Many believe that Australia's culture is mainly influenced by the dominant political powers of the United States, the Great Britain, as well as their neighbors in Asia. Others people believe that distinct and separate Australian cultures have existed for a long time. Their aboriginal cultures date back thousands of years. They took many forms, including more than one hundred languages and widespread social networks. Aboriginal people of Australia are multilingual to communicate. They are able to express themselves in music, kinship systems, art forms, dance, and ceremonies differing from one region to another. Some of those ceremonies are still in existence. A British-influenced culture has existed in Australia since the mid of the 1800s.
Commonly recognized examples of Australian culture include poets (Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, C.J. Dennis), authors (Mary Grant Bruce, Miles Franklin, Rolf Boldrewood), artists and painters (Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Sidney Nolan), architecture (Queenslander and Federation styles), music (Slim Dusty, Waltzing Matilda, The Seekers), heroines and heroes (Don Bradman, Ned Kelly, the ANZACs), Australian way of life (Australian Rules Football, Bush barbeques, Surf Lifesaving Clubs), cultural icons: (Akubra hats, Vegemite, shearers, gold prospectors, swagmen), characters and entertainers (Paul Hogan, Dame Edna Everage, Ginger Meggs, and Sir Les Patterson, Mick Molloy).
Probably, both of the above points of views are valid. Australia does have unique Aboriginal culture and it has cultural links with other countries.
Australia has been significantly influenced by migrants who arrived to the country from more than thirty countries until the WWII. Those immigrants mainly were British and Irish. Australia's national and culture developed from Irish, British, and other European countries.
It has a shared past with many nations, including the United States and the Great Britain. Australia is really a multicultural nation that has a variety of different ethnic cultures.
Many of non-British immigrants, who arrived to the country after 1945, left their cultural touch in languages, music, foods, religion, etc.
Australia is also influenced by the great number of tourists visiting the country each year. It receives about 0.6% of the world's tourists.
Many believe that Australia's culture is mainly influenced by the dominant political powers of the United States, the Great Britain, as well as their neighbors in Asia. Others people believe that distinct and separate Australian cultures have existed for a long time. Their aboriginal cultures date back thousands of years.