Did you know… : Australia

Did you know… : Australia

Time schedule of the day

You’ve landed in Australia, you’ve chosen your place to stay, and you’re finally ready to celebrate. You’re going to the CBD (Central Business District = city center). I don’t know every country’s schedule, but at least in France, you’re having “pre-drinks” until 10pm before going anywhere. In Australia, no way, at 10pm, everyone is already drunk on the street. Most of the people are going to the pub at 7PM to drink as fast as it can be. Don’t blink twice, 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, with skim milk, almond milk, whole milk, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon… Hard job to be a barista !

Size of Australia

Australia is huge, but I believe it is quite hard to realize how big it is.

  • It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.
  • Australia is twice the size of Europe and 11 times the size of France.
  • If you drive straight away from Melbourne (south) to Cairns (north), it would be almost 40 hours drive.
    • From Melbourne, there is 10 hours drive to Sydney.
    • From Sydney, 15 hours drive to Brisbane.
    • From Brisbane, 13 hours drive to get to Cairns.

 

Season

Be very careful about the seasons, if you underestimate them, you’d 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 for us, their winter is particularly cold, it could be way colder than you expected. Just an exception if you go to the north, it will be always sunny and hot. Though you need to be careful about the raining season, which, during summer, (only in the northern part) is going to be utterly hot and humid, with plenty of cool animals as 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. Despite a massive country like this, it is 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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