10 More Fun Facts About Australia

Dog Fence

My entry 12 Fun Facts About Australia is very popular so I thought I’d go for another round. I wrote it in 2012 and have since discovered many new fun and interesting facts.

  1. Australia’s first police force was a band of 12 of the most well behaved convicts.
  2. Australia has the highest gambling rate in the world with over 80% of Australian adults engaging in gambling.
  3. In 1954, Australian Bob Hawke set a new world speed record for beer drinking. He drank 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. In 1983, Hawke became the Prime Minister of Australia.
  4. Australia is the only continent without an active volcano, which is good because even the trees are out to kill people here.
  5. Australia has like 100 million sheep, which are a tasty snack for its dingos and other wild dogs. So, Australians started building a fence to protect the sheep and now it’s the longest fence in the world. The Dingo Fence stretches 5,614 kilometres (3,488 miles).
  6. Australia is the only country in the world that eats its national emblem. Kangaroo meat is low in fat and has a delicious and rich gamey flavour when cooked properly.
  7. Australia does not have a bill of rights and freedom of speech is not actually enshrined. You can be fined by police for using profanity in public. In another unique example of censorship in Australia, the use of telephone, email, fax, or internet to discuss the practical aspects of assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia is prohibited by the Suicide Related Materials Offences Act. Breaching this act carries a fine of fine of $110,000 for an individual and $550,000 for an organisation.
  8. In December 1967, Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming. It is presumed he drowned.
  9. Wombat poop is square.
  10. Moomba is Australia’s largest free festival and it’s held right here in Melbourne. Officially, Moomba means “let’s get together and have fun,” but there is a persistent rrumourthat, in the local Aboriginal language, it may actually mean “up your bum”.

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  1. So many interesting new facts for me… I gotta say the real winner was… wombat poop is square! I even google imaged searched it because I had to see for myself. Lol.

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