Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K is for Koala, Kangaroo & Kookaburra

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Okay, I know the picture above has absolutely nothing to do with koalas, kangaroos or kookaburras, but they were the only things I could think about that start with K to do a post about Australia. And, with doing this post I noticed how weird it was that the three most noticeable native Australian animals start with the letter K.

What's with the picture above? Well, that's what I get if I drive 20 minutes. 20 minutes the other way I've got a rainforest, 20 minutes in another direction the countryside and 40 minutes north I've got the capital and busy city. Yeah I know, I'm very lucky about where I live.

So, for a fun little post here are some fun little facts about Australia:
  1. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world.
  2. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast (including me :D).
  3. Australia was originally a British penal colony for exiled thieves and murderers.
  4. Those from New South Wales are called cockroaches, I’ll leave that to your own imagination (yeah, that was me... now I'm a Queenslander till the end of the year before moving back).
  5. Sydney is the largest city with over 4 million people, while the capital Canberra has around 300,000.
  6. A thong in Australia refers to rubber footwear and not a pair of tiny bum less knickers as it does America.
  7. One of our former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke was in the Guinness Book of World Records In 1954 because he drank 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
  8. Australia is home to 21 of the world’s 25 deadliest snakes.

So, where does everyone come from? Do you know any interesting facts about your home town/country?

11 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

That is a beautiful picture! I have relatives who have just moved from the UK to Australia - it's taking them a while to settle in though, it's a lot different from what they are used to!

Also blogging at: http://www.klwrites.com/blog.html

baygirl32 said...

the picture up top is beautiful!
Happy K day!

http://baygirl32.blogspot.com

Amy Wood said...

Interesting facts. I've never been to Australia, but would love to visit one day. It looks beautiful!
Stopping by from the A-Z challenge. Look forward to seeing what else you'll have up.

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Talli Roland said...

That's what you get if you drive 20 minutes! Colour me (very) jealous.

Dawn Embers said...

Wow. I learn more and more about Australia thanks to bloggers like you and someone I share a blog with (L'Aussie).

20 minutes? here you would get pretty much middle of no where, flat lands, wind and maybe in one direction closer to mountains. But I do know some interesting facts, or I think they are interesting. My state may still be the least populated since I know at one point even Alaska had a slightly higher population. The right for women to vote was passed with the goal of getting enough people to move here to make it a state instead of just a territory. The idea also started as a bit of a joke. Not many moved but we are nicknamed the "equality state".

Ellie said...

Wow. You are lucky!

I'm from a seaside town in southwest England, called Exmouth. It's quite a large town (population around 40,000 I think) and it has a two mile stretch of Sandy beach. You can have a look at beach webcam here http://www.exmouthcam.co.uk/webcam/ (though it's raining today).

Ellie Garratt

Jen Daiker said...

I'm jealous just like Talli! How fabulous!!!!

Question: On my blog you said you got yours last week, were you referring to a full request or a kite?! CONGRATULATIONS if it's a manuscript request!

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Jennifer Shirk said...

I've always wanted to visit australia ever since I was young and learned that's were Olivia Newton John was from. :-)

Kate Larkindale said...

I lived in Australia for five years and usually get back there every couple of years, but it's not a huge deal from where I live in New Zealand.

Damn, I miss Melbourne though.... Sydney not so much. I only lived there 6 months and that was enough for me!

I live about 5 minutes from the coast, walking. Right in the tsunami zone...

Cheree said...

I lived at Sydney for 6 moths, worked there for 12 (commuted from Blue Mountains the rest)... yep, I love the Gold Coast.

ali said...

That is a gorgeous picture. I SO want to go there. And those are such fun words to say, eh? Gotta love the Aussies. :)

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