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Australia Fun Facts

With its warm weather, wicked surf, and laid-back lifestyle, what's not to like about Australia? We've got the basics on the land down under.

A (Very) Brief History

Aboriginal Australians led an essentially hunter-gatherer existence in isolation until 1606 when the Dutch landed, scoped the place out and called it New Holland. Then, in 1707, the English took over and renamed it New South Wales. Between 1788 and 1839, Britain shipped its criminals to Australia. New South Wales became open to non-criminals in the mid to late 1800s. In the 1900s the name game stopped and the Commonwealth of Australia was born.

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Famous Aussies

  • Nicole Kidman: Born in Hawaii but raised in Australia, Tom Cruise's ex-wife was a well-established Oz celeb before she became a Hollywood award-winner.
  • Mel Gibson: Although he was born in New York, Mel Gibson was raised in the land down under and that's where he raises his children.
  • Naomi Watts: King Kong star Naomi Watts was born in the UK but moved to Australia at age 14.
  • Russell Crowe:Born to Australian parents in New Zealand, actor Russell Crow moved to Australia when he was four.
  • Chris and Liam Hemsworth: Australian brothers that made it big in Thor, The Avengers and The Hunger Games. 

Animals

  • Koalas: Although called Koala bears, these guys are actually marsupials, not bears.
  • Wallabies and Kangaroos: There are 40 species of kangaroos and wallabies in Australia.
  • Tasmanian Devil: This is a carnivorous (meat-eating) marsupial.
  • Dingos: Dingos are basically wild dogs.
  • Tasmanian Wolf: Sometimes called a Tasmanian tiger, these guys look more like cute kitties than wolves.

Adorable Koala bears!Adorable Koala bears!

Cool Things to See and Do

  • Great Barrier Reef: More than 2,500km long (bigger than England and half the size of Texas), this is the world's largest reef. It is also home to the greatest variety of plants and animals found in any location. Dive in to see fish, coral, clams, seaweed and turtles.
  • Uluru: In the outback of Oz is the world's largest monolith - Uluru (pronounced OO-la-ROO), sometimes called Ayers Rock. The oval-shaped chunk of sandstone is 345m high, two miles long and one mile wide.
  • Bridge tours: Take a three hour hike up to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. That is, if you're not afraid of heights. It's over 134m above sea level, but bridge suits are provided by the tour company as well as a harness and communication equipment.

The beautiful Great Barrier Reef The beautiful Great Barrier Reef

Did U Know?

  • January 26th is Australia Day.
  • Australia is the world's smallest continent but sixth-largest country.
  • Vegemite is a popular food in Australia. It is made by Kraft and is a vegetable paste that is usually served on toast.
  • Australia is home to more than 100 species of unique marsupials, which means that these guys can't be found anywhere else in the world.

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Dan_and_Phil
Dan_and_Phil posted in Debating:
I think kids should get phones when they start 7th grade because they will most likely start doing after school activities by then, it doesnt even have to be a smartphone, because all they would need to do is call someone, if the kid complains about not having a smartphone, you know they are just worried about fitting in with others, or they just want the internet and games--like other kids--so if they want a smartphone they will most likely be having it out in class, at lunch, or anywhere in front of kids/adults who they are afraid of being judged by
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StarlaDance16
StarlaDance16 posted in Debating:
my thoughts also
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sweetgirlcutie6
yeah they should have
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StarlaDance16
StarlaDance16 posted in Debating:
thats true what does happenn, but. most assighnments are done during school hours in primary school.
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StarlaDance16
StarlaDance16 posted in Debating:
true @-Oracle-
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