Australia is one of the most unique countries in the world. This is the land of kangaroos, giant spiders and unique flowers and plants. Here we put together a list of 15 interesting facts about the land down under.
It Snows in Australia
Most of the country does not get any snow, but contrary to the stereotype, they do get some. The area covered by snow in the winter is about the size of Switzerland, or slightly bigger.
They Have the Largest Cattle Station on Earth
This exists in Southern Australia and covers over 34,000 square kilometers. This place is larger than the entire country of Belgium, to give you an idea of its size.
Australia is Greener Than People Think
The country is covered by seven million square kilometers of vegetation. That is over 90% of Australia. And most of the exotic plants and flowers that exist that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet, and is completely unique to the area.
People actually eat kangaroo meat. It turns out this is a healthier and leaner choice than beef or other meats available. You can purchase it at your local restaurant, grocery store, or butcher.
Australia Started the Ugg Boot Phenomenon
These boots are an Australian design and started as a sheepskin turned inside out and made into a boot. The locals refer to them as “very ugly boots”.
Australia was the second nation to give women voting rights in 1902. The first country was New Zealand, and it didn’t take long for the rest of the world to follow their example.
The Oldest Culture on Earth
Aboriginal culture is the most ancient on the planet. It’s estimated that the continent’s original inhabitants have been living there for 60000 years.
Over 200 to be exact. 45 of those are Indigenous languages, but the most common ones (besides English of course) are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, and more.
Australia Has the Fattest People
I was surprised to learn this because I’ve always heard that America is the most obese country in the world. Turns out this is wrong, though. As of 2012, Australia takes the lead with a staggering 26% obesity rate.
Greeks Love It There
Perhaps it reminds them of home because of all the sun and gorgeous landscapes. The largest population of Greeks (apart from Athens, Greece) can be found in Australia.
The Story of the Capital
Originally, Australia was torn between Sydney and Melbourne to be the capital of the country. These two cities made it easier, however, when they couldn’t stop arguing over which would be selected. The title went to Canberra instead.
Australia is the only place on the planet where you can still find something called the lungfish. It’s a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.
The Drop Bear
In order to deter tourists, Australians invented a fake animal called the drop bear. They claimed it dropped out of trees to attack tourists, and even mainstream businesses were in on spreading the rumor.
Australians Love to Gamble
They have the highest gambling rate in the world. over 80% of them engage in some form of it, and 20% of the world’s poker machines exist in the land down under.
People from Australia refer to English folk as Pome. It’s an acronym for Prisoners of Mother England. I wonder if Brits have a similar nickname for Australians.