Captain Cook

Captain Cook – Timeline

Captain James Cook

 

Fun Facts about Australia

  • Australia is the world’s 6th largest country by area.

  • Due to its large size and isolation from the rest of the world, Australia is sometimes known as the ‘island continent’.

  • A desert area known as the ‘outback’ covers much of the land.

  • The name ‘Australia’ comes from the Latin word ‘australis’, meaning southern.

  • It is estimated the humans have lived in Australia for around 45000 years.

  • The indigenous people of Australia are Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

  • The highest mountain on mainland Australia is Mt Kosciuszko, standing 2228m (7310ft) above sea level.

  • The world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef found off the north-eastern coast of Australia. 

  • Australia has a range of different landscapes, including urban areas, mountain ranges, deserts and rain forests.

  • Australia is home to a variety of unique animals, including the koala, kangaroo, emu, kookaburra and platypus.

  • Although they usually keep to themselves, there are a range of dangerous snakes in Australia, such as the Brown Snake, Tiger Snake and Taipan.

  • Australia has over 750 different reptile species, more than any other country in the world.

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