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Interesting Facts about Australia

Australia is the 6th largest country in land area, right after Russia, Canada, China, the United States and Brazil. Although, big in size, it has a relatively small population.

It was the second country in the world to give females voting rights. New Zealand was the first.



Over 6 million people from over 200 countries have immigrated to Australia since 1945, which adds up to almost a quarter of the population.

In 1954, native Bob Hawke was made famous by the Guinness book of world records, for drinking 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later became the Prime Minister.




An average kangaroo has an average height of 2 cm at the time of its birth. .

Over 90% of the Australian land is dry and flat. Almost 3/4 of the land, cannot grow any agriculture whatsoever


Both Emus and Kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
Because of this, they are on the Australia coast of arms.

The hottest temperature that was recorded in Australia was in Queensland in 1889, which was 53 degrees Celsius. This is equal to about 128 degrees Fahrenheit.




Koalas are not bears, they are marsupials.

Australia was once a place used to just send convicts. In 2007 it was estimated that 22% of the Australian population had a convict ancestor.

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