15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Australia

Just when you thought you know all about the Land Down Under, we've gathered interesting things about Australia that will blow your mind:
  1. Here you can find the Dingo Fence, longest fence in the world (5,530 km)
  2. Apart from the popular kangaroos and koalas, it is also home to more than 378 mammal species including marsupials (kangaroo, wombat, wallaby, dingo) and monotremes (platypus and echidna), 828 bird species, 4000 fish species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species, two crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammal.
  3. The population of kangaroos in Australia is higher than humans.
  4. Australia has more than 2000 species of arachnids, including the venomous ones like Sydney Funnel Web, Mouse and Redback Spiders that you wouldn’t want to cross paths with.
  5. It is the only continent-nation, the smallest continent, and the world’s largest island.
  6. Has the largest reef system in the world – the Great Barrier Reef, which has its own postal box too!
  7. Christmas season is summertime in Australia
  8. Australia, in Latin, means “unknown southern land”.
  9. The whole of Australia is arid and hot, with a large part of the country experiencing tropical climates.
  10. The emu and kangaroo are two moving-forward animals which can be seen on the country’s coat of arms, symbolizing the country’s forward-thinking and progressive state.
  11. Home to 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Sydney Opera House, Australian Convict Sites, Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Lord Howe Island, Macquarie Island, Heard and McDonald Islands, Kakadu National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Purnululu National Park, Ningaloo Coast, Shark Bay, Wet Tropics of Queensland, Gondwana Rainforests, Greater Blue Mountains Area, Tasmanian Wilderness, Fossil Mammal Sites, Willandra Lakes Region
  12. It has the longest stretch of straight railway track (478 km) on the Trans-Australian Railway between Loongana, Western Australia and Ooldea, South Australia.
  13. The selfie was invented by Australians.
  14. Over 200 language and dialect are spoken in Australia. And there’s also what they call the Aussie slang.
  15. Large part of the human population reside within 100km of the coast.