Misconceptions about Australia

Australians drive on the right

 

Australia is like Japan, people drive on the right.  Anyone who can drive in Japan can drive in Australia.  What is even better is the fact that Sydney doesn’t have as many narrow streets and bicycles everywhere.  It is easy for most Japanese to adapt to driving in Australia.  

 

Australians celebrate Halloween

 

Some Australians do celebrate Australia, but most people don’t.  There is also no trick or treating.  Like in Japan, some Australians dress up and go to parties.  

 

Sydney is the Capital City

 

Most Japanese think that Sydney is the capital city of Australia.  Sydney is the biggest and most economically important city in Australia, but Canberra is the capital city.  Originally Melbourne and Sydney both wanted to be the capital, so they decided to make the capital in between.  

 

Ayers rock can be climbed

 

Many students have told me that they want to climb Ayers rock. The government gave the land back to the Aborigines a long time ago.  They changed the name to the Aboriginal name, Uluru, and stopped tourists from climbing it.  It isn’t against the law to climb it, but the Aboriginal people do not want it.

 

There are kangaroos everywhere

A lot of people think that you can see kangaroos everywhere.  Unfortunately you almost never see kangaroos in and around Sydney.  I have driven through areas where there are kangaroo signs, but I have never seen a kangaroo in the wild.  There are no wild kangaroos at all in Sydney.  It is like saying we see raccoon dogs and bears in Osaka city.

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