Do you love Australian facts? Does the world’s 6th largest country, owned by Great Britain, intrigue you? Check out these fun facts about Australia’s capital city, the sunny climate, species of birds, rolling hills, and mountain ranges.
Australia facts for kids
- Australia is a fascinating country in the southern hemisphere between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, with a total area of 82.76 trillion square feet (7.688 million square kilometers).
- Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the only country that covers an entire continent (the Australian continent).
- Australia is home to the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, composed of over 2900 individual coral reefs and 900 islands.
- Kangaroo, platypus, and koala are the best-known Australian animal species.
- The highest temperature recorded in Australia was 123.3 °F (50.7 °C.)
- At about 3 million square miles, Australia is the smallest continent on Earth. It’s closer in size to Greenland than it is to South America.
- The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps.
- The Tasmanian Devil used to be found all over Australia, but has now extinct in the Australian mainland and only inhabits the island of Tasmania.
- More than half (53%) of Aboriginal people are aged under 25.
- You cannot see New Zealand from Australia.
- The inland taipan, the world’s most venomous snake, lives in Queensland, extending through the far west of New South Wales into South Australia.
- Sydney opera house is one of the best places to visit in Australia.
- In 1789, Australia’s first police force was formed of 12 of the most well-behaved convicts in the country.
- Western Australia covers one-third of Australia’s mainland.
- Many people think Sydney, New South Wales, is the capital city of Australia, but in reality, it’s Canberra, located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory.
- In the Northern Territory, you can find the iconic sandstone monolith Uluru (Ayers Rock), which appears to glow during sunrise and sunset.
Bonus Australia Facts for kids
- Canberra, located in Australia’s Capital Territory, sits between Sydney and Melbourne. The site was chosen as the location for Australia’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between the two aforementioned cities.
- Australia has approximately 828 species of birds among their total 147,579 animal species.
- The Victorian Alps mountain range is a great destination for bushwalking and horseback riding in the summer and cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter.
- The highest temperature of 50.7 °C (123.3 °F) recorded in Australia was January 2, 1960, at Oodnadatta, South Australia, and January 13, 2022, at Onslow, Western Australia.
- Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.
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