Australia name comes from the Latina Australis which means “of the South” Legends of “Terra Australis Incognita” an ” unidentified area of the south” date back to Roman periods. Australia is often known as “the land down under.” Do you know why? Look at a map or globe and you will see. Australia is far to the southern, way down under almost everything else! In this section we will cover some of the more unusual and interesting facts about Australia.
Facts About Australia
Official name Commonwealth of Australia
Official language English
Currency Australian dollar
Rank among countries in population 51st
Population 23082013 Current population, 11 504 131 Current male population (49.8%), 11 577 882, Current female population (50.2%)
Highest point Mt. Kosciusko 7,310 feet/2,228 meters
Area 2,970,000 square miles 7,680,000 square kilometers
Major cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth
Rank among countries in area 6th
Interesting Facts About Australia
AUSTRALIA BECOMES A NATION
After the founding of Modern Sydney, British settlers built several new colonies in Modern Australia. In 1901, these colonies connected together and became an independent country Australia.
Today, Australia has six states. They are New Southern Wales, Queensland, Southern Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. Australia also has two territories. They are the Australia Capital territories and the Northern territories.
Didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu)
The didjeridu is a musical instrument designed by Aboriginal Australians. It is traditionally made from a branch of hollow tree. A didjeridu is played by blowing into one. Didjeridoo is Australia official musical instrument.
Major exports and imports
Australia major exports are Metal ores, coal, gold, nonferrous metals, meat and meat products, petroleum and petroleum products, cereals, textile Fibers, and Australia Major imports are Road vehicles and other transportation equipment, office equipment, textiles and etc.
Very interesting fact about Australia is that. Australia is the largest Island and the smallest continent in the world.
Interesting facts about Australia in Current time about 115 individuals in gaol (jail) in Australia per 100,000 of population. In the Russian is about 585, USA it is about 715, Asia is about 54, New Zealand is about 160, and Canada is about the same as Australia at 116.
Music, dancing, and body artwork (painting) are important parts of Aboriginal lifestyle in Australia. Aboriginal people have resided in Australia for thousand of years.
First female member of parliament
Edith Cowan was the first female Member of Parliament in Australia she was elected to the Western Australia legislative Assembly in 1921.
Uluru is one of the largest rock in the world located in Central Australia.
The longest section of straight railway track in the world at 478 kilometers crosses The Null arbor Plain (South Australia to Western Australia).
A land of strange animals
Australia is popular for its many unusual animals. When you visit Australia. You might see a kangaroo hop previous. Kangaroos use their powerful back legs to hop at speed up to 30 mph (48 kilometers per hour)! if You look up in a eucalyptus tree; you see a koala gladly munching on leaves. Koalas look like little bears, but they are not related to bears.
Even the names of the animals in Australia are strange. Can you think about seeing a wallaby, wombat, quokka, bandicoot, dingo, or Tasmanian devil? The most uncommon animals might be the platypus. It has a body like an otter and a bill like a duck.
Facts about Great Barrier Reef Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is known as biggest coral deposit in the world