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40 Things You Should Know About Australia

Updated on March 13, 2011
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  1. We have a population of 21 million people.
  2. We call them thongs, not flip flops.
  3. We are sick of Kangaroos - they overrun some parts of the country.
  4. Our national anthem is Advance Australia Fair.
  5. We have big cities here too - some with millions of people.
  6. The slang name for an Australian is an Aussie.
  7. We like a good backyard barbecue.
  8. Indigenous Australians are called Aborigines. 
  9. We don't (usually) give tips in restaurants. 
  10. Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger and Hugh Jackman are all famous Australian actors.

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11. Australia is the driest continent in the world.

12. It's mandatory to vote in Australia.

13. We have 7 states. One is an island.

14. We drive on the left side of the road.

15. Our national sport is cricket.

16. The kangaroo and the emu are on our national emblem because neither can walk backwards.

17. Ned Kelly was one of our most famous bushrangers (or outlaw)

18. Australia is a continent, an island and a country.

19. Vegemite is considered a national icon. We don't all like the taste though.

20. We have a wide range of unique animals including kangaroos, wombats, platypus and koala.

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21. Australia has more than 10,000 beaches.

22. We have the longest fence in the world - a movie was made about it.

23. Our money is made of a plastic material so it is longer lasting than paper money.

24. The legal drinking age is 18.

25. Our primary language is English.

26. We have a big banana and a big pineapple.

27. We have some gorgeous plant life including kangaroo paw, wattle and eucalyptus.

27. Meat pies and lamingtons are Australian staples.

28. Our postcodes are four digits.

29. Australia was the second country to give women a vote.

30. In 1954 Bob Hawke made a record by sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. He later became the prime minister of Australia.

31. Australians love sport.

32. We don't all act like Mick "Crocodile" Dundee.

33. We have a big rock in the middle of our country called Uluru (Ayers Rock)

34. We have beautiful rainforests.

35. A large part of Australia is desert.

36. Unlike the movies - most of our beaches aren't nude.

37. Australians don't always go around calling their hot girls "bonza sheilas".

38. Most of us agree that Americans assume way too much about us.

39. Our current Prime Minister is Kevin Rudd.

40. Despite best attempts to turn us into a republic we are still a constitutional monarchy.


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      Aladdins Cave 2 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hello again, still reading your hubs.

      Sorry mate, you gotta up date this one !!!!

      With all the legal and illegal boat people, we have well exceeded the

      21 mill. pop since 2011

      Just saying :)

      Cheers from MELBOURNE

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      Julie K Henderson 3 years ago

      This is a helpful and entertaining list. I didn't realize your postcodes are four digits. Well done.

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      David 4 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Hmm; thongs has a completely different meaning here. Really interesting facts about Australia though.

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      Sir 4 years ago


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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Great facts! I have never had a bad experience in Australia and love to go at every chance. Thanks for the fun read :) voted up and awesome!

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      bob 4 years ago

      these are interesting facts

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      Sherlyn 5 years ago from Singapore

      I have the most memorable travel experience in Cairns and Brisbane when I went there for a visit in 1999.. :) That was 14 years ago.. I find Australians hospitable and I love Australian cultures.. I have a distant Australian Chinese cousin..

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      Rebecca 5 years ago

      Great hub! I love the line about 'bonza sheilas'! My boyfriend is Australian so sometimes he'll really exaggerate his accent to make me laugh, and that's absolutely the only time he calls me a Sheila - and the only time I'll let him get away with it!

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      jess 5 years ago

      omg get off their case i think they did a great job!

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      English101 5 years ago

      31.Australians love sport. Shouldn't it be 'sports' not 'sport'? I hate spelling errors.

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      Bruce 6 years ago

      "13. We have 7 states. One is an island."

      There are six states and two territorie.

      States: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania. South Australia and Western Australia.

      Territories: Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.

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      Bruce 6 years ago

      "national sport is not cricket, its aussie rules."

      Aussie rules is a minority sport in QLD and NSW. Rugby league is the most popular sport in QLD and NSW. Over 50% of Australian's live in QLD and NSW.

      Cricket is the most popular winter sport in all states and territories.

      Therefore, cricket is Australia's only national sport.

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      shakiah 6 years ago


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      Boo 6 years ago

      can i just point out one thing that i don't agree with is the fact that our national sport is not cricket, its aussie rules. that's our national sport. i think you should check your facts first

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      I like #23. Paper money usually lasts until you spend it! :)

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      LarasMama 8 years ago from a secret location, Australia

      Yes he is - and we can blame the sheep for the phone throwing. =)

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      subbuteoz 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

      No worries LarasMama he's about as Aussie as you can get. We can forgive him for being born on the wrong side of the ditch.

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      LarasMama 8 years ago from a secret location, Australia

      Yes subbuteoz - sharp eyes. However he moved when he was 4 years old and is considered a naturalised Australian.

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      subbuteoz 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Isn't Russell Crowe a Kiwi?


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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I saw the movie Rabbit-proof fence. Very touching. I have been to Australia - Melbourne area. I loved it. Glad to have met you and thanks for more interesting facts I didn't know. Aloha from Hawaii.

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      Dobson 8 years ago from Virginia

      These are interesting tidbits about your country. Even though I have never been to your side of the world, I one day hope to get to Australia and experience the great sights and sounds of your country.