Top 10 Facts About AustraliaWelcome to Top10Archive! As we return to our trip around the globe, we’re stopping ina rather revered country, one that many wished to see.
As we digitally travel to The LandDown Under, we're going to meet 300 jolly surfers, we'll see what mum has got cookin'for all of your Wally siblings, we'll yabber about some Boomers, and we promise, thereisn't a Buckley's chance you'll be disappointed.
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Australia’s InnovationsMany people likely don’t associate Australia with inventions – or really anything outsideof kangaroos – but the country has been home to some great innovators.
Some of theearliest inventors were Australia’s aboriginal population, who invented the boomerang someten thousand years ago.
In the 20th century alone, Australian inventors were churningout products that we still use on a regular basis today, such as notepads, configuredby stationer J.
David Warren’s black box flight recorder; and the power strip,originally developed by Peter Talbot.
Other notable firsts include the first feature-lengthfilm, The Story of the Kelly Gang, the first refrigerator, and more locally used itemslike the didgeridoo, a wooden musical instrument.
For the girls watching this, you know thoseUgg boots you love so much? Yep, that's right, thank Australia the next time you slip themon! 9.
Famous AustraliansSure, we all know Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Paul Hogan, Nicole Kidman,Hugh Jackman, and Mel Gibson as certified Australians, but there’s more that hailsfrom Down Under than great Hollywood talent.
2000 Sydney Olympic winner Cathy Freeman,who took gold in the 400m run, did her country proud, as did 1973 Nobel Prize winner PatrickWhite.
Radio's blast out tunes from the country’s musical stars, Keith Urban, Kylie Minogue,and Olivia Newton John as our eyes are treated to works of art by artists such as Brett Whitely,Pro Hart, and Normal Lindsay.
Let’s also not forget the stunning personality of SteveIrwin, who personified Australia for much of the world.
Australian Cuisine Don’t let Outback Steakhouse fool you.
Australiancuisine is far more interesting than a blossoming tray of onions and steaks.
In fact, for arestaurant that prides itself on its Down Under style, it’s missing a well-known Australianstaple – Vegemite.
Beyond the yeasty food paste, indigenous and more traditional Australiansare known to dine on the witchetty grub, a wood-eating larvae.
Should an almond-tastinginsect not whet your appetite, maybe something sweeter like lamington or smokier like barbecuedsnags will hit the spot.
Those crazy Aussies are also known for their love for meat pies,Macadamia nuts, Fantales, Tim Tams, Weet-Bix, and Anzac biscuits.
Tourist Attractions in Australia As you should and can expect with any countryyou’ve yet to travel to, Australia is home to quite an array of attractions and sitesworth making the trip for.
One of its more notable buildings is the Sydney Opera House,a venue for concerts, local theater, and so much more.
History buffs may enjoy visitingthe Shrine of Remembrance, which was built to commemorate and honor the 19,000 Victoriansthat perished during the First World War.
Thalassophobics are going to want to strayfrom the Great Barrier Reef, but anyone with a keen interest in nature should get a kickout of this system of 2,900 reefs and 900 islands.
Additional attractions include PortJackson, Blue Mountain, Tasmania, and the Great Ocean Road.
Australia's Wildlife We may have seen some of Australia’s indigenouswildlife tucked safely within some cave, but there’s nothing like seeing them in theirnatural habitat.
Critters like the Tasmanian Devil, a tiny creature Mel Blank turned intoa whirlwind of a beast, or the equally as cute wombat.
We’d be doing a disserviceto not name the expected animals, like the kangaroo, koala, or baby-eating dingoe; butwe also don’t want to leave out the tiny kookaburra or the long-nosed fur seal, foundon the southern coast of Australia.
There is, of course, the myriad of deadly creatureslike the cone snail, cassowary, stone fish, just to name a few.
Oh, and how did we forgetthe platypus, the beaver's ugly cousin.
Or is the beaver the platypus' ugly cousin? Actually,according to experts, they aren't related at all, as the platypus is only related toone other animal in the rare monotreme family, the Echidna.
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Australian Gold RushThe United States of America isn’t the only country to have experienced a gold rush.
Duringthe 19th century, specifically in 1851, Edward Hargraves stumbled across a small speck ofgold near Bathurst.
Post-discovery, Hargraves dubbed the gold site “Ophir,” was namedCommissioner of the Land, received a life pension, and inadvertently started a goldrush in Australia.
By 1852, 370,000 immigrants landed in Australia in hopes of cashing inon the boom in mining.
As it usually is when money is involved, tensions rose between theminers and authorities over goldfield licensing, leading to 1,000 men proclaiming an oath atthe Eureka stockade to defend their rights and liberties.
After intervention from Melbournetroops, 22 of the 1,000 were killed and Eureka was reclaimed.
Australian Ballot In 1856, the states of Victoria and SouthAustralia introduced a new system of voting that many countries still utilize today.
Dubbedthe “Australian ballot,” and later the “secret ballot,” this voting method madeit possible for voters to be able to cast a ballot in privacy.
As the protection ofvoters became a growing concern across the globe, United States and parts of Europe adoptedthe Aussie means of voting.
Traditionally, the means of privacy is a ballot box or boothof a specific dimension.
The voters are given uniform cards and a uniform means of markingsaid card.
More modern voting methods have turned to electronic methods, which tend tobe under constant scrutiny… in the United States.
Australian Holidays Despite being seemingly in its own world,the country of Australia and the people that devote themselves to it have experienced lossduring some of the world’s most trying times.
To commemorate those that gave their livesduring the First World War, which is the first major military action fought by both Australianand New Zealand forces, Aussie’s celebrate ANZAC day.
ANZAC Day specifically points towardsthe landing of Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915.
During the battle on the peninsula, Australiasaw a loss of 8,000 soldiers against the Turkish defenders, who wound up pushing allied forcesinto a defeat.
For both Australia and New Zealand, the battle molded a legendary imagefor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
World Records When it comes to World Records, Australiaisn't exempt from these feats, even when it comes to comedic value.
In December of 2015,some 320 Australians took to the waves, breaking the record for most "Surfing Santa's" at onelocation.
In November of 2015, David Richards broke a record for "Most bulbs on a ChristmasTree" by stringing 518,838 LED lights on 22-meter or 72-foot tree in Canberra to raise moneyfor families affected by sudden infant death syndrome.
On March 29th, 2008, daredevil RobbieMaddison broke the record for the longest motorcycle ramp jump at 106.
98 meters or roughly351 feet at the Crusty Demons Night of World Records at Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne,Victoria, Australia.
The Island of Misfit BoysWhen you don’t want someone in your presence, you find a way to banish them.
In 1788, Englanddid exactly that by deporting approximately 763 convicts to Australia, which was to actas a prison colony.
Over 50,000 criminals in 60 years were brought to the land DownUnder, but it was about more than rehabilitation.
In fact, it was widely believed by England’supper class that criminals were defective, could not be rehabilitated, and simply neededto be separated from those that lacked such defects.
In this colony, prisoners were notkept behind bars, but conditions were grim.
Sadistic volunteers from Great Britain oversawprisoners, kept strict rules and harsh punishments.