Australia does not only have a unique flora and fauna, but also the culture and traditions. It is a beautiful land in a setting, that words fail to describe. Its culture is a perfect example of a 'blend' possible by the integration of the old and the new.
Australia is lovingly referred to as the land 'down under' due to its geographical location. It is the result of the continental drift, that took place millions of years ago. As an island set far south on the planet, it is home to the most amazing flora and fauna, gorgeous animals like the kangaroos and koalas, wildlife, and human denizens. It ranks amongst one of the most urbanized populations in the world today.
Australian culture, like that of America, is an amalgamation of different traditions brought along by the early settlers and that of the indigenous Aborigines. The influx has survived colonization and war, establishing the people as pervasive and resilient. Native Australians and the settlers readily accepted the best of Irish, English, Asian, Italian, and Greek culture to ripen in a belief system that is not only intriguing, but also fascinating. There is little wonder why the nation is also sometimes referred to as the 'fattest nation!'.
Australia is monolingual. The English language is most widely spoken and the accent of the people has added a distinctive flavor and vocabulary to the original language. The other languages that co-exist are Greek, Italian, and Chinese. The Australian aboriginal languages have survived, but in time they have also joined the 'melting pot of differences', and the outcome is one single indigenous language with unique dialects and accents.
It flaunts universal recognition in filmmaking, music, painting, and theater. The traditional culture has been readily and successfully replaced by popular art culture from around the world. There are a number of art galleries, ballet theaters, and symphony orchestras and operas in the capital cities. The ancient culture of the natives, continues to thrive and co-exist in regional towns. This country has a history of film production. It is home to the world's first full-length feature film ― The Story of the Kelly Gang, and continues to attract filmmakers from across the globe even today. The beautiful locales and warm people are incentives enough for production houses from around the world to invest in Australia.
Australian architecture is best flaunted in the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Parliament House in Canberra. Most of the architecture highlights the European style buildings. The traditional wattle and daub huts are still seen in certain areas. There are also a number of tributes to Georgian style and Victorian architecture.
Vegemite is unique to Australia. This nutritious spread can be eaten at any meal. The other food components are pretty much like those seen in most European countries. Beef, pork, lamb, and fish are commonly eaten. They love their beer and an assortment of vermouth too.
Aboriginal culture has spotlighted the 'didgeridoo'. This wooden instrument makes a very distinct droning sound. Aboriginal and non-aboriginal performers are now adopting popular western musical forms like Yothu Yindi and Archie Roach. The earliest musical influences were brought inland by the free settlers, deported or exiled convicts, and sailors. Their classical music has been influenced by South-East Asian music and musical instruments, and American and European music.
Australians are very fond of sport, both as spectators and participants. Cricket, football, rugby, soccer, motor racing, golf, and horse racing are among the many other sports they enjoy.
They are known to display an attitude and character that is as strong as their beliefs. Their culture and traditions are reinforced in every attempt made to support one another and battle in unison against the elements. Their dress code is largely informal. Its people are supportive of a strong public health system and an education rostrum, that stands on the principles of unity, equality, fraternity, and necessary legislation.