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 Australia Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia,is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. Kate Zvarych, Anya Harabuga 10-A

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Ask the question of what Australia is known for to Aussies and foreigners and you'll get answers like Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue, kangaroos, koalas, cricket, swimming, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Aborigines, Minerals, wine and vegemite. Australia is much more than these. Here are interesting facts to share with family, friends and visitors about Australia.

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1.Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, the driest is Antarctica 2.With an average of 330 metres Australia is the lowest continent in the world.Australia is the only continent without an active volcano. 3.It is estimated that at the time of British settlement there was about 300,000 Aboriginal people who spoke around 250 languages. 4.Women were given the right to vote in Australia in 1902. 5.The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and is the widest steel arch bridge in the world.

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6.Another one of the interesting facts about Australia is Australia has one of the lowest population densities in the world with an average of three people per square kilometre. The world average on land only is about 45 per square kilometre. 7.The Kangaroo and the Emu were chosen to feature on the Australian Coat of Arms because they are incapable of walking backwards and therefore symbolise a nation moving forward. 8.The Sydney Funnel-web spider is considered the deadliest spider in the world. The Sydney Funnel-web spider

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9. The Indigenous 'Dream Time' is the foundation for tens of thousands of years of spiritual aboriginal art, traditions, legends, myths, folklore and culture.

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10.Australia used to be a beer-drinking nation but its quaffing plunged to a 65-year low in 2010-2011 with only 4.23 litres consumed per person. 11.The wattle was adopted as the national floral emblem in 1912. 12. The only nation-continent of 20 million people in the world.

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13. Aboriginal leader, Lowitja O'Donoghue, a recipient of the Order of Australia in 1976 and Australian of the Year in 1984 delivered the first milestone national Australia Day address on 26 January 2000. 14.It is believe that the Aboriginal game of Mangrook inspired the rules for Australian Football, while invented in Sydney became popular in Victoria.

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15.More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast making Australia one of the world's most urbanised coastal dwelling populations. 16.Most of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

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19. Today's Australia is very multicultural with Indigenous peoples and migrants from some 200 countries. 18. The world's highest proportion of migrant settlers in a developed nation with over 25% of Australians born in another country. 17. Australia's first small step to a fully multicultural Australia was the result of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean after 1945.

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20. Australia Day today is a celebration of diversity and tolerance in Australian society, embracing all ethnic backgrounds, racial differences and political viewpoints. 21. Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content.

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22. The largest cattle station in the world is Anna Creek Station in South Australia at over 34,000 square kilometres is the world's largest cattle station. It is even larger than Belgium. 23. Approximately 1.35 trillion bottles of wine are produced by Australia.

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24. It has the highest rate of gambling in the world with over 80 percent of Australian adults engaging in gambling of some kind and 20 percent of the pokie machines in the world are found in Australia. 25. Australians refer to English people as Pome, which is actually the acronym for Prisoners of Mother England.

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26. The sports capital of the world has 70 percent of its total population participating at least once a week in a particular recreational activity or sport. 27.Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia.

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28.Ugg boots or as local call them 'very ugly boots' are an Australian design where a sheepskin has been turned inside out and made into a boot. very ugly boots 29.Despite having a convict colony history, Australia's homicide rate is 1.2 per 100,000 population compared to the 6.3 per 100,000 in the United States.

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30.Australian TV networks love cooking shows, airing one after another upon viewership success of My Kitchen Rules and MasterChef.

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80 percent of Australians believe Australia has a strong culture and identity characterised by being down to earth, mateship, honesty, sports and multiculturalism based on research organised by the Australia Day Council of NSW in 2008.

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