The Land Down Under is an anomaly in many regards. It is an island, a country, and a continent at the same time. Keep reading to learn some very interesting facts about Australia. Situated in the Southern Hemisphere, the Commonwealth of Australia comprises the continental mainland, the Tasmanian island, and many other smaller islands. One of the interesting facts about Australia is that the oldest skeleton found in Australia is reportedly more than 40,000 years old. Dutch explorers discovered Australia in the 17th century, and the British took over in the 18th century.
In many ways, Australia is a different world in itself. Perennially isolated geographically, the people and natural wildlife there have developed very unique, and mysteriously alluring traits. There are many misconceptions about Australia, but such misconceptions simply arise from ignorance of Australia facts. The Great Barrier Reef is just one of the many amazing sights to see. Interesting Facts About Australian Geography •Area wise, Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, but its population density is one of the lowest in the whole world.
This is due to the fact that three quarters of the country is completely uninhabitable. •Australia also happens to be the smallest, and driest inhabited continent in the world. The driest continent is Antarctica, but it is uninhabited. •Another one of the interesting Australia facts is that Western Australia, the largest state in the country, is almost the same size as the entire Western Europe. •The Great Victoria Desert, the largest desert in the continent, is about one and a half times the size of the United Kingdom. •Australia is the only continent that does not have an active volcano on it. There is no region on the entire continent that is more than 1000 km away from the coastline. •Australia has a coastline of around 60,000 km. •Hard to believe, but the Snowy Mountains, or the Australian Alps, receive more snowfall than Switzerland does. •Being in the lower hemisphere, the Winter season begins in the month of June, and the Summer season begins around Christmas time, on this continent. Interesting Facts About Australian People •When the British began settling in Australia in the late 1700’s, it was mainly to maintain a land to send their prisoners to.
Currently, about 25% of the Australian population are direct descendants of those convicts that were transported to Australia. •Despite this fact, the homicide rate in Australia is 1. 8 for every 100,000 people. The United States, formed by the religious missionaries, has a homicide rate of 6. 3 per 100,000. This is around 400% greater than Australia. •There are around 20 million people living in Australia. Strangely, there are around 150 million sheep in Australia. Due to this, the country is the largest exporter of sheep wool and meat in the world. After Athens, the second most Greek populated area in the world is Melbourne. •It is claimed that the literacy rate in Australia is an astounding 100%. In fact, now it does not even measure its literacy statistics. •Bob Hawke, the longest ever serving Prime Minister of Australia, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for drinking 2. 5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Interesting Facts About Australian Lifestyle •Unknown to many, Australia were one of the founding members of the United Nations. •The first police force in Australia was made up of 12 people. These 12 were their best behaved convicts. Mining is immense in the country, but the area occupied by pubs is more than the area covered by the mines. •The Kangaroo and the Emu, two animals unique only to Australia, are present on the coat of arms of Australia. •In 1964, the world’s first official surfing championship was held in Sydney. •The Australian outback is one of the best places in the world for star gazing, and astronomy. Under ideal viewing conditions, the naked eye can see almost 6,000 stars on a clear night. •John Batman, one of the founders of Melbourne in 1835, had the city named after him.
Melbourne was known as Batmania that time. •The city of Melbourne also founded the world’s first gay and lesbian radio station in 1993. This radio station was known as Joy Radio. •The largest working cattle ranch in the world, the Anna Creek Cattle Station, is located in the South Australian outback. Covering a vast area of about 35,000 km, the station is bigger than Belgium. Interesting Facts About Australian Flora and Fauna •Australia has over 700 different species of reptiles. •The World’s largest reptile, the Saltwater Crocodile, is found in the northern coastal regions of Australia.
Its average size is around 20 feet. •There are about 1500 species of spiders found in Australia. Owing to this, on an average a person living in Australia ends up swallowing 3 spiders every year! •Australia also boasts of the most amount of venomous snakes in the world. •The Australian Eucalyptus is the fastest growing tree in the world. •The Kangaroo, the Emu, the Koala bear, and the Kookaburra, are animal species that are found only in Australia. More on Australian animals. •There are also around 6,000 different species of flies in Australia. The Tasmanian Devil is more than just a fictional cartoon character. It is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, and can be found in Australia. •Australian deserts also boast of the largest herd of wild camels. All these fun facts about Australia make it a very attractive and oft-visited tourist destination for people from all over the world. The uniqueness that Australian tourism possesses due to its geographical detachment is quite staggering, and this makes it a place that you must visit, at least once in your lifetime.