10 Cool Things About Australia You Never Knew

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1. Only Slightly Smaller Than The U.S.

When you compare the land size of Australia vs. the land size of the U.S., Australia is only slightly smaller at 7.692 square kilometers. Australia as a small country but really the only thing small is the 23.13 million population compared to the massive land size.

2. They Eat Kangaroo

Australia makes use of it’s large populations. Not everyone likes to eat it, but kangaroo meat is widely available in supermarkets, and even appears on restaurant menus. This meat is considered to be a healthier alternative to beef.

3. Highly Diverse

There are over 200 languages spoken in Australia including 45 different indigenous languages. The most popular ones spoken after English are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.

4. Australia’s Home For Unique

More than 80 per cent of the plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs found in Australia are only unique to them and are not found elsewhere in the world. Some of the most well-known species include the koala, kangaroo, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.

5. It will take you over 9 hours to drive from Sydney to Melbourne

So when planning a trip to Australia, give yourself lots of time to explore the country. Give yourself at least a month or two to explore any unbeaten path.

6. It Has The World’s 3rd Largest Ocean Territory

Spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres.

7. The Largest Greek Population

Besides Athens in Greece can be found in Melbourne Victoria.

8. World’s Most Urbanised Coastal Dwelling Populations

More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast.

9. Kangaroos and Emus Cannot Walk Backward

Which is one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.

10. It has the Highest Rate Of Gambling In The World

Over 80 percent of Australian adults engage in gambling of some kind.

 

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