What are some strange facts about Australia

Did you know? 21 quirky facts about Australia

Australia is one of the most unique travel destinations in the world. On your trip you will see and experience a lot of new, wonderful and unique things. In addition, there will certainly be one or the other element of surprise. We have put together a few bizarre and interesting facts about Australia so that you can prepare yourself for the different 'Down Under'. Have fun!

  • The Australians are the inventors of the word “selfie”.
  • Aboriginal culture is the oldest ongoing culture on earth. It is estimated that the indigenous people settled on the continent more than 60,000 years ago.
  • It would take more than 27 years to visit a new beach every day in Australia.
  • Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backwards! That is one of the reasons why they appear on the Australian coat of arms.
  • Wombats actually do their “big business” in the shape of a cube!
  • The Australian mammals platypus and hedgehog are unique in the world. Both lay eggs to reproduce and then suckle their young.
  • 1 million wild camels roam the Australian desert areas. They were introduced from Afghanistan in the 19th century to help build the railway line between Adelaide and Darwin. Nowadays, Saudi Arabia imports the purebred camels from Australia (mainly for meat production).
  • Australia has the longest fence in the world. At 5,614 km in length, it was built to keep dingoes out of fertile farmland.
  • A single cattle ranch in South Australia is larger than the country of Belgium.
  • 2.5 km of majestic Uluru are below the surface of the earth.
  • Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world.
  • Canberra became the capital of Australia because Sydney and Melbourne couldn't stop arguing over status.
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
  • Australia has 19 UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites.
  • More than 25% of all Australians were not born in Australia.
  • Most of the Greeks live next to Athens in Greece in Melbourne, Victoria.
  • There are 60 recognized wine regions in Australia, filling around 1.35 trillion bottles of wine each year.
  • The average Australian drinks 96 liters of beer a year. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record. He drank 1 liter of beer in 11 seconds.
  • Skiing in summer? In the Australian Alps, there is more snow in winter than in Switzerland.