Firehawks are eagles found in Australia that spread fire in the forests deliberately. This drives the insects and small animals out, giving the eagles the chance to feed. They carry burning twigs from a burning area and drop them in new areas.
Some explorers climbed up a mountain in Australia in the hope to get the view of Westernport from its top. But the mountain offered no view and the climbers named the mountain Mt. Disappointment. The mountain is called so to this date.
Australia’s name is stolen from Antarctica. Antarctica was nameless for about 80 years. Australia was called New Holland. In the nineteenth century, the dutch era ended in New Holland. The natives took the name of the lonely continent to their south to get rid of the Dutch name.
Some Australians follow Kangatarianism, which consists of eating everything vegetarian and kangaroo meat.
Australia is moving 7 cm to the north every year and is the fastest moving land on the earth.
It can get so hot in Australia that nectar in flowers can ferment and turn to alcohol. The bees who suck this alcohol-turned nectar get drunk and are even not allowed back into their hive.
Zealandia is a submerged continent that broke off from Australia 80 million years ago.
Until black swans were found in Australia, they were known in Europe as a metaphor for something that was impossible to exist.
A plant named gimpy gimpy in Australia can make you live your worst agony of your life if you just touch it. It has small hair that sink into your skin. The venom causes unbearable pain, severe burning sensation along with a sensation of getting electric shock.
Sometimes, it rains spiders in Australia. This happens when spiders perform ballooning. Spiders would climb up high points and release their silk in the air. When a lot of them do it, it forms a giant spider web in the sky above us. Spiders usually do this in the summer to catch more insects. And when it rains, it rains spiders, caught insects along with spider web threads.