Australia: The Facts

Here are some dynamo facts about Australia. Researched by American, Matt from Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site, before he traveled Down Under.

I have culled the long list of facts to my favourites. And have added some deep and insightful comments to them. In Orange. So you know they’re not factual. Just opinonated. My opinon only. Which I cannot be held accountable for. Just so you know. OK I’ll shut up now.

Enjoy:

Australian Facts:

There are 1,500 species of Australian spiders.
Not on my ‘need to know list’.

Australia has over 6,000 species of flies, about 4,000 species of ants, and about 350 species of termites.
Fascinating. Really?

Australia has the world’s largest population of wild single hump camels.
Mr F’s got this one covered: “Poor camels only get one hump in life.”

Australia has the world’s largest cattle ranch and at 30,028 square kilometers, it is almost the same size as Belgium.
Holy Cow (get it?)

There are more than 100 million sheep in Australia. Australia only has 20 million people.
Holy Sheep! (get it?). That is like 10 lamb leg roasts and HEAPS of woollen jumpers to each Aussie. Isn’t it?

With 25.4 million heads of cattle, Australia is the world’s largest exporter of beef.
Holy Cow on a boat. (get it?)

90% of Australians live on the coast.
Because it is stunning. We are very lucky.

Australians from Queensland are called “banana benders.” People from Western Australia are called “sand gropers.” People from New South Wales are called “cockroaches.”
Yes Yes. Victorians are Mexicans. And Tasmanians?

The Australian Alps, or Snowy Mountains as they are also known, receive more snow than Switzerland.
This one really surprised me.

Melbourne has the second largest Greek population in the world.
That’s worth celebrating. Greek style. A plate smashing Zorba weekend I think.

Kangaroo is Aborginee for, “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”
Kangaroo – right back at you Matt. (get it)?

Eric Bana is Australian.
As opposed to Incredible Hulkian? I love this fact.

So is the guy that plays Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.
Excuse me. His name is Vinnie. From Summer Bay. Home and Away. Derrrrr.

Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometers and has over 10,000 beaches.
I love Australia.

Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent.
Hmmm. Is this a good or bad thing?

Australia produces 95 per cent of the world’s precious opals and 99 per cent of its black opals.
Our land abounds in natures gifts. Re: Opals. Along with flies, ants, termites, spiders and deadly snakes. Did I mention jellyfish?

There are an estimated 40 million kangaroos in Australia. Kangaroo is delicious, just don’t overcook it!
Is Matt suggesting we eat more kangaroos to keep numbers down? Kangaroo? Refer to kangaroo meaning above.

Aborigines have no concept of time like in the West. There is their “Dreamtime” and now. “Now” has sort of just always have been.
I love and want this concept of time.

Australia was founded by English convicts.
Wazzat that u sayin? Does you mean the Pommies? (Help. My english accent is even terrible in writing! And I was born there!)

Aborigines, the indigenous people, now only make up 1.5 % of the population.
This is a sad statistic.

Sydney is the largest city with over 4 million people, while the capital city of Canberra only has around 300,000.
Could be because Canberra is FREEZING cold.

Melbourne has the largest remaining tram public transport system in the world.
Cool

Australia is three times larger than the largest island (Greenland) in the world.
We are BIG.

The first meeting of the Australian Labor Party was held under a gum tree in Queensland.
Stone the crows. You little rippa! Very ocka. Might get on the blower this arvo and have a yarn to old mate about the footy.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is over 8 kilometers in circumference.
Amazing

Australians call the English ‘pommies’ from the initials POME on convicts’ uniforms, which stood for “Prisoner of Mother England.”
Well, there you go. This one’s a beauty! I’ll be using this in my trivia repertoire in the future.

Out of the top 25 deadliest snakes in the world, 20 are found in Australia.
Hmmm. We are the lucky country? Too much information really.

The deadliest jellyfish in the world is found off the Australia coast.
Refer to my note above and double it.

The Sydney Funnelweb spider is considered to be the world’s most deadly spider. It can kill you in less than 2 hours. The only animals without immunity to the Funnelweb’s venom are humans and monkeys.
Again, comments as above only triple it now.

Vegemite is made from yeast extract and is common around Australia. It is also one of the grossest things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life.
Ahhh Matt! It is the first thing we eat and the best cure after: a big night out, a hangover, and/or a vomit (not necessarily in that order).

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