Facts About Australia
Australia, a place I have always wanted to go, but could never dedicate my butt to a seat on a flight for as long as it takes to get there. England was a stretch and Australia is even farther from Dallas. A flight from Dallas, Texas to Melbourne, Australia is about 19 hours. Yikes! Maybe someday, it is on my bucket list after all.
Just for fun, I gathered up some interesting facts about Australia and thought I would share them here.
Let’s talk about size. I live in Texas and my state is nearly as large or larger than many countries. Australia, on the other hand, is about 11 times larger than Texas. It is actually only a little smaller than the entire United States. The population is about 2 million fewer than Texas. For a girl like me that likes her space, I think Australia is the place to be.
I’m originally from Michigan and I can not stand the cold. Now I live in Texas and I can not stand the heat. I doubt I’ll ever get used to it. In Australia December to February is summer. The average high temperatures during those summer months are in the mid to high 70’s. That sounds heavenly! Winter is from June to August. The average low temperatures in winter are in the mid 40’s. I can totally handle that! I think the weather is right on target for my needs. Traveling to Australia is sounding better and better.
The wildlife and plant life is so unique in Australia. About 80% of all plants and animals there are only found in Australia. Some of those animals include kangaroos, dingos, platypus, wombats and much more. Also, they eat Kangaroo! My friend traveled to Australia and she tried it and said it was quite good. They say it is healthier than beef and lamb. I’m not sure I could eat something that looks like an alien.
The largest working cattle ranch in the world is in Australia. It is called Anna Creek Station and is roughly 6,000,000 acres. That is larger than Israel! It is the home to cattle these days, but in the past, it was used for sheep. Dingo attacks were the reason behind the change in herds. Fun fact, Heelers are part Dingo and are herding dogs.
Have you ever been to Australia? If so, what was your favorite part of your visit? Did you eat Kangaroo?
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