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Facts about Australia

When is Australia Day?

This holiday is celebrated annually on 26th January and marks the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales on that date in 1788, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain by Captain Arthur Phillip.

To celebrate Australia's National Day, here are some interesting facts about Australia.

24 Facts about Australia Day

Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.

Australia is classified as both the world's smallest continent and the world's largest island.

The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps.

Australia's Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway. With about 14,500 km, (9,000 mi), it circumnavigates the entire country.

The Indian Pacific train route between Sydney and Perth has the longest straight section of train track in the world.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.

The world's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station in Australia, is larger than Israel.

Australia is home to 21 of the 25 most venomous snake species in the world, more than any other continent.

The Box Jellyfish, found in the waters off Northern Australia, is responsible for more deaths than snakes, sharks and saltwater crocodiles combined.

The world's longest golf course is located in Australia. Nullarbor Links measures in at over 850 miles long.

90% of Australians live on the coast.

80% of the animals are unique to Australia.

Over 80% of Australian adults engage in gambling of some kind, which is the highest rate of gambling in the world.

Australia has about 20% of the world's slot machines.

There are three times as many sheep than people living in Australia.

Platypus are highly poisonous, and have enough poison to kill a dog or make a human seriously ill.

Two native Australian animals, Platypus and Echidnas, are the only two mammals in the world that lay eggs to give birth.

Koalas sleep for about 20 hours per day.

The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.

In 1902, Australia became only the second country in the world to give women the right to vote.

The island state of Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, with experts stating that the air is as clean as that found in Antarctica.

In 2002, an Australian man coined a term for a self-portrait using a phone - a 'selfie'.

In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.

Half of the entire population of Australia lives in three cities: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.


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