Quiz about Icons of Australia
Quiz about Icons of Australia

Icons of Australia Trivia Quiz


Australia is a unique country, large in size but has a small population. It shares no land borders with any country. This quiz explores the uniqueness of Australia through a few of its cultural icons.

A multiple-choice quiz by 1nn1. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
1nn1
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
354,523
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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1. Perhaps Australia's most recognizable icon is the kangaroo. It features on the coat of arms and in stylized form as the logo of its national airline QANTAS. Which one of the following facts about the kangaroo is NOT true? Hint

"Skippy" (1966-68) was a television show about a kangaroo.
The Boxing kangaroo was a symbol of Australia in its 1983 win over USA in the America's Cup
Red kangaroos can grow up to 6ft/1.8 m tall.
Kangaroos can hop forwards and backwards up to 20mph/35kph

2. The Southern Cross is Australia's oldest symbol, but what exactly is it? Hint

A mark of honour worn by Australia's free settlers
A famous five-way intersection in the center of Sydney
A group of stars visible in the Southern Hemisphere, that form a cross
A white cross depicted in folklore carried by Australia's Patron Saint - St Edna

3. The gum tree, or eucalyptus, is more Australian than its national flower the wattle (which is native to Africa, Asia and the Americas). Which one of the following facts about gum trees is NOT correct? Hint

Gum trees are deciduous.
They are found across all major Australian ecosystems.
There is a species called the Ghost Gum.
The grey-green of the gum tree served as point of contrast for the "shady greens of Mother England".

4. The boomerang, has been used by aboriginal people for centuries as a hunting weapon and for entertainment. Today they are ubiquitous in every Australian souvenir shop. What causes a boomerang to return to its thrower? Hint

Its heavier weight at one end causes the boomerang to return.
It has a flat side and a convex side like a wing which facilitates return.
It is thought that there is spiritual guiding force aiding its return.
It is a myth that the boomerang returns to its thrower.

5. Kylie Minogue is a world-acclaimed pop music icon with an oh-so-Australian first name. Her first hit single was "The Loco-Motion" in 1988, a re-make of the Goffin and King song made famous by Little Eva in 1962 and Grand Funk Railroad in 1974. However Kylie got her start in television. What was the name of the Australian soap opera that made her famous in Australia and the United Kingdom? Hint

Home and Away
Neighbours
Shortland Street
EastEnders

6. The Australian car industry is relatively new with Australian designed and manufactured cars coming onto the market in big numbers since 1948. What Australian car manufacturer is considered iconic in Australia? Hint

Holden
Valiant
Ford
Toyota

7. Sydney Harbour Bridge is arguably one of Australia's most recognizable images. It is neither the longest steel arch bridge in the world, nor the oldest, but Australians would argue it is the grandest. What unusual event occurred when the bridge was opened in 1932? Hint

There was no opening ceremony.
The bridge was open to vehicular traffic for four years before the bridge was officially opened.
An ordinary citizen cut the opening ribbon before the ceremonial party could.
The opening ceremony was followed by a fireworks display.

8. At the other end of Circular Quay in Sydney is the Sydney Opera House (opened in 1973) with its distinctive sail-like shape. So distinct is the Opera House shape that it appears as a silhouette on the actual jersey of a popular Sydney football club and not merely on a logo. Which one? Hint

Australian Wallabies (Rugby Union)
Sydney FC (Soccer)
Sydney Roosters (Rugby League)
Sydney Swans (Australian football)

9. In the early 20th Century, the digger quickly rose to prominence as a source of Australian pride. In Australia what exactly is a digger? Hint

A nickname for Australian cattle dogs (their propensity to dig)
A mechanical device for digging trenches in WWI
A rank and file foot soldier
A new kind of shovel that could move larger volumes quicker

10. Uluru or Ayers Rock is a large sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory, 465 km from Alice Springs. It is a deeply spiritual place for the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area and is also a tourist attraction as it appears to change color depending on the time of day. Why do some people refer to this landmark as Ayers Rock and some as Uluru? Hint

It doesn't matter. All Australians call it The Rock.
There is a dual naming policy. The correct form is Uluru / Ayers Rock.
The names are inter-changeable.
Its correct name is Uluru.




Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Perhaps Australia's most recognizable icon is the kangaroo. It features on the coat of arms and in stylized form as the logo of its national airline QANTAS. Which one of the following facts about the kangaroo is NOT true?

Answer: Kangaroos can hop forwards and backwards up to 20mph/35kph

The kangaroo (and the emu) cannot move backwards. For this reason, they were selected to represent Australia on its coat of arms in 1908 to represent a new country "moving forward". The kangaroo is arguably Australia's most recognizable symbol. A stick pin or a backpack badge depicting a kangaroo instantly brands that person as an Australian.
2. The Southern Cross is Australia's oldest symbol, but what exactly is it?

Answer: A group of stars visible in the Southern Hemisphere, that form a cross

The Southern Cross can date its origin to soon after the Big Bang, therefore winning hands down as the "oldest" Australia icon. It is a series of five stars, only visible in the Southern Hemisphere (but not exclusively from Australia). It appears on the national flag, and for this reason is probably why it is so revered and so instantly recognizable as Australian.
3. The gum tree, or eucalyptus, is more Australian than its national flower the wattle (which is native to Africa, Asia and the Americas). Which one of the following facts about gum trees is NOT correct?

Answer: Gum trees are deciduous.

The gum tree, and all 700+ species, is evergreen and found throughout Australia. The main species are the Blue Gum, Grey Gum, Red Gum, Ghost Gum, Paper Bark, Stringy Bark and Ironbark. Gum trees have been cultivated over the world now but only 15 species occur outside Australia.
4. The boomerang, has been used by aboriginal people for centuries as a hunting weapon and for entertainment. Today they are ubiquitous in every Australian souvenir shop. What causes a boomerang to return to its thrower?

Answer: It has a flat side and a convex side like a wing which facilitates return.

The etymology of the word boomerang is uncertain but "wo-mar-rang" or "bou-mur-rang" was used by the aboriginal Turawhal people around Port Jackson (now Sydney) in the early 1800s and entered the Australian vernacular in the 1820s. Boomerangs with two flat sides (non-returning) were used as weapons as one could throw straight. The returning type that flew in an ellipse were used mainly for entertainment.
The name Kylie is an Australian name meaning non-returning boomerang.
5. Kylie Minogue is a world-acclaimed pop music icon with an oh-so-Australian first name. Her first hit single was "The Loco-Motion" in 1988, a re-make of the Goffin and King song made famous by Little Eva in 1962 and Grand Funk Railroad in 1974. However Kylie got her start in television. What was the name of the Australian soap opera that made her famous in Australia and the United Kingdom?

Answer: Neighbours

Neighbours made Kylie a household name especially when her character Charlene wed her off-screen boyfriend's character (played by Jason Donovan). This episode, in 1987, was watched by 20 million Britons at the time.
Her popularity in Australia was indicated when she became the first person to win four Logie Awards (Television awards) in one year, and the youngest winner of the "Gold Logie" as Australia's "Most Popular Television Performer", determined by public ballot.
(she was 20 years old in 1988 when she won four Logies)
6. The Australian car industry is relatively new with Australian designed and manufactured cars coming onto the market in big numbers since 1948. What Australian car manufacturer is considered iconic in Australia?

Answer: Holden

The big three in Australian car manufacturing in the 60s and 70s were all associated with American parent companies: Holden (General Motors), Ford and Valiant (Chrysler), yet each had Australian designed and manufactured unique models. However Australia's first mass produced car, the Holden is truly iconic.

Its iconic status was sealed with the 1970s commercial about "Football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars", a reference to three other Australia's icons. The introduction of Australian production of Japanese car manufacturers in the 1970s has reduced Holden's market share in the 21st century but has not affected its iconic status.
7. Sydney Harbour Bridge is arguably one of Australia's most recognizable images. It is neither the longest steel arch bridge in the world, nor the oldest, but Australians would argue it is the grandest. What unusual event occurred when the bridge was opened in 1932?

Answer: An ordinary citizen cut the opening ribbon before the ceremonial party could.

The bridge was to be opened by Jack Lang, Premier of New South Wales, but, before he could cut the ribbon, Francis de Groot, an "ordinary" citizen, rode up on horseback and cut the ribbon before Mr Lang could. After he was arrested it was determined that Mr de Groot was angry that a member of the Royal Family had not been asked to perform the honor.
8. At the other end of Circular Quay in Sydney is the Sydney Opera House (opened in 1973) with its distinctive sail-like shape. So distinct is the Opera House shape that it appears as a silhouette on the actual jersey of a popular Sydney football club and not merely on a logo. Which one?

Answer: Sydney Swans (Australian football)

The Sydney Swans (formerly the South Melbourne Swans) have a white jersey with a large red "V" on the front. At the foot of the V there is an outline of the shape of the Sydney Opera House cut into the V.
The Australian Wallabies are the national rugby union side with representatives from each of the major rugby union states. Sydney Roosters is one of 11 Sydney based teams playing in the National Rugby League and Sydney FC play in the National Soccer A-League. The latter has a logo which includes a stylised SOH.
9. In the early 20th Century, the digger quickly rose to prominence as a source of Australian pride. In Australia what exactly is a digger?

Answer: A rank and file foot soldier

in 1914, thirteen years after Federation, young Australian men went to Europe to fight a war. They proved themselves courageous, brave and hard-working. They represented the intrinsic Australian values of egalitarianism, a "fair go" (equal opportunity for all) and a belief that you would never let your mates down. The digger is closely associated with the ANZAC.
10. Uluru or Ayers Rock is a large sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory, 465 km from Alice Springs. It is a deeply spiritual place for the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area and is also a tourist attraction as it appears to change color depending on the time of day. Why do some people refer to this landmark as Ayers Rock and some as Uluru?

Answer: There is a dual naming policy. The correct form is Uluru / Ayers Rock.

The local Pitjantjatjara people have called the landmark Uluru for many thousands of years. In 1873, surveyor surveyor William Gosse, named it Ayers Rock after the then Chief Secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers.
A dual naming policy was adopted in 1993 so both the traditional Aboriginal name and the English name were used together: "Ayers Rock / Uluru". The order of the dual names was reversed officially to "Uluru / Ayers Rock" on 6 November 2002.
Source: Author 1nn1

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