Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian
crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for
Australiaís seasons are the opposite of those in the
northern hemisphere. When itís winter in Australia, itís
summer in the United States.
The kangaroo and the emus are the two animals found on the
Australian coat of arms.
The Australian federation consists of six States and two
Tasmania and its many companion islands form the smallest
American tennis pro John McEnroe became the first player in
27 years to be disqualified from a Grand Slam tournament for
"To whinge" is Australian slang for "to complain
Australian slang for "lavatory" is "Dunny."
The Olympic symbol is made up of five rings, standing for
Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America.
In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation after
Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and
Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent
and its outlying islands.
Apart from Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent.
The largest State, Western Australia, is about the same size
as Western Europe.
The burrowing boodie of Australia is the only kangaroo in
the world that lives underground.
Australian eucalypts account for more than half of all
eucalypts found throughout the world.
Since 1945, over six million people from 200 countries have
come to Australia as new settlers.
When the volcano Krakatoa off the Java islands exploded in
1883, it woke some people up in South Australia.
The practice of naming hurricanes began early this century
when an Australian weather forecaster named tropical storms
after politicians that he didn't like.
Australia's national anthem is called "Advance Australia
One of the mascots for the 2000 Olympics, in Australia, was
the kookaburra. This bird sounds like a laughing human and
represents the air over Australia.