Vandole wrote:What's with the corks on the hat thing? The first time I encountered this as an Australian stereotype was in a Terry Pratchett book (The Last Continent) where the denizens of
totally-not-AustraliaFourecks all have them. Prior, I had never head of it at all. Then again in Canada most of our view of Australia is that they basically all sound like Steve Irwin. Which wasn't helped in my family when my cousin moved to Australia... he now sounds a lot like Steve Irwin to us.
Edit for way to sentence english, me. It's too late.
It's meant to keep the flies away from your face, presumably because the waving back and forth of the corks as your head moves is like waving your hand in front of your face, while leaving both hands free.
The Australian accent is probably not as varied as the American one, but there are differences - folk from the Outback, particularly up in Queensland and the Northern Territory, probably do often sound a bit Irwin-esque, but going around the country (and particularly the major cities) you'll hear quite a variety of accents.