Aus­tralia is a vibrant mul­ti­cul­tur­al coun­try with many dif­fer­ent nation­al­i­ties. This is the sixth largest coun­try in the world, as well as the only coun­try that is a con­ti­nent. The coun­try is locat­ed in the south­ern hemi­sphere and sum­mer here lasts from Decem­ber to Feb­ru­ary. I bring to your atten­tion a selec­tion of 10 unusu­al facts about this coun­try, which are not known to every­one.
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1. The longest fence in the world
This spe­cial din­go dog fence was built from 1880 to 1885 to keep the din­go out of the fer­tile south­east­ern part of the con­ti­nent. Thus it was pos­si­ble to pro­tect the flocks of sheep of south­ern Queens­land. This is the longest fence in the world, its length is 5614 kilo­me­ters. The fence par­tial­ly helped to reduce the dam­age caused by wild dogs to live­stock
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2 Aus­tralia has a Fly­ing Doc­tor ser­vice
The Fly­ing Doc­tor ser­vice pro­vides urgent emer­gency care to res­i­dents of remote rur­al regions. This is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides assis­tance to peo­ple who can­not get to hos­pi­tals from remote areas. The fly­ing doc­tor is one of the sym­bols of Aus­tralia and its cul­ture.
flying doctor

3. Aus­tralia is home to 100 mil­lion sheep
In 2000, there were about 120 mil­lion sheep, but due to drought and falling demand for wool, the num­ber has grad­u­al­ly decreased to 100 mil­lion at the moment. By sim­ple cal­cu­la­tions, it can be estab­lished that there are 5 times more sheep in Aus­tralia than peo­ple (20 mil­lion)
unusual facts about australia

4. Why is Can­ber­ra the cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia?
Many peo­ple think that the cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia is Syd­ney. In fact, this is not so — as a com­pro­mise between Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, Can­ber­ra was cho­sen as the cap­i­tal, locat­ed at a dis­tance of 248 kilo­me­ters from Syd­ney and 483 kilo­me­ters from Mel­bourne

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Pancake Ice: Unusual Formations

5. Aus­tralia has the largest pas­ture in the world
The Anna Creek pas­ture in South Aus­tralia is the largest in the world, cov­er­ing an area of ​​34,000 square kilo­me­ters. It is larg­er in area than the entire ter­ri­to­ry of Bel­gium. About 16,000 heads of cat­tle can be grazed here with­out con­se­quences. But due to the drought, the num­ber of heads has now decreased to 2,000.
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6. The Aus­tralian Alps get more snow than the Swiss
The Aus­tralian Alps are part of a large water­shed range in the east­ern part of the con­ti­nent that stretch­es 3,500 kilo­me­ters from north to south through Queens­land, South Wales and Vic­to­ria. The Aus­tralian Alps receive large amounts of snow every Win­ter, exceed­ing the snow­fall in the Swiss Alps. Win­ter sports are very pop­u­lar here.
snow in australia

7. The largest reef on Earth
The Great Bar­ri­er Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. It is also the largest organ­ic for­ma­tion on Earth at 2,000 kilo­me­ters long. The reef is locat­ed in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queens­land. In fact, this is a con­tin­u­ous series of reefs, sep­a­rat­ed from the main­land by a shal­low lagoon. Read more about the Great Bar­ri­er Reef in a sep­a­rate arti­cle on Life­Globe
Great Barrier Reef

8. One of the most unusu­al opera hous­es in the world
The Syd­ney Opera House is one of the most promi­nent and rec­og­niz­able opera hous­es in the world. It is one of the sym­bols of Syd­ney and Aus­tralia. The design and his­to­ry of this struc­ture is also amaz­ing, you can read more about it in a sep­a­rate arti­cle at the link above.
sydney opera

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Beautiful lakes in craters

9 Aus­tralia is home to 160,000 pris­on­ers
When Great Britain dis­cov­ered the Aus­tralian con­ti­nent, it was decid­ed to use it as a place of deten­tion for thou­sands of crim­i­nals. About 160,000 Britons were sent here, many of them died dur­ing the eight-month trip in the holds of ships. Those who got here, in fact, became the first inhab­i­tants of the coun­try. Now about 25% of Aus­tralians can believe that their ances­tors were crim­i­nals

10. Aus­tralia owns the largest part of Antarc­ti­ca
The Aus­tralian Antarc­tic Ter­ri­to­ry is part of Antarc­ti­ca. She was claimed by Great Britain and placed under Aus­tralian admin­is­tra­tion in 1933. It is the largest por­tion of Antarc­ti­ca ever claimed by any nation, cov­er­ing an area of ​​5.9 mil­lion square kilo­me­ters.
facts about australia
It was a selec­tion of 10 inter­est­ing and unusu­al facts about Aus­tralia, to be con­tin­ued …