Australia has come a long way since it was used as a place to send British prisoners. Back in the 1700s and 1800s, criminals who had committed petty crimes were shipped over from Britain to serve out their sentence on the island. It wasn’t until 1868 that this ended, by which point over 160,000 people had served time in Australian prisons. Once freed, many of these criminals decided to stick around and joined Australian society, establishing themselves as a part of the nation. Around a fifth of the country’s population have descended from these people, something that the locals now take pride in.
It seems a world away from the vacation paradise that Australia is seen as today, but those years are an important part of the nation’s history. After all, a fair amount of the country’s people wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for those prisoners. While Australia might have once been home to thousands of criminals, though, it’s not the people who pose a threat to the population anymore. Instead, it’s the wildlife.
Australia is home to some of the world’s deadliest animals, including the bull shark, blue-ringed octopus and funnel-web spider. When you’re out and about in the country, particularly in a wooded area, there’s a good chance you’ll run into something that can hurt you if you’re not careful.
While this may make Australia seem like a dangerous place, there wouldn’t be around 25 million people living there if it was that unsafe. You just have to be cautious whenever you’re there and listen to any advice you’re given, whether by locals or on a sign. Besides, you wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to enjoy the amazing beaches that are on offer there. We can’t think of anywhere we’d rather go surfing. Just remember to watch out for any unusual critters – it could save your life.