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1. A box jellyfish sting can lead to cardiovascular collapse and death within minutes, making it the most venomous creature on Earth.

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2. Far North Queensland’s rainforests host a neurotoxic stinging tree that feels “like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time”, causing months of excruciating pain.

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3. Despite being the size of a $2 coin, Irukandji venom is 100 times more potent than cobra venom.

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4. Giant thunder birds (Dromornithidae) roamed Australia as recently as 15,000 years ago.

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5. Every year someone loses an eye to one of Australia’s most dangerous predators: the magpie.

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6. Australia’s cyclones were originally named after politicians a weatherman disliked: As a result, he was able to report that the pollies were “causing great distress” or “wandering aimlessly about the Pacific”.

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7. The world’s largest cattle station at 24,000 square kilometres, Anna Creek Station in South Australia is bigger than Israel.

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