TWP Darwin Site - Aussie Trivia
Did you know...
- The first beer brewed in Australia was in 1796 by John Boston, thus starting Australia's lifelong love for the amber nectar!
- Christmas is celebrated during Australia's summer—favorite Australian Christmas activities include swimming, barbecues, and picnics.
- Australia is the driest continent in the world.
- No part of Australia is further than 1000 kilometers from the sea.
- Australia is the only continent without current volcanic activity. The last eruption took place more than 1400 years ago at Mount Gambier.
- Marble Bar in Western Australia recorded 160 consecutive days where the temperature rose to 38°C (100°F) or higher between the dates of October 31, 1923 and April 7, 1924.
- Australia's record 24-hour rainfall of 907 millimeters (35.71 inches) occurred at Crohamhurst, Queensland, in 1893.
- Wolf Creek, Western Australia, has the largest meteorite crater in Australia, measuring 853.44 meters in diameter and 61 meters deep.
- Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is also the capital city in the world with the most consistent wind. The welcome breeze of the "Fremantle Doctor"' arrives to cool down beach goers between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., virtually every day of the year.
- The first official world surfing championships were held at Manly, Sydney, in 1964 and won by an Australian, Bernard "Midget" Farrelly.
- The longest fence in the world is in Australia, and it runs for over 5530 kilometers. It is designed to keep dingos away from the sheep.
- Australian soldiers used the song, We're Off to See the Wizard, as a marching song during World War II.
- The first camels were brought to Australia from India in 1840. They were needed to help explorers cross Australia's vast desert interiors. In 1866, a team of 260 camels transported goods from Adelaide to Perth. A few escaped and turned wild. Today, Australia is the only country where wild camels roam free. Australia now exports camels to the Arab world.
- There are more species of venomous snakes in Australia than any other continent, and the spiders are also among the most poisonous.