Did you know that the entire width of Australia is equal to the distance between London and Moscow?
I’ll bet there are plenty of surprising facts that you didn’t know about Australia. You’ll find more weird and wonderful things you can only find in Australia down here than in Willy Wonka’s summer house. Don’t believe me? Here are some things you will only ever find in the land down under…
1. Like this jellyfish…
This enormous freak of nature was discovered on a beach in Tasmania earlier this year. Scientists are still working on how to classify it, but for now it’s been dubbed as part of the ‘Lion’s Mane’ group of jellyfish, a recently discovered genus that can grow up to three metre wide.
2. …these hailstones…
Believe it or not, but ‘summer blues’ is a thing for the residents of Australia’s Gold Coast. Every year, the region is hit with shocking thunderstorms that can last for weeks and spit out these giants. Be sure to wear a helmet if you’re visiting the Gold Coast this summer.
3. …this giant fox with wings…
Australia is home to the largest bat species in the world. The pteropus, or ‘flying fox’ to non-scientists, has the face and body of a fox with the added talent of being able to fly.
4. …and this giant earthworm.
Of all the things that’ll make you say ‘NOPE’ this one might be the most disgusting (unless you’re a worm fan, in which case I apologise for my judgement). These beast-worms can grow up to a metre long and can live for up to eight years (pretty impressive seeing as most worms only survive 10-55 weeks).
5. Australian pythons have no mercy
One of the most worrying things about pythons in Australia is that they live to live near human habitation.
6. But seriously.
They’re capable of dislocating their jaws in order to devour large prey.
7. Not kidding.
So be sure to check before you use the bathroom next time you’re in Australia.
8. And neither do Australian spiders.
Nope. Absolutely not.
9. Like this affectionate koala bear…
Contrary to popular belief, koalas are technically not bears. Scientists class them as marsupials, meaning they nurture their undeveloped offspring in a pouch (like kangaroos). Bears don’t have pouches.
10. …the most awesome emu photobomb…
Emus are native to Australia and can run as fast as 50mph, their meat is a delicacy down under and is surprisingly one of the healthiest meats you can eat.
11. …this cow who knows how silly his horse friend is…
12. …and the world’s happiest wallaby.
Similar to British Marmite (which came first, sorry Aussies), Vegemite is a popular sandwich spread made from yeast. It was created as a replacement for its British equivalent when Marmite imports were disrupted during the First World War.
14. Vegemite Latte
Now served in some experimental cafes in Paddington, Sydney. Love it or hate it? If you’ve tried it let us know…
15. Golden Gaytime Ice Cream
This delicious toffee and vanilla ice cream concoction is huge down under, helped slightly by its mildly camp image. The brand has used the same tagline since the 1980’s:
‘It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own.’
You can’t argue with that.
16. Tim Tams
Aussies love these chocolate biscuit bars, it’s estimated that they get through 45 million packets every year.
17. Like this beach
Weird and wonderful things aside, Australia is home to some of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see. And this Kangaroo knows it…