Did you know   …

  • Australia has more sheep than people
  • The world’s largest cattle station (larger than Belgium) is in South Australia
  • The Australian Alps get more snow than Switzerland
  • 91% of Australia is covered in vegetation
  • Over 200 languages and dialects are spoken in Australia
  • Nearly half of all Australians today were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas
  • Melbourne has the second largest population of Greeks in the world after Athens
  • The Australian Lyre Bird can, among other things, imitate the sound of a mobile phone, a chainsaw, a camera clicking, and a car alarm
  • Emus and Kangaroos were chosen to feature on the Australian coat of arms because of the belief that they seldom walk backwards therefore symbolizing Australia as a forward moving nation
  • When the first Platypus specimen was sent to the UK they thought it was a practical joke by the colonies as it looked like a rat with a duck’s beak sewn onto it!
  • A horse race stops the nation once a year for a few minutes. People watch or listen to the race known as the Melbourne Cup and in Melbourne everyone gets a public holiday to celebrate
  • The first photos of the moon landing in 1969 were sent to the rest of the world via a tracking station near Canberra
  • Australians speak their own unique lingo – called Aussie slang
  • The world’s oldest fossil (3.4 billion years old) was discovered in Australia
  • The male platypus has enough venom in spurs on its hind legs to kill a small dog
  • The architect of the Opera House was inspired to create it whilst eating an orange - if you were to combine all the sails of the Opera House roof it would create a perfect sphere.
  • Chinese explorers travelled to Australia long before the Europeans. As early as the 1400s Chinese sailors and fisherman came to Australia to trade with indigenous peoples and to find sea cucumbers
  • While Australia has one of the highest degrees of urban concentration in the world it has one of the lowest population densities with on average only 3 people per square kilometre
  • The longest straight stretch of road is in Australia – the Nullarbor Plain is 146 km with no bends
  • The Dingo fence is the longest fence in the world at 5,614 kilometres in length. Its purpose is to keep Dingoes out of South-East Australia and protect the sheep in Southern Queensland
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and one of the seven wonders of the underwater world
  • While it’s not a staple food Australians do eat Kangaroo meat. You can find it on the menu in some restaurants and you can buy it at your local butcher or supermarket
  • Australians invented the ‘selfie’ - a photo of yourself taken using a mobile phone camera