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Amazing Australian Records
The world's longest roadtrain
Australia's biggest baptism
Jehovah's Witnesses from all over Australia and the world came together on december 13, 2003, in Telstra Stadium to see more than 500 new brothers and sisters lie down in specially designed tubs to "take God into their hearts" and set the Australian record for biggest baptism.
Australia's biggest beer
Australia's biggest blunder
Australia nowadays has many introduced species of plants and animals, some manage to co-exist without too much impact, some create real environmental problems. Most animals were brought in by your everyday people who had no idea what the consequences would be but the canetoad would have to be the BIGGEST BLUNDER in Australia's history as in this case scientists, paid by the Australian government, went overseas to collect canetoads and returned to Australia and set about thirty of them free in North Queensland in 1933. The idea was that they would eat the beetles that were causing economic damage eating the sugarcane but unfortunately the cane toads never touched the beetles but helped themselves to everything else they could find. Wildlife smaller than them they will kill and eat, wildlife bigger than them will eat them and die from the poison they have in glands on their back. The thirty toads that were introduced initially have now multiplied into the countless millions and are spreading across Australia and have recently arrived in Kakadu, Northern Territory where it is expected they will devastate the place as there are vast floodplains which are the perfect breeding ground for them. Some birds have actually adapted and learned how to turn them over and eat their insides avoiding the poison glands on the back. Ingenious Australians have also used the toads to make wallets, stubby coolers etc. Hippies desperate for a thrill but too broke to buy drugs sometimes cut the back with poison glands off the toad, dry it in the sun and then roll it into a joint to smoke ( don't try this at home!!) Some dogs are reported to have turned into druggies by becoming addicted to "cane toad sucking", getting high on the poison.In an effort to reduce the numbers of this toad Australians sometimes also get the golfclubs out for a round of cane toad golf. Australian pubs in tourist areas often organize cane toad races where punters can buy a toad or bet on them in similar fashion to horse races.
Australia's biggest ever corporate collapse
HIH became Australia's biggest ever corporate collapse when
it failed in March 2001 with liabilities of $5.3 billion. Many people
lost their life savings, and with most doctors and others in the medical
business being insured here the collapse also lead to a health care crisis,
as suddenly they found themselves working without insurance cover. The
government had to step in with temporary arrangements to avoid a country
with no doctors but many in the medical profession found the new insurance
schemes to expensive and stopped working or went into early retirement.
Australia's drunkest woman
In January 2007 a 35 year old Townsville woman was found
slumped behind the wheel of her car.
Australia's first speed skating gold medal
Steven Bradbury is the first Australian to win a Winter Olympic gold medal in speed skating, he won the 1000 m race at the 2002 Winter Olympics because all the others fell over and crashed in the last corner.
Australia's first princess
Tassie sheila Mary Donaldson went for a drink at the Slip
Inn bar in Sydney
during the 2000 Olympics and met a Danish prince. They hit it off that
well that a couple of years later they tied the knot in Denmark where
she became Australia's first woman to become a princess, and probably
queen as well in a few years time.They married in Denmark in a ceremony
that cost the Danish state something like $35 million and all the cars
used for the wedding were Volvos, making this probably the world's biggest
concentration of (bloody) Volvo drivers as well. In 2005 Mary fell preggo
and a little Aussie royal ankle biter was born.
Australia's hottest year
The year 2005 was Australia's hottest year on record. According
to the Bureau of Meteorology annual climate summary, 2005 was more than
one degree warmer than the average temperature between 1961 and 1990,
the world standard used to track temperature change.
Australia's most complained about commercial
The Advertising Standards Bureau received more than 350 complaints about this Nando's commercial in which a stripper wiggles her bottom in the face of a man before sitting down to dinner with her family at a Nando's restaurant, but the ASB dismissed all complaints against the ads.
Australia's most expensive advertising campaign
When the GST (Goods and Services Tax) was about to be introduced the Aussie government spent $100 million in Australia's biggest advertising campaign ever to try and convince the nation of the benefits of GST and explain how it is going to work.
Australia's richest man
The latest record was set on 18th February 2006 by Brisbane
truckie John Atkinson with his Mack Titan truck.
After a six hour job of assembling 113 trailers into a 1,474.3 metre long road train in 38 degree heat on a closed stretch of highway outside Clifton, Queensland, John got in his truck and drove his way into the Guinness Book of World Records. He did 140 metre in 50 seconds with nearly one-and-a-half kilometres of truck weighing more than 1300 tonnes!
Michael Gray, 45, and daughter Jenna, 17, are the marble world champions after they played marbles for 26 hours in February 2006 at The Rocks in Sydney. They raised about $5000 for indigenous health through the Fred Hollows Foundation and got their names in the Guinness Book of Records.
On May 7 in 2011, Aussie pilot Ron Watts managed to take
off and land his plane no less than 102 times in one day.
More info on this Aussie record on his website.
Anthony Lehmann made it in to the Guinness Book Of Records when he told 549 jokes in one hour at the Rhino Room club, Adelaide, South Australia on 25 May 2005.
Australia has the highest incidence of pet ownership in the world, with 64 per cent of the nation's households owning pets.
Tom Buchanan laid in a clear perspex box and had 125 Golden
Orb Spiders put onto his body for 55 seconds during the 'Australia: Guinness
World Records' TV show in Sydney, New South Wales on 27 August 2005
Click here to see him get covered in spiders and set the record.
Though it was never officially recorded by any records authority I am confident that Alan Waddell holds the record for most suburbs walked. This 90 year old has walked 2000 kms through every street of 135 Sydney suburbs and you can see it all on his website Walksydneystreets.net .
No less than 1245 people dressed up as super heroes such as Batman, Robin, Spiderman and WOnderwoman got together at Federation Square in Melbourne in May 2010, and broke the record previously held by the UK.
The Tully Falls Hotel, in the town of Ravenshoe in the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns, is Queensland's highest pub, at an elevation of 916 metres.
In 1979 Australian sheep shearer David Ryan sheared 500 lambs in 7 hours and 46 minutes.
Australian Champion parachutists Jules McConnel and Michael
Vaughan, and now join Australian record holders, completed 150 skydives
each, having broken the existing 18 year old record of 100 skydives in
24 hours. This incredible feat took 11 hours of non-stop jumping from
5.20am – 4.30pm, and a massive team of volunteers and sponsors.
They would exit at 2000 feet, they land before the plane, drop their gear, pick up another parachute and hop into the other plane and repeat... On jump number 150 though, there were 3 aircraft and 12 parachutes in the air as the volunteers were invited to join Michael and Jules for their final jump.
The crowd on ground was eagerly awaiting our high achievers’ landings and then there were hugs and cheers all ‘round, followed by a ceremony where Official Judge, Craig Bennett, awarded Michael and Jules with certificates of achievement and they were congratulated by the Westpac Rescure Life Saver Helicopter team, who will benefit from their fundraising for the event.
More info on their website.
16 year old Jessica Watson set off in her sailingboat from
Sydney in October 2009 and, at an age where a lot of girls are not even
allowed to spend a night away from home without supervision, she sailed
around the world non-stop and unassisted, which was a world record at
She had a rough start when on her way to the starting point Sydney she ran into a Chinese freight ship in the night and many people tried to stop her from going. However, she continued and became the youngest person to sail solo around the world, until 16 year olf Dutch girl Laura Dekker finished her solo circumnavigation in January 2012 and took over the record.
31 Year old Chayne Hultgren from Byron Bay has successfully swallowed no less than 18 swords each measuring 72 centimetres in Sydney in February 2010 and made the Guiness Book of Records.
In 1998 former Olympic hammer thrower Sean Carlin proved himself a super tosser at the annual tuna tossing competition in Port Lincoln, South Australia, by tossing the tuna a whopping 37.23m!!!!!!!!!
Tully's claim to fame is being declared officially the wettest
town in Australia with an annual rainfall of up to seven metres. Gum boots
are the most practical footwear in wet conditions like this and one of
the town's main tourist attractions is the Big Gumboot, and they also
hold an annual Gumboot Festival.
Tully is about an hour south of Cairns on the way to Mission Beach.
Hamilton Island's Qualia Resort, on the Great Barrier Reef, beat hotels in exotic locations such as the Maldives and Bora Bora to score the top honour in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards in 2012.
The world's largest recorded barramundi was caught by Dave Powell in Lake Tinaroo in September 1999.
The whopper of a fish measured 124 centimetres and weighed 38.75 kg.
Lake Tinaroo is located in the Atherton Tablelands behind Cairns and is three quarters the size of Sydney Harbour and some believe that there are even bigger barra than the one pictured to the right still swimming around in this lake.
You can try your luck with one of the local fishing charter boats.
If you thought the Mount Molly burger at the top of this
page was big then what to think of the 95.5kg burger that Joe El-Ajouz
cooked up at his cafe Ambrosia On The Spot, in Sydney's Randwick.
This burger became a world record and outdid the 84kg burger made in the US that previously held the title.
Ingredients included 81kg of mince, 120 eggs, 16 tomatoes, 120 cheese slices, 2kg of lettuce, 21kg of bread, half a litre of barbecue sauce, 24 hours of cooking and 3 months of planning.
Janet Williams from Woonona, near Wollongong has made the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's biggest collector of British royal family memorabilia with a collection containing more than 10,000 pieces, including commemorative cups and saucers, life-size statues, porcelain dolls, spoons and photos that she has been building up for over half a century.
Cassius, a 100 year olf saltwater crocodile, has lived at Marineland
Melanesia on Green Island, 27km off the coast of Cairns, for close to
24 years, but in August the whopper of a croc has finall entered the Guinness
Book of Records as the largest croc in the world in captivity.
Cassius was captured south of Darwin in 1984, after he attacked yet another boat, and was taken to far north Queensland in 1987. He bears the scars from his battles with other crocodiles during his younger days, and has also lost his left arm.
Australia has the world’s biggest rock, and that's Uluru, right?
No mate, you're wrong...
It's miles away from Uluru and it is actually Mount Augustus in outback Western Australia!
It's heaps bigger and twice the size Uluru, rising a whopping 715 metres out of the ground in the Gascoyne region, 850 kilometres north of Perth.
It is a monocline – geologists' lingo for a fold in the rock layers which were pushed up as the earth buckled about 900 million years ago. Just like an ice berg, only one third of Burringurrah is visible, and the rest is underground, so who knows, it might be even huger!
Australia's Wedge-tailed Eagle has a wing span of up to 3 metres. This eagle, though not always this big, can often be seen on outback roads feeding on road kills.
Andamooka, South Australia, is where the 6.8 kg. 'Desert Flame' was found in 1970.
Early 2005 Dr Louis Lefebvre, of Montreal's McGill University, compiled the world's first bird IQ index from 2000 recorded observations. He concluded the smartest birds were crows and falcons and the poor Australian emu ended up at the other end of the scale as the world's dumbest bird!
In the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria you can find crabs up to 40 centimetres across weighing 14 kg.
The 119metres (39 storeys) high Giant Drop at the Gold Coast's Dreamworld has been officially declared the 'tallest, vertical free-fall ride in the world' by the Guiness Book of World Records. It opened in 1998 and has carried almost two million passengers. More info....
On the Great Barrier Reef you can find oysters up to 3 kg.
Fraser Island on the east coast of Australia is the world's largest sand island. It was World Heritage listed in 1992 and has spectacular long unspoilt beaches, rainforests, an abundance of birds dingos and has a surface area of 1630 square km.
In Gippsland, Victoria, the earthworm Megascolides australis is found that measures up to four metres in length.
Phil Mc Donald rode a penny farthing 512km in 24 hours around Lilydale Shopping Centre , earning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
From Nurina in Western Australia to Watson in South Australia, the railway line is dead straight for 478 kilometres.
The Basslink electricity cable runs 360km. from Victoria to Tasmania across Bass Strait.
Sheep farmer Barry Walker set this record when he sold a 91 kg bale of 11.8 micron wool ( the standard for Merinos is 20) for $227,000 . He feeds his super sheep a secret diet of grains and special hay and plays Italian opera to them.
The Inland Taipan, also known as the Fierce Snake, has the most toxic venom of all snakesin the world and can kill no less than 15000 mice with one drop of its venom, or a human adult in only 45min. You can find this snake in Central Australia.
The Amazon in South America may be the world's most famous rainforest but it is only about twenty million years old, a baby compared to Australia's Daintree rainforest which is estimated to be at least 120 million years old. The Daintree rainforest was (better late than never) declared a National Park in 1981 and received its World Heritage listing in 1988. In the past people referred to it as scrub and considered it weeds blown over from New Guinea which was a nuisance as it made it hard to grow sugarcane! You can stay right inside this rainforest at Rainforest Hideaway B&B in Cape Tribulation.
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