Australia is filled with native animals and peculiar weather patterns that make it unique from the rest of the world. Some facts about this country may be common knowledge, but others are lesser known.
Here are 10 facts and figures about Australia:
- Australia’s lowest temperatures are in their winter month of July. Some parts of Australia reach an average minimum temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit, while others reach as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Many well-known animals that are native to Australia include the koala bear, the kangaroo and the wombat. These are marsupials that inhabit parks across Australia.
- One of Australia’s most abundant plants is eucalyptus. The Blue Mountains in Australia contain the world’s most diverse selection of eucalyptus varieties. In fact, the only places in Australia that eucalyptus plants are absent from are high alpine areas!
- There are three different time-zone divisions in Australia which consist of Australian Eastern, Central, and Western. Only certain parts of the country observe daylight savings, but Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia do not.
- Australia became a nation in January of 1901. It is divided into 6 states and 2 territories: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern and Australian Capital Territories.
- As of 2015, there were an estimated 23.7 million people living in Australia. This number has since grown to over 24 million, with one birth occurring almost every two minutes.
- One-quarter of the country’s population consists of people who were born overseas. Since the year 1945, 6 million people from more than 200 countries have settled in Australia.
- Australia is the only nation in the world that does not share its continent with another country. Australia is its own country and its own continent.
- The driest occupied continent on earth is Australia. The interior of the continent receives very little rainfall, and three-quarters of Australia is considered to have an arid or semi-arid climate.
- Australia’s spiders are among the largest in the world. A recent spotting at an Australian home confirms a spider that spanned at least 10 inches across in size!
After reading these facts and figures about Australia, it can be seen that with cold Julys, rare native creatures and an abundant amount of eucalyptus, Australia is a truly unique country.
– Trisha Noel McDavid