Australia is one of the world’s most developed and urbanized countries in the world. Blessed with stunning beaches, lush green national parks, truly unique wildlife, and bustling cities, it’s a magical destination deserving to be in your travel list. With a culture that’s unique and indescribably welcoming, Australia is always one of our top destinations to visit time and again.
While you plan your visit to this country, here are some facts that will make you wonder, if you really know about this corner of the world that you plan to head to.
1Melbourne was earlier known as Batmania
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could name a large city after your name? Well, the modern-day city of Melbourne in Australia was briefly named ‘Batmania’ after John Batman, who claimed to be the one who found the city in 1835.
2Canberra was the chosen capital of Australia instead of Sydney or Melbourne
If you think of the largest cities of Australia, instantly Sydney and Melbourne would be top of mind. It would have been natural to imagine either of these be chosen as the Capital city. But, while choosing the capital of this vast country, Canberra was selected in the middle of an ongoing debate between Melbourne and Sydney over which would be the capital.
3The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps
Don’t think Australia gets snow? Well it’s all pretty relative. The area of Australia that is covered by snow in winter is larger than the area of Switzerland. So, now you have an alternative to the Swiss Alps.
4The cleanest air in the world
Tasmania, the island state of Australia, has the cleanest air in the world. The air is so clean in fact, that the region bottles and sells its air and water to areas impacted by heavy pollution. Hard to believe what people even buy these days, right?
5The Great Barrier Reef is the largest Coral ecosystem in the world
Spread over 2,000 kms and expanding to an area of around 3,00,000 square kms, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. Located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, in the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef is also the largest structure ever built by living creatures.
6Australia’s Large and Unique wildlife
Australia has a large wildlife spread across its vast stretch of more than 600 National Parks along with thousands of forest reserves and conservational areas. But, to add on to that, around 80% of the animals are unique to Australia.
There are so many different types of species in Australia that only 25% of them have been discovered and are known to humans. This leaves 75% which are totally undiscovered yet.
7Australia has more sheep than people
Australia is one of the leading producers of wool in the world. But that’s not a surprising fact as Australia has more than 150 million sheep. On the contrary, the population of Australia is only around 20 million. That’s 8 sheep for every person. Baaaah-mazing, isn’t it?
8Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia
Yes, you heard that right. There are around 1 million wild camels that wander the Australian deserts. They were originally brought over to help with railroad construction. But, now, with excess of camels in the country, there is a booming business of camel exports majorly to the Middle Eastern countries.
9Australia has the maximum species of poisonous snakes and spiders in the world
Australia is home to 10 of the world’s 15 most poisonous snakes and an innumerable number of venomous spiders from over 1,500 different species of venomous spiders found worldwide.
10Only country with egg laying mammals
The platypus and the echidna are the only two mammals in the world which lay eggs, and both creatures are indigenous to Australia.
11Australia is the home to 19 World Heritage sites
World Heritage sites are supremely important not just in defining the cultures and beliefs on the country but also showcasing the true global value of the nation. When it comes to UNESCO’s world heritage sites, Australia boasts 19 remarkable sites including historic townships, cities and landscapes.
122.5 km of Uluru is underground and unexplored
Standing at around 348 metres tall, Uluru is one of Australia’s top UNESCO World Heritage site and has the best sunset-view spot in the country. Around 2.5 kms of Uluru rock is underground and connects to the Mount Olgas around 25 kms away.
13The second largest Greek population in the world
A large number of immigrants call Australia home, evident also from the large number of Greeks living here. The largest Greek population in the world besides Greece can be found in Melbourne, Victoria.
14Be ready to be disappointed at Mount Disappointment.
Mount Disappointment is a range of mountains in Australia. Two explorers who made it to the summit to get a view of Port Phillip Bay, coined the name. However, they were only able to get a view the dense growth of trees. Apparently, the view was so disappointing that there was no better name for it.
15Australia has the longest highway in the world
Highway 1 in Australia is the longest highway in the world, spanning around 14,000 kms in total. It is a large ring road connecting the entire coastline of Australia.
16Australians are heavy gamblers
When is Australia, it’s best not to place any bets with the locals. Australia has the highest gambling rate in the world; more than 80% of adults in Australia regularly participate in some form of gambling or betting.
17Australia is the largest gold producer in the world.
Do you still think China has the largest gold production house in the world? Think again. Australia just beat China to become the largest producer of gold in the world. A small town named Kalgoorlie, is the production centre for gold in Australia.
Do you think we missed mentioning any other interesting facts? Or you think, these above mentioned facts gave you new reasons to explore this continent? Do let us know your inputs by commenting below.