Australia Facts Unusual

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If you are looking for some unusual facts about Australia then look no further. Below are a collection of rather random facts that are a little different!

If you have any new ones to add then please do let me know - I'm always looking for new ones to add!

Australia Facts Unusual - Its Animals

  • Australia has 9/10 of the most venomous snakes in the world including the brown snake and the tiger snake - stay out of the tall grass!
  • It also has a very large collection of deadly animalsincluding the stone fish, box jelly fish and the red back spider. See my href=""> Dangerous Australian Animals page for more details. Don't worry. you're still more likely to get run over by a bus than come across one of these beauties!
  • The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 1500 fish, 6 types of sea turtle and over 350 different types of coral. Many of these are unique to Australia
  • It's thought that there are over 200,000 camels roaming the centre of Australia and its deserts
  • Australia is home to the largest crocodile in captivity. His name is Cassius and he is a saltwater croc measuring a whopping 5.48m
  • Does Australia have the largest spider? We know it has some deadly ones? If you are looking for leg span then the Green Huntsman could probably be classed as the biggest spider in the world and this does come from Australia. It comes in at about 20 cm leg span.

    But the South American Golliath tarantulas are thicker and heavier than our Huntsmans but are not as leggy.

    The Whistling Spiders are part of the same goliath family and are here in Australia. They are pretty big too (see pictures below!)

    Australian Facts Unusual - Inventions

  • Did you know that an Australian helped invent penicilin? Alexander Fleming, A Scottish man, discovered it but Howard Walter Florey, An Australian, developed penicilin for use as a medecine in the 1940's. This was a major break through for diseases.
  • In 1978 an Australian invented the Bionic Ear. This is essentially a hearing aid that helps deaf people to hear another person speak. It is worn by over 20,000 people in over 55 countries today.
  • Lance Hill invented the clothes hoist in the 1940's. He added a handle to an existing design for winding up the top part of the centre poll. Now where would we be without our washing line!

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