Australians don’t drink Fosters, don’t wear crocodile-tooth caps, and don’t jump around in kangaroo pouches… However, certain misconceptions about Australians are genuine. Visitors to Australia admire the laid-back larrikin attitude and bone-dry sense of humor of the Australians.
Australians are laid-back.
When visiting Australia, there aren’t many expressions more common than “no worries, mate.” Perhaps it’s the sun, the kilometers of beaches, the beautiful nature, or the high quality of life, but nothing seems to get under Australians’ skin. Even when things go wrong, there’s another saying in Aussie slang that keeps things cool: “she’ll be right, pal.”
Australians are irreverent.
No one is more beloved in Australia than the larrikin, the stereotype of a good-hearted individual who defies authority and isn’t afraid to break the laws. Manning Clark, Australia’s preeminent historian, describes the larrikin as someone who enjoys “mocking pomposity and smugness, knocking the piss out of others, pulling down tall poppies… bigger than life, sceptical, iconoclastic, egalitarian yet suffering fools terribly, and, above all, rebellious.” Or, to put it another way, a cheeky bugger – and every Aussie has a liberal sprinkling of that trait.
Australians are amusing.
That similar irreverence is reflected in the Australian sense of humor, which pervades practically every conversation. Australians’ dry, self-deprecating, sardonic, teasing humor — which is much more difficult to understand when the accent and terminology are factored in — can be perplexing to visitors, so don’t take offense if an Aussie makes fun of you; it indicates they like you. You genuinely want to be the butt of the joke, the target of the piss-take, the one being warned about drop bears – it’s an upside-down expression of affection.
Australians are straightforward.
Simple, not dopey. Nothing makes an Aussie happier than a BBQ with their family, a day at the beach with their friends, a beer at the cricket (ideally while watching the Aussies thrash the Poms in the Ashes) – simple pleasures rather than extravagant ones. This disdain for pomp and grandeur is most likely a resurgence of the larrikin anti-authoritarian streak.
The people of Australia are diverse.
To take a line from Australia’s de facto national anthem, ‘I Am Australian,’ we are one yet many, and we come from all over the world. The 2016 Census revealed that Australia has a higher percentage of its population born overseas (26%) than New Zealand (23%), Canada (22%), the United States (14%), and the United Kingdom (14%). (13 percent ). Indigenous Australian culture has persisted for millennia, and waves of immigration from all over the world – initially from Britain and Ireland, then Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa – have formed one of the world’s most successful multicultural nations.
Australians are tolerant.
More than six million Australians were born abroad, from Nepal to the Netherlands and everywhere, and this diversity necessitates tolerance. Australians aren’t perfect, but they’ve learned a lot from the decades of immigrants who helped build such a prosperous multicultural nation. There are few countries with a more vibrant LGBTQIA+ scene than Australia – one of the country’s most adored symbols is a bloke in a dress, and one of the country’s favorite films follows a gang of drag queens on a road trip across the outback.
Australians are gorgeous.
Miranda Kerr, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, the Hemsworth family… Do you need any further proof? Okay, they may be the A-list of the Australian gene pool, but try not to swoon over the bronzed, granite-hard bodies sunning themselves on Bondi Beach and then try to argue that Australians aren’t stone-cold sexy.
Australians are tough.
The fact that Australians can survive on an island infested with sharks, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, jellyfish, drop bears, and any other horrific creatures yearning to bring them to an early grave is survival of the fittest stuff that Charles Darwin could’ve written a book on.
Australians are friendly.
“Friendly locals” is right up there with “hidden gem” and “off the beaten track” as the eldest travel-writing cliches. However tired that phrase may seem, it is completely correct when defining Australians. Aussies aren’t as outgoing as Americans, but they’re just as personable – start with a smile and a “G’day, mate,” and you’re well on your way to making a new acquaintance.
The Australian people are devoted.
The concept of loyalty is not unique to Australia, but mateship – an idiom based on the ubiquitous term of address mate and evoking a spirit of loyalty, equality, and mutual support – is one of the country’s most dearly treasured characteristics. “Australia has a strong tradition of mateship where people help and receive help from others voluntarily, especially in times of distress… A mate might be a husband, a partner, a brother, a sister, a child, or a friend. A friend can equally be a complete stranger.”