If you’re looking to immigrate to Australia, you should make sure to know as much about the country as you can. To help you do just that, we have compiled ten amazing facts about the Land Down Under!
1) Australia has the largest number of beaches in the world
Australia has more than 10,000 beaches! Even if you visit one beach every day, it will take you more than 27 years to cover all the beaches in the country!
2) Tasmania has the cleanliest air
Hugely popular among tourists, this island provides fresh air for you to breathe, owing to the fact that it is secluded from the metropolitan areas of Australia.
3) Home to a unique animal kingdom
Around 93% of animals and plants found in Australia are exclusive to the country, including the cuddly Koalas, jouncing Kangaroos and the Tasmanian Devils – made infamous by the Looney Tunes character Taz!
4) The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system
This massive colourful coral reef is a natural wonder composed of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. Moreover, it is home to more than 1,500 species of fish as well as six of the world’s seven endangered marine turtle species. It stretches for more than 2,300 kilometres, and is even visible from space!
5) Pink lakes
Several enchanting pink lakes, such as Lake Hillier, Hutt Lagoon, Lake Bumbunga, Lake Macdonnell and Lake Hart are situated in Australia. Many of these lakes also change colours to different shades of pink, blue and green, depending on the season, time of day and salinity of the water!
6) The Dingo Fence is the world’s longest fence
Stretching up to 5,600 km – which is about three times as long as the Great Wall of China – the Dingo Fence was built in Australia during the 1880s. Its purpose – to protect flocks of sheep and other livestock from dogs!
7) 85% of the Australian population lives near the coast
The Australian coastline extends to almost 50,000 kilometres and is only minutes away from the majority of the Australian population. Living so near the coast actually boosts up the mood and reduces stress!
8) Australia is home to some of the most famous celebrities
Some of the biggest names on the planet come from Australia, including the likes of Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, and Sir Donald Bradman.
9) Australia has a high Human Development Index
Australia stands in the third position for the Human Development Index after Norway and Switzerland. High HDI includes extended life expectancy, quality education and high income per capita!
10) Mt. Disappointment of Australia
No, we are not making it up! In 1824, explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell named this mountain as Mount Disappointment as the dense growth of trees prevented them from viewing Port Phillip Bay from the summit! Today, it is a highly popular hiking spot in the country.