Crickey Mate! 83 Unbelievable Facts About Australia

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26Australia

Australia is moving 7cm north every year. It is the fastest moving continental landmass in the world.


27. Explorer Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania, New Zealand, and Fiji on his first voyage in 1642-43, but managed to miss the entire continent of Australia and only discovered it on his second voyage in 1644.


28. There is also a mountain in Australia named Mt. Disappointment, named as the explorers found the view from it subpar and wanted to reflect that.


29. It's illegal in Queensland (Australia) to own a pet rabbit unless you can prove that you're a magician.


30. Australia has claimed to the largest territory of Antarctica, which is only a couple of million square kilometers smaller than the Australian continent itself.


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31Boring Oregon

Boring Oregon is the sister city to Dull Scotland and Bland Australia.


32. Mick “Crocodile” Dundee was based on an actual person who survived 56 days in crocodile infested outback Australia. He died in a police shootout after he killed a cop while high on amphetamines.


33. While Australia might have all kinds of deadly animals, the entire continent has been rabies free since 2010.


34. Australia is the only Western democratic government in the world to not have a Bill of Rights. “Western democratic government” is a style of government, not a geographic determination.


35. Australia committed genocide against the Aboriginal, native people from 1910-1970 in an effort to create a “white Australia.”


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36Meter maids

There is a suburb in Australia called Surfers Paradise that has “Meter Maids” who are dressed in bikinis and feed expired parking meters to promote the area and preserve goodwill.


37. In 1859, English settler Thomas Austin released only 24 rabbits onto his property in Australia, stating “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting.” By the 1920’s the population reached 10 billion.


38. The first ever modern commercial refrigerator was built by James Harrison in Australia in 1856 to keep the beer cold.


39. A 2012 episode of Peppa Pig was banned from Australia as the central message that spiders were not to be feared was deemed “inappropriate for an Australian audience.”


40. Nobody has died from a confirmed spider bite in Australia since 1979, but deaths do occur due to being surprised by them, while driving, etc.


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41Sam Eisho

In 1999, an Iraqi refugee named Sam Eisho fled to Australia and lived off their welfare system. Years later after he became successful, he walked into the local welfare office and tried to pay back every cent with an $18,000 check.


42. Australia straight-up lost Harold Holt, its Prime-minister in 1967. He still hasn't been found.


43. You are most likely to survive a trip to ICU with a severe infection in New Zealand and Australia than anywhere else in the world, despite an increase in the severity of infections. This is partially due to the fact that all patients have 24-hour one-on-one nursing.


44. A large pizza in Australia (11”) is smaller than a medium pizza in the US (12”).


45. When a mountain was found to be taller than Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, their names were swapped so that Mount Kosciuszko remained the highest mountain in Australia.


46Highway 1

The longest highway in the world is Highway 1 in Australia. Measuring approximately 14,500 km (9,000 mi), it circumnavigates the entire country.


47. In 2004, a supercolony of ants measuring 62 miles wide was discovered under Melbourne, Australia.


48. One of the most popular philosophical debates on debate.org is whether or not Australia actually exists.


49. The news reporter in Zootopia is a different animal depending on the region. For example, in the US release he's a moose, in Australia he's a koala, in Brazil he's a jaguar, and in Japan, he's a tanuki.


50. Australia’s largest ever petition of 792,985 signatures was submitted to parliament in 2000 to protest rising beer prices.

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