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20 Interesting And Funny Facts About Australia

20 Interesting And Funny Facts About Australia November 26, 2013

I moved to Australia in 2013 and created this blog to help Irish people living in Australia. 10 million visitors later it now has evolved into a job board, flight company and offers support with many services Irish people need when they move to Australia. Pop over to my resources page(irisharoundoz.com/resources) to find every service and product I recommend. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you here again.

20 Funny Facts About Australia
(Last Updated On: February 15, 2016)

Here you can learn some new fun facts about Australia. There are deadly spiders and snakes but also cute koalas and kangaroos. You’ll find some of the most beautiful coral in the world here but also some of the most deadly jellyfish and sharks(loads of sharks!). It’s an interesting country. If you are just about to move to Australia read our moving to Australia guide.

Well, here are 20 interesting and funny facts about Australia 

20 Funny Facts About Australia

  1. Sharks are immune to all known diseases. Great!
  2. There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, and only some 23 million people.
  3. The Tasmanian Devil does exist, and it has the jaw strength of a crocodile.
  4. The average person in Australia swallows three spiders a year.
  5. No part of Australia is more than 1000 km from the ocean and a beach.
  6. Melbourne has the second largest Greek population in the world.
  7. Melbourne has the largest remaining tram public transport system in the world.
  8. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic construction on earth. Get there before its gone!
  9. Kangaroo is Aboriginal for, “I don’t understand what you are saying.”  This is actually incorrect according to a number of sources
  10. There are an estimated 40 million kangaroos in Australia. (Try eating Kangaroo its actually quite nice.
  11. The box Jelly fish is known as the worlds most venomous marine creature and has killed more Australians than sharks , crocodiles , and stone fish combined
  12.  It has the highest rate of gambling in the world with over 80 percent of Australian adults engaging in gambling of some kind and 20 percent of the pokie machines in the world are found in Australia.
  13. The Great Barrier Reef has a mailbox. You can ferry out there and send a postcard, stamped with the only Great Barrier Reef stamp.
  14. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.(Hmmm bit questioned on this one)
  15. It used to be legal to hunt and kill Aborigines.(Crazy!)
  16. Sydney is the largest city  in Australia with over 4.5 million people, Melbourne is a close second with 4 million. While the capital city of Australia Canberra only has around 300,000!
  17. The first Australian born governor general was Jewish.
  18. Out of the top 25 deadliest snakes in the world, 20 are found in Australia.(Dose!)
  19.  Surprisingly Australia is the most obese country in the world as of 2012 with a 26 percent obesity rate despite being a sport loving nation.
  20.  Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content.


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I moved to Australia in 2013 and created this blog to help Irish people living in Australia. 10 million visitors later it now has evolved into a job board, flight company and offers support with many services Irish people need when they move to Australia. Pop over to my resources page(irisharoundoz.com/resources) to find every service and product I recommend. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you here again.

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