Australia: Beyond the Stereotypes

Kangaroos in NSW

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.
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