Australia is a huge country, so it makes sense that it has a few secrets, right? Read on to find out a few things that you may not have known.
- The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium
Anna Creek Station is a cattle station. It’s five times larger than its nearest US competitor and half the size of England. It’s this big because the land is sparse, and cannot support a large number of cattle. The animals are basically wild, and be born and grow up without any human contact whatsoever. There are many people who believe that this natural way of rearing cattle makes a huge difference to the taste of the meat that it produces.
- The Australian Alps get More Snow than the Swiss Alps
When you think of Australia, you think of blazing sunshine, beaches and kangaroos (probably). The Australian Alps, however, attract skiers from all over the world. Snow usually falls between June and September, making it the perfect destination for skiing while the northern hemisphere enjoys summer.
- There are over 60 separate wine regions
Theme your holiday around wine and you’ll have so many different destinations to visit that you might as well just move to Australia. The majority are in New South Wales and Victoria, so you could plan a road trip between Sydney and Melbourne and stop off at a few vineyards.
- Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote
Coming second only to New Zealand, South Australia gave the vote to land-owning women in 1894, and gave them the right to stand for colonial parliament. The rest of Australia followed suit and in 1902, the right to vote and stand in Commonwealth elections was granted to the majority of Australian women. You can learn more about women’s suffrage in Australia at the National Museum of Australia in Acton.
- The World’s Oldest Fossil was Found in Australia
The oldest fossil ever discovered is 3.5 billion years old. Scientists believe that is likely to be an ancestor of human beings. They are thought to be 300 million years older than the previous oldest fossil. Scientists believe that this microbe existed as a cluster of cells, with individual life but working together. They also believe that it was green, purple and very smelly!
For more fun facts about Australia check out this interesting infographic below put together by Flight Centre…