weird facts about australia

In case you haven't already noticed, Australia is one of the strangest and most unique destinations on the planet. From bizarre Aussie Laws that still exist to this day, to down right weird wildlife, here are 50 weird facts about Australia.

  1. 25% of Australians born in another country
  2. Australia has the world’s longest golf course measuring more than 850 miles long
  3. Australia is home to 10 of the world’s 15 most poisonous snakes
  4. Perth is the only city in the world which can have aircraft land in its CBD
  5. The wine cask was invented in Australia (obviously)
  6. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow
  7. In fact, the largest cattle station in Australia is the same size as Belgium
  8. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index
  9. More than 85% of Aussies live less than 50km from the coastline - now that's living the dream!
  10. Each week there are an estimated 70 tourists overstay their visas (who can blame them)?
  11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success
  12. The first Police Force in Australia was made up of the most well-behaved convicts
  13. The world's largest sand island can be found in Australia - Fraser Island!
  14. It would take 27 years to visit one new Aussie beach every day
  15. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure
  16. It even has its own Post Office box!
  17. Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year
  18. The cleanest air in the world can be found in Tasmania
  19. AFL was actually invented to keep Cricketers fit in the off season
  20. There are 60 wine regions in Australia
  21. Actually around 1.35 trillion bottles of wine are made in Australia
  22. It is the 6th largest country in the world
  23. Australia ranks 46th in the world in terms of Internet speed - really?!?
  24. There are 1 million Camels that roam Australia's Deserts - the largest number of purebred camels in the world
  25. It has the highest rate of gambling in the world with over 80 percent of Australian adults engaging in gambling of some kind
  26. The wombat deposits square poos
  27. You can fly from Perth to Melbourne faster than you can fly from one end of Western Australia to the other
  28. Melbourne was originally called Batmania
  29. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef
  30. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979 - phew!
  31. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay
  32. Ever heard of crop circles? It is a known fact that Wallabies like to break into Opium crops, get high and run around in circles to create a "crop circle"
  33. A gay bar in Melbourne once won the legal right to ban women from the bars, because they made the men uncomfortable
  34. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means ‘up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages
  35. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than Sharks and Crocodiles combined
  36. A baby kangaroo when born is only one centimetre long
  37. And did you know that there are over 60 different types of kangaroos?
  38. Western Australia is home to a number of Pink Lakes - such as Lake Hillier
  39. The Australian Alps actually receive more snow each year than Switzerland
  40. And that Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket and is known to be a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content
  41. Aboriginal culture is the oldest on Earth Australia has 19 world heritage listed sites
  42. The country holds the Guiness World Record for the most amount of Christmas lights on a house - half a million!
  43. Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart earns $1 million every half hour
  44. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation
  45. Australia invented the world's first seat belt law in 1970
  46. Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages
  47. WA is home to what is believed to be the oldest evidence of life on Earth - the Stromatolites
  48. The world's largest rock is not actually Uluru, but Mount Augustus in Western Australia
  49. Australia was the first nation in the world to allow women the right to vote (New Zealand was first)
  50. Vegemite was created by left over Yeast used to create Beer - so that's why it tastes so good!

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