FUN FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA

Maybe now you can guess where our next adventure will be!

It’s amazing how little I knew about Australia before making this decision, however, the clock was ticking to get the 1 Year Working-Holiday Visa so it made for a very easy decision (you must apply for and begin to use your visa before your 31st birthday – April 4, 2013 for me). Our visa was approved overnight and I have been trying to study whenever I can (although the real learning will come from experiencing life “down under”).

Did you know…

Australia is a HUGE country (6th largest based on total area), however, it is also the world’s smallest continent

FUN FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA - Australia is a big country

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Australia is divided into 6 states, plus the Australia Capital Territory (surrounding Canberra) and the Northern Territory (in the north central sector of the continent)

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Australia is actually called The Commonwealth of Australia.

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The British colonized Australia after losing many of its colonies (and convict destinations) in the America Revolutionary War. Australia then became a Federation in 1901, however, the passing of the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 is often regarded as the moment of Australia’s national independence. The Queen’s (and British Monarchy’s) role is mostly ceremonial, however, there is a movement in Australia to abolish the Australian Monarchy and become a Republic.

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Australia is FAR (from basically everything).

For example, it’s a 4 hour flight to New Zealand and a 14 hour flight to the US

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Australia has a VERY low population compared to its size (20 million people on 3 million square miles, compare to the United States’ 300 million people on 3.7 million square miles)

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Australia cannot defend itself militarily (40 ships in its navy compared to 2900 ships in the US Navy)

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Aussies drive on the left.

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Australia is home to INCREDIBLE wildlife

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Just scan through this article to see some cool images

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Although Aussies speak English…

You basically have to learn a whole new language based on all the slang used in everyday conversations

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Have you been to Australia? Please share your tips and fun facts about Australia in the comments below! Never been “Down Under?” Ask a question in the comments section!