Exploring Australian Culture
Australia is much more than kangaroos and the iconic Opera House. Australia’s indigenous population—the Aboriginal and Indigenous Australians groups are the oldest living cultural group history in the world extending back at least 65,000 years—have a profound impact on culture and visual art. Indigenous Australians have a unique spirituality and belief system. They identify themselves through their land areas, their relationship to others and their language and stories—which may be expressed through ceremony, the arts, family, religion, and sports.
Australia is a continent with vast and beautiful spaces and landscapes, however most Australians live in cities and regional towns. The interior of the country is very dry and arid so most people live in the narrow, fertile coastal plains and on the southeastern coast. In Australian culture, outdoor life rules: swimming at stunning beaches, playing cricket, or having a barbecues in the park are popular activities.