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Australian True or False

Can you guess whether these statements about the country of Australia are true or false?
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Last updated: January 11, 2021
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First submittedFebruary 12, 2019
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1. The British were the first people to settle in Australia
True
False
Australia has been inhabited by aboriginal people for at least 65,000 years
2. Wombats have squarish poop
True
False
3. Australia has never had a female Prime Minister
True
False
Julia Gillard became prime minister in 2010. She stayed in office for three years.
4. Australia has a significant number of feral camels
True
False
There are several hundred thousand of them, despite frequent cullings
5. People from Australia are known as "Kiwis"
True
False
Kiwis are from New Zealand
6. More than 20% of people living in Australia were born in a different country
True
False
As of 2019, about 30% of Australia's were born abroad, the highest rate of any country with a population over 10 million
7. There are 9 stars on the Australian Flag
True
False
There are six
8. It is illegal to eat kangaroo meat in Australia
True
False
It is legal, and delicious
9. Australia fought in WWI
True
False
10. Shapes is a popular Australian chocolate brand
True
False
Shapes isn’t chocolate. It’s a biscuit.
11. Most Australians live in urban areas
True
False
86% of Australians live in urban areas
12. Australia has a Dingo Fence which is more than 2,000 km long
True
False
At 5,614 kilometres in length, it is nearly as long as the Great Wall of China
13. Australia has a high population density compared to other countries
True
False
Australia is the fourth least densely-populated country
14. In 1981, Sir Reginald Clark became the first person to swim from Australia to New Zealand
True
False
Swimming from Australia to New Zealand is almost certainly impossible for human beings
15. Hundreds of people die every year in Australia from snake bites
True
False
Despite having many of the world's most venomous snakes, on average only about 1 or 2 people die per year
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Level 44
May 6, 2020
The dingo fence used to be a rabbit fence and that failed spectacularly.

Then the Emu War started

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Level 47
Jun 9, 2020
The Emu War and the Dingo Fence have no relevance to each other whatsoever. If I remember correctly, which I probably don't, they didn't even co-exist together.
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Level 39
Oct 7, 2022
yeah your right the dingo fence is in qld i think and the rabbit proof fence is in wa, and gave its title to a very good movie
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Level 77
Jan 11, 2021
The rabbit fence was in a completely different state to the dingo fence
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Level 84
Jan 19, 2021
Emus might be 1 - 0 vs Australians, but koalas are 0 - 1 against human-caused climate change. We're making a comeback.
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Level 69
Jan 20, 2021
Nothing to do with climate change. It is due to cutting down forrest and habitats where the koala's live.
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Level 77
Jan 21, 2021
Uninformed comment is uninformed.
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Level 50
Nov 9, 2021
It actually is partially due to climate change, massive chunks of Koala habitats were burnt down during the 2020 bushfires, which were escalated by climate change.
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Level 61
Jun 17, 2022
its not about any of these things..its a military thing
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Level 72
Jan 11, 2021
Fun quiz - and it would've been hilarious if you had made up that wombat fact!

BTW, why more than 9 minutes to complete it? 3 - 4 would be enough I'd imagine.

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Level 84
Jan 11, 2021
Feeling really stupid for getting the swimming one wrong. It's just like swimming the English Channel! . . . more than 100 times.
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Level 76
Jan 12, 2021
The company I work for has a small office in Berkeley, CA, but the main offices are elsewhere. On April 1st one year, the CA office sent an all staff email congratulating one of its employees for swimming from Berkeley to Sacramento on a regular basis for meetings. They claimed he did it weekly to help us meet our sustainability goals. Many, many others outside of CA fell for it, and sent their kudos. The distance between the two cities is about 90 miles. I thought their April Fool's joke was brilliant.
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Level 86
Jan 14, 2021
@halpie that is hilarious! Though even just the thought of swimming through the delta is disgusting.
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Level 66
Sep 8, 2022
Of course Mao swam the Yangtze in record time in his 60s.
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Level 66
Jan 12, 2021
Your comment has actually made me think that I didn't know the actual distance between Australia and New Zealand, so I made the measurement on Gologle Earth. Turns out the Tasman Sea is 1.488 km wide! That, and the fact that the waters are very deep, are probably the reasons why Australia was colonized by Homo Sapiens before Europe, while New Zealand remained uninhabited until the late Middle Ages. I LOVE these quiz.
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Level 65
Jan 19, 2021
Why would you swim when you can walk across the bridge ;)
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Level 73
Jan 25, 2021
I thought it may have been possible with a support team, that would perhaps allow someone to swim for a few hours a day and rest and sleep on a boat. Of course, come to think of it, that wouldn't really be a verifiable record, as the supporting boat would inevitably drift somewhat while the swimmer is on it, but someone has apparently crossed the Atlantic Ocean that way.
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Level 67
Sep 8, 2022
The Tasman Sea is renowned for being very rough and dangerous. Boats hardly even cross it. It is in the top five notoriously difficult and dangerous seas in the world.
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Level 69
Jan 12, 2021
I'm a big fan of this quiz, great mix of questions here.
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Level 68
Jan 12, 2021
Should mention ANZAC for the WWI question.
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Level 77
Jan 13, 2021
Why? The quiz is about Australia, not Australia and New Zealand.
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Level 67
Jan 12, 2021
100% as a Brit :)
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Level 78
Jan 12, 2021
Great quiz, isn't the timer too generous though?
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2021
OMG! 50% of people think it's possible to swim from Australia to New Zealand.
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Level 65
Jan 19, 2021
Why? It's only like swimming from New York to Orlando - except generally rougher
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Level 17
Sep 10, 2021
Well, no. It's like it, but in dogwater.
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Level 65
Sep 11, 2022
And considerably colder I would think.
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Level 33
Feb 15, 2022
The sad thing is, I'm a New Zealander and I got that wrong...

I just assumed that some people are absolute freaks of nature and somebody managed it.

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Level 63
Jan 19, 2021
Who all are here after watching the beautiful Border-Gavaskar series?
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Level 60
Jan 19, 2021
Please don't mention that!

Sore subject Down Under

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Level 44
Jan 19, 2021
Amazing that 12% of quizzers overlooked Aboriginal Australians, who have been there for over 10,000 years
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Level 83
Sep 8, 2022
You're technically not wrong, but "over 10,000 years" is significantly underselling it. Between 50,000 and 65,000 years ago is the widely accepted range. As one commenter above noted, this likely means homo sapiens reached Australia before Europe, and long before the Americas.
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Level 71
Jan 19, 2021
Um, has Quizmaster actually had kangaroo meat in Australia? Or did he just make the "delicious" thing up?
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Level 61
Jan 19, 2021
Kangaroo meat is delicious though

Source: I'm Australian.

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Level 60
Jan 19, 2021
It's pretty similar to beef.

Source: Also Australian

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Level 53
Jan 21, 2021
Can confirm the deliciousness.

Source: also Australian

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Level ∞
Jan 21, 2021
I went to a barbecue in Australia where they served kangaroo, emu, and crocodile.
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Level 52
May 3, 2021
ive had croc and its amazing
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Level 63
Jul 18, 2021
Yeah, imo croc is better than kangaroo (just)
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Level 56
Sep 8, 2022
You really don't have to go to Australia for that.

There are quite a few restaurants here in Germany who offer an "Mongolian Barbeque" (I don't know if this is really a thing in Mongolia, but that's what it's called), where you can mix your own (raw) ingredients from a buffet and give them to the chef.

The buffet commonly has exotic types of meat like crocodile, emu, ostrich or kangaroo.

I suppose this doesn't exist only in Germany.

In fact, these animals are raised on farms here (maybe not the crocodiles :D )

You would be surprised how often the police in germany has to deal with escaped kangaroos or ostriches.

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Level 83
Sep 8, 2022
Kangaroo meat is good, but you need to know how to cook it. It's exceptionally lean compared to other red meats (only about 2% fat), so it can become dried out very quickly. This means you don't want to cook it past medium-rare. Alternatively you can stew it to soften it up. Otherwise it has a stronger flavour than beef, vaguely similar to lamb.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2022
Haven't had it in Australia, but I assume it tastes the same there as in other countries. Maybe a tad fresher.
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Level 66
Jan 19, 2021
15/15 with 8:22 left. I forgot to mention I'm Australian
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Level 60
Jan 19, 2021
Finished with 8:56 left although I'm Australian. Maybe half the time?
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Level 50
Jan 19, 2021
For the first question I chose false (which is the correct answer), but it said I was incorrect, despite the quiz saying that false is the correct answer. Some kind of glitch maybe....
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Level 47
Jan 20, 2021
you don't believe the dingo fence exists? shame!
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Level 57
Jan 20, 2021
Aced it!
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Level 70
Jan 21, 2021
9.5 minutes is far too much time for 15 True/False questions.
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Level ∞
Jan 21, 2021
Changed to 4 minutes not that anybody will need more than a couple.
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Level 51
Jan 21, 2021
It's a bit pedantic, I'll admit, but I think the snakebite question is too vague. It should refer to "documented" snake bite deaths. There are undoubtedly people in remote regions that die of snakebite, whose deaths are unrecorded on official rolls.

They may not add up to the hundreds, but they are unquestionably there.

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Level 53
Jan 23, 2021
No there aren't, because then you'd have hundreds of recorded missing people in remote regions every year.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2021
Glad I got 100% on this or I'd have to change my log in name!
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Level 45
Jan 23, 2021
Shapes is not a company. They're a type of biscuit made by Arnotts. Really good biscuits which we never run out of :)
+1
Level ∞
Jan 23, 2021
Changed "company" to "brand".
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2021
The statement was false anyway. So it didn't really matter if it said brand or company, because it's neither chocolate, nor a company.

It would have been more interesting if the statement was: "Shapes is a popular biscuit company" and the answer was false because it's technically not a company...

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Level 28
Jun 22, 2021
6/15 I’m not Australian so I just guessed all of them!
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Level 28
Jun 2, 2022
Only got 4 wrong.
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Level 66
Sep 8, 2022
"86% of Australians live in urban areas

86% of users answered this correctly"

Obviously that 14% of Australians think that any habitation with more than one bar is a city.

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Level 57
Sep 8, 2022
as an aussie, shapes is the most loved biscuit, this needs to be changed as is causing outrage amongst all australian JP players
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Level 63
Sep 9, 2022
Debatable. Tim tams are pretty good
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Level 21
Sep 8, 2022
Got everything except for the swimming, thought it was like the english channel. I never realised how long the tazman sea actually is lol
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Level 48
Sep 10, 2022
Alright how did 81% get the wombat poo question right?
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Level 86
Oct 6, 2022
It was so bizarre I figured it was probably true. I was curious about it though, and came across this article on the topic. Interesting read.
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Level 59
Sep 10, 2022
I thought the Dingo fence question was a trick one as I've heard of the rabbit proof fence, didn't know there was more than one fence. Every day is a school day :-)
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Level 56
Dec 15, 2022
Shapes are crackers are they not... I have never once heard them referred to as biscuits. IDK if this is just because they are called biscuits in Australia (I'm from New Zealand)
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Level 15
Jan 19, 2023
I luv it when Brit’s think they know more bout australia then us aussies❤️