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Planning a trip to Australia?

We explore interesting facts and features about the "land down under" as a favourite travel destination

Australia is a unique and diverse country in every way - in culture, population, climate, geography, and history - did you know that Australia was inhabited by indigenous people for roughly 50,000 years before the Brits arrived?

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about Australia.

Australia facts

Did you know?

Reef visible from outer space

The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth.

The 2,300 km long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs, hundreds of islands and countless species of aquatic wildlife.

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

Learning new languages

Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including many Indigenous languages.

The most common non-English spoken languages are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.

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English is dotted with words from Indigenous Australian languages, for example, kangaroo, dingo, wombat and boomerang.

Largest island continent

The continent of Australia is referred to as an island because it is surrounded by ocean.

However, Australia is actually made up of more than 8,000 islands, including the island state of Tasmania.

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Anna Creek Station in South Australia is the world's largest cattle station, at over 34,000 square kilometres it's larger than Belgium!

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