Australia Fact Sheet: 15 Amazing Facts To Learn Now That Are Guaranteed To Impress Your Friends About The ‘Land Down Under’
1.The only western facing beach on the east coast of Australia is found at Shelly Beach, Manly.
2. The Blue Mountains, near Sydney, are named as such because the landscape is covered by eucalyptus forests. When the eucalyptus oil evaporates from the leaves of the trees, combines with the moisture in the air and heat from the sun, it produces a blue coloured haze. The best time to see the the blue colour at its most vivid is in the late afternoon, after the sun has warmed up the air for a number of hours.
3. Brisbane’s beach is not on the coast. In fact it is not even a natural beach. Tonnes of sand were imported to the city centre’s South Bank area on the edge of the river to create an artificial beach and pool area for locals to enjoy for free.
4. If all of the sails from the Sydney Opera House were combined, it would make a sphere. The architect was inspired whilst eating an orange.
5. Australia’s biggest free festival is held in Melbourne annually. It is called Moomba, which happens to mean ‘up your bum’ in several aboriginal languages.
6. There is a higher volume of snowfall per year in the Australian Alps than in Switzerland.
7. A baby kangaroo is born the size of a grain of rice, it is then incubated in its mother’s pouch for up to 10 months.
8. The largest cattle ranch in Australia is bigger than the whole of Belgium.
9. More than 85% of Australians live within 50 km of the coast.
10. Camel numbers in Australia are so high that they are considered pests and there is a Feral Camel Management Plan.
11. It would take over 27 years to visit all of Australia’s beaches if you were to visit one beach per day.
12. Australians are famous for drinking their beer, but gin is becoming one of the most popular drinks of choice.
13. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. It is also the only sand island in the world that has a rain forest growing out of it.
14. The average Australian drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
15. Highway 1 is the longest national highway in the world, it is 14,500 km long and creates a ring road around the edge of Australia.
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