There’s no denying it, Australia is a place that many of us dream of visiting – or even moving to! It’s most certainly on every travellers’ bucket list and is often the destination of choice for many backpackers and student travellers! Here you’ll find 7 things you probably never knew about the mysterious land Down Under.
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Now, back to Oz.
Did you ever notice that the Australian Coat of Arms has both an emu and a kangaroo on it? Hardly surprising really, but were you aware that these animals can only travel forwards? This is widely considered the reason that these animals adorn the coat of arms – it’s a symbol of progress for the country and how they are always moving forward, never going backward.
Don’t be fooled by the map
When we look at a map of the world or a globe, you could be forgiven for thinking that Australia is quite a small country. But you’re very wrong! Did you know that Australia is only slightly smaller than the US? And if that doesn’t give you an idea of how big it is, then did you know that the United Kingdom would fit into Australia around 33 times!
Life’s a beach
Australia is blessed with the most beautiful beaches in the world, but if you tried to visit a new beach every day, it would take around 27 years for you to visit them all!
Get me a glass!
Did you know that there are around 60 designated wine regions throughout the country? That’s a lot of wine! Someone pass the corkscrew!
The Opera House
An iconic building synonymous with Australia, the Sydney Opera house is an incredible feat of architecture and was the brainchild of Jørn Utzon, who came up with the idea after peeling an orange and becoming inspired by its segments. And just to confirm his genius – if all the sails were placed together, then it would create a perfect sphere – just like an orange!
Contrary to popular belief, the capital of Australia is actually Canberra! Most believe it to be either Melbourne or Sydney – however Canberra was chosen as the country’s capital as a compromise because both cities wanted to be it!
Just missed out
Back in 1770, Captain James Cook landed on Australia and claimed it for the British Empire. Eight years later they returned with ships laden with prisoners with the intention of creating a penal colony. Days after the flag was raised by the first British ship that reached the East coast, two French ships arrived, missing out on claiming the country by mere hours!