Australia is undeniably one of the most known countries in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a popular destination for foreign tourists as well, attracting over 9 million visitors per year.
Here are some interesting facts about the Land Down Under:
Australia Crazy Facts
ALMOST everyone lives on coastal areas
Australia is one of the biggest countries in the world by total area. But, are you wondering why it only has a population of over 25 million people? Large deserts actually make up central Australia — occupying a huge portion of the landmass.
As a result, about 90% of Australia’s total population lives on the coast. Major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide are located at the coast or close to it. But don’t worry, coastal areas have a multitude of beaches and other tourist attractions. Did you know that Australias has over 12,000 beaches? It will take about thirty-two years to visit them all if you visit one beach a day.
You can find the cleanest air in the entire world here
Want a breath of fresh air? Australia literally can give you that. The island state of Tasmania has an air quality as clean as Antarctica’s — with the northwestern part of the island said to have the cleanest air in the world.
With how wonderful the air quality in this part of Australia is, it is indeed an ideal place to experience various outdoor activities. If you’re into walking, then you will definitely enjoy Tasmania’s trails and walkways that wind over the whole island. Other outdoor experiences you can try here are cave exploration, kayaking, mountain biking and so much more.
Australia’s wildlife is such a treat for the eyes
Experiencing wildlife in Australia is something really exciting as 80% of the animals here are unique to them.
Some of the animals that you cannot find elsewhere in the world are floras and faunas. Want a picture with kangaroos, koalas, quokkas, or wombats? You can only do that in Australia. Just make sure that you avoid getting near dangerous creatures like the blue ring octopus and funnel-web spider.
Wine is a really big deal here
Love to drink wine? Then, you will surely love Australia. The country has over 60 separate wine regions, producing about 1.35 trillion bottles a year.
One of the more popular wine regions in the country is Yarra Valley located in Victoria. With its over 300 vineyards and about 70 wineries, you can spend your day touring the vineyards and tasting innovative production of aromatic cabernet sauvignon, sparkling chardonnay, shiraz and pinot noir.
Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland
You may not think this can be possible anywhere in the land down under, But that’s the truth — the Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps.
With the country’s seemingly year-round sunshine, Australia is better known for its amazing beaches and surf spots. Who would expect that it can be a haven for skiing enthusiasts as well? But, of course, this does not happen all year round. The Australian Alps get snow around June and September, which is a perfect getaway for tourists from the Northern Hemisphere (which is currently experiencing summer during those months) who want to escape the heat and just have a cool time (literally!).