Australia is a country full of surprises and is well-known for its mix of cute and deadly animals. If you think you know this happy country, test your knowledge with these interesting things you didn’t know about Australia.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is in the beautiful country of Australia. It’s common knowledge that this is the largest reef in the world, but do you have an idea of how big? It’s roughly half the size of Texas. That means it spans over 1,400 miles, and you can even view it from space. This natural wonder is a majestic ecosystem to thousands of sea creatures and is a not-to-be-missed experience on your next trip down under.
Certain Prisons Banned Vegemite
Vegemite is synonymous with Australia. You rarely think of one without the other, but did you know that certain prisons in the state of Victoria banned vegemite for fear that prisoners would use it to make beer? Officials state that since Vegemite, made from leftover brewers’ yeast, has a high yeast content, you can use it to make alcohol (even though you need live yeast).
An Australian Created the Term “Selfie”
Many people in today’s society use the term “selfie,” but do you know who used this term first? In 2002, Nathan Hope posted a photo of his badly hurt lip online after a night out on the town. In an online forum, Hope discussed the image and wrote that he was sorry about the focus, but it was a “selfie.” There’s the first known use of the word that the Oxford Dictionary named the word of the year in 2013.
More Kangaroos and Sheep Than People
Another Australia interesting fact is that the country has twice the number of kangaroos and three times the number of sheep than it has people. It’s now common for residents of this gorgeous country to eat kangaroo and sheep to help keep the population down for both animals.
Founded by Delinquents
Australia was initially used by the British as their dumping grounds for prisoners. British men arrived during the late 1700s to New South Wales with their delinquents and forced them to live in Australia as a punishment.
Australia created its first police force with the most well-behaved convicts.
Over 10,000 Beaches
Beaches are abundant in this wonderful country, so much so that you could visit a beach a day for over 20 years and still not see them all. Grab a friend or a loved one and one of the many delicious wines Australia has to offer, and enjoy a beach day.
World’s Cleanest Air
Tasmania is an island-state off the coast of Australia and boasts about having the world’s cleanest air. After visiting the big island, head on down to Tasmania to get a deep breath of clean, crisp air and explore everything from Cradle Mountain to Freycinet National Park.
Australia is a beautiful place to explore. It makes a perfect destination for families, honeymooners, and girlfriend getaways. Uncover any other interesting things you didn’t know about Australia the next time you visit.