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The Upside Down Under

So here you’ll see all sorts of interesting stuff about Australia.

Most of it will be true (facts) and some of it won’t (furphies). I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

And please feel free to rally, rectify, rumorise or simply refute the information in my posts. It’s designed to be a bit of fun but please don’t take the information as being reliable (although it probably is – maybe).

HOW MUCH CAN A KOALA (DROP)BEAR?

Drop bears are commonly said to be unusually large, vicious, carnivorous marsupials related to koalas. Dropbears are said to be unusually dangerous. .

ANNA CREEK STATION

The largest cattle station in the world is Anna Creek Station in South Australia. The station (ranch) is almost 24,000 square kilometres in size.

A 5,600KM DOG FENCE?

The Dingo Fence or Dog Fence is a long fence that stretches from Jimbour on the Darling Downs near Dalby through thousands of kilometers of arid land ending west of Eyre peninsula on cliffs of the Nullarbor Plain.

FANCY A ROO BURGER?

Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content.

COAT OF ARMS

The Australian Coat of Arms is the official symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia. King Edward VII granted the initial Coat of Arms in 1908, the current Coat of Arms was granted by King George V in 1912.

BOB DOWNS A YARD OF ALE

Australia's most famous drinking record was set by the legendary Australian Prime Minister Robert (Bob) Hawke in 1955.

MEET CASSIUS CROC

Cassius is a male saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest crocodile in captivity in 2011.

EXTREME TOXINS IN A BOX

Australia’s marine environment is home to many interesting animals, including some harmful jellyfish collectively known as marine stingers. These marine stingers are easy to avoid but can cause discomfort if you are stung, and some of the tropical species, such as the Irukandji and the Box Jellyfish can be lethal.

A RANDY TEXAN RANCHER

A joke about kangaroos, grasshoppers and Texan cattle

COPS OR CONVICTS?

Australia's first police force was a band of 12 of the most well behaved Convicts.

THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic Australian landmark. It is a steel ‘through arch’ bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore

BOXING KANGAROOS

The Australian Kangaroo is known to enjoy a good stoush or two

DON’T COME THE RAW PRAWN, MATE!

This page gives meaning to the Aussie slang term Don't Come The Raw Prawn.

WOWEE, IT’S A YOWIE

Yowie, - a common term derived from the Australian Aboriginal word Yuwie. Because of the diversity of the Aboriginal tribal languages the Yowie goes by various names from tribe to tribe. i.e. Dooligahl, Quinken, All of which have the same basic meaning. Which is "Great hairy man".

WORLD’S WOOLIEST SHEEP?

An overgrown Australian sheep affectionately named Chris has set a new unofficial world record following a hair cut from five shearers.

BLOKEMAN LENDS A HAND

Blokeman gives advice to a school kid about drugs.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Rugby League is lightning-fast, full contact form of football. Not for the faint of heart, this brand of rugby ranks among the most physically demanding and punishing sports in the world. Rugby League emphasizes speed and momentum, using a Play-the-Ball system to keep matches fluid.

MONEY IN THE DUNNY!

Chamindu Amarsinghe was cleaning toilets in the Channel Nine studios in Melbourne when he discovered a sanitary bin filled with $50 and $100 notes.

PEPPERED KANGAROO PIE

This is for all of you that get jealous when us Aussie's talk about eating Kangaroo. I've decided to share my super-easy recipe for Peppered Kangaroo Pie

MULTICULTURALISM – YUUUP

In a descriptive sense multicultural is simply a term which describes the cultural and ethnic diversity of contemporary Australia. We are, and will remain, a multicultural society.

DEADLY SNAKES – UUUGGHH!!

WHEN IT COMES TO self-defence, Australia's snakes have things pretty well covered. We share our continent with about 170 species of land snakes, some equipped with venom more toxic than any other snakes in the world.

JUST HOW BIG IS OZ?

Australia is the planet's sixth largest country after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil. At 7 692 024 km2, it accounts for just five percent of the world's land area of 149 450 000 km2, and although it is the smallest continental land mass, it is the world's largest island.

SNAKE VS ROO!

A SNAKE eating an unfortunate kangaroo has brought cheer (or fear) to a dinner party in Katherine.

AUSSIE TAKES A DIVE!

Monty Kelly, a rich man who lived near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia decided that he wanted to throw a party. So he invited his buddies including Darel, who lives in the same neighbourhood.

AYERS ROCK OR ULURU? OR BOTH

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid "Red Centre". The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago. It’s within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also includes the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (colloquially “The Olgas”) formation.

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    G’day!! During my travels and interactions with people I’m often amazed at how little is really known about this great country of Australia. So I started TheUpsideDownUnder blog with the intention of sharing all things Oz.

    Even though the articles will be of interest to non-Australians, it might also be of interest to Aussies. It’s quite amazing how we can take things for granted simply because they’re around us!

    So here you’ll see all sorts of different stuff. Most of it will be true (facts) and some of it won’t (furphies). I’ll leave it up to you to decide. And please feel free to rally, rectify, rumorise or simply refute the information in my posts. It’s designed to be a bit of fun but please don’t take the information as being reliable (although it probably is – maybe).

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