45 Random Facts About Australia

Australia is one of the largest, strangest and unique destinations in the world. From downright unusual wildlife to the bizarre Aussie Laws that exists until date, there are many unknown random facts about Australia.

Australia boasts about a number of the world’s pre-eminent attractions, wide-open spaces, its beaches and deserts. There is so much to see and do in this sixth largest country of the world.

Scroll down and surprise yourself with some random facts about Australia.

random facts about Australia

History

1. Western Australia houses what is believed to be the oldest evidence of life on Earth – the Stromatolites.

2. Australia was world’s second country to allow women to vote.

3. Australia invented the world’s first seat belt law in 1970.

4. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.

5. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.

6. Canberra was formed in 1908 as a compromise when both Melbourne and Sydney wanted to be the capital city.

7. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians were dejected with the government. They tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay and called it ‘New Australia’.

8. In 1838, it was declared illegal to swim during the day at public beaches.

9. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost.

10. In 1940 in New South Wales, two aircraft collided in mid-air. However, fortunately instead of crashing, they became stuck together and made a safe landing.

11. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown. This resulted in the Queen firing everyone and a new government’s was born.

Geography

12. Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, occupying a massive 7.6 million square kilometres on the planet.

13. It has the world’s 3rd largest ocean territory, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres.

14. Australia is as wide as the distance between Moscow to London. Moreover, Australia’s largest cattle station is apparently larger than Belgium.

15. More than 85% of Australian citizens reside within 50 km of the coast, making Australia one of the world’s most urbanised coastal dwelling populations.

16. Perth is the only city in the world that can have aircraft land in its CBD.

17. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure. It even has its own Post Office box!

18. There are 1 million Camels that roam Australia’s Deserts – the largest number of purebred camels in the world.

19. Melbourne was originally called Batmania.

20. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. Originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land, it is 5,614 km long.

21. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.

22. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.

Country Facts

23. Australia is home to 10 of the world’s 15 most poisonous snakes.

24. Australia invented the wine cask, and the concept of Selfie!

25. The cleanest air in the world can be found in Tasmania.

26. The country holds the Guinness World Record for the most amount of Christmas lights on a house, which is half a million!

27. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.

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People

28. Australia is the only nation-continent of 20 million people in the world.

29. It ranks second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).

30. Australia’s first small step to a fully multicultural Australia was the result of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean after 1945.

31. People in Australia communicate in over 200 different dialects and languages, including 45 Indigenous languages.

32. 63% of Australians are overweight.

33. The world’s highest proportion of migrant settlers in a developed nation with over 25% of Australians born in another country.

Economy

34. Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart earns $1 million every half hour.

35. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world.

36. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.

37. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.

38. The government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, aiming to keep the pest problem under control. This was due to over one million feral camels dwelling in outback Australia.

39. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.

40. In 1979, debris from NASA’s space station ‘Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA. The town then fined NASA $400 for littering.

Other Random Facts About Australia

41. You can find the world’s largest sand island in Australia – the Fraser Island!

42. Australia ranks 46th in the world in terms of Internet speed.

43. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than Sharks and Crocodiles combined.

44. A baby kangaroo when born is only one centimeter long.

45. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.

If there are more interesting random facts about Australia that you know, post them in the comments below.

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Sai Karthik Reddy

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, 21st Century Vagabond was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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