What are some interesting facts about Australia? Well, there's more than just kangaroos, koalas, and giant spiders. How often have you dreamt of hiking up the Uluru Rock? Or go on a wild safari at the Cravens Peak Reserve? Or spend an ethereal evening at the Sydney Opera House?
We all have our desires of a dream Australian Trip at least once in our lives, but without knowing a thing or two about the culture of the 'Aboriginal Land’, that desired trip will surely be a bland one. So read on to know some juicy tidbits of information about this vast and prosperous country.
The country Australia gets its name from the Latin word ‘australis’ meaning ‘Southern’. For many centuries, geographers had hypothesized that a massive Southern continent, named ‘Terra Australis’ existed in the Southern Hemisphere, which was eventually proved correct when explorers like Abel Tasman and James Cook explored this region.
Though it was initially named New Holland by the Dutch, in 1804 the explorer Matthew Flinders proposed the name Australia for this land, which was made official in 1817.
The full official name of the country is the ‘Commonwealth of Australia’. Some other colloquial names for this land include ‘Oz’, ‘Straya’, and ‘The Land Down Under’.
Hopefully, you learned some interesting and fun facts about Australia after reading this article. Australia is so much more than its stereotypes! This article was just a small glimpse; there are many, many more interesting facts to learn about this magnificent country.