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
First submittedFebruary 12, 2019
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1. The British were the first people to settle on 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 40
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 75
Jan 11, 2021
The rabbit fence was in a completely different state to the dingo fence
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Level 82
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 67
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 75
Jan 21, 2021
Uninformed comment is uninformed.
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Level 68
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 83
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 74
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 84
Jan 14, 2021
@halpie that is hilarious! Though even just the thought of swimming through the delta is disgusting.
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Level 62
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 59
Jan 19, 2021
Why would you swim when you can walk across the bridge ;)
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Level 72
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 57
Feb 6, 2021
I am surprised so many people didn't realize how far Australia and New Zealand are from eachother.
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Level 67
Jan 12, 2021
I'm a big fan of this quiz, great mix of questions here.
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Level 66
Jan 12, 2021
Should mention ANZAC for the WWI question.
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Level 75
Jan 13, 2021
Why? The quiz is about Australia, not Australia and New Zealand.
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Level 66
Jan 12, 2021
100% as a Brit :)
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Level 75
Jan 12, 2021
Great quiz, isn't the timer too generous though?
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Level 80
Jan 12, 2021
OMG! 50% of people think it's possible to swim from Australia to New Zealand.
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Level 59
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 61
Jan 19, 2021
Who all are here after watching the beautiful Border-Gavaskar series?
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Level 54
Jan 19, 2021
Please don't mention that!

Sore subject Down Under

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Level 40
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 45
Apr 13, 2021
The problem is that the question insinuates that it is questioning which foreign country was the first to have a permanent settlement, rather than the already native population.
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Level 67
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 59
Jan 19, 2021
Kangaroo meat is delicious though

Source: I'm Australian.

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Level 54
Jan 19, 2021
It's pretty similar to beef.

Source: Also Australian

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Level 54
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 53
May 3, 2021
ive had croc and its amazing
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Level 44
Jul 18, 2021
Yeah, imo croc is better than kangaroo (just)
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Level 63
Jan 19, 2021
15/15 with 8:22 left. I forgot to mention I'm Australian
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Level 54
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 48
Jan 20, 2021
you don't believe the dingo fence exists? shame!
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Level 55
Jan 20, 2021
Aced it!
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Level 64
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 52
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 51
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 58
Jan 23, 2021
Glad I got 100% on this or I'd have to change my log in name!
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Level 43
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 :)
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Level ∞
Jan 23, 2021
Changed "company" to "brand".
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Level 54
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 24
Jun 22, 2021
6/15 I’m not Australian so I just guessed all of them!