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Awesome Facts About Australia

1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.

2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.

3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast. 

4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world. 

5. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).

6. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.

7. Former Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.

8. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.

9. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre. 

10. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts. 

11. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world. 

12. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control. 

13. Australian airline Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil. 

14. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.

15. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land. 

16. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations. 

17. Before humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard. 

18. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all. 

19. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens. 

20. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure. 

21. And it has it’s own postbox!

22. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog. 

23. And when the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.

24. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day. 

25. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people. 

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