Interesting Facts about Australia

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Interesting Facts about Australia

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Adopted : 11 February 1903 in use from 3 September 1901 8 December 1908(current seven-pointed Commonwealth Star version)
Design : A Blue Ensign defaced with the Commonwealth Star (also known as the Federation Star) in the lower hoist quarter and the five stars of the Southern Cross in the fly half.

Interesting Facts about Australia 

#1 Australia is the 6th largest country by size, a massive 2.9 million square miles.

#2 While it’s huge, the population is only 22.6 million.

#3 The closest American state in population is New York, which has 19.6 million people, yet Australia is more than 53 times its size.

#4 Texas is the largest state in the continental United States, but the largest state in Australia, Western Australia is more than 3 times its size but Texas has 13 times as many people.

#5 You can fly from Perth to Melbourne faster than you can fly from one end of Western Australia to the other.

#6 The Great Victoria Desert, just ONE of Australia’s barren areas is larger than the United Kingdom. You could lose an entire country in Australia and never know it.

#7 A single cattle ranch in South Australia is larger than the state of Israel.

#8 Don’t think Australia gets snow? Well it’s all relative. The area of Australia that is covered by snow in winter is larger than the area of Switzerland.

#9 The longest fence in the world is in Australia, and it runs for over 5,530 kilometers.

#10 The world’s longest golf course, measuring more than 850 miles long is located in Australia.

#11 Australia includes the world’s longest stretch of dead-straight railway track, a 297 mile length.

#12 Australia has a very low poverty rate, and a high standard of living.

#13 Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide have all appeared on The Economist’s world most livable cities lists in various years.

#14 The real estate market in Australia is booming; however they have some of the highest house prices in the world, and Australians have very high household debt levels.

#15 The country’s government is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

#16 The main exports of Australia include iron-ore, gold, natural gas and coal. They export most of their products to Japan, China, South Korea, New Zealand and the United States.

#17 Australia is also a large exporter of wine. Wine exports contribute over $5.5 billion per year to Australia’s total economy.

#18 Most people who live in Australia descend from the British or the Irish because for over 200 years the majority of Australia’s immigrants came from the British Isles.

#19 Since WWI, Australia’s population has quadrupled.

#20 Australia’s nickname is the island continent.

#21 The Great Barrier Reef is found off of the coast of Australia and is the largest reef system in the world.

#22 Australia is home to 10 of the world’s 15 most poisonous snakes as well as a disproportionate number of venomous spiders.

#23 The mysterious platypus has venom strong enough to can kill a small dog.

#24 The box jellyfish is responsible for more deaths in Australian than snakes, sharks and salt water crocodiles.

#25 In other news, Australia has sharks, snakes and massive salt water crocodiles.

#26 Other dangerous (usually venomous) animals to avoid include the blue ring octopus, the stone fish, funnel web spider and the cassowary; one of the world’s largest birds that when provoked attack with their sharp claws.

#27 Marsupials like koalas, quokka and kangaroos can be found nowhere else in the world.

#28 The only two mammals in the world that lay eggs are found in Australia, the platypus and echidna.

#29 There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia and only 20 million people. That’s 8 sheep for every person.

#30 There are over 60 different species (types) of kangaroos.

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