1. Australia was inhabited by indigenous people for about 50,000 years before the British came.
  2. Australia has the world's 12th-largest economy and it had the world's 5th-highest per-capita income in 2014.
  3. Australia has the second-highest human development index in the world, which measures quality of life, health, education and economic freedom.
  4. In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.
  5. Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
  6. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.
  7. The city of Melbourne, Australia, used to be called Batmania.
  8. In 1967, Australia's Prime Minister went to the beach for a swim and was never seen again.
  9. Australia has 10 times more camels than koalas.
  10. Australia is the only Western country in the world to not have a Bill of Rights.
  11. 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."
  12. Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
  13. 75% of Australia's living species are unknown to man.
  14. There is a mountain in Australia called
    Mt. Disappointment
  15. because its explorers found the view from it sub-par and wanted to reflect that.
  16. In Australia, Burger King is called "Hungry Jack's".
  17. The world's largest cattle station, Anna Creek Station in Australia, is larger than Israel.
  18. The town of Docker River in Australia was once invaded by 6,000 camels that came in search of water.
  19. 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.
  20. 10% of Britons think Australia is further away than the Moon, a survey found in 2013.
  21. Australia's Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway. With about 14,500 km, (9,000 mi), it circumnavigates the entire country.
  22. 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."
  23. Australia's National Science Agency claims to have invented the technology behind Wi-Fi and has sued companies using the technology without a license.
  24. In Victoria, Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.
  25. Australia is an island surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.
  26. The top ten deadliest snakes can be found in Australia.
  27. Australian koalas are in danger of extinction because over half of them have chlamydia.
  28. Burning Mountain, Australia, has an underground natural coal fire that has been burning for about 6,000 years.
  29. In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create "New Australia," a utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay.
  30. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
  31. 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.
  32. The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.
  33. Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).
  34. 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.
  35. In 2013, A pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow.
  36. There were over 10 million koalas before British settlers arrived in Australia. Now, there are around 43,000 in the wild.
  37. In 2009, snipers were deployed in Australia to protect a colony of little penguins from predators.
  38. You are required to show up to vote in Australia. If you don't, you'll face a fine.
  39. The most valuable legal tender coin in the world is a US$1 million coin from Australia. Since it weighs 1,000 kg and is 99.99% pure gold, it is worth almost US$45 million.
  40. There's a river
  41. in Australia
  42. called the
  43. "Never Never River."
  44. In 2004, gay rights activists in Australia started a micronation in the Great Barrier Reef called the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.
  45. Lake Hillier in Australia is a bright pink color and scientists aren't sure why.
  46. The Church of Scientology runs a child labor camp in Australia.
  47. 24 rabbits that were introduced to Australia in 1859 had multiplied in number to over 2 million in ten years.
  48. The SEX Party in Australia is looking to legalize marijuana, euthanasia, censorship, abortion, and tax the church.
  49. The Red Kangaroo is the national animal of Australia.
  50. Over 80% of Australian adults engage in gambling of some kind, which is the highest rate of gambling in the world.
  51. Australia uses the motion of the ocean to generate zero-emission electricity and desalinate water simultaneously.
  52. Australia is as big as the continental U.S.
  53. Australia has 31% of the world's uranium supply.
  54. A gram of cocaine costs
    €207 in Australia
  55. but just €9 in Brazil.
  56. The Australian Plate is moving about 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) northwards every year.
  57. In 2004, an Australian research institute published a study on the loss of teaspoons in the workplace.
  58. Australians are the world's biggest meat eaters, consuming almost 200lbs each every year, closely followed by Americans.
  59. The first heart transplant using a "dead heart" was performed by surgeons in Australia, in October 2014.
  60. Australia's first police force was composed of the best-behaved convicts.
  61. About 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
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