People of Australia We come from all over the world

Australians are a very friendly open sort of people. We love our sports, our family barbecues and the beach. We are very urbanised - most of us living in the larger cities along the coast. Almost 94% of the population are of European decent and as a result we have a western outlook and culture. In general Australians are very tolerant of other people and their customs.

Australians The People of Australia

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The people of Australia are called Australians.

Australia has a population of approximately 24 million. Over 90% of the population is made up of immigrants or the children of immigrants who arrived here during the last two centuries. Almost 25% of Australians alive today was born overseas.

Aboriginals , the first Australians, arrived about 50,000 years ago.

Europeans arrived only in 1776. Since then migrates from over 200 countries i have come and settled here.

Australians speak English. But we have our own special words and phrases referred to as Strine. We spell our words like the British do. So, for example, we spell "color" as "colour".

Waltzing Matilda is Australia's most famous song and is know by people around the world.


Work What we do for a Living



Australians are one of the most urbanised societies in the world. Almost 80% of the workforce are employed in service industries such as: offices, banks, etc in the major cities.

About 16% work in manufacturing

About 3% are farmers or graziers (ranchers).

Wool is one of Australia's major exports. Wool shearing is hard work.

Australia is rich in mineral deposits. We mine and export alumina, iron, coal, copper,gold, uranium, etc all over the world.

About 1% work in the mining industry.


Sports We Love all sorts of Sports


Australian Football


During winter we play Australian Rules Football which is played with an oval ball on an oval field with eighteen players on each team. We also play Rugby.

 Playing Australian Football

In the summer we play cricket. Cricket is played with a flat bat and a round leather covered ball. Each team has 11 players. The objective of the game is to hit the ball as far as possible without getting "caught out" or without having the ball come in contact with your body or hitting the stumps (3 short poles behind the batsman).

Playing Cricket

We Love all sorts of Past times

SUrfing in Australia



Almost 85% of Australians live within a few hours drive of the coast.

Australian Lifesavers

Most major cities have bicycle tracks.


We love to race almost anything: horses, camels, goats, cockroaches and even earth worms.

Goat Racing

Australia has lots of wide open spaces and parks.