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20 Awesome Australia facts

  • Posted by TripTide HQ
  • March 11, 2014 2:30 AM AEDT
  1. Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.
    They might be missing out on the moonwalk but they do have a pretty impressive hop! Learn more about the mechanics behind the famous hop

  2. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space making it the world's largest reef system. Get an incredible birds eye view of this natural wonder on a seaplane tour!

  3. Champagne Bay is the nickname for this beautiful location (below) on Thomas Island in the Whitsundays. You can only visit by boat and the best time to do so is in the spring (Sept - Nov).

    Champagne Bay, Thomas Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

  4. The Great Ocean Road is 243 kilometres long and was built in the early 20th century by returning soldiers from World War I. Take a day tour to experience the amazing diversity along the way including a rainforest walk and stop off at the Twelve Apostles.

  5. A koala cub stays in it's mother’s pouch for up to 6 months.

  6. Australia has almost 10, 700 beaches! That's a lot of beaches to explore, why not start with a visit to the beaches of northern sydney with a local guide to lead the way.

  7. More than 80% of Australian’s live by the coast.
    It's easy to see why with so much to do and see along the coastline not to mention the beaches! Start your coastal journeys with a trip to the Limestone coast in South Australia as recommended by TripTide local expert Krystle.

    Limestone coast, South Australia
    Limestone Coast by Krystle Aunger

  8. Australia has over 60 wine regions. The most visited of which is the stunning Hunter Valley in New South Wales, home to 150 wineries, vineyards and cellar doors.

  9. Tamborine Mountain has nothing to do with the musical instrument; the name is actually of aboriginal origin. Read on to find out why a visit to Mont Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland makes a great day out for the whole family.

    curtis falls, Tamborine national park, gold coast hinterland
    Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park by Jennifer Anderson

  10. Whitehaven beach is a popular place for wedding proposals and couples on their honeymoon.

  11. There are 74 magical islands making up the Whitsundays in Queensland. Browse accommodation in Queensland and get inspired for a future trip!

  12. Tasmania is the only place where Dingoes are not found in Australia. Find out what unique wildlife does inhabit Tasmania

    Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tourism Tasmania & Petra Harris

  13. Australia is home to 21 out of the 25 deadliest species of snake in the world!
  14. You can fit Scotland into Australia 100 times.

  15. You can see the magnificent natural wonder Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) from Tasmania and even Victoria.

  16. Australia is the world's 6th largest country by area.

  17. It is estimated that humans have lived in Australia for around 45000 years.

  18. The Blue Mountains in New South Wales have their very own Phantom Falls. A rare natural phenomenon of mist emptying one valley to fill the next.

  19. The largest Greek population in the world besides Athens can be found in Melbourne Victoria.

  20. Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902.