Fun Facts About Australia


Have you ever visited Australia? Here are some fun facts about the island continent:

  • Australia is both a country and a continent. It is the world’s 6th-largest country.
  • More than 85% of Australians live within 30 miles of the country’s coast.
  • This is probably explained by the fact that much of Australia is desert, known as “the outback.”
  • You can find more species of reptiles in Australia than in any other country.
  • Many unique animals call Australia home: koala, kangaroo, wombat, emu, kookaburra and platypus.
  • Australia’s “koala bear” is not actually a bear. Bonus fact: koalas sleep about 20 hours each day.
  • Australia’s emu is a bird that cannot fly. However, it can run almost 30 miles per hour!
  • Australia’s platypus is poisonous — its poison can kill a small dog, or make a human seriously sick.
  • Australian native animals the platypus and the echidna are the world’s only two mammals that reproduce by laying eggs.
  • The name Australia comes from the Latin “australis,” meaning “southern.”
  • Famous Australians you might know include Steve Irwin, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Joan Sutherland, and Andrew Charlton.
  • The first photos of the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the world from Australia.
  • Australia has the longest fence in the world. It was built to keep dingoes (Australian wild dogs) away from farm land.
  • If you visited a different Australian beach each day, it would take you more than 27 years to visit them all.
  • Australia is home to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living structure. The Reef has its own post office box.
  • Australia has three times more sheep than people.
  • Australia has its own alps. And, they receive more snow than Switzerland’s!
  • 63% of Australians are overweight (just less than the percentage in the US).
  • One of Australia’s best-known structures is the Sydney Opera House with its iconic “sails.” The architect was inspired in its design by an orange he was eating at the time, and if you combined all the roof sails, they would form a perfect sphere.
  • More than 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia.
  • Australia has the highest proportion of migrant settlers of any developed nation. More than 25% of Australians were born in another country.
  • Australia was the second country to give women the right to vote. This happened in 1902 (New Zealand was first, in 1893).
  • You can eat kangaroo meat in Australia. With just 1-2% fat, it’s leaner and healthier than beef. But I wonder — does it taste like chicken?

What do you know about Australia?

3 thoughts on “Fun Facts About Australia

  1. Well, this includes some interesting facts. The most interesting, in my opinion, is that if you visited a different beach in Australia, it would take more than 27 years to visit them all. That’s pretty incredible.

  2. I enjoyed the blog today since I have not been to Australia. I would like to go there but the long flight is not something I want to take. I suffer from jet lag so much. On my trips to Hawaii, by the time I got over the jet lag, it was time to fly home!

  3. Australia was once on my “bucket list”, but no more. My age tells me that I should not try to make that trip now. The horribly long plane flights to get there and return would be too risky for blood clots in my legs. Sure did enjoy your interesting facts about Australia! While I knew many of them, the number of beaches and the fact that platypuses are poisonous were new facts to me. Good for Australia’s forward thinking to allow women to vote earlier than the women of America!

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