10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about Australia
Featured destinations: Australia
Published 30 March 2016
Sydney Opera house, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru. Even the non-travellers among us have heard of these iconic landmarks. But there's more to Australia; these are the unsung heroes and, if you plan accordingly, you can see them for yourself on your own Aussie holiday.
1. Australia is 3.8 billion years old and in UNESCO-listed Shark Bay in Western Australia you can see 3.5 billion year old stromatolites. These Archean rocks have managed to survive here because of the saline waters protecting them from nibbling marine critters.
2. The flora in Australia is so unique and intriguing that in Perth you can go on a wildflower tour.
3. Koalas are the only living creature that have brains that do not fit their skulls. In fact, their brain is about the size of a walnut floating in fluid.
4. You can find public coin-operated barbecues in parks. Only in Australia.
5. The first fox in Tasmania was found as recently as 2001.
6. In the southern waters, the Great Australian Bight is home to more types of marine creatures than anywhere else on earth.
7. Australia has more than 500 National Parks.
8. Kangaroos aren’t just in the outback. Look up to find the tree-kangaroo in Queensland’s rainforests.
9. The Australian Alps receive more snow than Switzerland!
10. There’s a new coffee-tasting trend erupting in Melbourne. It’s called 'cupping' and is where you blind taste and appreciate the aromas of different types of coffee.