Things That Will Inspire You To Visit
Are you interested in learning more about the country down under? Then here are some fun and fascinating facts about Australia that you probably didn’t know and will surely surprise you. As Australia is pretty much isolated from the rest of the world, many people haven’t ventured here.But having lived here all my life, I would love to share some of this beautiful country with you, the weird and the wonderful, which might just inspire you to visit.
Some of these facts about Australia may actually shock you.
- As of 2021, the population of Australia is 25.7 million.
- It is the 6th largest country in area, but one of the least densely populated countries.
- One third of Australians were born in another country.
- Over 200 cultures exist and over 300 languages are spoken, making it the most diverse culture in the world.
- The oldest culture on earth is the Australian Aboriginal people who lived here for about 50,000 years before European settlement. Now they make up only 1.5% of the population.
- Other prominent cultures are Italian, Greek, Asian, and Indian.
- 4 out of 5 people live within 50 km of the coast. Aussies love the beach.
- On the Human Development Index, Australia ranks 3rd in the world, behind Norway and Switzerland.
- Melbourne was ranked the world’s most liveable city 7 years in a row, from 2011 to 2017.
- 73% of Australians live in stand-alone houses.
- Australia has the highest minimum wage in the world.
- Voting in Australian elections is compulsory for all citizens, or they will be fined.
- Tasmania has the world’s cleanest air.
- There are over 10,000 beaches in Australia.
- Australia has a lot of islands, 8,222 islands in fact. The biggest is Tasmania.
- The Australian Alps (Snowy Mountains) receive more snow each year than the Swiss Alps. Why? I’ll tell you. The Australian Alps are located close to the coast and as such, coastal regions receive greater precipitation in the cold months than inland locations. Switzerland is very much a landlocked country.
- Uluru is the largest monolith, a large single rock monument, in the world.
- There are 10 deserts in Australia.
- In fact, deserts account for approximately 35% of the country.
- The Great Victoria Desert is bigger than the whole United Kingdom.
- Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.
- Australia is the sports capital of the world, with many major sporting venues, which host world events, such as Australian Tennis Open and Formula 1 Grand Prix.
- 70% of the population participate in some type of sport at least once a week.
- Aussie Rules football is like a religion in many states, especially in Victoria.
Inventions by Australians
Australians have been an inventive bunch. Over the years they have come up with some pretty impressive stuff. Check these out:
- Black box (cockpit flight recorder) in 1953.
- Bionic ear implant in 1970’s.
- Electronic pacemaker in the 1920’s.
- World’s first anti-cancer vaccine for cervical cancer in 2006.
- Ultrasound scanner in 1976.
- First frozen embryo baby was born in Melbourne in March 1984.
- Wi-fi was invented by CSIRO inventors in 1992.
- Anti-flu virus in 1996 in Monash Melbourne.
- Car baby safety capsule 1984.
- War tank 1912 by a South Australian.
- Clapper board for films in 1930.
- Winged keel for yachts 1983.
- There are 60 Wine Regions in Australia, including the Yarra Valley and the Hunter Valley regions.
- Over 100 varieties of grapes are planted.
- Over 2000 different wine producers.
- Wine casks were invented in 1965 by a South Australian.
Australia has some cute animals and some that are not so cute, and downright dangerous.
- 1 million camels are roaming free in the desert. More camels than Egypt.
- There are 21 of the world’s 25 venomous snakes. But don’t worry, they won’t bother you as long as you leave them alone. Hardly anyone dies from snake bites unless they wrestle with one!
- Over 210 species of reptiles live in Australia, including the famous desert Death Adder snake.
- The spiders are not really deadly, anymore. No one has died of a spider bite since the 80’s, when anti-venom was invented.
- Saltwater crocodiles in the far north are extremely dangerous and eat people. Needless to say, use your common sense and stay away from them!
- The Box Jellyfish is deadly, as is the Blue Ringed Octopus.
- There are 3 times as many sheep as there are people.
Weird and (not so) wonderful things
- The longest fence in the world is the Dingo fence (to keep out dingoes and wild dogs from fertile land) which runs through South Australia and Queensland which is 5,600 km long.
- Australia has cattle ranches larger than Israel or Belgium.
- World’s longest golf course, being 850 miles long.
- Really bad broadband speed, in fact Australia ranks 60th in the world! Sooo frustrating.
- Brisbane hosts the world’s yearly cockroach championships! What the … ?
- The highest electricity rates in the world.
Australia has 19 World Heritage Sites. Some of them are:
- The Great Barrier Reef, the largest living organism in the world and visible from space. It is also one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
- The Sydney Opera House.
- Fraser Island, the worlds biggest sand island.
- Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest reserve, has been continuously inhabited for more than 40,000 years, and is the size of Slovenia.
- Tasmanian Wilderness.
That’s it for now.
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Tours of Australia
After reading about the wonderful country of Australia, you may be inspired to visit. So here are some fantastic tours to consider to make the most out of your Australian adventure.