40 Crazy Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Australia


Fun & Totally Random Australian Facts

The capital is Canberra (not Sydney, as many people still seem to think).


Lake Hillier in Australia is a bright pink color and scientists aren’t sure why.


In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.


The city of Melbourne, Australia, used to be called Batmania.


In 1967, Australia’s Prime Minister went to the beach for a swim and was never seen again.


The SEX Party in Australia is looking to legalize marijuana, euthanasia, censorship, abortion, and tax the church.


An Iraqi man moved to Australia and used the Welfare System as income. Years later, he became successful and wrote a check to the government for every cent they gave him.


The Church of Scientology runs a child labor camp in Australia.


24 rabbits that were introduced to Australia in 1859 had multiplied in number to over 2 million in ten years.


In Victoria, Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.


There’s a river in Australia called the “Never Never River.”


Many claim that a genocide was committed in Australia against its native people from 1910 to 1970 in an effort to create a “white Australia.”


Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.


75% of Australia’s living species are unknown to man.


There is a mountain in Australia called Mt. Disappointment, because its explorers found the view from it sub-par and wanted to reflect that.


In Australia, Burger King is called “Hungry Jack’s”.


The world’s largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station in Australia, is larger than Israel.


The town of Docker River in Australia was once invaded by 6,000 camels that came in search of water.


Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.


10% of Britons think Australia is further away than the Moon, a survey found in 2013.


Australia’s Highway 1 is the world’s longest national highway. With about14,500 km, (9,000 mi), it circumnavigates the entire country.


There’s a bookstore in Australia where books are wrapped in paper with short descriptions so no one can “judge a book by its cover.”


Australia’s National Science Agency claims to have invented the technology behind Wi-Fi and has sued companies using the technology without a license.


Australia has 10 times more camels than koalas.


Australia is an island surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.


The top ten deadliest snakes can be found in Australia.


Australia’s first police force was a band of eight of the most well-behaved convicts, formed in 1789 by Governor Arthur Philip as a nightwatch for the fledgling colony.


Burning Mountain, Australia, has an underground natural coal fire that has been burning for about 6,000 years.


In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create “New Australia,” a utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay.


In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.


Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.


The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in1981.


There’s a plant, native to Australia, that will make you vomit in pure agony just by touching it. The sting is potent enough to kill humans and horses.


In 2013, A  pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow. (We are still trying to verify this one, but it sure sounded interesting!)


In 2009, snipers were deployed in Australia to protect a colony of little penguins from predators.


You are required to show up to vote in Australia. If you don’t, you’ll face a fine.


Emu’s & Kangaroo’s are rarely seen walking backwards; they are on the Australian Coat of Arms for that reason.


The Tasmanian Devil does exist, and it has the jaw strength of a crocodile.


The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic construction on earth.


There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, and only some 20 million people.


Who knew? There are so many interesting and weird, facts abot Australia! Ready to plan that trip to the land down under? Call a Travel Team Agent today at 1-800-788-0829 to plan you dream vacation to Australia!!