Facts about Australia

Facts about Australia

Time schedule of the day

Ok, you’ve landed in Australia, you’ve chosen your backpacker hostel, now you’re ready to celebrate that and getting some drink in the CBD (Central Business District = city center). I don’t know about every country, but in France, you’re having “pre-drinks” until 10pm, and after you start to go outside. In Australia, at 10pm, everyone is already drunk on the street! Most of the people are going to the pub at 7PM, and they drink so fast that you can’t realize, but everything is already done.

Australian Time schedule:

|Wake up : 7 AM | Lunch : 12 AM | Pub : 7 PM |

End of the day : 11 PM

Coffee

They love coffee. I mean, they REALLY love coffee. If you follow the daily coffee consumption of an Australian farmer for instance, it can be about 5/6 per day, everyday. You will have to learn the different kind of coffee in Australia: long black, flat white, latte, mocha…

Size of Australia

Australia is huge, yes you know it, but I reckon you still don’t realise how big is it. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.

Australia is twice the size of Europe and 11 times that of France. If you are in Melbourne, you have to drive 10h to Sydney. From Sydney you drive 15h to Brisbane. And from Brisbane, you can add 13h to get to Cairns. (I’m talking about straight drive, without break and if you take the fastest road). Almost 40 hours if you go straight ahead. Do that in Europe and you pass through 15 countries.

 

Season

Be very careful about the seasons, if you underestimate them, you will have to change all your plans. Basically it is the complete opposite of the European seasons, winter in Europe means summer in Aussie, etc. So if you go in South Australia during winter, it will be cold (obviously). Even if their winter is not that cold for us, its still way colder than you expected sometimes! But If you go in the north, it will be always sunny and hot. You’ll have to be careful about the raining season though. It means that in north Australia and during summer,  the weather is going to be particulary hot and humid, with plenty of crocodiles. 

Funny facts

The city of Melbourne was originally called Batmania.  

 In 2013, A pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow. 
In 1859, 24 rabbits were introduced to Australia. That number multiplied to 2 million within 10 years.
Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory.

Unlived part of Australia

Australia has around 24.13 millions of habitant, which is not a lot when you think how big the country is. Indeed, despite a massive country like that, it’s just because most of the country is too dry to live in.

Australia has hundreds of thousands of hectares of inhabitable land. Around 70% of Australian people lives on the coast because of the desert.

By the way, did you know Australia has the largest feral camel population in the world ? 10 times larger than koalas!

Less funny but Incredible facts

No one has died from a spider bite in Australia since 1981.

spider

It would take you 27 years to visit every beach in Australia. 

Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane make up 50% of the entire Australian population.

Australia’s Highway 1 is the world’s longest national highway at 14 500 km. It goes around the entire country.

Australian aboriginals were living in Australia 50 000 years before the British.

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