Australia - My Island Home
25 Jan 2017
We’ve fallen head over heels for this beautiful country we call home. From the stunning rugged natural beauty, to the vibrant and multicultural cites dotted along our coastlines, we celebrate Australia and the wonderful life she gives us.
1. Australia is the 6th biggest country in the world.
A grand total of 7,682,300 km² (2,966,200 miles²). That makes it about 32 times bigger then the UK and a 59 times bigger than Greece!
The largest cattle station in the world is Anna Creek Station in South Australia at over 34,000 square kilometers. It is even larger than Belgium!
2. Australia is the only nation-continent of 20 million people in the world.
Total of 200 different languages and dialect, 45 Indigenous languages. The most common non-English spoken languages are Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
Melbourne Victoria is home to the largest Greek population in the world outside Athens in Greece! Australia Day today is a celebration of diversity and tolerance in Australian society, embracing all ethnic backgrounds, racial differences and political viewpoints
3. Australia was originally a British penal colony.
A settlement to exile prisoners from the rest of the population. Australia Day - January 26 - is the anniversary of ships arriving in Sydney with a convoy of British convicts. Australians often refer to English people as Pome, the acronym for Prisoners of Mother England. Despite having a convict colony history, Australia’s homicide rate is 1.2 per 100,000 population compared to the 6.3 per 100,000 in the United States.
4. Box Jellyfish are actually the most dangerous Australian Animal!
Found in northern Australia during the warmer months, the highly dangerous sting from the Box Jelly fish can be extremely painful. The venom paralyses by immobilizing nerves and affecting breathing and movement. A large dose can cause cardiac arrest and death within minutes! The box jellyfish comes close to shore to breed in muddy waters, so you can't always see them – so you better watch your step!
5. Jurlique is one of the best-selling Australian beauty brands.
First blooming in Australia’s Adelaide Hills, based on biodynamic farming principles, Jurliques' mission is to use at least 95% natural ingredients in all of their products. Renowned for their 100% natural oil blends, the company uses ancient practices in a contemporary format to maximise the potency of the pure biodynamic plants grown on the Jurlique farm. The Hydrating Rose Water mist is definitely a favourite, especially during the summer months.
Try the revitalizing goodness of Jurlique on the ground floor of David Jones,