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Australian and Whitsunday facts

  • It is believed Australia is one of the worlds oldest civilizations 
  • Aboriginals have lived in this country for over 50,000 years Australia was first settled by Europeans in Sydney in 1788 with the arrival of the first fleet of eleven vessels carrying around one thousand settlers including 778 convicts
  • Around 20% of all Australians today can trace a relative back to their convict heritage
  • Between 1788 and 1868 around 162,000 convicts were transported to the Australian colonies
  • Over 60% of the Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited 
  • The Whitsundays are the largest offshore collection of islands in Australia
  • The coordinates for Airlie Beach are 20.2675° S, 148.7169° E
  • There are more kangaroos than people in Australia
  • 85% of the Australian population lives within the coast
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living structure
  • Platypus are venomous
  • There are over 140 species of marsupials 
  • There are 55 species of kangaroos and wallabies alone
  • Koalas are not bears
  • monotremes, or egg-laying mammals are only found in Australia. Platypus and echidnas are in this group
  • Koalas will only feed on eucalypts trees
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the size of 70 million football fields
  • There are more than 1,200 species of wildflowers in Western Australia alone
  • 91% is covered by vegetation
  • The most visited place in Australia is the Sydney Opera House is the most visited place in Australia, followed by The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains. 
  • One third of the world's coral population lives in the Great Barrier Reef
  • 10 the 15 top poisonous snakes live in Australia 
  • There are 60 wine regions in Australia
  • An emu and a kangaroo are on the Australian coat of arms
  • Australia is 7.692 million km²
  • The Great Barrier Reef is made up of 2,900 reefs
  • More than 80% of Australia animals are unique to Australia
  • Australia is home to the longest fence in the world
  • Australia is the only continent without a active volcano 
  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was created in 1975
  • You can see the Great Barrier Reef from space


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