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Australia Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Australia?
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Last updated: May 19, 2020
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First submittedSeptember 16, 2012
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Capital of Australia
Canberra
Most populous city
Sydney
Largest island
Tasmania
Landmark also known as Ayers Rock
Uluru
New South Wales was originally
founded as a ...
Penal Colony
Name that Dutch explorer Abel Tasman
gave to Australia
New Holland
Holiday celebrated the 26th January
Australia Day
National anthem
Advance
Australia Fair
Echidnas are one type of "monotreme".
What is the other?
Platypuses
Sometimes called the world's most
venomous creature
Box Jellyfish
Question
Answer
Term for the vast, remote,
interior regions of Australia
The Outback
Like the above, but not as remote
The Bush
The two animals that appear on
Australia's coat of arms
Emu
Kangaroo
National gemstone
Opal
Brand of yeast extract spread
Vegemite
State which begins with Q
Queensland
The indigenous people of the
Australian mainland
Aboriginal
Australians
World's largest coral reef
Great Barrier
Reef
What you won't find in
South Australia's Nullarbor Plain
Trees
85 Comments
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Level 86
May 19, 2020
"Term for the vast, remote,

interior regions of Australia": The Outback

"Like the above, but not as remote": The . . . Inback?

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Level 64
Jul 12, 2020
Haha, that is exactly what I thought!
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Level 55
Aug 7, 2020
Tried setback
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Level 89
Aug 12, 2020
Maybe the outfront? ;)
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Level 83
Aug 25, 2020
The Half-back?
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Level 37
Aug 25, 2020
quarterback?
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Level 86
Aug 25, 2021
Hunchback
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Level 38
Apr 20, 2022
I am from australia, 19/20 the monotreme one stumped me
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Level 55
Jun 10, 2022
Did you know what it?(an egg-laying mammal essentially)
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Level 72
May 20, 2020
Could you allow 'convict colony'? As in, "You all live in a ..."
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Level 76
May 21, 2020
I'm assuming "Ayers Rock" being accepted as a "landmark known as Ayers Rock" is a mistake
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
Fixed
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Level 75
Aug 25, 2020
Naughty of you for trying it!
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Level 68
May 21, 2020
National holiday of Australia - Australia Day. I can't believe I missed that one!
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Level 70
May 27, 2020
It is almost the least guessed one!

I missed it too... but I guessed "fair" right! I was looking away when typing it (cat business) and when I looked back to the screen and saw it was accepted, I think I made a pretty weird face haha.

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Level 70
May 27, 2020
Made me reach 67 btw, and now I see it's a daunting 1000 points to the next level ( not that I play for levels, if I get one point on a level I get one point, I am not then gonna replay it to get them all. I might come across it again months later though, usually forgotten that I have taken it haha)

12003 points, 13000 here we come ( in about 1,5 year haha)

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Level 62
Aug 25, 2020
3 Months Later, Still at Level 67... I appreciate your honesty
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Level 69
Mar 9, 2022
1 year, 10 month later, still at level 67
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Level 62
Jan 5, 2022
I couldn't believe I got that one on a guess!
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Level 67
Jan 11, 2022
Still level 67!
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Level 56
Apr 21, 2023
Now level 66.
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Level 65
May 21, 2020
Nice quiz. I enjoyed it.
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2020
Very easy for an Aussie.

Didn't know the Nullarbor plain one though...

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Level 72
Jul 14, 2020
Null = zero; arbor = trees
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Level 28
Oct 1, 2022
thats funny cos we don't pronounce it like that.
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Level 45
May 15, 2023
I was typing 'water' for my answer. Its indigenous name was Oondiri, which means 'waterless'
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Level 70
Jul 4, 2020
It's debatable that NSW was established solely as a penal colony. What's not debatable is that it was established as a British colony.

Also, there's no real requirement for "the bush" to be remote, vast, or interior. Pretty much any National Park, forest (regardless of size or location) or grassland would count, although "the bush" is sometimes used as a generality for non-desert regional Australia.

I grew up playing in "the bush" which I reached from my house in Sydney by walking to the end of my street. It's really just a term for any reasonable chunk of undeveloped land, so as an Australian, that was actually the hardest question for me - I had to think "What misconceptions might an American have?" to get it.

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Level 69
Jul 27, 2020
As an Australia here, also, I disagree on both counts. NSW was founded as a penal colony. It didn't take long before it grew to be more, but the intent was somewhere to send the convicts. As to the bush - no. There are national parks in the capitals, they're not The Bush. The Bush is regional outside of cities - go between Tamworth and Broken Hill, you're in The Bush.
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Level 71
Aug 26, 2020
Wow, you're an Australia? I thought there was only one!
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Level 39
Mar 1, 2023
Don't worry i'm here too!
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Level 74
Aug 25, 2020
Agree about the bush, I wasn't expecting something so colloquial
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Level 52
Aug 9, 2020
The Nullarbor spans both SA and WA. Though having driven across it I'll concede that the truly treeless part is mostly on the SA side.
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Level 55
Dec 26, 2020
There signs at both ends of the treeless plain. Both in SA
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Level 74
Aug 12, 2020
I tried New Netherlands for the Tasman question,, knew it was something like that.
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Level 90
Aug 25, 2020
Hmm. I didn't do as well as I hoped on this one.
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Level 67
Aug 25, 2020
Nine-hundred dollareedoos?!?!?!
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2020
Australia Day... :P ... I tried... National, Founders, Founding, Presidents, Independence, Landing, Queens, Kings, Commonwealth... I think National day ought to work. WIkipedia says it is also known as Foundation Day, and Invasion Day or National Day of Mourning (by those who see the presence of "white" people as cause for mourning, I guess).
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Level 52
Aug 25, 2020
Given that British colonisation decimated and destroyed Aboriginal society, that Australia is the only Commonwealth nation which has never signed a treaty with its native peoples, that Australia imprisons Aboriginal men at a higher rate than apartheid South Africa imprisoned black men, and that racism (particularly anti-Aboriginal racism) is rampant in every sphere of Australian life: yes, I think there are some Australians who justifiably see the arrival of the First Fleet as cause for mourning and consider centering our national holiday on that specific date to be inappropriate.
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Level 89
Aug 25, 2020
I'd be pretty mournful if the country I lived in had a national holiday to celebrate the arrival of a group of people who massacred my ancestors. Just couldn't resist spouting your usual garbage could you kal.
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Level 71
Aug 26, 2020
Wait, what? That was uncalled for...
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2020
ha. yeah. truth. I can't resist "spouting" it. You people are simultaneously sad, depressing and hilarious. Your hateful and tribal way of looking at the world and interpreting history will hopefully some day be a relic of a darker past.
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Level 89
Aug 30, 2020
'You people' wow thats some great rhetoric skills you've got there. Yeh just ignore what I said and make a bunch of blanket statements that don't make any sense. It says a lot about you as a person that you get defensive when I simply recognise the fact that some of my fellow citizens have historically been treated very poorly and continue to be mistreated. Feel free to visit Australia and see the terrible living conditions that many aboriginals still endure. I've read enough comments from you on this site to know that you're incapable of self-reflection, so enjoy being narrow minded for the rest of your life. Or maybe you're always right and all your opinions are infallible, who knows?
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Level 82
Sep 1, 2020
It makes sense. Try reading it again. Who knows maybe you'll figure out that you're not right about something. Or learn to seek clarification first when you don't understand something before resorting to insults. Fingers crossed.
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2020
That being said, it seems like January 1st, the date of federation of the Australian Commonwealth and beginning of the path toward independence from Britain, would make a lot more sense as a day to celebrate Australian nationhood than the date of the arrival of the First Fleet. Maybe they should change it to that. Except that it's the same date as New Year's Day so that would kinda suck. They could change it to October 9th to commemorate passage of the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act.
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Level 52
Aug 27, 2020
Yes, I find it irritating that our founding fathers were so shortsighted as to put Federation Day on a day that was already a holiday. Ideally we could become a republic and/or sign a treaty with Indigenous Australians, or both at once (but not a chance of either under the current government), and if I had my druthers it would still be at some point in summer. Nobody wants to celebrate Australia in winter.
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2020
Why should a wrong answer work? It isn't called National Day.
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Level 80
Aug 8, 2021
So a topic that you didn't didn't know the name of, you are now apparently a self-declared expert in, so much so that you are happy to tell other countries how they should conduct themselves?
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Level 71
Aug 25, 2020
Isn't Marmite a yeast extract spread?
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Level 68
Aug 25, 2020
Yes, but I think vegemite is more popular in Australia. Personally I prefer marmite.
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Level 58
Sep 12, 2020
Marmite is the British (and original) brand
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Level 44
Oct 22, 2020
While Vegemite is the best known, there are a number of products of this sort in Australia - Promite, Mighty Mite, Aussiemite, Marmite (which used to be made in Australia, but is now made in NZ)... And while Marmite was originally a British product, the Australia/NZ product of the same name is not the same product.
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Level 68
Aug 25, 2020
100%. Had to think a bit for the last one though. Sharks? Water? People? Plants?
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Level 79
Aug 25, 2020
State that begins with Q - Quarantine?
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2020
That’s a current state of Australia, to be fair.
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Level 67
Aug 26, 2020
Easy peasy for an Aussie, but the bush had me scratching my head for about five seconds.
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Level 41
Aug 27, 2020
Probably won't find any ocelots, velociraptors or Chinese takeouts on the Nullarbor either.

Maybe reword the question: "Plain in South Australia named after its lack of trees" - "Nullarbor"

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Level 82
Aug 29, 2020
well if you look at the name... "null arbor"... it becomes kind of obvious
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Level 41
Aug 29, 2020
You don't need to explain it to me, bud.

Rewording the question so that 'Nullarbor' is the answer you have to give, stops it from being obvious. That's the point.

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Level 82
Sep 1, 2020
So word your comments so that they don't require explanation, bud. The question is supposed to be possible to answer with a bit of thought. That's obviously the point.
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Level 37
Apr 24, 2023
You can still rephrase it to something like "Nullarbor Plain is characteristic by its lack of what?".

As at the moment, velociraptors, chinese takeaway etc are indeed technically correct answers

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Level 72
Oct 21, 2020
"ornithorhynchus" should be accepted.
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Level 73
Jan 26, 2022
Why? Nobody, and I mean nobody, ever saw a platypus and said "oh look, an ornithorhynchus!".
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2020
Not many Latin speakers among us.
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Level 71
Jan 15, 2021
I should know by now that in these quizzes you should always try the country name, hoping it's a solution to something. Mount Cameroon and Australia Day.
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Level 37
Apr 16, 2021
Why did I get The Bush but not The Outback
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Level 89
Aug 10, 2021
January 26th is also National Peanut Brittle Day, just to be clear.
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Level 30
Aug 13, 2021
i cant be sure but im pretty sure i wont find jamaica in the nullabor plains.
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Level 43
Aug 23, 2021
Typing Australia for the island question knowing it won’t work and getting another answer :)
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Level 53
May 9, 2022
It was a dutch colony
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Level 32
Jun 17, 2022
You must accept survival day or invasion day on the Australia day question Australia day is a racist holiday
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Level 41
Apr 21, 2023
Yeah, nah.
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Level 68
Aug 5, 2022
pretty easy being a kiwi (not an Aussie!)
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Level 61
Feb 19, 2023
20/20 and from UK. Just smashed my way into the top 11.9%
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Level 41
Apr 21, 2023
Hello,

Good quiz, but as of this week it is slightly out of date:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/melbourne-sydney-population-intl-scli/index.html#:~:text=Melbourne%20has%20overtaken%20Sydney%20to,Sydney%2C%20CNN%20affiliate%209News%20reports.

Thanks a lot

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Level 75
Apr 21, 2023
Melbourne is now bigger than Sydney.. per the 2021 census results released this week.
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Level ∞
Apr 21, 2023
Wikipedia seems to think otherwise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Australia_by_population

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne

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Level 78
Apr 21, 2023
But not according to changes made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics a few days ago as reported by multiple news sources:

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/melbourne-snatches-the-crown-from-sydney-as-australias-biggest-city/news-story/de86eaa15e861c13dd6e54d53336ece9

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-65261720

https://www.smh.com.au/national/melbourne-tops-sydney-as-australia-s-biggest-city-on-a-technicality-20230413-p5d04g.html

Since the official governmental body counting these things says its Melbourne, we may have to accept Melbourne.

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Level ∞
Apr 21, 2023
The news articles are wrong as usual.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Sydney

> I hear Melbourne has overtaken Sydney. Should we change that? VenomousConcept (talk) 11:03, 17 April 2023 (UTC)

> Don't believe everything you hear! The ABS uses a couple of different definitions of city populations. On one of these definitions Melbourne has overtaken Sydney simply because they've changed the boundaries. On the definition we consistently use in all articles on Australian cities, Sydney remains ahead.[7]https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/regional-population/latest-release The issue should be discussed, but it's not a good idea to change definitions and articles according to the media news cycle. Aemilius Adolphin (talk) 11:09, 17 April 2023 (UTC)

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Level 39
Apr 22, 2023
No it's not. It's just that Melbourne wants to add Melton. The Wikipedia discussion is becoming a literal war though because for some reason people are suggesting that we change our measurement of the largest city. Sydney is still larger and undeniably it's larger by a decent margin in terms of greater urban area. Greater Sydney has almost five and a half million people. Greater Melbourne just makes the five million mark on the other hand.
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Level 84
Apr 21, 2023
Apparently "kangaroo day" is not a holiday in Australia. It did get me a coat of arms answer, though.
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Level 90
Apr 21, 2023
Hey Quizmaster, it's past time that Qld became a standard and acceptable type-in for the state of Queensland.
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Level 39
Apr 22, 2023
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, oi, oi!
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2023
I would say that at least one person would get thrown off by the blurb showing on the front page: “196 countries, 196 quizzes. Day xx, Australia.” as the country quiz marathon happened nearly three years ago. Please revert the blurbs for the country quizzes to normal!
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Level ∞
Apr 23, 2023
Fixed!
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Level 28
Apr 26, 2023
A Platypus? Perry the Platypus!!!