1. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.

Whitehaven Beach, voted by TripAdvisor as Australia's best beach.
Whitehaven Beach, voted by TripAdvisor as Australia’s best beach.

2. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.

3. The largest cattle station in Australia just happens to be bigger than all of New Jersey! Anna Creek Station in South Australia is over 9,400 square miles.

4. When the English first saw a specimen of a platypus they believed the Australians were playing a joke on them by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.

A platypus. Definitely not a duck's bill sewn onto a rat. How sick would that be?
A platypus. Definitely not a duck’s bill sewn onto a rat. How sick would that be?

5. Bob Hawke set a world record in 1954 for downing two and a half pints of beer in 11 seconds. 29 years later, he became the Prime Minister of Australia.

Bob Hawke liked a beer. Still, it's not as if he was running the country. Oh.
Bob Hawke liked a beer. Still, it’s not as if he was running the country. Oh.

6. In 1967, Australia’s Prime Minister Harold Holt went to the beach for a swim. He was never seen again.

Harold Holt prepares for a swim in 1966. Photo credit: National Archives of Australia.
Harold Holt prepares for a swim in 1966. Photo credit: National Archives of Australia.

7. Australians spend the most money on gambling in comparison to any other country in the world, with 80% of Australian adults engaging in gambling of some kind. Poker machines, or “pokies”, are the most popular form of gambling with Australia being home to 20% of the world’s machines.

8. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.

Well, it wouldn't be an article about Australia without a picture of a kangaroo. So here is one. You're welcome.
Well, it wouldn’t be an article about Australia without a picture of a kangaroo. So here is one. You’re welcome.

9. 24 rabbits that were introduced to Australia in 1859 had multiplied in number to over two million in ten years.

10. More than 85% of Australians live within 30 miles of the coast.