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  • Australia’s first ever police force consisted of a group of the country’s best-behaved convicts.

 

  • Australia’s largest cattle ranch is bigger than Belgium…yes, that’s right!

 

  • Australians consume approximately 260 million meat pies annually.

 

  • Australia invented the ute, the stubby holder and the black box flight recorder.

 

  • It’s the only continent occupied by just one nation.

 

  • Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote.

 

  • The Tasmanian Devil can eat almost a third of its body weight in one meal.

 

  • The name Australia is derived from the Latin term Terra Australis Incognito which means the unknown southern land.

 

  • Perth, Western Australia, is the world’s most isolated city – its closest city is Adelaide (2,200km away!)

 

  •  70% of Australians live within an hour of the coast.

 

  •  Australia is home to around 40 million kangaroos…that’s almost two kangaroos to every person.

 

  •  But forget about kangaroos…there are approximately 140 million sheep!

 

  •  Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. At a whopping 5,614 kms long, the Dingo Fence beats the rest.

 

  •  Australia boasts the world’s longest straight stretch of road and the world’s longest straight stretch of railway line.

 

  •  Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken throughout the country.

 

  •  Melbourne is home to the second largest Greek population in the world.

 

  •  The country’s coastline has over 10,000 beaches!

 

  •  The first ever meeting of Australia’s Labor Party was held under a gum tree.

 

  •  Of the 25 deadliest snakes on the planet, 20 can be found here in Australia.

 

  •  The world’s deadliest jellyfish can be found off the coast of Australia.