Myths on Australia

Many international students planning to study in Australia share common misconceptions about life here. We hope you enjoy and share our forthcoming series of “myths”, and we look forward to talking to you when you are ready to undertake your Australian study adventure.

# 8 THE TASMANIAN DEVIL IS A SCREAMING, SPINNING, ANIMAL, LIKE THE CARTOON CHARACTER ‘TAZ’

# 8 THE TASMANIAN DEVIL IS A SCREAMING, SPINNING, ANIMAL, LIKE THE CARTOON CHARACTER ‘TAZ’
Warner Bros created a cartoon character based on the Tasmanian Devil, from Australia’s southernmost island state, Tasmania. The cartoon portrays an animal that chews through everything and anything, that spins around and is constantly emitting an incoherent scream. The truth is that real Tasmanian Devils never spin around - in reality, Tasmanian Devils are timid creatures that will only fight...

# 7 AUSTRALIA IS ONLY A SMALL NATION WITH NOT MANY PEOPLE

# 7 AUSTRALIA IS ONLY A SMALL NATION WITH NOT MANY PEOPLE
Yes. It’s true, with our tiny population we make up less than half a percent of the world’s entire population. We tend to accept the categorization that we are only a “small nation”. Nonetheless, we possess a massive country. We are the sixth largest country on the planet as well as the world’s largest island. We have around 23.13 million people in the whole of our country, yet in the...

# 6 KANGAROOS ARE THE OFFICIAL SYMBOL OF AUSTRALIA

# 6 KANGAROOS ARE THE OFFICIAL SYMBOL OF AUSTRALIA
Actually, the kangaroo is an unofficial symbol of Australia. However, it appears as an emblem on the Australian Coat of Arms and on some of our currency, and is used as a symbol by our national airline Qantas and the Royal Australian Air Force. In their natural habitat, wild kangaroos are shot for meat, leather hides, and to protect grazing land. Kangaroo meat is healthier for human consumption...

# 5 THE SEAS ARE FULL OF SHARKS, AND THEY BITE!

# 5 THE SEAS ARE FULL OF SHARKS, AND THEY BITE!
This is one ‘myth’ that has an element of truth. There are attacks on surfers and swimmers, and deaths from shark bites do occur. There are shark alarms that do clear beaches of swimmers in summer, and 170 of the 400 species of sharks worldwide, inhabit Australian waters, from the world’s largest - the whale shark - to one of the smallest - the pygmy shark - and of course, the equally...

# 4 IT IS ALWAYS SUMMER WEATHER IN AUSTRALIA.

# 4 IT IS ALWAYS SUMMER WEATHER IN AUSTRALIA.
Australia does have a great climate, with an average top temperature across the country of 86F/30C, but we do see a fall in the winter average to 59F/15C. Each State and Territory has various degrees of hot and cold – it snows in the southern Alpine regions and there is tropical rainforest in the northern region. A beach lifestyle is common though - we have more than 10,000 beaches and more...

# 3 ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S POISONOUS AND DEADLY ANIMALS WILL KILL ME.

# 3 ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S POISONOUS AND DEADLY ANIMALS WILL KILL ME.
It is true that Australia is home to many venomous and deadly creatures such as snakes, crocodiles, jellyfish, sharks and spiders. Of the top 25 deadliest snakes in the world, 20 are found here. We are also home to the world’s most venomous marine creature – the Box Jellyfish, as well as the only spider able to kill a human being in less than two hours. However, despite our scary reputation...

# 2 SYDNEY IS THE CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA, OR IS IT MELBOURNE?

# 2 SYDNEY IS THE CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA, OR IS IT MELBOURNE?
Many national events are held in the harbour side metropolis of Sydney, and both Sydney and Melbourne are hugely popular cities with visitors. However Australia’s capital city is actually Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory, 153 miles or 247 kilometres from Sydney. Canberra is home to Australia’s Federal Parliament and many Federal Government Departments are based in the...

# 1 THERE ARE CUTE KOALA BEARS IN EVERY TREE.

# 1 THERE ARE CUTE KOALA BEARS IN EVERY TREE.
Actually, the Koala is not a bear at all. They are marsupials – or a pouched mammal – they are more closely related to Kangaroos. Everyone loves these cuddly marsupials but they are not in every backyard, and you don’t see them in every tree. In the wild they are actually quite difficult to find. Their diet is made up of leaves from the Australian Eucalyptus tree, and the leaves are so...

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