Interesting Facts About Australia

Australia today is a vibrant multicultural country with people of British descent, as well as Aboriginal and immigrants from many countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.

It is the sixth largest country in the world and the only country that is also a continent. Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, where Summer is from December to February.

Here are some more interesting things that you may not know about Australia.

  • The black box flight recorder for aircraft was invented in Australia in 1958 by the Aeronautical research scientist David Warren.
  • The first official world surfing championships were held in Sydney in 1964.
  • The oldest newspaper in Australia is the Sydney Morning Herald, published in 1831.
  • Over 90% of the world's opals are mined in Australia.
  • Tasmania was once part of mainland Australia, before the melting of ice caps 12,000 years ago

  • A resident of Sydney is called Sydneysiders.

  • In 1926, New South Wales became the first government in the world to pay pensions to women.
  • Eucalyptus was first used as a medicine by Aborigines, to treat coughs, fevers and asthma.
  • Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.
  • The city of Melbourne founded the first gay and lesbian radio station in the world in 1993 with the name Joy Radio.

  • Dutch explorers arrived in Australia before James Cook claimed it for England and named it New Holland.
  • Melbourne was formerly called Batmania, after one of its founders John Batman.
  • The longest fence in the world is located in Australia. It is 5530 km long and was erected to keep dingoes away from sheep.
  • When a specimen of a platypus was first sent to England, the sceptical recipients believed the Australians had played a joke by sticking a duk's bill on a large rat's body.

  • Australia is the lowest continent in the world, with an average height of just 330m above sea level.
  • Australia's first TV station was TCN Channel 9 in Sydney.
  • Australia's first police force was created from a group of 12 of their best behaved convicts.
  • Australians called the English pommies from the initials POME on convicts uniforms. These initials stood for Prisoners of Mother England.
  • The name Kylie is derived from the Aborigine word for Boomerang.

Famous Film Stars Born In Australia that have become internationally known

Did you know ?

Famous Film Stars Born In Australia

  • Cate Blanchett, born in Sydney
  • Toni Collette, born in Sydney
  • Errol Flynn, born in Hobart
  • Paul Hogan, born in Lightning Ridge
  • Hugh Jackman, born in Sydney
  • Health Ledger, born in Perth
  • Geoffrey Rush, born in Toowoomba
  • Eric bana, born in Melboune

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Comments 58 comments

bob the builders padre 4 years ago

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ibarat 4 years ago

I've been looking for interesting facts about Australia.this information was very interesting for me. Thank you very much.

Rosy 4 years ago

This wasn't as interesting as i hoped. There were many information and facts but none of them seeme a pleasure reading, however, i really enjoyed learning more about Australia. This really is useful knoledge to know. Thankyou fo this :)

d1ce 5 years ago

Thank u. So interesting web-site.

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sasanqua 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Interesting hub...although I'd like to be pedantic and point something small out. You've written that the name Kylie comes from the "Aborigine for boomerang." There is no such language as Aborigine. There are hundreds of different Aboriginal languages in Australia, not just one.

shaun 54 5 years ago

awesome :)

bhawik.h.shah 5 years ago

a very nice interesting facts about Australia

Ann 5 years ago

Hi! My name is Ann. I live in Ukraine. I am thirteen. If somebody will answer me, I shall be very glad. this information about Australia is very good. Please answer me.

lily 5 years ago

I'm learning so much about Australia this is a great web site!!!!

sarah 5 years ago

lovely australia is.


lots of kangaroo's and koala's.


ssa 5 years ago

I find that Americans think Australia is something new to the world. Brits and Europeans have been visiting for years. And it was on the map long before Steve Erwin canme along. Though obviously not for Americans

kims3003 5 years ago

very well done hub - quite impressive!

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Richard83 5 years ago from West Virginia

Great hub and great work writing! I have always been interested because of Steve Irwin. I love watching him. He really put the country on the map. Best regards.

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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Excellent hub , very informative.

Best Wishes.

George Cee 5 years ago

Very nice nation. I heard that the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism in the world!

goodboii 5 years ago

Nice! :)

connor 5 years ago

i love austraila im moving there when im odler i live in canada

the stig 6 years ago

awesome used for that used for hw cool hub :)

chloe 6 years ago

hi i love learning more and more about australia so i think this article waz reall cool

jenisa 6 years ago

Really helped me with my notes for my HW

Lexy 6 years ago

thanks now i finally got 200 of my 300 notes i need

scott 6 years ago

Very interesting info.

jessica 6 years ago

thanks all the information helped me A LOT with my school project!

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Kirancool77 6 years ago

Its very nice hub. It is very interesting to read. thank you very much for sharing valuable information here about Australia. Well i also have amazing information about Interesting Facts About Australia :

danielle 6 years ago

i wanna go to australia because im doing a topic in school called the holiday show and im doing australia

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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

When I was involved in a de-mining project in Africa,some Australian citizens had been involved as well. Because they became so dear to me during this time, anything concerning Australia is very special to me.

My birthstone is an opal, so most probably the one right here on my finger, is also from there.

This had been an interesting read and very entertaining.

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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

Plenty of FIRST list for Australia in this post. Great to know.

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tuarangi 6 years ago

Great hub, I want to visit Australia soon!

dafne 6 years ago

thx so much! it helped me with doing a power point for school on Australia!

Evan Otis 6 years ago

Thx I used this for a idk section on a project about australia thx a lot!!!

Ana-Maria 6 years ago

You really helped me out with my school speech thankyou very much!! :) :)

travel beijing 6 years ago

it is funny

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rdelp 7 years ago

It's funny but I think Australian and British actors and actresses are the best right now.

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coverley1 7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Great info, very interesting reading and well written. It made my heart ache...I'm proud to be an Australian and still can't get enough of it. Currently trying to put together some Hubs about my working holiday around Australia. A few comments about crocs....can't wait to tell about my face to face encounter! Keep up the good work.

you will never know.... 7 years ago

Thanks, i used the website for my project!

Canadian 7 years ago

thx i used this 4 my project at the last minute:)

Australia 7 years ago

Awesome hub!

caria 7 years ago

very coooooooooooool

doglover09 7 years ago

love it i used iit for my homework

Shaun2 7 years ago from St George Utah

Interesting Page

I've been to Australia, twice! One time I barely missed running into Steve Irwin. I went to his zoo 5 minutes after he did! Aww

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salt 7 years ago from australia

And we are not a violent people and the outback is a place to be aware of yourself, as people from all corners of the world visit there and it is remote and beautiful and harsh and vivid. Id say an English soccer crowd from the 1990s was more aggressive than any Australian. Fantastic hub!!!!

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Maverick_999 7 years ago from Dubai, U.A.E

lovely hub, simply love it

Vietnam 7 years ago

Interesting info@

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Marianne G 7 years ago from Florida

This hub was so interesting to read. There seem to be some real neat facts about Australia and now I know a little bit more about the country and it's history as well. I would love to visit there someday.

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johnr54 7 years ago from Texas

Australia is one country I'd really like to visit some day. But I'm afraid it's at least a couple of years away :(

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Ellandriel 7 years ago from Portugal

Didn't also Australia, was the place where England and other countries send their most dangerous convicted criminals to isolation? Like a prison island?

Home of the well known Backpacker serial killer? Those awfull deaths!

There is a tv program that only tells Australia worse crimes and let me tell you, violent indeed!

Lisa 7 years ago

yeah awesome haha

china tour 7 years ago

Nice hub.

aaron 7 years ago

tnx for your information

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WordWielder 7 years ago from Austin

I loved the article! Makes me want to go there. Cate Blanchett- what a babe! I didn't realize she wsa from Australia. One thing I know for sure, besides the beauty and uniqueness of Australia- watch out for the snakes and for the open water. Australia has like 3 of the world's most poisionous snakes and open water is an invite for a croc attack! I've heard they've attacked people in as little as a few inches depth of water. Of course, I know that doesn't go on everywhere but those kinds of stores get memorialized in your thoughts. Thanks for the great read!

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Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

Very interesting info.

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KDorfman 8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Also home to one of the best rugby sides on earth, depsite what the Kiwis tell everybody! (Not from there, but worth mention.)

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Aussiebb 8 years ago from Australia

Nice hub.

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AuraGem 9 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Just to add another couple of oddities:

Melbourne - once was nicnamed "Bearbrass". It was supposedly a version of its Aboriginal name. In the early 19th century, it was also known as Bareport, Bareheep, Barehurp and Bareberp. Ref: "Bearbrass Imagining Early Melbourne" by Robyn Annear. Mandarin. 1995

Active volcanoes - While Australia does not have an active volcano on its mainland, it does own one. Heard Island, south of Perth, is a territory owned by Australia. This island has an awesome beauty - lava spilling volcano capped with snow and ice!

A great hub, giving the world a "taste" of Australia!

Smiles and Light

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teeray 9 years ago from Canada

I am looking up "Toowoomba" right now in another browser window. I have had trouble locating it on the map. Nice hub - thank you.

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Lissie 9 years ago from New Zealand

Nice hub -the map's a bit misleading though - its more a read place rather than a green place !

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