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30 Random facts about Australia

68Australia has 35,877 km (22,292 mi) of coastline (slightly less than the equator!) and over 10,000 beaches. Tweet This


69The hottest recorded temperature in Australia was 50.7 Celsius (Oodnadatta, South Australia) and the lowest – minus 23 Celsius (Charlotte Pass, New South Wales). Tweet This



70Australians often refer to Australia as Oz and themselves as Aussies. They love to truncate words and put an “ie” or “o” on the end: smoko (smoke break), barbie (barbeque), Paulie (Paul), Nicko (Nick), etc. Tweet This



71There has only been one armed rebellion, known as the Eureka Stockade, in 1854. Tweet This


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72Australia has a total of 8,222 islands in its maritime borders. Tweet This


73Australia has a “flying doctors” service, providing emergency medical services to people who live in remote areas. Tweet This


random facts about australia 74There are four types of boomerang. Only one of them will return when thrown correctly. Tweet This


75Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, NSW has the whitest sand worldwide according the Guinness Book of Records. Tweet This


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76There are almost 100,000 more women than men in Australia. Tweet This


77If Australia were a city, it would still only be the world’s seventh largest. Tweet This


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78Only 1 in 10 Australians goes to work by public transport. Tweet This



79The average Australian stays with their employer just 3.5 years. Tweet This


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80The most widely said Australianism is “no worries”. Tweet This


81Sixty per cent of all weddings take place on a Saturday. Tweet This


82Australians read more newspapers per capita than any other nation. Tweet This


83Crocodile Dundee is the highest grossing Australian film so far. Tweet This


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84In April 1933, 68% of West Australians voted in favour of seceding from the Commonwealth of Australia. They eventually remained part of it. Tweet This


85Australia was the 3rd country, after the USA and the USSR, to launch a satellite into orbit. Tweet This


random facts about australia 86In 1977, Alan Jones won a surprise victory in the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix. As local officials didn’t have the Australian anthem, a local drunk played “Happy Birthday to You” on a trumpet. Tweet This


87Convicts were not sent to Australia for serious crimes. Tweet This


88Don Bradman averaged 99.94 during his cricket career. The next highest average in the entire history of the game is around 60. Tweet This


89Dawn Fraser is the only athlete to ever win gold in the same event at three consecutive Olympics. Tweet This


90The Western Australian section of the Eyre Highway is the longest straight stretch of road in the world – 146.6 km (91.1 mi) without turning. Tweet This


91Rum was the main currency in the early days of settlement, used to pay military officers and prisoners. Tweet This


92Lake Hillier on Middle Island is pink. Tweet This


93These places are all palindromes: Glenelg, Adelaide; Tumut, NSW and Parap, Darwin. Tweet This


94Australia has notoriously slow internet download speeds. Tweet This


95Debate continues today on the calls to change the Australian flag because of the prominence of the British Union Jack. Tweet This


96It has 16 world heritage listed sites including historic townships, cities and landscapes. Tweet This


971988 was named a ‘Year of Mourning’ for Aboriginals. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offered a national apology to indigenous people in 2007. Tweet This

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