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The oldest surviving traditions and cultures globally are known as being of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The ancestors are said to have inhabited Australia almost 60 000 years ago, living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

The indigenous population in Australia is still growing, and in 2006 it was estimated that over 500 000 indigenous people were living in Australia.

Languages

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Australian English is a wide variety of Australia’s languages with a major distinguishable difference from British and American English. The unique manner in which Australian English was crafted can be heard with the unique accents, pronunciations, idioms, vocabulary, and spelling are more associated with British English.

Australian English is spoken by nearly 80% of the popularity, with Mandarin, Italian, and Arabic being among the other three most-spoken home languages.

Humour

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Australia is well known for its humour in both entertainment and its identity. Mainly characterised as ironic, dry, and irreverent, it was exemplified by the works of performing artists like Barry Humphries and Paul Hogan. The style of humour famous for being Aussie humour was first established by anti-authoritarianism in the early colonial period.

With a strong tradition of self-mockery, the humour is highly quirky and with characters such as Crocodile Dundee and The Castle. Even some cultural festivals showcase local comedians.

Music

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Especially when looking at the Aboriginal culture, music has significant importance in Australian tradition. The Aboriginals are well known to be using famous wooden instruments such as the didgeridoo, especially in Northern Australia. Some of their most renowned pop stars include Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave.

Some Aboriginal musicians have turned their hand to Western popular musical forms, with some achieving considerable commercial success, such as Lionel Rose and Jimmy Little. The aboriginal music and arts are celebrated so mainly that there is an annual celebration known as The Deadly Awards to thank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for their music, sports, and entertainment achievements.

Cuisine and Beverages

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Australian cuisine mainly involves British and Indigenous origins with Mediterranean and Asian cultural influences. The country’s vast amount of quality mats provides barbecue as a cherished national tradition, with seafood also being one of Australia’s most widely enjoyed cuisines.

These cultural points have been involved throughout history, with everything starting with the aboriginal communities still living the same hunter-gatherer lifestyle that they have been accustomed to for the past 60 000 years.