A travelling experience Down Under is an experience like no other. It is a chance to see a country that is both rich in heritage as well as rich in a vibrant, up-and-coming kind of way too. Truly, it is something everybody should have on and then tick off their bucket list. And don’t let any silly misconceptions stop you from doing otherwise! Below you can find just a few of the myths surrounding a travelling experience in Australia that have been debunked for you.
You won’t be able to understand anybody thanks to slang
You can’t go anywhere in the world without hearing a local tang or slang, and Australia is no different. Yes, Aussies do shorten a lot of words and phrases such as the infamous barbie, which is of course slang for barbecue. But, Australians are not half as bad as you may think they are when it comes to slang usage, despite their generic portrayal in films and shows released outside of the country. No, you can go travel around Australia and be sure to understand at least 90% of what the locals will say to you.
There is a big, poisonous spider everywhere you turn
Yes, big, poisonous spiders do exists in Australia. But no, they aren’t everywhere you turn. In fact, if you travel to a part of Australia that is heavily inhabited, such as Sydney, you are likely not to see a spider at all (not a big one, anyway). Besides, there have been no reported deaths from a spider bite in Australia for nearly 40 years now, so you can rest assured that you’d be safe.
The sports aren’t taken seriously
If you think that sport isn’t taken serious in Australia just because they don’t have a huge interest in Soccer, then you are gravely mistaken. Sport is a huge part of the national identity of Australia, and a number of sports are taken extremely seriously there. Cricket is taken seriously, evidenced by the fact that Aussies up and down the land tune into the annual test match that takes place in Melbourne on Boxing Day each year. ‘Footy’, whether it be rugby or Australian Football League, is taken seriously, evidenced by the Kangaroos and the Wallabies continued success in rugby league and rugby union respectively, as well as the ever growing popularity in AFL tickets. And tennis is taken seriously, evidences by the fact that one of its four Grand Slam (major tournaments) takes place in Melbourne at the beginning of each calendar year. So, if you think that sport isn’t taken seriously Down Under just because your favourite sport isn’t played there seriously, then think again.
It’s always the summertime Down Under
Just because Australia is so far away from practically all of the rest of the world, and just because it is placed firmly in the southern hemisphere, it does mean that Australia is in a constant state of summer sunshine. The Australian summertime lasts generally from December to March. So, if travelling to Australia to sample its summer atmosphere is what you want to do, then make sure to book during these months. When you do, you may just end up skipping the winter of your country!