The Platypus is one of the strangest animals Australia has to offer.
Are you thinking about traveling to Australia? For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere it is a great place to go to get some winter sun, although it’s actually summer over there (Christmas on the beach, hell yes!). The fact that Australia has summer when Europe has winter and visa versa, may be the only thing you really know about this beautiful country, that and kangaroos live there.
But, I have to tell you, Australia is a really fascinating country – within it’s coastlines you have dry central deserts, wet and humid tropics, snowy mountain tops and gorgeous white sandy beaches. There is far more to Australia than reverse seasons and dated stereotypes (shrimps on the barbie, baby-eating dingos, Vegemite etc.), so here are some of the things you probably didn’t know…
- For such a large country, the population is relatively small at around 23 million people living there. This is compared to around 63 million people that live in the UK, even though you could fit the entire UK into Australia over 30 times.
- The wildlife in Australia is amazingly diverse – The kangaroo, wombat and koala’s are all pretty amazing in their own way, but the most amazing animal Australia has to offer is the Platypus. This bizarre mammal, not only has a duck-like bill and a beaver-like tail, it also lays eyes! Look out for the males to, they have a spur on their hind foot that emits a pretty nasty poison.
- The amazing Bob Hawke set an impressive World Record in 1954 for chugging 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. However, that wasn’t his only big achievement; 29 years later he became Australia’s Prime Minister.
- Perth is a must visit destination for coffee-lovers as it has more coffee shops per capita than any other city in the world. Maybe have a decaf in every other café.
- The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s greatest natural beauties, but did you also know that it has it’s own mailbox? Just grab your postcard, hop on the ferry out there and send it to your family back home complete with exclusive stamp.
Don’t forget to pick up your special Great Barrier Reef stamp.
See, I told you Australia was fascinating, why not take a trip out there to find out more.
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