25 Facts About Australia That Show Why It’s So Unique

Did you know that Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia? Or that its largest cattle ranch is bigger than the country of Israel? These are 25 Facts About Australia That Show Why It’s So Unique!

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There is a lake in Australia called Lake Hillier that is a bright shade of pink. Unlike with other similar lakes, scientists are still not completely sure why.

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According to scientists, about three quarters of the species that make Australia home have yet to be discovered

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In 2009 Sam Eisho, an Iraqi refugee, tried to pay back the Australian government for all the welfare payments he took before starting his successful construction company

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Australia's National Science Agency claims to have basically invented wi-fi and has even sued over it

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In Australia there are more kangaroos than people

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There is a river called the Never Never River

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In 1892 several hundred people left Australia to create New Australia which was supposed to be a utopian society in the middle of Paraguay

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The stinging bush (Dendrocnide moroides) can make you vomit just by touching it

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The city of Melbourne used to be called Batmania

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Australia claims the largest part of Antarctica (~5.8 million square km or 2.2 million square miles)

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In 1859, twenty two rabbits were introduced to a rabbit-less Australia. In 1869 the continent was home to 2 million rabbits

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Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway. It is 14,500 km (9,000 miles) long and it encircles the entire country

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There is a mountain called Mt. Disappoint because the explorers who reached its summit were not satisfied with the view

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12

Elizabeth's Bookshop in Newtown wraps its books in paper with a short description on them so that nobody can "judge a book by its cover"

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In spite of its bad reputation, the last time somebody died of a spider bite in Australia was in 1981

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Anna Creek Station, the world's largest cattle ranch, is bigger than the entire country of Israel

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In Victoria, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change lightbulbs

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Australia is home to the top 10 deadliest snakes in the world

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Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia

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Recently, 6000 marauding camels invaded the town of Docker River in search of water

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In fact, although the country is known for cuddly koalas, it has 10 times more camels

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10% of people surveyed in England thought Australia was farther away than the moon

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The continent/country of Australia is an island surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands

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With over 10,000 beaches you could visit a new beach every single day for the next 30 years

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There, Burger King is called "Hungry Jack's" because when BK first expanded to Australia, the name was already trademarked by a take away food shop in Adelaide.

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