When we think of England, we imagine rain pouring over green countryside, whilst polite, posh people sit inside their cottages sipping tea and obsessing over the queen. Most British people will tell you that although they love a good cup of tea, and yes it does rain a lot, that view of England isn’t even close to being accurate. When we think of America, you might imagine overweight people obsessing over guns and sports, eating fast food constantly but always being sure to tip their server. Again, the more Americans we meet, the more we realise that this is wrong.
So what do people think of when they consider Australia? Everyone lives by the beach and is super chilled out, drinking beer and cooking everything on the barbeque. The outback is on their doorstep, kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, snakes, and deadly spiders are everywhere, and it’s hot and sunny all year round. Everyone wears singlets, shorts and thongs all the time and is ridiculously tanned, attractive and in great shape.
If you’re in Sydney or Melbourne, for example, right now you will be well aware that it is neither hot nor sunny – yes, winter is real. There’s no danger of seeing a kangaroo hop past your window or a crocodile on the beach. People rarely wear singlets or thongs – the cities are too stylish and far too cold. Some visitors to Australia are disappointed by the lack of shrimp on the barbie, as they realise that everything they thought they knew about this country was a lie. But if you head north-east, there’s a place where Australian stereotypes come to life, a place where your Australian dreams come true: Far North Queensland. Here’s 10 ways in which Far North Queensland fulfils your Australian stereotypes.
- The weather
Whilst other parts of Aus do experience cold winters, with temperatures dropping below zero at times, it is unlikely to see temperatures below 20 degrees in FNQ. It does get cloudy and (very) rainy at times, but Queensland is called the sunshine state for a reason.
Sydney and Melbourne may be style capitals, but FNQ is where you’ll find your laid-back, natural looking Aussies. Many will be wearing singlets, and even more will be wearing thongs. Most will wear little to no makeup and rock a natural look. Unfortunately those hats with the corks hanging off were a lie though – nobody wears those.
- Friendly people
It may be true that in general Australians are a friendly bunch, but it can be argued that we see this more in FNQ for some reason. People are pretty chilled out, smiley, and happy to help a mate out.
- Tanned people
Whilst it’s not true that all Aussies tan really easily and are brown all the time, the weather in FNQ does mean that a lot of the people there are rocking a tan. As for everybody being super attractive and athletic, people come in all shapes and sizes wherever you go and FNQ is no exception.
Not all of FNQ is by the sea, but it is home to some beautiful beaches and must-drive coastal highways. There are a fair few surfers up here too, but not as many as the stereotypes would have us think. Shocker – not all Australians are surfers.
- The Outback
Yes, the Northern outback is partially in Queensland, so we have that covered too. It’s exactly what most people expect, with red earth, a few small towns, and very few people per square mile.
Thanks to Steve Irwin, everybody thinks they’ll see crocs everywhere in Aus. They’re not everywhere, but saltwater crocodiles are around in FNQ. Do be careful about where you swim and pay attention to signs warning you about crocodiles. They do sometimes wander out of the water to hang out, too. But also remember that on average only one person in Australia is killed by a crocodile each year.
Australia is home to over 2,400 species of spider, and the tropical natural of FNQ seems to attract them to the area. But contrary to common belief, most of them don’t have the potential to kill you. Whilst some are potentially dangerous, anti-venom is widely available so it is highly unlikely that you’ll die for a spider bite. Also, if you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone too.
Yes, Australia is also home to around 170 species of snakes, including 9 of the top 10 deadliest snake species on the planet. But we don’t see them as often as you’d think, and like spiders, they really just want to be left alone.
When people travel to Aus, seeing a kangaroo or a wallaby is pretty exciting. Far North Queensland does have a few, although you won’t see them as often as the stereotypes would lead you to believe.