Australian Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old australian quotes, australian sayings, and australian proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It's Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them. Hugh Mackay
There is something about the Australian psyche that seems to like films that are slightly offbeat. Nick Park
We are moving toward recognition of the first Australians in the Australian constitution. Kevin Rudd
Australians are a passionate lot. We are also a very practical lot. Kevin Rudd
By 1990, no Australian child will be living in poverty. Bob Hawke
Australians will never acquire a national identity until individual Australians acquire identities of their own. Patrick White
Australians and the British are very similar: If you try and stand out in any way, and you try to reach for success, someone is gonna be there to cut you down. Joel Edgerton
Australia is just so full of surprises. Bill Bryson
We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians. Kevin Rudd
Australia lives with a strange contradiction - our national image of ourselves is one of the Outback, and yet nearly all us live in big cities. Move outside the coastal fringe, and Australia can feel like a foreign country. Kate Grenville
Australians always want everyone to be average, as if the best thing you can do is fit in. Poppy King
In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents. Peter Garrett
Australians are very provincial in many ways. If they feel that you've used them as a stepping stone to bigger things, they resent it. Graham Russell
Lighting a cigarette with a sense of achievement for company made the journey worth it. S.A. Tawks
It is Australian innocence to love The naturally excessive and be proud Of a thoroughbred gelding who ran fast. Peter Porter
The Australian language is easier to learn than boat talk. It has a vocabulary of about six words. P. J. O'Rourke
It's rare that there's a role that requires an Australian accent. Heath Ledger
The Australian people want to help build this country into a great nation. This budget has not realized the capacity of the Australian people. It has underestimated them. It has let us down. Lionel Murphy
The Australian public are very fair and they are always prepared to give a leader of a major political party a fair go. Tony Abbott
The Australian accent is sort of like going down a step in smartness, you could say, because you guys pronounce things as they're spelled. We add and abbreviate stuff. Callan Mcauliffe
The Australian economy is resilient, but business and consumer confidence is fragile. Julie Bishop
There is nothing more Australian than spending time in somebody else's country Anonymous
We believe in the Australian promise; that if you work hard, you won't be left behind. Wayne Swan
Australian seafarers make an important contribution to national security in a country with thousands of kilometres of uninhabited coastline. Anthony Albanese
Australia is a nation of compassion. Courage and compassion. And the third of these great values: resilience. Kevin Rudd
The Australian people expect the Government to govern, they don't expect it to make excuses. Tony Abbott
Being an Australian that's been No. 1 in the world back home playing in Australia, that's a pretty cool moment to have. Jason Day
The Australian fans are really friendly and personable; the sense of humour is a lot less dry than the English. Tom Hopper
Australia's treatment of her Aboriginal people will be the thing on which the world will judge Australia and Australians - Not just now, but in the greater perspective of history. Gough Whitlam
The only time an Australian ever walks is when his car runs out of petrol. Barry Richards
But Australian intelligence doesn't trust anyone who speaks Russian or German. Peter Duncan
Australians are the nicest people, but you can only understand about half of what they say. Mike Reiss
Matching stuffed monkeys is always a sign of a good night. It's an old Australian saying. Andrew Miller
Australia is alive with the long history of the Indigenous people, our culture and our presence. Nowhere else in the world can you see and experience the oldest loving cultures of humankind. Marcia Langton
Aboriginal people around Australia follow various traditions and carry out important rites and rituals that mark the sacred in everyday life. This way, they transform states of being, people, animals, and places from mundane to sacred. Marcia Langton
Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe once noted, in the nineteenth century, more than six hundred thousand pianos were bought to Australia from across the sea, over the beaches, into ports and into cities, towns and farms, to actively enculturate the developing Australian public culture. Baden Offord
Australia's history since 1788 has been a story of black and white, acting upon and interacting with each other, in the great human drama we call colonialism. Richard Broome
For most of our past Aboriginal Australians rarely appeared in Australian History writing, so that we were presented with half a history-half an Australian Experience. Richard Broome
The aranda people of Central Australia believe that sometime in the distant past, sleeping superhuman beings, who were at the one time human and animal, spontaneously broke through the surface of a lifeless and cold earth. Richard Broome
Working-class Australians are known as 'little Aussie battlers'. John Blackman
On 14 February 1966, Australian currency changed from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents. Manning Clark
Civilization did not begin in Australia until the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Manning Clark
Big sticks is a term used for goal-posts in Aussie Rules football. If a player boots the ball through them he has kicked a goal. 'He's put it through the big sticks!'. John Blackman
Slops, another term for beer. A night 'on the slops' is a common pastime in Australia. John Blackman
Dead is that region of Australia situated in the middle of the arid Northern Territory. John Blackman
Australia is a paradoxical land. It is a modern, industrialized, and technologically advanced nation on a continent that is largely unpopulated. Francis Gordon Clarke
Australia's climate is not strictly predictable on seasonal lines but is subject to the vagaries of the El Nino phenomenon, with its characteristics cycles of drought and heavy rainfall. Francis Gordon Clarke
Australian male is increasingly unrepresentative; but the bush myth has yet to be replaced with an urban counterpart or beach-based legend with which Australians can identify. Francis Gordon Clarke
Australia prides itself on its friendly, laid-back ethos. Francis Gordon Clarke
By the time European observers arrived on the scene, Australian Aborigines had developed a fairly rigid pattern of clan and tribal territories. Francis Gordon Clarke
Few would argue that 'G'day' is the most world-renowned Aussie greeting, and there would be few Australians who have not used it at one time or another. Paul Bugeja
Australians are renowned both at home and abroad for their easy-going, friendly nature, although at time we tend to suffer the oft-discussed 'Tall Poppy Syndrome', which means compliments may come less often than not. Paul Bugeja
Far more often than complimenting each other, Aussies love to throw in their 'two bob's worth' of criticism when they feel it's due, giving as good as they get in terms of one upmanship in any duel of words. Paul Bugeja
Happy little vegemites means happy Australians, usually children. H.G. Nelson
The term 'mate' is an Aussie slang term for a friend. Ian McKenzie