That is kinda weird. One moment it makes sense to me and another it doesn't. Maybe if I knew more about the development of navigation it would explain it.Because longitude lines, unlike latitude, are not parallel.
Not sure what conclusions you can draw from that, if any. But it is interesting.
No secret population of kangaroos. Just one from an exotic animal shelter that got loose. It's not the only one to have escaped though so we may see a kangaroo population here soon if the two fugitive kangaroos meet up.I share with you this awesome video from Reddit's "Does America have a secret kangaroo population?"
Will start by admitting I can't really say I've ever really thought too heavily about those rabbit or dingo fences before. We did cover them briefly during History class back in high school.2. Australian fences
- The Dingo Fence of South-East Australia, 5,614 km (3,488 mi) finished in 1885
- The Rabbit Fence of Western Australia, 3,253 km (2,021 mi), finished in 1907
While the significance of these fences will become obvious later on, I wanted to point out how comical the situation with rabbits is. The australian rabbit population today is estimated at approximately 300 million. During various times prior it allegedly reached as many as 600 millions of rabbits. And all this trouble was supposedly started in 1788 with 24 rabbits.
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Rabbit moment: Rabbits were introduced to Australia by the First Fleet in 1788 and they became a problem when Thomas Austin released 24 wild rabbits for hunting purposes in October 1859, saying that "the introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting."
KD: Australian rabbits are the most inept rabbits in the world. They do not dig rabbit holes going under the rabbit-proof fence. And if they do, fence patrol quickly fills up those holes preventing the rabbits from getting on the other side to have sex.
KD: Not so much about the dogs, but how stupid and inept our ancestors had to be. Clearly, the official position states that first humans arrived to Australia 48,000-70,000 years ago. The dogs arrived 4,000 years ago. Unless the dogs arrived by themselves, humans had to discover Australia 3 separate times, if you count 1606. I don't even want to go there... our ancestors could not possibly be that retarded, and neither are we today.
$10,000,000 a year.
Apparently rabbits and dogs was not enough. Here come the camels. More than 1 million feral camels roam the Australian outback.
Camel moment: There are about 750,000 (wiki version) roaming wild in the outback and they cause a host of problems. Though various sources report number camel numbers being between 1 and 1.2 million. Camels were imported to Australia in the 19th century from Arabia, India and Afghanistan for transport and heavy work in the outback.
Welcome Signs: If camels, rabbits and dingoes don't get you, these beasts will.
It would be very easy to get around those fences. Whilst some sections of the rabbit and dingo fences have had their heights increased over the years, I'd say that's simply to keep the Kangaroos out of the more 'at risk' farmlands. The sections of fences in the more remote regions are still just simple basic fence lines using standard dog/chicken mesh wire, pretty much the same as you'd see on the typical farm. It would be very easy to jump/climb over for an able bodied human.I'm interested to find out how easy it is to travel beyond those fences: east to west, and north to south.
While I did find a few claims of people crossing Australia North to South using a regular car (trains and planes do not count), they mean as much as Fyodor Konyukhov's claim of crossing the Pacific Ocean.
It's a far reach, but if anybody goes on vacation and wants to do some extreme driving, please consider crossing Australia by car. Below is the general route idea.
Is that equal distance as the crow flies or taking into account the roads?Hi all im new here today and lived most of my life just outside of Melbourne. I have driven from Melbourne to Perth and back and also driven from Melbourne to Cape York North Queensland and back. What i want to say is if you look at the map of Australia they are about the same in distance from Melbourne. It was a few years ago and now wish i had of kept records of both trips but i didnt. Anyway It took easy twice as long to get to Cape York than it did to get over to Perth so work that one out.
Gday Ronan i used to live in Melbourne and did the road trip 3 time to Perth and back and to twice up the Cairns. The roads are pretty good driving up north now to what they used to be and yes it is a bit more driving involved but why is it then it takes twice as long to get to Cairns as it does to get to Perth ? I also use the inland roads as its a lot quicker. It should not take twice as long and that it does. The only thing i think it might be is the Peters World Atlas is closer to the mark than the one we are shown.The road to Cape York is slower than to Perth because you aren't just on a freeway heading mostly-straight the whole time. Especially as you get near Queensland and need to detour around the mountain range. I could be wrong. Source: am from Melbourne
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