Facts about Australia Day


On January 26th 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip became the first Governor of the colony of New South Wales.

To mark the day, here are 23 interesting facts about Australia Day.


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

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

The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps. Australia Day Facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

90% of Australians live on the coast. 90% of Australians live on the coast. Australia Day Facts

80% of the animals are unique to Australia. Australia Day Facts

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. 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. Australia Day Facts

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

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

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

Koalas sleep for about 20 hours per day Australia Day Facts

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

Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote. This occurred in 1902. Australia Day Facts

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. 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. Australia Day Facts

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

In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people. In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people. Australia Day Facts

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