Great Australia Day Quiz

It’s Australia Day and it’s a great Australian tradition to spend the day on a few Aussie pursuits – cricket, having a barbie and relaxing in the hammock. Try adding our quiz into the list of Aussie things you have a go at this year. Questions have been sourced from some great Australian sites such as the National Australia Day Council’s website, with a few thrown in by our NVI staff!

Question 1.

Answers at the bottom of the page.

1. Let’s start with an easy one. Where is the Big Prawn?

2. What is the floral emblem of Australia?

3. Which Queensland city, famous for its sun and surf, was known as Elston until 1933?

4. Who was the most recent Australian to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon?

5. Name one of the people on the current issue $100 note?

6. What town is known as the Koala Capital of the World?

7. What is the common name of the Ornithorhynchus anatinus?

8. Where did Banjo Paterson write the words to Waltzing Matilda?

9. What was the name of the grocer played by comedian Mark Mitchell on television’s The Comedy Company?

10. How many overs does it take to bowl 26 balls?

11. What natural disaster killed 13 people in Newcastle on December 28, 1989?

12. In what year was Miranda Kerr born?

13. Australians hold the world record for which amazing feat? a) fastest beer bottle opening; b) largest Christmas cracker; c) most sheep sheared in 24 hours; d) largest chicken dance?

14. What is Australia’s largest inland city?

15. Which horse won the Melbourne Cup in 2014?

16. According to ARIA certifications, what is the best-selling album of all time in Australia?

17. Which of the following are Australian inventions? a) the black box flight recorder; b) the bionic ear; c) the refrigerator; d) the Hills Hoist clothesline; e) all of the above.

18. What outback town’s population swells from 120 to crowds of more than 5000 for a horse racing carnival?

19. What was Sir Donald Bradman’s batting average?

20. What is Australia’s largest native bird?

21. What is golfer Greg Norman’s nickname?

22. Who designed the Sydney Opera House?

23. Is Australia’s highest mountain Mt Kosciusko: a) 1832m high; b) 2228m high; or c) 3427m high?

24. How many times has Queen Elizabeth visited Australia?

25. In rhyming slang, what is a dog’s eye?

26. Who won consecutive Gold Logies from 1997 to 2000?

27. Where is the Dog on the Tuckerbox monument?

28. How many players are there in an Australian Rules team?

29. How many ships were in the First Fleet?

30. What is Australia’s most easterly point?

31. Who was Australian of the Year in 2014?

32. What is the highest grossing Australian film of all time?

33. What do you call a group of lyrebirds?

34. What year did Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin?

35. How many albums did the late Slim Dusty record?

36. Who was the first Australian to win the Booker Prize?

37. What is the largest lake in Australia?

38. In what year was decimal currency introduced?

39. Which comedian was known as the “Little Aussie Bleeder”?

40. What year was the controversial dismissal of the Whitlam government?

41. Who is the longest serving presenter of Playschool?

42. Which Aussie band led to the formation of the Wiggles?

43. What is Kylie Minogue’s nickname?

44. What is Australia’s longest running TV show?

45. Who was the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal?

46. In what state or territory was the highest recorded temperature of 53 degrees recorded?

47. What is the second largest city in NSW?

48. How many toes does an emu have?

49. How many gold medals did Australians win at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games?

50. Which singer released the album Physical in 1981?

51. Which actor has had leading roles in Phar Lap, The Man from Snowy River and Eureka Stockade?

52. Which prime minister issued a public apology to members of the Stolen Generations on behalf of the Australian government?

53. How much of Australia is classfied as desert: a) 8%; b) 16%; c) 25%; d) 35%?

54. What is Australia’s largest non-salt lake?

55. Who are the actors who play Kath and Kim?

56. Who is the only person to have been awarded both the Australian of the Year and the Young Australian of the Year titles?

57. Who was the racehorse known as the Goondiwindi Grey?

58. In what year did Canberra’s “new” Parliament House open?

59. What animal featured on the 2c coin?

60. Who wrote Cloudstreet?

61. Cate Blanchett has received an Academy Award nomination for what movie?

62. What did the “A.B.” stand for in poet A. B. Banjo Paterson’s name?

63. What is the tallest waterfall in Australia?

64. Which of the following is not an Australian innovation? a) Chiko Roll; b) lawn sprinkler; c) plastic bank notes; d) dual flush toilet; e) wine cask?

65. What is Australia’s fastest train?


1. Ballina

2. Wattle

3. Surfers Paradise

4. Lleyton Hewitt

5. Dame Nellie Melba and Sir John Monash

6. Gunnedah

7. Platypus

8. Winton

9. Con the Fruiterer

10. 4.33

11. An earthquake

12. 1983

13. b) largest Christmas cracker

14. Canberra

15. Protectionist

16. Bat Out of Hell, by Meatloaf, (it is followed by Whispering Jack, by John Farnham)

17. e) all of the above

18. Birdsville

19. 99.94, but 100 would be close enough!

20. The emu

21. The Great White Shark

22. Joern Utzon

23. b) 2228m high

24. 16. She is the only reigning monarch of Australia to have set foot on Australian soil

25. A pie

26. Lisa McCune

27. Snake Gully, 8km from Gundagai, NSW

28. 18

29. 11

30. Cape Byron, Byron Bay.

31. AFL player and community leader Adam Goodes

32. Crocodile Dundee

33. A musket

34. 1974

35. 103

36. Thomas Keneally

37. Lake Eyre, which is 144 km long and 77 km wide

38. 1966

39. Norman Gunston

40. November 11, 1975

41. Benita

42. The Cockroaches

43. The Singing Budgie

44. Four Corners, 53 years

45. Nova Peris

46. Queensland

47. Newcastle

48. Three

49. Two – Steven Bradbury and Alisa Camplin

50. Olivia Newton-John

51. Tom Burlinson

52. Kevin Rudd on February 13, 2008

53. d) 35%

54. Lake Mackay, Western Australia

55. Jane Turner and Gina Riley

56. Cathy Freeman

57. Gunsynd

58. 1988

59. The frilled neck lizard

60. Tim Winton

61. Elizabeth

62. Andrew Barton

63. Wallaman Falls, in Queensland

64. b) lawn sprinkler

65. The Tilt Train, which travels between Brisbane and Cairns at speeds of up to 160km an hour.

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