It is Australia Day here in Australia. I think that it is wonderful that we get another long weekend off getting outside to enjoy the (mostly) fabulous weather of summer in this beautiful continent. Here are a few facts that you may or may not know about Australia.
Australia is the flattest continent on the earth.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on the earth.
Australia is the 6th largest nation, but has a relatively small population.
Australia first flew its flag on September 3rd 1901.
Australian’s (80% of us) live within 100km of a coast line… so we like the water and that is good because we are surrounded by it!
Australia was the second country to give women the right to vote.
Australia has the greatest number of reptile species of any country abound 755.
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction than any other country in the world… which is really sad!
Australia has 6 of the top 10 most venomous snakes in the world.
Australia has 4 of the top 10 deadliest animals in the world.
I have travelled a bit (like most Australians) not lots, but enough to know that while I can appreciate lots of different cultures, I do live in one of the most amazing countries in the world.
Here in Australia, we celebrate our day in many different ways. Lots of people have a BBQ and play cricket in the back yard or down the easement and if you hit the ball over the fence you are 6 and out! Lots of Australians go to the beach and enjoy the sun and surf (if it’s a great day), but mostly we spend our last long weekend of summer with family and friends that are family because there is nothing like a swim, a BBQ and a few cold beverages, sitting around with friends solving the worlds problems.
At the end of the day we have decide that if we were in charge, running the country it would be so much better…! I’m sure that it wouldn’t be, but the conversations need to be said and worked out in due course.
I have include a link for my LAMINGTONS if your interested… They are very Australian, generally enjoyed for morning or afternoon tea!
If your Australian, what do you do on Australia Day? How do you spend the last long weekend in Summer? Do you have a day in your country that celebrates who you are as a nation?
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