I've heard two interesting things about Australia:
1. I've heard it described as "imagine an entire country populated with rednecks".
I know that's the stereotype, but I don't think it's an accurate one. It's a very unpretentious country, but I think that's a plus. You get a bit more honesty (and swears) from their politicians for one thing. Their cities are particularly cosmopolitan, and they've got a good arts / music scene.
I'm getting a little too defensive, aren't I?
Watch shows like the comedies Summer Heights High
and Angry Boys
, or the drama The Slap
to get a more varied (though not always flattering) view.
2. When I was in the Navy, a shipmate who visited thier ports on shore leave said that the married couples there were big on cuckoldry.
That might have just been the Aussies he was hanging around with...