Australia is on track to receive more than 10 million foreign tourists this year. Are you considering joining this group and taking a trip down under?

There’s a lot to see and do in Australia. Before you take a trip, though, it’s a good idea to learn as much about the country as you can.

If your Australia-related knowledge is somewhat lacking, keep reading.

Listed below are some fun facts about Australia that everyone ought to know.

Australia Used to be a Prison Island

Originally, Australia was used by the British as a place to send their convicts. 

More than 160,000 people who were convicted of various crimes (most of them considered to be petty crimes) were shipped to penal colonies from the late 1700s to late 1800s.

It’s the Second Country to Allow Women to Vote

On a brighter note, Australia was also the second country to allow women the right to vote (New Zealand was the first). Australia was also the first country that allowed women to stand for Parliament.

Clearly, the Aussies were way ahead of the rest of the world as far as treating women as equals is concerned.

It’s Home to the World’s Largest Coral Reef

As far as tourism goes, there are tons of incredible sites to see and explore in Australia. A must-see is the Great Barrier Reef, which is actually the largest coral reef in the world. It’s the only living thing on Earth that’s visible from outer space!

It’s Also Home to the World’s Largest Fence

In addition to housing the world’s largest coral reef, Australia is also home to the world’s largest fence.

This fence (known as the Dingo Fence or the Dog Fence) stretches for 5,641 kilometers. It starts in Jimbour and ends on the stunning cliffs of the Nullarbor Plain.

And the World’s Oldest Rain Forest

You can explore the world’s oldest rain forest in Australia, too.

Whether you see it as part of one of the country’s many private tours or travel in a larger group, the Daintree Rainforest is another must-see Australian attraction. It is between 165 and 180 million years old and covers approximately 1200 square kilometers.

It’s Expensive to be a Smoker

If you were planning on lighting up while in Australia, you may want to reconsider. Cigarettes are very expensive there (new legislation will soon make one packet of cigarettes cost over $40).

If you do decide that purchase some, you’ll also be subject to some pretty gruesome images displayed on the carton.

Want to Learn More Fun Facts About Australia?

As you can see, Australia is a pretty fascinating place. Now that you know these fun facts about Australia, are you even more excited about taking a trip there someday? If you want to learn more about Australia or get some advice on how you can make your trip there a successful one, be sure to check out the Travel section of our site today. You’ll find all kinds of travel tips there that will help you have a fun and safe trip.

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