Facts about Australia that foreigners should know

Fun facts about Australia: The Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to about 1500 species of fish, 400 types of coral, 4000 breeds of clams and other molluscs, 800 echinoderms, including sea cucumbers, 500 varieties of seaweed, 200 bird species, 1500 different sponges, and 6 types of turtle.

Fun facts about Australia: Souvenirs.

If you’re looking to do more than simply soak up the sun on your travels there are a number of ways you can leave your mark on the environment- in a good way.

The Tolga Bat Hospital, located just outside Atherton near Cairns, is always looking for volunteers to help look after the hundreds of bats that they rescue, rehabilitate and release every year.

The winged critters are surprising cute and work might include feeding the ‘bubs’ or looking after orphaned flying foxes.

Fun facts about Australia: Yellow Gold.

Prized for its rich golden hue, rot-resistant oils and fine grain, Tasmania’s Huon Pine is one of the slowest-growing and longest-living trees on the planet.

Individuals can take 2000 years to reach 30m in height and live to be 3000 years old.

Fun facts about Australia: Doo Town.

No one is really sure how it all started, but the raggedy collection of fishing shacks at Doo Town all contain the word “Doo” in their names.

There’s the sexy “Doo Me”, the approving “We Doo”, the Beatle-esque “Love Me Doo”, and the melancholic “Doo Write”.

We’re a funny lot, us Aussies.

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