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How Much Do You Know About Australia?

Updated on August 24, 2017

Are you ready for this quiz?

This is a country of close to 23,000,000 people and growing at an enormous rate. It is colorful, laid back, full of opportunities and the life style matches the best in the world.


So what do you know of Australia? Have you had cause to research it, or maybe visit on occasions? Many come here from all kind of places. Some leave having had a great time and others emphasize their disappointment. But, you can't please everyone.

So take the quiz and get to know us or just to see how good you are, especially if you live here.

Did you take the quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun? Sure you did. Now you can go to the rest of this fascinating topic below

Some of the Wildlife

They are tamed by food

In parks, around beaches and gold courses, and so on much of the wildlife is tame and they treat humans with respect, unless they are injured or threatened.

At Pebbly Beach, NSW, the kangaroos will even come and sit on your legs when you stretch out on the ground. Small ones are OK but the big ones are rather heavy. They love bread and are passionate about visitors. My son, Andrew, was captivated by them when we visited the beach some time ago.

Andrew and roos, Pebbly Beach, NSW

There are many great places for holidays and we favored Forster, on the mid NSW coast. It was when we were packing the car to go there that I lifted the blanket in the boot which looked a bit suspicious as it was moving. To my great surprise, Boss, our dog had jumped in and was hiding so that we would take him with us. He knew he was going to be left behind as it had happened before but, due to the wildlife and people where we were headed no dogs were allowed. Sorry boss, maybe next time

Sorry Boss, maybe next time

Baby Koala - Lost its mother

Wild life carers and rangers do a fantastic job in rescuing and saving wild life in this country. Here a baby koala is being tended to before it is big enough to survive on its own. These are unique animals and although called Koala bears they are not related to the bear species of animal. Their closest relative is the wombat.

Koalas live in gum trees and the leaves (poisonous to all other animals) is their only food source. They are marsupials and the babies, usually only one at a time, are no bigger than a grub when born, Despite their size they crawl up the fur to the pouch where they become fused on a nipple. Once they leave the pouch they cling tentatively to the mother's fur, on her back. Here they learn to eat leaves and get lessons in safety, survival, and other things.

If a mother koala is killed, usually by dogs or cars, the baby is helpless. The little one in the video is a case in point. It could be 6 months or more before it is able to be introduced to the wild.

Caring for the wildlife is something Australian's take very seriously. The highways have notice boards with wildlife protection ads and phone numbers to report injured animals every few miles. Many kangaroos killed on the road have joeys in their pouch and their survival depends on the timing of getting to the scene quickly. They can survive for only a few hours under normal circumstances.

Take Care if You Visit - Some of the more serious sides to the place

Tourists are often at risk from the wildlife. Because the animals look placid and many are photographed with the more iconic ones visitors are often warned against approaching them as they are wild.These animals are mainly protected and they do have a mind of their own about who should and can invade their territory.

Kangaroos are extremely unreliable and have some great fighting tactics. The most prominent is the lifting of their back legs and kicking off their opponents while balancing on their tail. Their front paws are capable of delivering some pretty deep scratches and they also bite. The wild roo is to be avoided at all costs.

Animals that are in enclosures or parks are better, but you still should not tempt them too much.

Emus love to steal your food and you don't have much of a say if they want it. The best idea is to give in and escape. While reasonably safe they can deliver a mighty blow with their wings and their beaks if they have a mind to. It is a unique animal in that the father builds the mound into which the female lays her eggs, These mounds are at exactly the right temperature to hatch the eggs and the father is the protector. He fights with vigor anyone or anything that threatens his brood. By this time the female is off to mate again and forgets about the offspring.

When the babies hatch out the father takes them under his wings and guides them through the first few weeks of their lives. They are dependent on him for food, protection and comfort.

These animals can reach 80 miles per hour (130 kph) in a run, They can survive for some time without water and are great desert dwellers but when times are tough they will come into cities and towns and make their presence felt.

Placid Australian animals and children

Still images from Dreamstime - click here

This is NOT the guestbook but just another place to comment - How did you do?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Got 90%. How embarrassing. The only question I got wrong was the national sport. Should have known it was cricket and not Aussie Rules.

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      DavidMoses1986 3 years ago

      Quiz was really useful, helped me to know better about Australia, nice lens :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      About 80% actually.

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      Steve Dizmon 3 years ago from Nashville, TN

      About 50/50.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      @MrAusAdventure: I leaned the answers here from your Australian Quiz. :)

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I missed 3 questions and learned a lot. I am so fascinated with Australia!

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      mmmmmm We don't have a President.

      Your answer is wrong. We have a Prime Minister. So I did not get 10 out 10. Trick question

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      othellos 4 years ago

      A little difficult quiz lens for me. Australia is far away from where I live and the high school knoeledge didn't help as much as I expected. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      Wow! I think I got perfect score. I was living in Australia for a few years, so I know the country pretty well. I didn't really know the answer to Q10 but I managed to guess correctly!

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this quiz lens. Thanks for points.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Got em all right. Too easy!

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      @tonybonura: Nope, Australia is not a republic as the Queen Of England is it's Head Of State!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I did very well, thanks. Have a good day down under!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Isn't it actually a republic than a democracy? I'm waiting for #6 to download so I can check parliament. I hope that'll be correct. :-)

      TonyB

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      How is it that cricket is the official national sport when Aussie Rules football is more popular?

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      Suzi63 5 years ago

      1 wrong - Easier when you live here :))

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Better than I thought.

      Thanks for the fun lens!

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      5/10....animal questions are a bit harder.

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      7/10 exceeded my expectations. Nice experience and fun learning too. Thanks!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      So far so good!

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      I did ok. I learned some new things too.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Pretty well - don't know my emus, though....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Got 100% eve tho ive never been 2 australia :)

      Have relatives there tho

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      dann7trdro lm 5 years ago

      excellent work and really awesome

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      Excellent

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Heading towards the rest of the quiz - brilliant again.

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      Didn't do to well.

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      I got 70% there. The sports question (I don't follow sporty things much), and the governance questions too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got a 100%!! (:

      And I've (very sadly) never even been!

      I love Australia though and I would do anything to live there.

      Someday...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Guess what Norma I did really well, it might have something to do with the fact that I live here. I loved the quiz

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      I picked kangaroo, that was a close one. Is rugby the same as Australian rules? I chose AFL thinking that was oz rules, but would not have guessed cricket. Got the rest right though :)

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      Oosquid 5 years ago

      I knew more about 'down under' than I thought I did.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      LOL! I knew this one would be tricky for me. I really do not know how Australia is governed. Wait, I take that back, before I took the quiz, I didn't know how Australia was governed :)

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      60%. Great fun

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Damn!! 9/10 thought I had a ten for sure. The official national sport got me LOL

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      ruuz 6 years ago

      Hmm I would surely like to move to australia some day :)

      Got 8/10.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      8 out of 10 correct and I think kangaroo is the most famous Australian animal ...

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      chidchan 6 years ago

      It was fun!

      7/10

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      9/10. I am still not convinced that cricket is the official national sport. I think AFL should be. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      9 out of 10..What can I say :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Very well

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      jolou 6 years ago

      9 out of ten. I was wrong about your most famous beach.

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      LadyFlashman 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I aced it, perfect score! Yaaaay!

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      bizgrrl 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      I got 8. I figure Kangaroo would be the most popular animal, and it wasn't until I hit the button that I then saw the 'all of the above option'. All of them are native to Australia.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I must have had test anxiety, kept changing answers and ended up wrong. Very well done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If I did it again, I would do perfectly!

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      Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I agree with a previous comment Australia is a democracy (and part of the commonwealth) I would alter that question a little to avoid confusion. Cricket is not the most played sport either... so I would change that one too :-)

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      I think the last question was sort of a trick question. :)

      Love to visit someday.

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      The Afrikan 7 years ago

      i got 60% :)

      question one made me think... i got it right, but i wasn't sure how close it was to the antarctic

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      greeting from the german embassy school in beijing

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      I made 60% This is a fun quiz.

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      noxid25 7 years ago

      Definitely learned a lot...I only scored 5... :(

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      izni lm 7 years ago

      I scored 80% :)

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Fun quiz! Didn't do so hot, though. (60% *sigh*) I guess I need to read up some more on Australia. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I did okay; 'twas fun!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I learned a bit more about Australia - linking in to this quiz from various Australia printables pages from http://parenting.leehansen.com.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I learned a bit more about Australia - linking in to this quiz from various Australia printables pages from http://parenting.leehansen.com.

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      Melbourne_Osteopath 7 years ago

      Nice idea. Although you may want to double check some of your answers before an angry Australian takes a swipe at you.

      Notably: Australia's is a democracy and part of a kingdom, cricket would not be it's most played sport (it's probably football or AFL) and it's a koala - not a koala bear.

      Good job. Lens rated.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      What a fun quiz on Australia!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Well gosh I got 80% - quite proud! I thought kangaroo, platypus and wombats were all famous Australian animals too!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Only got 6. fun quiz on Australia!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Fun quiz - I enjoyed playing! Like Pukeko, I got 7 out of 10.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Wohoooooooooooo! I did 80%! Love Australia!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Didn't do as well as I would have thought. Don't know your govt. I got 7 out of 10. Good, fun quiz.

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      Knowlen Wanderer 7 years ago

      Did better than I thought I would!

      5* for you my fellow lenser!!