50 Facts About Australia That Break All the Stereotypes

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Okay, it’s Pop quiz time! Which country has the longest fence in the world? How about the 2nd largest Greek population? Three times more sheep than people? One word will give it away: kangaroos. Yes, it’s the Land Down Under. So, what do you know about Australia?

Australia is the world’s 6th largest country and the only one that’s also a whole continent. But with all that territory, over 80% of Australians live within 60 miles of the coast. Before humans arrived, the continent was home to mega-fauna. If you’d lived there about 46,000 years ago, you’d be dead today. But you would’ve seen 10-foot-tall kangaroos, 23-foot-long goanna lizards, and ducks the size of an adult horse.

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TIMESTAMPS:
Grab your skis! 0:43
The world’s longest national highway 0:56
The Great Fence of Australia 1:13
How big the country is 1:35
A loooot of beaches 2:09
The biggest property in Australia 2:21
The largest living structure on the planet 2:57
Why kangaroos and emus are painted on their coat of arms 3:09
One of the most livable cities in the world 4:21
What Batmania is 4:41
Pink lakes 5:21
More sheep than people 5:47
50 million kangaroos 6:00
The most ancient fossils in the world 6:57
No hoofed animals 7:15
Burger King turns into Hungry Jack’s 7:21
Mount Disappointment 7:35
1,500 spider species! 8:03
National floral emblem 8:38
Languages of Australia 8:51

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SUMMARY:
– “Australia” comes from the Latin word “australis,” meaning “southern.”
– The world’s longest national highway is in Australia. It stretches for over 9,000 miles!
– The biggest property in Australia is about 40,000 square miles in area. South Korea could fit into it with room to spare.
– The largest living structure on the planet is the Australian Great Barrier Reef.
– Neither kangaroos nor emus can walk backward. That’s why they’re painted on the Australian coat of arms. Keep moving forward!
– The platypus, an egg-laying mammal that lives only in Australia, is one of the rare venomous mammals on this planet.
– Swimming in the surf during the day had been illegal in Australia up until 1902.
– The largest Greek population outside of Greece itself is in Australia. Actually, to be more precise, in Melbourne.
– Melbourne was the richest city in the world in 1880. These days, Tokyo, Japan holds this title.
– In 2018, Australia ranked third after Norway and Switzerland on the Human Development Index.
– There are about 74 million sheep to 25 million people in Australia, which makes an impressive ratio of three to one. O
– In Western Australia, it’s against the law to be in possession of more than 110 pounds of potatoes.
– The most ancient fossils in the world were found in Australia. They were no less than 3.4 billion years old!
– There are so many different species in this country that only 25% of them have been discovered so far.
– Australia has tons of unique flora and fauna species that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
– More than 90% of Australia is covered with some kind of vegetation.
– Since 1988, Australia has had a national floral emblem, and it’s the golden wattle.
– Australia is a multinational country with more than 200 different languages and dialects spoken there.
– There are 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia, including 12 natural sites, 3 cultural sites, and 4 mixed sites.
– The difference between Australia’s total length and its width is only 200 miles.
– The national Australian airline Qantas uses recycled cooking oil to power its interstate flights.

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