Facts About Australia You Might Be Shocked to Know

Australia Facts for Kids

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom as its head of state, which is why Australia’s national flag comprises the Union Jack.

During the gold rush of the 1850s, Melbourne became one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities.

New South Wales is the Australia’s oldest and most populated state.

Tasmania Wilderness contains some of the world’s oldest tree and the rare huon pine.

Huon pine is native to Tasmania it is a highly prized wood for its golden yellow color, fine grain, and natural oils that resist rotting.

Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth.

Southeast Australian bushfires, which occurred in 2002–03, were among the most protracted and extensive of the last century.

There are more than 3,000 convict sites remaining in Australia. This is unique in the world today. In 2010, 11 Australian convict sites were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Melbourne is sometimes referred as “cultural capital of Australia”, it is the birthplace of Australian film, television, art, dance and music.

Kangaroo Island was separated from mainland Australia around 10000 years ago and was known as Karta meaning “Island of the dead”.