Today sees the annual celebration of Australia Day, the official National Day of Australia. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillips.
To help mark this occassion, we’ve found some fantastic facts about Australia that we think you’ll find interesting!
1. Australia is the 6th biggest country in the world at a grand total of 7,682,300 km² – that’s 32 times bigger than the UK!
2. Australia is the opal capital of the world. It produces 95% of the worlds opal and 99% of the rare black opal.
3. Approximately 1.35 trillion bottles of wine are produced by Australia.
4. In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.
5. It has 16 world heritage listed sites including historic townships, cities and landscapes.
6. Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.
7. Lake Hillier in Australia is a bright pink color and no-one fully knows why, although scientists speculate that the colour comes from a dye created by bacteria that lives in the salt crusts.
8. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.
9. The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.
10. Australia Day today is a celebration of diversity and tolerance in Australian society, embracing all ethnic backgrounds, racial differences and political viewpoints.