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15 Fun Facts About Australia

Published 23 January 2017

Lauren Burvill

Lauren Burvill

From the very top of the tropical north to the south of the island of Tasmania, Australia is a land that can't help but be loved. Adored for it's sweeping landscapes and natural wonders, Australia also charms with it's laidback culure and quirky sense of humour.

While some of what we love about Australia can be seen in the photos of our destination guide, there are plenty of other fun Australia facts we'd love you to know about too. How much do we love Australia? Let us count the ways...

 
3 - Australian cities in the world's top 10 most liveable cities list. These include Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
AUD$20 - how much you are fined if you don't vote in Australia.
45 million - Tim Tam packets eaten in Australia every day.348 metres - how tall Uluru in the Northern Territory is. That's taller than the Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.16 metres - the height of the Big Pineapple, located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
4 - the number of residents in Cooladdi, Australia's smallest town located in Queensland.
20 - the average number of hours a koala sleeps each day.
1 cm - the length of a kangaroo when it's born.
31 - the age of the oldest wombat, named Patrick.
15 metres - the length of the Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race in Melbourne.
20% - of Tasmania is a World Heritage Site.
45 seconds - the time it took Prime Minister Bob Hawke to scull a yard glass of ale, earning him a Guiness World Record in 1954.
876 - the distance in kilometres to drive between Sydney and Melbourne.
12,899 - the kilometres of coastline in Western Australia.
1,500 - species of fish that can be found in the Great Barrier Reef.

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