt compulsory for drivers and front-seat passengers.

57. Captain James Cook was the first to land in Australia’s east coast in 1770. And the British with an intention to establish penal colony returned with 11 ships in 1788. The French also tried to claim Australia but fell short of a few days as the British had already claimed their hold of the land.

Legalization of euthanasia, cartoonists, volcanoes, living fossil …

58. In the 1990s, the Northern Territory of Australia legalized euthanasia, but it was overturned by a bill passed at the federal level.

59. In Australia, between 1838 and 1902, it was illegal to swim at public beaches during the day.

60. Australia lost its Prime Minister Harold Hold in 1967 when he went for a swim and never returned back. The event was later referred as ‘the swim that needed no towel’.

61. It is interesting for the kids to know that on 17th July, 1924, the world’s first society of cartoonists was formed in Sydney, Australia. It was named “the Black and White Artists’ Society”.

Interesting facts about Australia
A black and white cartoon. Image credit

62. Australia is the third nation behind the U.S. and Russia to successfully launch a satellite into orbit.

63. Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.

64. Australia is also famous for an enormous depiction of an Indigenous man carved in the desert. The drawing which is over 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) long can be seen in Australia. It is a tourist spot for over a decade now.

65. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest organic construction on earth.

66. The length of a baby kangaroo at the time of its birth can be between 1 and 2 centimeters.

67. There are over 60 different species of kangaroos and 1500 plus species of Spiders in #Australia.

68. And Kangaroos can survive without water for months. They can also dig wells for water, which can be 3-4 feet deep.

69. Ever heard of a living fossil? Queensland is home to ‘lung fish’, a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.

70. Western Australia is currently the worlds largest producer of gold.

Facts about Australian sportsperson, Canberra, churches, railway track …

71. Over 40% of Australians are migrants or the first-generation children of migrants.

72. Sir Don Bradman, an Australian cricketer averaged 99.94 with his bat. The next highest average in the entire history of the game is 60.

73. Australia also has some of the greatest players of the game of tennis. Rod Laver is the only player in the history of the open era of the game of tennis to have won a calendar-year grand slam. He won the titles in 1962 and 1969.

74. Melbourne Victoria is the home to the second largest Greek population in the world after Athens in Greece.

75. The Australian Lyre Bird is the world’s best imitator. It can mimic the calls of 15 different species of birds in their locality.

The Australian Lyre Bird. Image credit

76. Did you know that ‘Canberra’ the capital city of Australia was built because there was a dispute between Sydney and Melbourne over becoming the capital of Australia? To settle this dispute, a new city was built between these two and was announced as the capital.

77. Australian servicemen are referred to as Diggers, the term from the miners on the Australian goldfields of the 1800s.

78. Australia, which was founded by Convicts has homicide rate of 1.8 per 100,000 people; whereas that of America is 3 per 100,000.

79. During the Vietnam War, the American soldier fired 7 times as many bullets as Australian soldiers.

80. Almost 80% of the Australian population is employed in service sector while 14% is employed in manufacturing.

81. Surprisingly, 50% of young Australians between the age of 14 and 19 years use cannabis.

82. In Australia, lazy people are referred to as ‘bludgers’.

83. Adelaide a city in Australia is famous because it has lots of churches.

84. The pictures of man’s first steps on the moon to the rest of the world in 1969 were broadcasted from Australia.

85. Australia has the longest section of straight railway track in the world at 478 kilometers.

86. The largest cattle station in the world is Anna Creek Station in South Australia at over 34,000 square kilometers.

Australia – country at a glance

Independence01 January 1901 (from the federation of UK colonies)
Capital CityCanberra
(35°18.48′S 149°7.47′E)
Largest CitySydney
Total area7,741,220 sq km
Population23,232,413 (July 2017 est.)
Official LanguageEnglish
DemonymAustralian and Aussie
BordersNo bordering countries of this continent nation. However, there are neighboring countries - New Zealand, Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.
CurrencyAustralian dollar (AUD)
Suffrage18 years of age; universal and compulsory
Life expectancy82.3 Years (2017)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
National anthem"Advance Australia Fair"
Government typeparliamentary democracy (Federal Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Climategenerally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north
Terrainmostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in southeast
Natural resourcesbauxite, coal, iron ore, copper, tin, gold, silver, uranium, nickel, tungsten, rare earth elements, mineral sands, lead, zinc, diamonds, natural gas, petroleum
Agricultural land53.4%
Birth rate12.1 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Death rate7.3 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Sex ratio1.01 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
National symbolsSouthern Cross constellation (five, seven-pointed stars), kangaroo, emu
National colorsgreen and gold
Industriesmining, industrial and transportation equipment, food processing, chemicals, steel
Exports$184.3 billion (2016 est.)
coal, iron ore, gold, meat, wool, alumina, wheat, machinery and transport equipment
Imports$203.1 billion (2016 est.)
machinery and transport equipment, computers and office machines, telecommunication equipment and parts; crude oil and petroleum products
GDP - per capita (PPP)$48,800 (2016 est.)
Internet country
Time ZoneUTC+8 to +10.5
Calling Code+61
Drives on theLeft
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedJuly 11, 2018