1. Drop bears aren't real
Not that long ago, Aussie's started spreading rumours that tourists should beware of a vicious beast that drops from the trees and attacks you. They're called 'Drop Bears', and you'd be surprised how many tourists fell for the joke. For the record- they aren't real....but we do have plenty of other wildlife that can kill you.
2. You can eat our National emblems
An emu and kangaroo feature on our coat of arms and in Australia you can eat them in you like.... cooked on a barbecue of course!
3. Our National Anthem 'Advance Australia Fair' sounds way better sung to a different tune....
National Anthem's have a track record of being a little bit boring seeing as though most of them were written in bygone era's where music just wasn't the same as it is nowadays. The Australian National Anthem sounds way better sung to the tune of 'Working Class Man' by Aussie singer Jimmy Barnes. Don't believe me? Check out the proof HERE.
The 'Dreamtime' is the word Aboriginals use to describe the earth and its creation. The Dreamtime tells stories of a vast and changing network of animals, humans and nature passed down from great spirit ancestors. Traditionally the stories were told via dancing and mime accompanied by instruments such as didgeridoos. My favourite Dreamtime story when I was a child was of Tiddalick the Frog.
5. We have the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere
Called Nan Tien Temple and located in Berkeley in New South Wales, the Buddhist temple runs meditation classes, retreats and ceremonies. You can check it out for yourself through their website.
6. Australia was the 2nd country in the world to allow women the vote
The Australian state of South Australia allowed women the vote as early as 1895, and all of Australia followed suit in 1902. Our neighbours across the ditch (aka New Zealand) was the first in the world.... they always have to beat us....
Our former Prime Minister Bob Hawke once set a Guinness World Record for drinking 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds..... legend......
8. We have HEAPS of beaches
This isn't a fun fact in itself, but if I was to say that if you were to visit one new beach in Australia everyday, it would take you over 27 years to see them all.... road trip any one?
9. We have a pink lake
Yep, you read that right. Lake Hillier on Middle Island off the coast of Western Australia is bubble gum pink and even more baffling it that scientists can't really explain why.... google it!
10. Melbourne used to go by another name....
Any one fancy living in Batmania? My beloved Melbourne was originally called this after the explorer John Batman who claimed the land. Unsuprisingly Batmania didn't really take off and the name was changed to Melbourne after the Prime Minister of Britain who carried the title '2nd Viscount Melbourne'.
11. Our first police force was a bunch of criminals
As you may know, Australia was originally a place that the British Empire sent their petty criminals (then called convicts). When settlements started to be formed there, they had need for a police force to retain order and so enlisted some of their best behaved convicts to start the first police force.
12. We race toads
oh and cockroaches. Popular mostly in Northern Queensland, pubs often host cane toad races and cockroach races as a bit of fun entertainment while enjoying a few cold beers. The set up can vary but the idea is to bet on a toad, they'll place them under a box in the middle of a large circle, release the toads and then the first to hop out of the circle wins! True story.
In December 1967 our Prime Minister Harold Holt went swimming at Cheviot Beach in Victoria and was never seen again. Most likely he got caught in a rip and drowned but conspiracy theorists some debate that he was picked up by a submarine, was taken by a shark or committed suicide. His body has never been found so I guess we'll never know.
14. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world
According to the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station, Tasmania is like heaven for your lungs. Having spent a few happy family holidays in Tasmania when I was growing up, I can verify that I have never breathed such beautiful air as what I did in Tasmania.
15. We have the longest golf course in the world
Scotland may be the home of golf, but Australia boasts the longest golf course in the world. The 'Nullabor Links' runs for 1,365 kilometres and runs through both South Australia and Western Australia. It's 18 holes, a par 72 and runs through some of the hottest and driest parts of the country... I think I'll just wait in the Club House with a nice cold lemonade....
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