35 Things Only True Aussies Know

By: Hania Syed
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35 Things Only True Aussies Know
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About This Quiz

Australia's a quirky country, with the isolation resulting in some pretty funny ways of living. We're known for our interesting lingo, rowdy attitudes and general way of life which focuses on taking things easy. There are plenty of unique things which bring all Aussies together. In fact, we take a lot of pride in what makes us Australian, whether that's heaping up the Milo or slathering on the Vegemite!

However, with all our unique traditions, we've seen plenty of misinformation and stereotypes about what Aussies are like. Do we ride kangaroos to school? Have we all been in a tussle with a shark before? And what childhood memories and pop culture references unite us all? This is the quiz you need to sort fact from fiction and determine how much of a real Aussie you are! 

Think you're the real deal when it comes to all things Australiana? Can you tell your sangas from your snags? Or your cozzies from your mozzies? This is the ultimate test for Australians, covering 35 things only true Aussies know. With Australia being an incredibly diverse and vast country, this quiz might not be as easy as you think! Let's see how you fare with Australian memes, meals and more.

Aussies 1 The bustling city of Melbourne is known for its crazy weather. What's it like?
Insanely hot
Frequently flash flooding
Wildly stormy
Incredibly unpredictable
All Aussies know that Melbourne is known for its wild weather, with locals often quipping that the city sees four seasons in a day. Some days it can be boiling in the morning and pouring rain in the evening!

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Aussies 2 Which Wiggle has been part of the entertainment group for the longest?
Anthony
Anthony, far right, is the only original cast member left in the beloved children's show "The Wiggles." The other three original members have since retired from their roles, and the Wiggles now have new members — including the first female Wiggle ever!
Jeff
Greg
Murray

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Aussies 3 You bring a pack of Arnott's Family Assorted biscuits to a party. Which bikkie will be snapped up first?
Scotch finger
Nice
Choc ripple
It's widely known that the choc ripple biscuit is everyone's favourite Arnott's biscuit. The more "mature" flavours, like the Scotch finger and the Nice biscuit, are typically left until last! Lucky you if they're your favourites.
Milk arrowroot

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Aussies 4 How deadly is the Australian drop bear?
Absolutely lethal
Every real Aussie knows the true danger of drop bears (which sometimes camouflage as koalas). They're known to plunge down from tree canopies to savagely attack humans. Of course, if you're a real Aussie, you'll know this is a joke. ;)
Can be dangerous if angered
Not harmful at all
Dangerous if wet

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Aussies 5 Your mate is suffering from tall poppy syndrome. What is going on with them?
They're growing too tall.
They are becoming forgetful.
They are outperforming others or overachieving.
Aussies are known for abhorring tall poppy syndrome, which refers to someone outperforming or overachieving above others. It's thought to be pretentious in our egalitarian society!
They are collecting too many houseplants.

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Aussies 6 How many prime ministers did Australia go through between 2007 and 2018?
Seven
Australia had a whirlwind 11 years which saw seven prime ministers go in and out of office: John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Rudd again, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison. No job security there!
Three
Four
Two

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Aussies 7 Which Aussie tune is guaranteed to start a singalong?
"Africa" by Toto
"I Want You" by Savage Garden
"The Horses" by Daryl Braithwaite
This song has become a phenomenal meme in Australia and is guaranteed to get everyone singing along at the top of their lungs at any event or social function. Make sure to get familiar with the lyrics!
"Eagle Rock" by Daddy Cool

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Aussies 8 Which male comedian is known for his role as a teenage girl?
Dave Hughes
Hamish Blake
Adam Hills
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley gained legend status by playing a schoolgirl called Ja'mie in the hit show "Summer Heights High," and then in a spinoff focusing just on her, titled "Ja'mie: Private School Girl." Both sitcoms are mockumentaries.

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Aussies 9 How old is the Indigenous Australian culture?
Over 40,000 years old
Known as the oldest culture in the world, Indigenous Australians are thought to have inhabited the continent for over 40,000 years. Their traditions and ancestral knowledge continue to influence Australian culture.
Around 10,000 years old
30,000 years old
5,000 years old

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Aussies 10 Who gained infamy for throwing a house party?
Kath & Kim
Paul Hogan
Nick Kyrgios
Corey Worthington
Quickly becoming an internet meme, rowdy teen Corey Worthington remained defiant when interviewed on live television about an out-of-control house party he threw in the late 2000s. "I'm not taking my sunnies off" is now an iconic phrase.

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Aussies 11 Which of these items does not belong at a children's birthday party?
Supermarket mud cake
Fairy bread
Sausage rolls
HSP
While all these items are classic Australian foods, the HSP (or Halal Snack Pack) is the one that doesn't quite belong at a children's party. It's instead a much-loved late night snack for many Aussies.

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Aussies 12 Which Australian politician is known for their nasal catchphrase "Please explain"?
Sarah Hansen-Young
Julia Gillard
Pauline Hanson
Controversial politician Pauline Hanson quickly became famous for her interesting way of speaking, with this snippet in an interview now being a well-known meme that we love to parody. Her political party is called Pauline Hanson's One Nation.
Jacqui Lambie

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Aussies 13 What is the hardware store Bunnings most known for?
Their great selection of hardware
Their friendly staff
Their sausage sizzles
Yep, the Bunning's sausage sizzle is so loved that many people only go to the hardware store for the humble sausage, onions and tomato sauce wrapped up in a slice of white bread. Have some nuts and bolts on the side?
Their giveaways

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Aussies 14 Imagine you're lost in the bush. What's the best way of orienting yourself?
Never Eat Soggy Weet-Bix
Every primary school kid learnt to orient themselves by keeping Never Eat Soggy Weet-Bix in mind. This adage still helps many Aussie adults remember their directions! It's a great example of a mnemonic.
North Easy, South Wicked
Not Every Surfer Waves
Now Every Snake Wiggles

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Aussies 15 What coffee order do Aussies love the most?
Cappucino
Mocha
Flat white
Australians invented the flat white, which consists of espresso and microfoam. It's similar to a latte, but smaller and more concentrated. We Aussies are incredibly fond of our coffee, with the flat white reigning supreme.
Latte

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Aussies 16 You've just spotted a bin chicken — what is it?
Magpie
Raw chicken in the bin
Ibis
The freaky-looking ibis is known by Australians as the bin chicken, due to its scavenging habits. It's even been voted as the runner-up in Australia's favourite bird competition as a joke!
Seagull

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Aussies 17 Which TV show jingle starts with "Have you ever/ Ever felt like this?"
"Saddle Club"
"Round the Twist"
"Round the Twist" is an iconic Aussie kids' show with a focus on fantasy and comedy. The opening theme song is something many Aussies still remember, and people even visit the lighthouse featured in the show.
"Play School"
"Giggle and Hoot"

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Aussies 18 Which instrument has every Aussie kid mastered?
The triangle
The recorder
Aussie kids all know the horrific sound of the recorder and the feeling of having to perform "Hot Cross Buns" for the entire school. Were you one of the kids who went from learning the recorder to playing another woodwind instrument?
The bongo drums
The ukulele

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Aussies 19 What was traditionally the most essential component of any Australia Day hangout?
A dip in the backyard pool
A game of Twister
The triple j Hottest 100 countdown
Aussies around the country vote for their favourite songs of the year, which are then announced on the annual triple j Hottest 100 radio show. In recent years, controversy over the appropriateness of celebrating Australia Day has caused radio station triple j to choose a new date for the countdown.
A Macca's run

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Aussies 20 Which Australian PM infamously chomped down on a raw onion?
John Howard
Kevin Rudd
Malcolm Turnbull
Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott was famously out of touch as a prime minister, once taking a bite out of a whole raw onion, not even peeled, while touring a farm in Tasmania. He's also been known for donning Speedos!

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Aussies 21 What will most year 12 students be found doing on their last day of class?
Participating in muck up day
Muck up day refers to pranks carried out by year 12 students on their last day of school before exams. From toilet papering the school to getting creative with chalk, Aussies have heaps of fun traditions for muck up day.
Throwing graduation caps in the air
Applying to university
Going to Bali

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Aussies 22 How are wheelie bins typically used in the summer?
For storing drinks
For keeping out snakes
For backyard cricket
Wheelie bins are typically used as cricket stumps for backyard cricket games, with stickers or sticky tape being used to mark the stumps. What better way to spend the summer? Note to non-Aussies: a wheelie bin is simply a large outdoor trash can with wheels.
For taking out the rubbish

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Aussies 23 The classic Aussie film "Crocodile Dundee" features what famous line?
"How's the serenity?"
"Look at me!"
"You're terrible, Muriel."
"That's not a knife. That's a knife."
"Crocodile Dundee," released in 1986, is an iconic Australian movie featuring a classic depiction of an Aussie bloke. The action-comedy is still well-known and adored by many Aussies.

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Aussies 24 Who won the first season of "Australian Idol"?
Ricki-Lee
Shannon Noll
Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian is the wildly successful winner of the first season of "Australian Idol," now an internationally recognised artist. Other famous contestants include Jessica Mauboy and Matt Corby.
Delta Goodrem

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"Australia"
"Crocodile Dundee"
One reason "Crocodile Dundee" is such a classic is its legendary sales around the world. The movie has in fact shaped how many people view Australians. Paul Hogan played the title character.
"Happy Feet"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"

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Aussies 26 If you've just won a new trophy, where should it go?
Straight to the pool room
This classic line comes from the legendary Australian film "The Castle," in which any prized or treasured possession is taken straight to the pool room, which is essentially a man cave! The beloved movie was shot in just 11 days.
On the bookshelf
On a mantel
In the trophy room

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Aussies 27 How do Australians say "no"?
"Nein"
"Nope"
"Yeah, nah"
Often confusing for visitors, "yeah, nah" is a sort of casual, dismissive "no," while "nah, yeah" is a "yes." Context and tone are key here, so make sure to listen out for this when met with a "yeah, nah" or "nah, yeah."
"Nah, yeah"

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Aussies 28 Which of these "big things" does not exist in Australia?
Big Banana
Big Prawn
Big Pineapple
Big Chip
Australia is known for its big things, with some of the most famous including the Big Banana, Big Prawn and Big Pineapple. Unfortunately, the Big Chip does not exist (yet)! How many of these landmarks have you visited?

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Aussies 29 Which one of these is not an Australian invention?
Flight recorder
Hills Hoist
Bluetooth
For a country with a relatively small population, Australia has developed some very important inventions. Unfortunately, we can't claim Bluetooth, which was invented by a Dutchman. For non-Aussies: a Hills Hoist is an awesome rotary clothesline.
Wi-Fi

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Crows
Magpies
Magpies are known to be savage creatures, especially during spring — September and October — when they are more determined to protect their nests. This is known as swooping season, with magpies swooping down on humans who get too close to their nests.
Emus
Turkeys

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Aussies 31 What is Motor Finance Wizard going to say to you?
No worries
Done deal
YES
Car loan provider Motor Finance Wizard was known for their incessant advertisements in the 2000s, in which they continuously repeated, "Motor Finance Wizard says yes!" The catchphrase is well known by all Aussies!
Absolutely!

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The Great Emu War
An Australian Prime Minister going missing on a swim
A live platypus being sent to Winston Churchill
Parliament House being rebuilt after a fire
While Canberra has an Old Parliament House and New Parliament House, the new one was only built to accommodate the needs of the government better — not because the old one burnt down!

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Aussies 33 Who asked, "Where the bl***y h**l are ya?" in an ill-fated tourism ad?
Kylie Minogue
Nicole Kidman
Lara Bingle
A tourism ad featuring supermodel Lara Bingle asking, "Where the bl**** h** are ya?" quickly became a joke among Aussies, due to how forced it sounded and how it didn't translate well to other countries. The ad was banned in the U.K.
Margot Robbie

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Aussies 34 What phone number can true Aussies never get out of their minds?
000
911
13 22 00
1300 6 555 06
The Reading Writing Hotline had a famous jingle in their TV ads that featured their phone number. You can bet every Aussie remembers the melody of their "one three double oh six triple five oh six!"

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Aussies 35 What will you find on Ramsay Street?
"The Bachelor" house
The "Bondi Rescue" team
The set of "Home & Away"
The fictional location of "Neighbours"
The classic Australian soapie "Neighbours" is set on the fictitious Ramsay Street in the equally fictitious suburb of Erinsborough. The actual location of filming is in the Melbourne suburb of Vermont.

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