There’s a reason why Australia is one of the most visited countries in the world. The Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country’s landscape.
Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country’s food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience. Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape.
This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energised, innovative and outward looking. The northern states of Australia are typically warm all the time, with the southern states experiencing cool winters but rarely sub-zero temperatures.
Here are a few more interesting facts about the Land Down Under.
Facts about Australian Nature and Land
- The Daintree Rainforest, found in tropical north Queensland, is the country’s largest and covers around 1,200 square kilometres.
- The Aussie state of Tasmania has the world’s cleanest air.
- While mining is one of Australia’s biggest industries, more land is covered by pubs than mines.
- Uluru (Ayers Rock) is known as the largest monolith in the world and is over 8km wide at its widest point.
- Australia is the only continent covered by a single country
- The highest mountain in Australia is Mt Kosciuszko, which stands 2228m high. Australia as a whole is a fairly flat country, with relatively few mountain ranges given its size.
Facts about Australian Cities
- Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
- Canberra was built specifically to be Australia’s capital city as both Sydney and Melbourne had reasons for being denied
- The Great Barrier Reef has its own mail box
- Sydney is Australia’s largest city, but NOT its capital – Canberra is the country’s capital city.
- Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
- In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’.
Facts About Australian Laws
- The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old.
- Australia officially became a federation in 1901.
- Only licensed electricians are legally allowed to change a lightbulb in Australia.
- Australia’s first police force was made up of 12 convicts who were judged to be the best behaved.
- In 2005, the government issued a ban on saying the word ‘mate’ at Parliament House. The ban lasted 24 hours before it was overturned
- Swimming at public beaches in Australia during the day was made illegal for 64 years.
Other random facts
- The Great Barrier Reef is found off of the coast of Australia and is the largest reef system in the world.
- Australia’s nickname is the island continent.
- The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
- Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.