• The Australian Alps, or Snowy Mountains as they are also known, receive more snow than Switzerland.
  • No part of Australia is more than 1000 km from the ocean and a beach.
  • Australia has the world’s largest cattle station (ranch). At 30,028 km2 it is almost the same size as Belgium.
  • Population density in Australia is usually calculated in km2 per person, not people per km2.
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
  • The Australian Alps, or Snowy Mountains as they are also known, receive more snow than Switzerland.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic construction on earth.
  • The world’s longest piece of straight railway track stretches 478 kilometres across South Australia’s vast, treeless Nullarbor Plain.
  • Australia was the second country to give women the vote
  • Per capita, Australians read more newspapers than any other nation.
  • The day of the Melbourne Cup (a horse race!) is a public holiday in Melbourne.
  • Queensland is home to lung fish, a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.
  • Ten Nobel Prizes have been awarded to Australians .Of the 10 prizes, nine were for science or medicine and one was for literature.

BIG COUNTRY, BIG INVENTIONS

  • Notepads 1902
  • The surf lifesaving reel 1906
  • Aspirin 1915
  • The pacemaker 1926
  • Penicilin 1940
  • The Plastic disposable syringe 1949
  • The wine cask 1965
  • The bionic ear 1978
  • Dual-flush toilet flush 1980
  • Anti-counterfeiting technology for banknotes 1992
  • Long-wearing contact lenses 1999
  • Black Box flight recorder 1958