6 pieces of fact and fiction about Australia

6 pieces of fact and fiction about Australia

Fact or Fiction?

There are so many strange things that we hear about Australia every day - so we decided to take this opportunity to clear a few of these up.


1. Kangaroos and Koalas are everywhere.
FICTION. 
Sadly, they're not hopping/hanging around everywhere. But you can find Kangaroos and Koalas in various sanctuaries in special areas around the country. Moonlit Sanctuary in Melbourne is a great wildlife park where you can see and pet all different kinds of native Australian animals such as Wallabies, Dingoes, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, and various Australian birds, in addition to Kangaroos and Koalas. 

You can experience this wonderful conservation park by day, or by night! 

2. (almost) everything can/will kill you.
FACT.
We're not trying to scare you, but yes, Australia is home to some of the most poisonous and dangerous species on the planet, particularly spiders and snakes. 
Here is a list of the top 30 dangerous animals that reside in Australia (courtesy of National Geographic) so that you know what to look out for.

3. Shrimp on the barbie!
FICTION.
While it is true that we Aussies love barbies (barbeques), we don't usually cook 'shrimp' on it. Mostly because we don't call them shrimp, we call them prawns. The only reason this phrase rose to popularity was that of an ad that Paul Hogan released to increase tourism in Australia. you can watch the original ad here.

4. The Sun is really strong
FACT.
We have the highest rates of skin cancer because the sun burns much hotter here than it does compared to the rest of the world. For any tourists coming down to oz, we recommend 30+ or 50+ sunscreen and reapplying it regularly. Slip, Slop, Slap to protect yourself from our super strong rays (Slip on a shirt, Slop on Sunscreen and Slap on a hat).

5. The capital city is Sydney.
FICTION.
While Sydney (NSW) is one of the more popular tourist destinations (along with Melbourne in Victoria), it's not the capital city. Our capital city is Canberra and is located in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory).

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6. Great weather all around
FICTION.
We have four seasons - Summer (December - February), Autumn (March - May), Winter (June - August) and Spring (September - November). However, if you head up towards the Northern Territory, it gets a bit drier. Similarly, Queensland tends to be a bit more humid than other states while Melbourne is infamous for having 'four seasons in a day.' But for the most part, summers can get quite hot and dry and winters can be fairly cold.


How many of these did you know? What are some other strange things you've heard about Australia? Let us know in the comments below!




 

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