Quick Facts - Australia

  • Did you know that Australia's coral reefs cover an area that is larger than Switzerland? Or that Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world?
  • Due to its proximity to the International Date Line, New Zealanders are among the first people to bring in the New Year. In fact, New Zealanders even get to celebrate the Chinese New Year before China!
  • Australians may seem laid back, but they don't mind a bit of hard work. On average, Australians work more hours per week than anyone else in the world - but they still find time to lead the world in membership of voluntary organisations, sports groups and charities.
  • All that hard work has paid off though - Australia counts Aspirin, the pacemaker, the bionic ear and the wine cask among its famous inventions.
  • Aussies and Kiwis have always been close, but not many people know that New Zealand was once governed by Australia, and was offered a place as one of Australia's states during Federation in 1901.
  • Australia has coral reefs that cover a total area larger than Switzerland. It also has a cattle station larger than Poland!
  • Kiwis love their watersports. In fact, Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world.
  • Need some fresh air? The world's cleanest air was recorded at Cape Grim Air Pollution Station in Tasmania.
  • New Zealand may just be the ultimate sea change - no part of the country is more than 128 km from the sea.