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Amazing Australia Facts You Must Learn

Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Australia. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Australia so important!

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Top 10 Australia facts that will blow your mind.

  1. The town of Dull in Scotland has been twinned with the town of Boring, Oregon since 2012. In 2013 the town of Bland, Australia joined them in what has become known as the 'Trinity of Tedium'.

  2. Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada by a Greek immigrant, who was inspired by Chinese food to put a South American ingredient on an Italian dish, that went on to be most popular in Australia

  3. 20,000 year-old fossilized human footprints were discovered in Australia which indicate the man who made them was running at the speed of a modern Olympic sprinter, barefoot, in sand.

  4. Chris Brown is currently banned from entereng the UK, Australia, and New Zealand due to his criminal history.

  5. When asked for his thoughts on the migration of New Zealanders to Australia, the Prime Minister of New Zealand stated that the "annual exodus of Kiwis to Australia raised the average IQ of both countries".

  6. There is giant, hot pink slug. It is only found in a single, isolated forest on an extinct volcano in Australia.

  7. When South Australia voted to give women the vote, the bill was amended by the opposition to also give women the right to run for parliament. They thought this was too preposterous to pass, but it did and it was the first place in the world to do so.

  8. A farm in South Australia that is solar-powered and uses no fresh water. Opened in 2010, the world-first farm uses desalinated water and sunlight to produce around 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year.

  9. The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada, and is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales.

  10. The Queen of England can fire the entire Australian government. In 1975 her representative in Australia fired the prime minister of Australia and the rest of parliament in response to a government shutdown. There hasn’t been another shutdown since.

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Australia figures with statistics charts presented as infographic.

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Area of land burnt in Australia and area of smoke coverage shown as equivalent area over Europe

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Area of land burnt in Australia compared to the size of Ireland.

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In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown over their budget. The Prime Minister and all of Parliament was fired, forcing them to restart from scratch. They haven't had a shutdown since.

If you won the lottery in Australia, you had to go public with your win, turning into an overnight celebrity. This was until the abduction & murder of Graeme Thorne, 8, whose family won the lottery leading to Graeme being abducted for ransom but killed.

Australian Don Ritchie talked at least 160 people out of committing suicide at Watson's Bay by offering them a cup of tea and someone to talk to. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his efforts.

Starbucks was a complete failure in Australia, mainly because Aussies are used to good quality coffee. They entered Australia in 2000, opened 84 outlets across Australia’s eastern coast. Eight years and $143 million in losses later they closed 60 stores, and sold the rest.

Black Kite 'Firehawks' which are birds that deliberately spread fires in Australia by carrying burning twigs in their beaks and talons and dropping them in other areas in order to start new fires and drive out insects and small animals so they can feed on them.

A packet of cigarettes in Australia will cost $40 by 2020

Nancy Bentley, who was enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy at age 6. Australia's 'first' female sailor, she was enlisted so that the ship's doctor could provide medical assistance to her after she was bitten by a snake. She served 6 days and her official rank was 'mascot'.

America isn't the only country to say "soccer" instead of "football". Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and several countries in Southern Africa also do so.

Stingray injuries are almost never fatal. When Steve Irwin died from a stingray attack in 2006, it was only the second recorded stingray-related death in Australia since 1945.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library sends registered children in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, 1 free book a month ages 0-5...And it is not income based. She didn't have books growing up and wanted to invest her wealth into sharing books with children.

Australia's first cops were all criminals. Their first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts.

Dubai buy their sand from Australia to be used for creating cement. So Australians are actually managing to sell sand to Arabs.

In Western Australia, it is illegal to possess more than 50kg/110lb of potatoes.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is being eaten alive by millions of venomous sea stars known as crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS). Scientist have developed a new robot to hunt and kill these sea stars—a murderous, autonomous underwater vehicle called RangerBot. It kills with a single shot of bile

An episode of Peppa Pig that taught children that spiders were harmless and can’t hurt you was banned in Australia.

A woman walked 10,000 miles by herself through Asia and Australia. She carried underwear, a pocketknife, antibiotics, tea-tree oil, a solar-powered charger, a beacon, a BlackBerry, a satellite phone, Crocs, a compass, an emergency stash of amphetamines, and pink pajamas.

While touring in Australia, Frank Sinatra insulted the media, especially female media. The stagehands union refused to work his show until he apologized. Sinatra threatened to cancel his shows. The transport union refused to prepare his airplane for departure

A Tiger shark that was donated to an Aquarium in 1935. Days later the shark regurgitated the arm of a missing man who was identified by his distinctive tattoos. (Yes, Australia)

Chris Brown is banned from entering Australia, the UK and New Zealand due to his criminal activity

In Australia there exists “kangatarianism”, which is essentially a vegetarian diet that excludes all meat except kangaroo meat on environmental and ethical grounds.

About 20,000 year-old fossilized human footprints that were discovered in Australia. Those footprints indicated that the man who made them was running at the speed of a modern Olympic sprinter, which he did by running on sand while being barefooted.

Australia’s largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, is so territorial it will attack helicopters and small planes to defend its nest sites.

In Australia when it gets very hot, the nectar in some flowers ferments and turns into alcohol. The bees get "drunk" and are not allowed back into the hive

Crocodile Dundee is based on an actual person who survived 56 days in crocodile infested outback Australia and died in a police shootout while high on amphetamines.

A Peppa Pig episode was banned in Australia because it tells kids that “spiders can’t hurt you”

Australia infographics

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Immigration: Top 10 Countries of Origin of International Students in Australia from 2002 - 2019

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Google searches for the word "Summer" peak at different times of the year for the US and Australia