10 most difficult Australia riddlesAustralia quiz
How much of Australia coastline is desert? (Out of the total 21,262 miles/34,218 km)
140 miles (225 km)
1,000 miles (1,600 km)
3,000 miles (4,800 km)
14,000 miles (22,500 km)
More than 40% of Australia's land is classified as desert, but almost all of it is located inland. The Great Sandy Desert is the only one to extend to the coast, forming the long sweep of the Eighty Miles Beach (which is actually 140 miles long).
Who was the first European navigator to reach Australia?
Janszoon reached the Gulf of Carpentaira (north of Australia) and made a landfall in 1606. However, he found the land swampy and the people inhospitable. He called the land he had discovered “Nieu Zeland” after the Dutch province of Zeeland, but the name was not adopted and was later used by Abel Tasman for New Zealand.
The Australian Gibson Desert is named after Alfred Gibson. Who was he?
a man who got lost in the desert
the first president of Australia
the explorer that first crossed Australia
a famous Australian poet
The Gibson Desert was named by explorer Ernest Giles after a member of his party, who became lost and presumably died in the desert. There is almost nothing known about Alfred Gibson apart from his disappearance.
What cloud is that?
Morning Glory cloud
The Morning Glory cloud is a roll cloud, or arcus cloud, that can be up to 1,000 km long, 1 to 2 km high and often only 100 to 200 metres above the ground. The southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Australia is the only known location where it can be predicted and observed on a more or less regular basis due to the configuration of land and sea in the area.
What strait separates Tasmania from the Australian mainland?
The strait was named after George Bass, after he and Matthew Flinders passed through it while circumnavigating Tasmania in 1798–99. It is one of the world's most dangerous straits due to its wild storm waves, strong currents and shallow waters.
On which island is the Lake Hillier located?
Lake Hillier is a saline lake located on the Middle Island, the largest in the Recherche Archipelago, off the south coast of Western Australia. The most notable feature of the lake is its pink colour, which is permanent and does not alter when the water is taken in a container. The pink colour is considered to be due to the presence of the organism Dunaliella salina.
Who was the first to circumnavigate Australia?
Captain Matthew Flinders RN was an English navigator and cartographer, who was the leader of the first circumnavigation of Australia and identified it as a continent. Flinders made three voyages to the southern ocean between 1791 and 1810. In the second voyage, George Bass and Flinders confirmed that Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) was an island. In the third voyage, Flinders circumnavigated the mainland of what was to be called Australia, accompanied by Aboriginal man Bungaree.
What is the capital of the Australian state of New South Wales?
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. In addition to hosting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks.
This is a satellite photo of a large Australian City. Which city is that?
Canberra is the only major Australian city without sea access. With a population of 358,000, it is Australia's eighth-largest city overall.