The US is a big deal, and with our endless innovation and new ideas, it’s no wonder the cultural impact of the states has been felt worldwide – and we mean worldwide! Even as far as Australia, there are so many great things from the US that the Aussies cannot resist. Without further ado, here are 19 such examples in the land down under.
While Australia has its own cinematic gems, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood remain irresistible. Big-budget movies, with their star-studded casts and epic storylines, never fail to draw Aussie crowds to theaters.
Australia has embraced the spooky spirit of Halloween with gusto. Trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and costume parties have become increasingly popular, making October 31st a day of fun and fright.
Jazz and Blues
Originating from the deep south of America, jazz and blues have found a passionate audience down under. Festivals celebrating these genres are scattered throughout Australia, proving the universal appeal of these soulful tunes.
Though not an Australian tradition, the essence of Thanksgiving – sharing gratitude over a feast – has charmed many. Some Aussies even host their own version of the turkey-centric celebration.
The craft beer movement, originating from the US, has poured into Australian pubs and bars. Brews from American microbreweries often find their way into Aussie glasses, showcasing the shared love for unique flavors.
While cricket and rugby dominate, sports like American football and baseball have carved a niche. Super Bowl parties are becoming more common, and baseball caps are a fashion staple.
The allure of American vintage cars, from Mustangs to Cadillacs, remains evergreen. Australian car enthusiasts, both young and older, often gather to showcase and admire these classic beauties. The muscle car pulse remains as strong as ever on the long outback strips.
The twang of American country music resonates with many in Australia. Artists like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash are just as beloved on the sunburned country as they are in the US heartland. With their own unique and powerful music culture, expect to find Australian Country music to be a fun original redux of the country genre we’ve come to know and love.
There’s something timeless about an American diner. The retro ambiance combined with classic dishes like burgers, milkshakes, and pies has enamored many Australian food enthusiasts.
Bright lights, elaborate costumes, and captivating stories – Broadway’s magic has traveled across oceans. Shows like “Hamilton” and “The Phantom of the Opera” receive packed houses when they tour down under.
Silicon Valley’s latest gadgets and apps have had a monumental impact globally, and the keen audience in Australia is no different. From Apple’s newest devices to innovative software solutions, Aussies eagerly await the next big tech revelation.
Hot Dogs and Pretzels
Street food staples such as hot dogs and pretzels have found favor among the Australian populace. These American snacks, with an Aussie twist, are now regular features at local events and markets.
Although Australia boasts its own rich surfing history, the Californian surf culture, with its laid-back vibe and iconic longboards, has seamlessly blended with the local scene.
The American sneaker obsession has stepped firmly onto Australian shores. Limited edition releases and sneaker conventions are now as much a part of the urban Australian landscape as they are in major US cities.
Authors like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and more recent ones like Stephen King, have a dedicated readership in Australia. Their tales, though rooted in American culture, find universal resonance, and Australia is no different.
While Australia has its own BBQ traditions, American styles, particularly the slow-cooked southern BBQ, have added a new flavor dimension to Australian cookouts. Of course, this has also led to exciting new variations on household names.
Jazzercise and Zumba
Fitness routines like Jazzercise and Zumba, with their lively beats and energetic moves, have Aussies dancing their way to fitness, embracing these American-born workouts wholeheartedly. If you’re ever visiting, keep an eye out of Aussie variations on these US classics when you stroll along the beachfront.
Pioneered in the US, skateboarding has rolled its way into Australian culture. Skate parks and competitions across the country highlight this shared passion for the sport. Thanks to 1980s/90s skate culture in the States, names like “Thrasher” have become household commonplace, and the scene continues to resonate with new audiences down under to this day.
Rock ‘n’ Roll
The rebellious rhythms of rock ‘n’ roll, birthed in the US, have left an indelible mark on Australia’s music scene. In fact, some Australian rock ‘n’ roll is now just as significant as it is in the genre’s homeland. AC/DC alone shows how deeply the genre has intertwined with Australian culture.
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