AUSTRALIA – 5 Facts + Must Visits For The Tourist In You

Does this beautiful tourist island-continent live up to its hype?


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AUSTRALIA is a country/continent/island, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Ocean. No doubt, it’s one of the MUST-VISIT places in a teenager’s bucket list (at least it’s in mine!). And since it also accounts as my DREAM place, I wanted to research and share if all the excitement about the tourism of this dwelling is real. So, this is what I discovered. Scroll down to find a cute video of tourism in Australia (made by me). It also hints for my upcoming post. 😁

FACTS :

Which city is the capital of Australia? Easy, of course, Sydney. Wrong Answer! Its CANBERRA and NOT SYDNEY Well, if you thought it was Sydney, then you are one of the 7 out of 10 people who guessed it wrong. The majority of the people believe  Sydney is the capital for obvious explanations. It’s the largest city in Australia, popular for the Sydney Opera House throughout the world, and its hearty food and the label of a ‘happening place’  make it a known tourist spot. So why wasn’t it chosen as the capital? The reason is actually pretty funny.

So when it was time to choose the capital of young Australia,  states of new South Wales and Victoria were involved in an epic battle to make their cities the capital, namely Sydney and Melbourne. To avoid much delay and quarrel, a new state called ACT or Australian capital territory was created on the border of the fighting states. Canberra in this state was named the capital which was home to most of the government buildings as well. Oh dear, Sydney! Too much fight took you nowhere. 😂

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SYDNEY

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MELBOURNE

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CANBERRA


2. Australians are crazy about SPORTS.  🏃⚽ The most popular sports are walking, gym exercise, swimming, and cycling. Jogging is also famous. 

Other sports that are popular with males include Australian Rules football, golf, soccer, basketball, cricket, and tennis. Sports popular with females include netball, tennis, yoga and dancing/ballet.

To all the football fans out there, here is a fact you ought to know and if you didn’t ~ Australia holds the record for the largest victory ever earned in an international football match. In 2001, they trounced American Samoa 31 – 0. Is crazy it not?

But still CRICKET is Australia’s national sport and it is widely accepted and played throughout the nation. the National cricket team has brought the World Cup home many times and our considered one of the greatest team in the world.

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MCG or the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest ground, not only in Australia but also the world.

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Steve Smith, the current and proud captain of Australian National Cricket team.


3.Most of the countries follow a common time throughout the states, but Australia isn’t one of them. Aussies follow three different time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time(AWST).

AEST, covers the eastern states of  Queensland, New South Wales (with the exception of the town of Broken Hill), Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory and it is equal to Greenwich Meantime plus 10 hours (GMT+10).

ACST covers the state of South Australia, the town of Broken Hill in the western New South Wales and the Northern Territory. It is equal to Greenwich Mean Time plus 9 ½hours (GMT +9 ½).

AWST covers Western Australia and is equal to Greenwich Mean Time plus 8 hours (GMT +8). 

So basically, keeping time check during a road trip in Australia is going to be hard.

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4. FOOD! 🍗🍝Australia is widely renowned for its variety of meat produce, local veggies and exotic meals. Australia’s food history has been dynamic, urban, industrial, science-based and capitalist-driven. Health experts tell us only 1 in 10 Australian adults consumes sufficient vegetables. Well, that’s not good! 

Australian staple includes Meat Pies, Roast Lamb (also the national dish) and all sort of barbecue dishes. This country is the only producer of Kangaroo Meat which marks as a tasty delicacy.

Australian food TV shows have a wide fan following all around the world like Masterchef Australia which has been airing in India since season 1 and MKR – My Kitchen Rules which has a twist to a normal cooking contest.

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ANZAC BISCUITS ~ 25th April every year is celebrated as Anzac Day by the Aussies

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ROAST LAMB – National Dish

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PAVLOVA – A Christmas Treat

Want to try a few Australian dishes at home? Try this – http://australian.food.com/


5. Australia is a big country but still, its habitable places are only a few. The major land (central areas) of Australia is occupied by a variety of FLORA AND FAUNA, 🐭🐦🐍🐨🐙🌵🌷 and it’s considered very beautiful at the same time slightly dangerous.

FLORA

Australia has a vast number of plants and trees which are native to only this country. There are now an estimated 20 000 vascular and 7700 non-vascular plants, and 250 000 species of fungi in Australia. Plants uniquely found here include Waratah, Royal Bluebell, Tasmanian Blue Gum, 

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WARATAH – A native flower species

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ROYAL BLUEBELL

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TASMANIAN BLUE GUM

FAUNA

In Australia, there are more than 378 species of mammals, 828 species of birds, 300 species of lizards, 140 species of snakes and two species of crocodiles. Of the mammals, almost half are marsupials. Among Australia’s best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat and the Tasmanian Devil. This country also has the top 2 most venomous snakes in the world, box jellyfish and much other life threatening animals found in the now – habitat regions.

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KANGAROO

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KOALA BEAR 

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DUCK-BILLED PLATYPUS 


MUST Visit IN AUSTRALIA

Sydney Opera House

Great Barrier Reef (for all you beach lovers)

Tasmanian Wilderness

The Kangaroo Islands (wildlife enthusiasts)

Sydney Harbour Bridge for the beautiful sunset scene

Bondi Beach ~ One of the best beaches in Australia

The Blue Mountains for the adventure of your life

12 Apostles of Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground 

The Great Ocean Road

Fraser Island

And many more magical places in Australia to have the time of your life …..

Here is a video to check out the tourism in Australia in a fun way!

Enjoy!

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