Australian symbols featured on this website are the kangaroo, wattle, flag, Uluru, boomerang, Sydney Harbour Bridge, billy, Holden, Southern Cross and Vegemite. More than 70 images are available in slideshows based on the themes kangaroo, wattle, flag and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The website also includes links to additional education resources and further readings.
Nations use symbols to represent and celebrate their distinctive qualities and to define and express national identity. To be effective abroad, a nation's symbols must be embraced at home. Australia became a nation only in 1901, but over time has accrued many symbols to represent itself, ranging from natural symbols such as our distinctive flora, fauna, and landscapes to official symbols of state such as the flag and coat of arms, and the everyday such as Vegemite, thongs and the Holden car.