Australia is one of the strangest and most unique destinations on the planet – Fact! From bizarre Aussie Laws that some say still exist to this day, to downright weird wildlife, Australia is definitely one of a kind. Some of these Australia facts you may have heard before but I bet there will be a few surprises! So here are some weird or interesting facts about Australia.
1 Did you know that Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital?
6 Sharks are immune to all known diseases. Great!
7 Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
8 The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland. Maybe it’s time to change that Euro Trip idea?
9 Most of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world. A selfie with cuddly marsupials like koalas, quokkas, wombats and kangaroos are only possible in Australia. Though I would suggest a wide berth to dangerous (usually venomous) animals like the blue ring octopus, the stone fish and funnel web spider.
10 Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation, with over 80 percent of Australian adults engage in gambling of some kind. Also, 20 percent of the world’s poker machines are found in Australia.
11 Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. Originally built to keep dingos away from fertile land, the fence is now 5,614 km long.
12 There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia, producing approximately 1.35 trillion bottles of wine every year.
13 90% of Australians live on the coast
14 Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success
15 Australia's Capital city, Canberra, meant "woman's cleavage" in Aborigine and was named that because the city is cradled between two mountains.