Australia was once established as a penal colony by the British Navy in the 1700s. It was during this time that people quickly realized what a strange and different land the massive island really was. The wonders of Australia captured the minds and hearts of everyone. Not surprisingly, it continues to do so to this day.
Australians are some of the most fun-loving and accepting people of the world. In fact, in 2017 Australia’s Parliament voted to legalize gay marriage across the country, proving Australia as world leaders in the movement of social change.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how many amazing wonders of Australia there are. The following 18 things can only come from this insanely different and fascinating country. From the local wildlife, to social trends, this list covers the basics of what makes Australia almost a completely different world.
1) Kangaroos On Your Lawn: We see them in Zoos, or in Parks, but it’s easy to forget that Kangaroos run wild and free across the lands, proving to be a nuisance like deer or raccoons in urban areas. It’s not entirely impossible to wake up to find your entire front lawn filled with little Roos!
2) The Heat: Not a lot of people are truly prepared for how insanely hot parts of Australia can be. Much like the Arizona desert or the Sahara, Australian landscapes can reach temperatures of up to 120 degrees F. If you need to drive anywhere, it’s reasonable that you genuinely need to carry oven mitts inside your vehicle to avoid burning yourself by touching the steering wheel! Yikes!
3) Casual Atmosphere: This is the view from one of the polling stations during a federal election held in 2013. As you can see, many Australians were eager to vote, even if that means doing so on route to the beach! Amazing.
4) The Platypus: Truly one of Australia’s greatest wonders, the Platypus is one of only 5 mammal species that can lay eggs. It is said that the scientists who first examined the bodies of the Platypus in the 1700s deemed it a fake creature, made from sewing together the parts of other animals!
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