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37 facts you probably didn't know about Australia

1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
4. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
5. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
6. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
7. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
8. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control.
9. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.
10. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard.
11. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.
12. Speaking of, Australia is one of the only countries where we eat the animals on our coat of arms.
13. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
14. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
15. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure.
16. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog.
17. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people.
18. Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory.
19. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
20. A kangaroo is only one centimetre long when it is born.
21. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
22. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
23. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
24. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
25. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
26. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation.
27. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means ‘up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages.
28.The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention, along with the selfie.
29. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
30. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost.
31. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, meaning gum trees may explode if ignited, or in bush fires
32. There have been instances of wallabies getting high after breaking into opium crops, then running around and making what look like crop circles.
33. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
34. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. If that’s not impressive enough, he can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
35. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979.
36. There currently a chlamydia outbreak among koala species, which has led to a 15% drop in koala populations.
37. In NSW, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.

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