- 90% of Australians live within 100km of the coast.
- Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
- The Great Barrier Reed is the largest eco-system in the world and the only living thing visible from space.
- 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.
- Sheep outnumber people by more than 8:1.
- 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).
- The cleanest air and water on earth can be found in Tasmania.
- The Australian Alps receive more snow than Switzerland.
- 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.
- Over 25% of Australians were born in another country.
A photographic travel blog by Sean Brown