Interesting fun random facts about Australia for kids

Let's learn more about Australia (the Commonwealth of Australia), the world's sixth largest country to know more about Australian culture, Australia famous landscapes, Sydney, Melbourne, Australia map, tourism, travel through our list of fun and interesting Australia facts for kids. Place, country facts

Interesting fun random facts about Australia for kids


As of 2012, Australia has an estimated population of over 22 million people.


Australia is the world's 6th largest country by area.

Map of Australia

Map of Australia - Australia facts for kids


Due to its large size and isolation from the rest of the world, Australia is sometimes known as the island continent.


The largest cities in Australia are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.


A desert area known as the ‘outback’ covers much of the land.


The name Australia comes from the Latin word ‘australis’, meaning southern.


It is estimated the humans have lived in Australia for around 45000 years.


The indigenous people of Australia are Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.


The highest mountain on mainland Australia is Mt Kosciuszko, standing 2228m (7310ft) above sea level.


The world's largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, is found off the north-eastern coast of Australia.

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Great Barrier Reef Australia tourism - Australia facts for kids


Australia has a range of different landscapes, including urban areas, mountain ranges, deserts and rain forests.


Australia is home to a variety of unique animals, including the koala, kangaroo, emu, kookaburra and platypus.


Although they usually keep to themselves, there are a range of dangerous snakes in Australia, such as the Brown Snake, Tiger Snake and Taipan.


Australia has over 750 different reptile species, more than any other country in the world.


Australia is a relatively wealthy country with a high life expectancy.


Australia hosted the 1956 (Melbourne) and 2000 (Sydney) Summer Olympics.


If you take a closer look at Australia map and Australia flag, you will find that  the national flag of Australia shows that it shows a large country surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Australia flag

Australia flag - Interesing, fun facts about Australia for kids 


Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages. The most common non-English spoken languages are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.


Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).


Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia (mostly for meat production).


Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else.


Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.


There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control. 


In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.

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