15 interesting facts you did not know about Australia
Australia is one of the world’s most wonderful holiday destinations. It is known worldwide for its unique and picturesque landscapes, beaches, fantastic wildlife and white-sand beaches. But did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is visible from space? Or that Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world?written by: Niki – CONTINENT SURFER
- Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area, covering 7.6 million square kilometers.
2. The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
3. The kangaroo and emu are featured on the Australian coat of arms because they are animals that cannot walk backwards, symbolizing the country’s forward progress.
4. The country is home to more than 10,000 beaches, which is more than any other country in the world.
5. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
6. Australia has the world’s largest population of wild camels.
7. The country is home to the world’s largest monolith, Uluru, which is also known as Ayers Rock.
8. The Australian accent is often referred to as a “Strine” accent and is a unique mix of British and Indigenous Australian dialects.
9. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic buildings in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
10. Australia is home to some of the world’s deadliest animals, including the saltwater crocodile, box jellyfish, and funnel-web spider.
11. The world’s longest fence, the Dingo Fence, stretches for over 5,500 kilometers across the Australian outback to keep dingoes away from sheep.
12. The country has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world due to its location near the ozone hole and high levels of UV radiation.
13. Australia is one of the few countries in the world that is both a continent and a country.
14. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
15. The first European settlers in Australia were convicts who were sent there from Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
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