Trivial Australia

Pointless facts

Thrombolites, Clifton Lake, Yalgorup National Park, WA.  Photo credit: Copyright Tourism Western Australia

Trivial Australia

Nowhere on earth is as majestic. Nowhere is quite as impressive. And as you travel Australia you’ll realise nowhere comes close for pointless facts.

  • The didgeridoo is the world’s oldest instrument.
  • If you removed the pylons on the Sydney Harbour Bridge it wouldn’t fall down – they’re only there to make it look nice.
  • The horse is Australia’s deadliest animal, responsible for more deaths each year than most of the really scary ones put together.
  • Coober Pedy is the opal capital of the world. More than 40 nationalities live there with 50% of the population living underground due to the extreme temperatures.
  • Uluru is the world’s largest monolith.
  • The Indian Pacific railway which runs from Sydney to Perth is 4325 km long and has the world’s longest straight stretch of track (478 km).
  • At 240 km long, Melbourne has the longest tram track outside of Europe.
  • Despite the stereotype, since records began ‘Sheila’ has never featured in any decade’s list of Australia’s top ten names.
  • And ‘Bruce’ hasn’t featured since the 1950s.
  • Australian inventors gave the world ultrasound, Wi-Fi, disposable syringes, rotating clothes lines and those big sponge roller machines that help dry sports fields.

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