1. 90% of Australians live within 100km of the coast.
  2. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
  3. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest eco-system in the world and the only living thing visible from space.
  4. Due to its remarkable isolation over the millennia, Australia enjoys fairly unique fauna. From furry kangaroos to the elusive quokka, they’re a big draw for many tourists. Australia also has more ways to die than perhaps any other country in the world, from spiders to seashells. Yes, seashells.
  5. Sheep outnumber people by more than 8:1.
  6. Australia is truly a land of extremes with the highest temperature ever recorded being 50.7 C (123.3 F) and the lowest −23.0 C (−9.4 F).
  7. The cleanest air and water on earth can be found in Tasmania.
  8. The Australian Alps receive more snow than Switzerland.
  9. A kangaroo and emu were chosen to be on the Australian coat of arms because they cannot walk backwards. They symbolize a country always moving forward.
  10. Over 25% of Australians were born in another country.