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Fun Aussie Trivia Facts


  • Hosted the 1956 (Melbourne) and 2000 (Sydney) Summer Olympics

  • Population is 24.13 million (Population of USA is 323.1 million)

  • The smallest note of currency is the $5 bill

  • The world's 6th largest country by area (USA is the 3rd)

  • Cricket (think baseball!) is played in the summer and Aussie Rules Football and Rugby (think football!) is played in winter

  • The indigenous people of Australia are Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders

  • The leader of Australia is called the Prime Minister and the leader of each state is called the Premier

  • A desert area known as the ‘outback’ covers much of the land

  • More than 80 percent of Australians live within 62 miles of the coast

  • The seasons are opposite to the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in summer and July 4th is in winter

  • Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902

  • Marsupials like koalas, quokka and kangaroos can be found nowhere else in the world

  • Australia has 19 world heritage listed sites

  • There are six states in Australia and two territories

  • Voting is mandatory and you get fined if you don’t vote

  • Lake Hillier in Australia is a bright pink color and scientists don’t know why

  • You cross the International Date Line to get to Australia. So, if you leave the US on a Saturday, you will arrive in Australia on a Monday

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

  • The bionic ear was invented in Australia, in 1978

  • The world’s longest piece of straight railway track stretches 300 miles across South Australia’s vast, treeless Nullarbor Plain


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