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
Did you know ?
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
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Wow. I would love to visit this place one day.
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Kitty on December 17, 2018:
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ibarat on April 15, 2012:
I've been looking for interesting facts about Australia.this information was very interesting for me. Thank you very much.
Rosy on February 15, 2012:
This wasn't as interesting as i hoped. There were many information and facts but none of them seeme a pleasure reading, however, i really enjoyed learning more about Australia. This really is useful knoledge to know. Thankyou fo this :)
d1ce on December 18, 2011:
Thank u. So interesting web-site.
Sophie from Sydney, Australia on November 23, 2011:
Interesting hub...although I'd like to be pedantic and point something small out. You've written that the name Kylie comes from the "Aborigine for boomerang." There is no such language as Aborigine. There are hundreds of different Aboriginal languages in Australia, not just one.
shaun 54 on November 21, 2011:
bhawik.h.shah on November 13, 2011:
a very nice interesting facts about Australia
Ann on October 31, 2011:
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lily on September 19, 2011:
I'm learning so much about Australia this is a great web site!!!!
sarah on September 12, 2011:
lovely australia is.
lots of kangaroo's and koala's.
ssa on July 18, 2011:
I find that Americans think Australia is something new to the world. Brits and Europeans have been visiting for years. And it was on the map long before Steve Erwin canme along. Though obviously not for Americans
kims3003 on June 01, 2011:
very well done hub - quite impressive!
Richard83 from West Virginia on May 31, 2011:
Great hub and great work writing! I have always been interested because of Steve Irwin. I love watching him. He really put the country on the map. Best regards.
Kamalesh Chakraverty from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India on May 17, 2011:
Excellent hub , very informative.
George Cee on March 27, 2011:
Very nice nation. I heard that the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism in the world!
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connor on January 25, 2011:
i love austraila im moving there when im odler i live in canada
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chloe on November 11, 2010:
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jenisa on October 19, 2010:
Really helped me with my notes for my HW
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scott on October 08, 2010:
Very interesting info.
jessica on August 29, 2010:
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Kirancool77 on July 21, 2010:
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danielle on July 03, 2010:
i wanna go to australia because im doing a topic in school called the holiday show and im doing australia
equealla from Pretoria, South Africa on June 25, 2010:
When I was involved in a de-mining project in Africa,some Australian citizens had been involved as well. Because they became so dear to me during this time, anything concerning Australia is very special to me.
My birthstone is an opal, so most probably the one right here on my finger, is also from there.
This had been an interesting read and very entertaining.
adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 18, 2010:
Plenty of FIRST list for Australia in this post. Great to know.
tuarangi on June 17, 2010:
Great hub, I want to visit Australia soon!
dafne on April 17, 2010:
thx so much! it helped me with doing a power point for school on Australia!
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Thx I used this for a idk section on a project about australia thx a lot!!!
Ana-Maria on April 05, 2010:
You really helped me out with my school speech thankyou very much!! :) :)
travel beijing on April 05, 2010:
it is funny
rdelp on January 15, 2010:
It's funny but I think Australian and British actors and actresses are the best right now.
coverley1 from Victoria, Australia on December 17, 2009:
Great info, very interesting reading and well written. It made my heart ache...I'm proud to be an Australian and still can't get enough of it. Currently trying to put together some Hubs about my working holiday around Australia. A few comments about crocs....can't wait to tell about my face to face encounter! Keep up the good work.
you will never know.... on November 24, 2009:
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Australia on November 09, 2009:
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Shaun2 from St George Utah on September 23, 2009:
I've been to Australia, twice! One time I barely missed running into Steve Irwin. I went to his zoo 5 minutes after he did! Aww
salt from australia on September 21, 2009:
And we are not a violent people and the outback is a place to be aware of yourself, as people from all corners of the world visit there and it is remote and beautiful and harsh and vivid. Id say an English soccer crowd from the 1990s was more aggressive than any Australian. Fantastic hub!!!!
china tour on July 21, 2009:
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Maverick_999 from Dubai, U.A.E on June 29, 2009:
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Marianne G from Florida on June 05, 2009:
This hub was so interesting to read. There seem to be some real neat facts about Australia and now I know a little bit more about the country and it's history as well. I would love to visit there someday.
Joanie Ruppel from Texas on May 31, 2009:
Australia is one country I'd really like to visit some day. But I'm afraid it's at least a couple of years away :(
Ellandriel from Portugal on May 29, 2009:
Didn't also Australia, was the place where England and other countries send their most dangerous convicted criminals to isolation? Like a prison island?
Home of the well known Backpacker serial killer? Those awfull deaths!
There is a tv program that only tells Australia worse crimes and let me tell you, violent indeed!
Lisa on May 29, 2009:
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aaron on March 23, 2009:
tnx for your information
WordWielder from Austin on March 14, 2009:
I loved the article! Makes me want to go there. Cate Blanchett- what a babe! I didn't realize she wsa from Australia. One thing I know for sure, besides the beauty and uniqueness of Australia- watch out for the snakes and for the open water. Australia has like 3 of the world's most poisionous snakes and open water is an invite for a croc attack! I've heard they've attacked people in as little as a few inches depth of water. Of course, I know that doesn't go on everywhere but those kinds of stores get memorialized in your thoughts. Thanks for the great read!
Mr Nice from North America on December 16, 2008:
Very interesting info.
KDorfman from Pacific Northwest on November 12, 2008:
Also home to one of the best rugby sides on earth, depsite what the Kiwis tell everybody! (Not from there, but worth mention.)
Aussiebb from Australia on April 08, 2008:
AuraGem from Victoria, Australia on January 07, 2008:
Just to add another couple of oddities:
Melbourne - once was nicnamed "Bearbrass". It was supposedly a version of its Aboriginal name. In the early 19th century, it was also known as Bareport, Bareheep, Barehurp and Bareberp. Ref: "Bearbrass Imagining Early Melbourne" by Robyn Annear. Mandarin. 1995
Active volcanoes - While Australia does not have an active volcano on its mainland, it does own one. Heard Island, south of Perth, is a territory owned by Australia. This island has an awesome beauty - lava spilling volcano capped with snow and ice!
A great hub, giving the world a "taste" of Australia!
Smiles and Light
teeray from Canada on December 07, 2007:
I am looking up "Toowoomba" right now in another browser window. I have had trouble locating it on the map. Nice hub - thank you.
Elisabeth Sowerbutts from New Zealand on December 05, 2007:
Nice hub -the map's a bit misleading though - its more a read place rather than a green place !