The Upside Down Under

ANNA CREEK STATION

The largest cattle station in the world is Anna Creek Station in South Australia. The station (ranch) is almost 24,000 square kilometres in size. Anna Creek Station has an area of roughly 6,000,000 acres...

HOW MUCH CAN A KOALA (DROP)BEAR?

OK, it seems I am pressured to give more information on the notorious Australian DropBear. Now, I don't purport to be an expert on Dropbears so you need to take the following information at face value. All I...

BOXING KANGAROOS

A lot of people ask about our Kangaroos and whether or not they are dangerous. Well, this is an interesting question and open to all sorts of conjecture. The Australian government goes to great lengths in...

AYERS ROCK OR ULURU? OR BOTH

Rising out of the surrounding Central Australian desert, is one of Australia's most recognisable natural landmarks. The local Anangu, the Pitjantjatjara people, call the landmark Uluṟu. This word has no...

WHO'LL COME A WALTZING MATILDA WITH ME?

"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's best-known bush ballad, and has been described as the country's "unofficial national anthem" Waltzing Matilda is literally about a swagman who is discovered by some troopers...

C'MON MATE, STOP SMUGGLING THOSE BUDGIES!

Budgie Smugglers is an Australian slang term for men's tight-fitting Speedo-style swimmers. The 'lump in the front' apparently resembles a budgie when it is stuffed down the front of someone's shorts. Aussie...

AUSTRALIA'S CUTE (BUT LETHAL) BLUE-RINGED OCTOPUS

What has 8 legs, 3 hearts and enough venom to kill 26 scuba divers? The blue-ringed octopus, one of Australia's many deadly animal attractions! The blue-ringed octopus is recognized as one of the world's most...

ERN MALLEY - THE AUSTRALIAN POET WHO NEVER WAS!

Ernest Lalor "Ern" Malley was a fictitious poet and the central figure in Australia's most famous literary hoax. THE greatest literary hoax of the twentieth century was concocted by a couple of Australian...

THE IDEA FOR THE MODERN TANK WAS ORIGINALLY 'TANKED'

 The modern day tank is described as a tracked fighting vehicle and was originally proposed in 1912 by Australian engineer Lancelot E de Mole. The earliest practical design of the tank was designed by Lancelot...

AUSTRALIAN ARMY VS EMU - AND EMUS WIN!

Australia cannot lay claim to any great empires or epic conquests, but we do have one distinction that no other nation on Earth can boast: we are the only country in history to lose a war to birds - Emus to be...

Welcome to my Blog posts page

G'day!! During my travels and interactions with people I'm often amazed at how little is really known about this great country of Australia. So I started TheUpsideDownUnder blog with the intention of sharing all things Oz. Even though the articles will be of interest to non-Australians, it might also be of interest to Aussies. It's quite amazing how we can take things for granted simply because they're around us! So here you'll see all sorts of different stuff. Most of it will be true (facts) and some of it won't (furphies). I'll leave it up to you to decide. And please feel free to rally, rectify, rumorise or simply refute the information in my posts. It's designed to be a bit of fun but please don't take the information as being reliable (although it probably is - maybe).
Aussie Pie Floater

IS IT A 'PIE FLOATER' OR JUST A 'FLOATER'?

The pie floater is an Australian dish particularly common in Adelaide and, to a lesser degree, Sydney. The Pie Floater (or, as some experts call it - 'Floater') is a meal available in Australia, which commonly consists...

THE TWELVE APOSTLES - BUT NOT THE BIBLICAL KIND!

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. One of the most well-known highlights of the Great Ocean Road is...

Rum as Currency

THE AUSTRALIAN CURRENCY WAS A BIT OF A 'RUM DO'

In the very first days of  colonial Australia, rum was the great circulating medium The first few decades of Australian settlement were an interesting time. The landscape was not what was expected and the officers...

HELLO POSSUMS - IT'S DAME EDNA EVERAGE!

By her own admission, Dame Edna Everage is probably the most popular and gifted woman in the world! Her Facebook page explains that she is a housewife, investigative journalist, social anthropologist, talk show host...

Irukandji Jellyfish

IRUKANDJI - 1 CUBIC CENTIMETER OF POISON!

With an adult size of roughly a cubic centimetre (.06 cubic inch), Irukandji are both one of the smallest and most venomous jellyfish in the world. Tiny, venomous and virtually invisible to the human eye, Irukandji...

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