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43 incredible facts about Australia you may not believe are true

Mediafeed Logo By Michelle McGuinness of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 44: Australia Day celebrations this year will take a decidedly solemn turn as residents around the country reflect on the devastating bushfires that have stunned the nation and the world. Each year, Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the first fleet of British ships and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove in 1788. The celebrations are typically a balance between festive, commemorative and respectful, but at many celebrations this year, fireworks shows will be scrapped and more reflection will be on tap.In Sydney, for example, firefighters will take center stage. An expected 50 firefighters and their families will join New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley on board the HMAS Canberra for a 21-gun military salute in Sydney Harbour."We want to maintain a spirit of optimism, but also absolutely acknowledge the volunteers and all those who have served in different ways, particularly in the last few difficult months," Australia Day Council NSW chair Andrew Parker was reported as telling the Sydney Morning Herald.In commemoration of Australia Day, and in recognition of the devastating losses from ongoing bushfires, we’ve put together a list of facts you may not already know about Australia. It's a vast and fascinating country with a complicated past. Known for its stunning natural features and entrancing wildlife, many natural wonders remain unknown. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Blue Mountains and beyond, there’s nowhere in the world quite like Australia. Here are 43 facts about the land down under you may not have known:

January 26 is Australia Day

Australia Day celebrations this year will take a decidedly solemn turn as residents around the country reflect on the devastating bushfires that have stunned the nation and the world. 

Each year, Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the first fleet of British ships and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove in 1788. The celebrations are typically a balance between festive, commemorative and respectful, but at many celebrations this year, fireworks shows will be scrapped and more reflection will be on tap.

In Sydney, for example, firefighters will take center stage. An expected 50 firefighters and their families will join New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley on board the HMAS Canberra for a 21-gun military salute in Sydney Harbour.

"We want to maintain a spirit of optimism, but also absolutely acknowledge the volunteers and all those who have served in different ways, particularly in the last few difficult months," Australia Day Council NSW chair Andrew Parker was reported as telling the Sydney Morning Herald.

In commemoration of Australia Day, and in recognition of the devastating losses from ongoing bushfires, we’ve put together a list of facts you may not already know about Australia. It's a vast and fascinating country with a complicated past. Known for its stunning natural features and entrancing wildlife, many natural wonders remain unknown. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Blue Mountains and beyond, there’s nowhere in the world quite like Australia. 

Here are 43 facts about the land down under you may not have known:

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