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
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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