Student blog: 6 common myths about Brisbane, busted
Bibidh Subedi is an IT student at Queensford College. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, he has a profound interest in literature and football.
To the rest of the world, Brisbane is probably a land with scorching weather, a beach season all year round, brawny jumping kangaroos and world's deadliest animals that are just waiting with bated breath to get you. You would be surprised to learn all of these aren't true!
Here we bust some fun myths about Brisbane and Australia.
Myth: "Mate" is the most popular slang word
Fact: You may have heard that everyone says "mate" all the time. It's true - this is a really popular word, but a lot of the commentary about Australians overdoes this a bit.
Slang words like "g'day", "cheers", "good on ya", "no worries" and "barbie" are quite popular too. It's even common for people to tell you "see you later" even though you’re probably never going to see them again.
Myth: Brisbane is hot throughout the year
Fact: It is usually hot for about three months in Brisbane and the temperature during the day can rise to 31 to 33 degree Celsius. People often forget the fact that Australia has spring, autumn and winter where the temperature is much cooler. So, we hate to disappoint, but it isn't beach season all year too.
While people do swim all year round, it can get a bit chilly in the water in winter. But you probably won't think that if you're Canadian or even a New Zealander, both of whom have been known to stride around on cold days remarking that it’s not really cold compared to where they came from. Yeah, mate. We heard you the first time. We’re still not getting in the water in winter.
Are you worried about getting a sun burn during summer though? No worries! Just slip, slop, slap*.
*Australian slang for slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat to reduce skin cancer risks.
Myth: Kangaroos beat people up
Fact: Kangaroos don’t go looking for people to attack. You won’t find kangaroos hopping around the inner city. You can find them, however, at the Australian Zoo or at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ready to take a cute picture with you.
Nevertheless, you need to be cautious around kangaroos. They can attack if they feel threatened as it is with any other animal. Kangaroo mobs often have a male leader who can be a bit aggressive if they think you’re challenging them. Word of advice? Don’t mess with kangaroos. They really don’t want to mess with you.
Myth: There are deadly creatures everywhere
Fact: Houses in Brisbane aren’t full of spiders and bees, you will not find snakes in all the bushes and the waters are not swarming with crocodiles and sharks. You will hardly find these creatures anywhere in Brisbane – unless you really go searching for them. The only creatures you might find almost everywhere are the Brisbane-famous ibis or bin chickens.
So, the next time something is searching through your trash bin, don’t be afraid - it isn’t a mutant rat, it most probably is just a possum! Ok, maybe some cane toads if it’s a wet night.
Myth: You can’t survive without a car
Fact: Public transport is cheaper, quicker and stress free. So, it is only going to be difficult living without a car if the nearest bus or train station is 30 minutes away. But if you are living in one of the Brisbane city suburbs, you will be well connected to most of the parts around the city via public transport.
The bus, train and ferry services are quick and convenient ways to travel in and around the city and they offer discounts for students and pensioners. There are even free loop bus services which run between the CBD and Spring Hill areas.
Myth: There isn’t much to do in Brisbane
Fact: There are fun activities in Brisbane throughout the year for all ages and people with different interests. Whether you are keen for a dip in the middle of the city or want to get a photo holding a koala, Brisbane has got you covered.
It does not matter if you are a food enthusiast, sports lover, nature wanderer or if you are looking for some adventurous, free or fun night activities, there are plenty of things for you to do in Brisbane.