Fun Facts about Australia

  • Australia is considered to have one of the highest degrees of urban concentration in the world.
  • Despite the urban concentration, Australia has an average of three people per square kilometre, making it one of the lowest population densities in the world.
  • Australia's Parliament House in Canberra is one of the largest buildings in the southern hemisphere at over 300,000 cubic metres.
  • The average Australian will consume 165,000 eggs in his or her lifetime.
  • Melbourne's motto is Vires acquirit eundo (We gather strength as we grow)
  • Melbourne has a public holiday for a horse race each year: The Melbourne Cup.
  • Melbourne has the largest remaining tram public transport system in the world.
  • Australia's first television station was Channel 9, which opened in Sydney in 1956.
  • The most medals Australia has ever won at an Olympic Games was in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, a total of 58 medals.
  • One in every four persons is either a first or second generation settler to Australia, a trend started after World War II.
  • The average number of people per household in Australia in 1971 was 3.31, in 2006 this number has decreased to 2.6.
  • The average family has 1.65 children.
  • The average Australian will consume 18 beef cattle and 90 sheep in his or her lifetime.
  • 22% of adults will never have children.
  • 16.2% of adults will only have one child.
  • 88% of Australians live in an urban area - this high concentration may be due to the arid conditions further inland.
  • The first ever car to be mass produced in Australia was the FX Holden (model 48-215). This was produced at Fishermans Bend, Victoria in 1948.
  • The median age for brides is 28.9 years of age (2006).
  • The median age for grooms is 30.9 years of age (2006).
  • 34% of men will never marry (2006).
  • 32% of women will never marry (2006).
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the longest reef in the world at over 2010 kilometres.
  • Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is the largest electorate spanning 2,225,278 square kilometres.
  • Australian women won the right to vote in 1902.
  • Main source of immigrants to Australia is from the UK and Ireland totalling 6.35% of all immigrants.
  • The second largest source of immigrants is from Australia's neighbour New Zealand; making 1.70% of all immigrants.
  • Australia is known as the smallest continent in the world.
  • Australia is three times larger than the largest island (Greenland) in the world.
  • The oldest skeleton to ever be found in Australia was believed to be 60,000 years old. It was that of an Aboriginal male, traces of ochre (a ceremonial paint used by Aboriginals) were also found.
  • The first ever meeting of the Australian Labor Party (also the first political party to form in 1891) was held under a gum tree at Barcaldine, Queensland.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) is over 8 kilometres in circumference.
  • Australia's first radio station was built in 1912.
  • The average Australian will consume half a tonne of cheese, eight tonnes of fruit and ten tonnes of vegetables.