Australia: Beyond the Stereotypes
There are many Australian stereotypes. Whether they've been formed by films and television shows such as Crocodile Dundee and Neighbours or simply dreamt up, Australia can sometimes be seen as a society of desert dwelling, 'barbie' operating beer lovers. Let's bust a few of those unfounded, inaccurate stereotypes that surround Australian culture.
Beyond the desert is a variety of landscapes, from the stunning Blue Mountains to Lord Howe Island - not forgetting all the National Parks dotted around. The varied landscape features an array of wildlife, but don't worry, it's not all dangerous; you'll be able to meet kangaroos and koalas as well as whales, camels and penguins. After whale-watching, follow the picturesque New South Wales coastline for stunning beaches with world-famous surf breaks. With surfing so easily accessible here, the sport-obsessed Australians are also keen to play other sports such as cricket, rugby or football.
Australians are great lovers of beer, however they're also great lovers of wine. New South Wales retains world-renowned vineyards and produces a vast collection of flavours due to the variety in landscapes; the Hunter Valley has especially made its mark as Australia's oldest wine region, famous for its crisp Semillon. Complementing the wine is the taste of freshly-caught seafood in vibrant coastal towns such as Bryon Bay and Coffs Harbour. Plus, Sydney has developed a particular reputation for its unique street food vendors; from homemade halloumi burgers to golden schnitzels, Sydney's street food will delight your taste buds.
After a hard day's work, Australians know how to have a good time. Oxford Street is known for its wacky entertainment and bars as well as the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade that takes place in March.
So next time you plan a trip to visit Sydney and New South Wales, you're find more than just the stereotypes you've grown to know. From their exquisite selection of food and wines to the beautiful scenery and variety of activities, you'll experience everything you could want in an Australian holiday, right here.
- Australians are known to love their beer, consuming on average 76 million litres a year.
- Australians are also known for their vast selection of wines with the Hunter Valley boasting over 150 wineries and cellar doors!
- Known for the ‘outback’, it is believed that Australia is made up of all desert and nothing else.
- Beyond the desert, there’s jungle, the snow-capped Australian Alps and tropical paradises covering the country’s coasts. The highest peak is Mount Kosciusko reaching 2,228m along the Australian Alps, in New South Wales.
- Two thirds of Australians live within the major cities with 1 in 6 in Sydney alone.
- New South Wales features many different landscapes such as the Hinterland region with its stunning waterfalls and vast National Parks. Great for those looking to escape from city life.
- If all Australians live by the coast that must mean they’re all able to surf.
- Although over 6 million Australians surf and another 2 million have tried it, most Aussies prefer other popular sports such as rugby or cricket. Australia has also won the Rugby League World Cup the most times.
- Australia is known to be home to some of the world’s deadliest snakes and spiders.
- Australia is home to a very diverse selection of wildlife, where you can find the largest herd of camels and 18 varieties of penguins!
- Australians love to barbecue when the weather’s good.
- With New South Wales sitting along some of the best coastline in the world, it’s also home to an array of exquisite seafood, oysters being a specialty.
- Australians are known to enjoy watching and participating in lots of sports.
- Australians enjoy a diverse selection of activities. Sydney’s festivals celebrate local produce and culture including wine, food and music!
- The animal is native to Australia and used as a national icon.
- You’ll typically find Kangaroos outside of the cities on farmland and within the outback, some have even adapted to live in trees.
- Most Australian’s cities are near the sea, such as Sydney. Does it mean Australians wear swimsuits all the time?
- First opened in 1892, The Strand Arcade in Sydney is home to local high-end designer shops.
- This association developed as the Australia’s drinking culture descended from Europe. Pubs were the first buildings to be put up when settlers came over from the west and cities were build up around them.
- The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is internationally famous and highly popular. Over 40,000 people attend the different events taking place during the Month of Love!