After what seems like forever, December is finally here and summer is in full swing. As malls put up decorations and Starbucks sells out of gingernut frappes, Australians are starting to feel the festive spirit – none more so than David Richards, a resident of Canberra who has very recently broken the world record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree. 

Richards installed the tree in an effort to raise money for the city's Sudden Infant Death Syndrome charity. The tree is 22 metres high, has 518,838 lights and was constructed entirely by volunteers, including civil engineers, architects and electricians. A Guinness World Records representative confirmed that the record, which had previously been held by Universal Studios in Japan, had been broken. 

While the Christmas tree is well worth seeing, Australia is home to a number of other world record holders, too!

It seems fitting that a fantastic cause like this has such a spectacular display to draw attention to it. If you want to see this beauty for yourself, hire a car from East Coast and take a trip to Canberra. But don't stop there – while the Christmas tree is well worth seeing, Australia is home to a number of other world record holders, too! 

World's largest cinema screen

Most of us spend our afternoons watching movies in bed, our laptops on our knees. This, however, can't compare to the experience of surround sound on the big screen, especially not if that big screen is the IMAX theatre in Sydney's Darling Harbour, the largest cinema screen in the world. 

IMAX screens are on average ten times the size of an ordinary theatre screen, filling the entire range of vision and offering phenomenal sound. Films showing at the Darling Harbour cinema range from wildlife documentaries such as the Island of Lemurs, narrated by Morgan Freeman, all the way to classic cinematic blockbusters like the new James Bond film, Spectre. 

World's largest living thing 

No, it's not a whale: It's much bigger. Australia's Great Barrier Reef, which stretches over an expanse of over 2,500 kilometres is the world's largest living structure. Made up of billions of tiny organisms called polyps which secrete calcium carbonate to protect themselves, this reef is a complex and diverse ecosystem that provides a home for many endangered animals. 

Hire a car in Cairns and take a dip at the Great Barrier Reef, then drive down to Sydney and Canberra and experience all of Australia's world record holders this summer. 

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Dec 2, 2015 at 9:52am PST