Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Australia. Well, unless you’re Australian.
- There are about a million feral camels in central parts of Australia.
- Because Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t stop bickering over which city should be the capital of Australia, neither of them received the title. Instead, a new capital was built between them. Canberra is the capital of Australia.
- Voting in Australia is compulsory.
- Australian schools have a no hat/no play policy. Schoolchildren must wear a hat to protect them from the fierce sun or they have to sit in the shade during recess.
- The koala is a marsupial, not a bear. Stop saying “koala bears”.
- Australia is just slightly smaller than the U.S., but has only about 23 million people. The U.S. has 313 million.
- Australians call the English poms or pommies, from the initials POME on convicts’ uniforms, which stood for “Prisoner of Mother England.”
- 90% of Australians live along the coast.
- In 1894, Australia was the second country in the world to grant women the right to vote. New Zealand was the first.
- Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Heath Ledger, Russell Crowe, Chris Hemsworth, Guy Pearce, Toni Collette, Simon Baker, Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Bana, Portia de Rossi, Ryan Kwanten, Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, and Elle Macpherson are Australian.
- Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside of Greece.
- Cotton candy is called fairy floss in Australia and all candies are referred to as lollies.
Do you know of any fun or little known facts about Australia?