It’s a place as varied as it is enormous. It’s the world’s sixth largest country in total area, and one of the most extreme places on earth in terms of environment, animals and people. It’s also the destination for many of our hard-working IBOs in just a few weeks. Hands down, this is a dream destination, and we can’t wait to celebrate with all of you!
Ask the question of what Australia is known for to Aussies and foreigners and you’ll get answers like Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue, kangaroos, koalas, cricket, swimming, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Aborigines, minerals, and vegemite.
We’ve compiled some more facts about this Oceanic country that may come as a surprise to you; things you may want to know before visiting. These certainly piqued our interest.
- There are more than 100 million sheep in Australia.
- There are an estimated 40 million kangaroos in Australia.
- Australia only has 20 million people.
- With 25.4 million heads of cattle, Australia is the world’s largest exporter of beef.
- The Australian Alps, or Snowy Mountains as they’re also known, receive more snow than Switzerland.
- Vegemite, pavlova, lamingtons and meat pies are regarded as iconic Australian foods.
- People who live in Sydney are called “Sydneysiders”.
- The pacemaker was a famous Australian invention in 1928.
- Australia produces 95% of the world’s precious opals and 99% of its black opals.
- People from New South Wales are called “cockroaches”.
- The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the widest long-span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world, and the 5th longest spanning-arch bridge according to Guinness World Records.
- The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic construction on earth.
- English, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek and Vietnamese are the main languages spoken in Sydney.
As with any country, it’s always good to learn the local language before you travel. Australian English is a mix of different words and slang that is not easy to understand. That’s why we are sharing some basic phrases that will help you mix and mingle with the locals.
- It’ll be all right – she’ll be apples
- It’s lost, can’t be found – it’s gone walkabout
- Well done – good onya
- True, genuine – fair dinkum
- Biting insect – bities
- Barbeque – barbie
- Breakfast – brekkie
- Sunglasses – sunnies
- Misquito – mozzie
- Something excellent – bottler
- Great, fantastic – beaut, beauty
- That’s certainly true – bloody oath!
- McDonald’s – Maccas
- A place that is a lot of fun – going off
- A long way away – black stump (beyond the)
- Friend – cobber
- Stranger – blog in
- A good looking person – spunk
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All facts above came from http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/interestingly-weird-facts-about-australia/.