Australia Facts

Interesting Facts for Kids

Here are some interesting Australia Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.

Population: more than 22.7 million people live in Australia (2012)

Capital: Canberra, with 380,000 inhabitants (2013)

Name: Commonwealth of Australia

Government: Democracy

Language: English

Religion: mainly Christians

Currency: 1 Australian Dollar=100cents

Australia Geography

Australia is the smallest inhabited continent of the seven continents can also be considered the largest island in the world. In fact it is an island continent.

The country is divided into six states (Southern Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania) and two self-governing territories: Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (which is around Canberra, the capital city). 


The main cities in Australia are: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra (capital city)

The highest mountain of Australia is Mount Kosciuszko with 2.228metres or 7,310ft. Ayers Rock also called 'Uluru' which is in the centre of the country is the largest alone standing rock in the world.

The Great Barrier Reef in Eastern Australia is the biggest coral reef in the world. The reef consists of more than 3,000 reefs in which live more than 350 species of corals and over 1,500 species of fish.

Did you know? Two thirds of the country consist of desert landscape which is referred to as 'outback'.

Australia Facts:
Australia Attractions for Kids

There are many great attractions in the country. Some of these are:

Sydney: The iconic Opera House was opened in 1973 and was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon

Canberra: The capital city of Australia 

Perth: the biggest city in Western Australia with lovely Fremantle nearby

• Adelaide: the main city in South Australia and is known for one of the largest Christmas parades in the world. 

Brisbane: centre of the Gold Coast with numerous resorts for an exciting beach holiday

Great Barrier Reef: Great for snorkelling and diving. Cairns is a popular beach resort town on the Northern Coast.

Read about our Top Ten Must-See Places in Australia here.

Australia - People: Aborigines

Aborigines make up 2% of Australia's population today. The Aboriginies are the local people living in Australia originally came from Indonesia. Then the sealevels rose and Australia split from Indonesia.

Today aboriginies live in the desert areas of the Australian outback. Some aboriginal people live still in the sacred area of Ayres Rock, which is called Uluru by them.

They also settle in the Northern Territory in Kakadu National Park, which they call 'Arnhem Land', the land of their ancestors.

On the image above, you can see the digeridoo, a kind of flute, which is really hard to play.

Australian Animals

Australia is home to many animal species. On the image above you can see a wombat, a marsupial. Like the kangaroos, they carry their young in their pouch. Wombats have sharp teeth, but are herbivores that means they eat grasses, bark and roots. They mainly are night-active, but can also be seen out looking for food on cool and overcast days.

Find out more about other interesting Australian animals on our special page which is coming soon.

We hope you enjoyed these Australian facts:-)

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