When most people picture Australia, they envision loads of beaches, laid back locals, crocodiles and kangaroos, and an abundance of sunshine. While all of that may be entirely true, it does have a lot of interesting little tidbits going on there that you just may never have imagined.
Things such as pink lakes, more animals than one can think of, and assassination attempts to mention just a few that have happened. With over 23 million residents, the Ozzies are accustomed to numerous tourists visiting all year round. With subtle winter seasons, and huge attractions like the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney Opera House, it’s no wonder so many enjoy a few days off in the sunny continent.
Here are 12 strange facts about Australia:
The first time a member of the royal family came to visit Australia there was an assassination attempt. In 1869, Prince Alfred was touring the British Colonies as heir to the throne of England. While visiting the Sydney suburb of Clontarf, Henry James O’Farrell, an Irish migrant, shot the prince at close range. Luckily, Prince Alfred was only wounded in the back, with the bullet hitting just to the right of his spine. O’Farrell had the revolver wrestled away from him and was promptly caught and arrested. A month later, he was tried, found guilty, and hanged.