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10 Interesting Facts about Australia

Sunday, August 28th 2011. | Places

Australia is a country and a continent. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. The country has many natural wonders. is 10 interesting Australia facts.

1. Wide brown land
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. Same size as the 48 states in the U.S. mainland, and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population densities in the world – only two people per square kilometer.

Australia Map

Australia Map

2. Paradise beach
Australia has a coastline along the span of almost 50,000 kilometers, and is connected with more than 10,000 beaches, more than any country in the world. More than 85 percent of Australians live within 50 kilometers of the coast, so the beach becomes an inseparable part of our relaxed lifestyle.

3. Opal Producer

Australia produces 95 percent of the precious opals in the world, and 99 percent of black opal. The capital of the world’s opal is a unique underground city in Coober Pedy, South Australia. The world’s largest opal, weighing 5.27 kilograms, was discovered here in 1990.

4. Gold is abundant
Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is Australia’s largest gold producer. The city also has the world’s largest political electorate, covering 2.2 million square kilometers.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

5. Legend of Nature
Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is a place of discovery of the largest oyster in the world, weighing up to 3 kilograms, while the longest earthworm in the world, up to 4 meters in length, was found in Gippsland, Victoria. Crab heaviest, weighing up to 14 kilograms, was found in Bass Strait near Tasmania. Australia’s highest mountain is Mt. Kosciuszko, with a height of 2228 meters above sea level.

6. Flora fertile
Australia also has at least 25,000 plant species (compared with 17,500 in Europe). This includes living fossils like the Wollemi pine tree and grass trees, and wildflowers are very beautiful. In Western Australia alone there are over 12,000 species!

7. Road, rail and fence the longest
The longest straight railway in the world, has a range of 478 kilometers through the vast plains of the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia without a tree. Meanwhile, Australia’s longest straight road (148 kilometers) is the Eyre Highway in Western Australia. This is a small part of 2,700 kilometers of roads covered with asphalt which can carry the rover from Perth to Adelaide. Without pause longest fence in the world (dingo fence) built to keep the sheep from Australia’s native dog, and has a length of 5531 km through central Queensland and South Australia.

8. The icons are experts hopping
Kangaroo who became our symbol is unique to Australia and is one of our mammals are most easily recognizable. There are an estimated 40 million kangaroos in Australia, more than when Australia was first inhabited.

9. Unique wildlife
Australia developed a unique fauna when separated from the super continent of Gondwana more than 50 million years ago. Currently, Australia is home a variety of natural resources and wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. We have about 800 species of birds; half of it is a species typical of this country. Our marine environment has more than 4,000 fish species and tens of thousands of species of invertebrates, plants and micro-organisms. About 80 percent of marine species in southern Australia are not found anywhere in the world.

Merino Sheep

Merino Sheep

10 Merino sheep and cattle
Australian sheep which totaled 85.7 million (usually the type merino) produces most of the world’s wool. With 25.4 million cattle, Australia is also the world’s largest meat exporter. The whole thing above is unique facts about Australia.

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