8 Myths About Australia Debunked

8 Myths About Australia Debunked

Some people think Australia is full of cuddly koala bears, people drinking Foster’s beer, convicts and full of dangerous animals. These are actually not true – here are 8 myths about Australia that have been debunked.

 

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1   Australia was discovered by Captain Cook

People often credit Captain James Cook with discovering Australia in 1770 but there are three problems with this idea. For one, the continent had already been ‘discovered’ by indigenous people who had been living in Australia for tens of thousands of years. Second, the Chinese had already been to Australia by the 15th century and then the Dutch in the 1600’s. Lastly, Captain Cook wasn’t even a captain at the time, he was actually a lieutenant.

 

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2   All Australians descended from convicts

While Britain did transport more than 160,000 convicts to Australia between 1788 and 1868, not every Australian came from these people. One-fourth of Australians were born overseas.

 

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3   Australians speak English

So this may be partially true, but not completely. The first Australians spoke around 300 languages before colonization. Today one in five people speak a language other than English when at home, and it commonly Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese.

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4   The toilets flush backwards

The direction that the toilet flushes actually has nothing to do with whether on not the toilet is in the southern hemisphere. It has to do with the shape of the basin and there isn’t a correct way for a toilet to flush.

 

5   Koalas are bears

Koalas are actually marsupials, meaning they carry their babies in a pouch and are not related to bears.

 

6   Sydney is the capital

In 1901 Australia was federated but the two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t agree on what city should be the capital. So Canberra is a city that was planned to settle the squabble. Canberra sits outside any state jurisdiction much like how Washington D.C. does.

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7   Australia is hot

Australia is pretty warm in some areas, but it isn’t hot everywhere. Melbourne can dip to 14 degrees C in winter, as cold as a winter day in London. There is even snow in places like Thredbo and Perisher in NSW and Mount Hotham and Falls Creek in Victoria.

 

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8  Everyone drinks Fosters

Australians actually love amber nectar and domestic brands like Victoria Bitter as well as a vibrant craft brew scene. Fosters is actually brewed in Manchester England, and is consumed there as well.

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