FLASHBACK 30 YEARS SINCE CROCODILE DUNDEE
Inspired by a recent article I read in a Qantas Airline magazine, which I must say was a fantastic read. I then decided to re-watch the film. This brought back some serious flashbacks to a previous adventure I did to the North of Australia, and blissful childhood memories of our family adoring the movie Crocodile Dundee.
Everyone in the movie is sunburnt brown, wearing cowboy hats, beer fighting in pubs and generally have a flaming great time. It’s the Australian wild, wild west. It’s cowboy country with dirt red roads and plenty of bush, outback and damn right amazing Australian humour.
Having done a fair bit of travelling before getting to Australia I had by now met a fair few Australian characters. Two Aussie girls became like my big sisters and one of them lived in Darwin. So when I got to Australia, I made sure it was on my list to get up to Darwin within in my first year. Not realising quite how massive the country is and that the flight would take 5 hours from Sydney.
Arriving in Australia, I made some new English friends who were also intrepid adventurers and travellers and we were keen to explore all that Australia had to offer. Deep in our first Australian winter, three of us booked some flights to Darwin and did a long weekend visiting the major hightlights in the area which is both Kakadu and Leitchfield National Parks, (both World-Heritage listed). Darwin city itself was overrun by drunk Irish travellers all who seemed to pass out at 10pm from a solid days drinking. It would be a mecca for any tattoo artist.
The movie Crocodile Dundee is based around a New York newspaper journalist Sue Charlton, who is visiting Australia to report on a story about someone known as Crocodile Dundee. A man who fights big crocs. So in a way I already I found some similarities to myself and the movie Crocodile Dundee, as here was a girl from the city suddenly in the outback with a load of crocodiles. LITERALLY. It was quite a big scenery change.
As newbies to Australia and the outback, we took a guided tour. Luckily our tour guide was fantastic. This was perfect as we actually got shown all the different Aboriginal areas and given an explanation of the history of the places we visited with interesting facts, which I am sure I wouldn’t have uncovered had I gone without a guide. Next time I will be in a 4x4 and camping, now I am more acclimatised to Aussie culture and travelling.
From re-watching Crocodile Dundee there are the key things I remembered. Down at the bottom are the photos from our amazing trip including sleeping under the stars in swags (special Australian outdoor sleeping bags).
A Sheila. This movie must have made that term famous. I was on a video call with my friends Dad recently and he said I sounded like a Shelia. My friend said that was his funniest Australian joke. This term is synonymous with Aussie language to foreigners and is an endearing term for a lady.
Walkabout Creek. Home of Crocodile Dundee. Walkabout they explain is an Aboriginal term for someone who wants to wander.
Skippy. A kangaroo obvs.
Aboriginal Culture. There are some incredible Aboriginal Art murals up in the Northern Territories, many of them have an interesting story or a message like a fable and it was great to learn a little bit more about this interesting and ancient culture. In the movie Mick Dundee has a great relationship with the local Aboriginal people and one night Sue watches from the bushes as Mick Dundee dances around in a celebration with the local Aboriginal community.
This is no place for a woman. Generally Crocodile Dundee is that type of man who wants to protect the woman and also who thinks the outback is no place for a woman. At one point in the movie Sue takes a dip in the water and nearly gets eaten by a crocodile until Mick jumps in and of course saves the day. I won't mention a word on it's sexist undertones!
Crocodiles. We got to see some giant salt water crocs when I was there, and when I say giant I mean it. One bashed the side of our boat and my feet were dangling over the edge a little bit, best to not do that.
Aussie humour. At the beginning of the movie Mick Dundee enters the pub, pretends to wrestle with a crocodile before ordering himself and Sue a beer. This is wonderful playful Aussie humour at it’s best. He then swoops in to take the American girl dancing in front of all the pub members, before turning on a man making a rude comment by punching him in the face. This is all in the opening scene!
Country Boy. A term for an Aussie thats not from the city.
The Outback. A term generally used for the bush, or the countryside of Australia.
Kangaroo Hunting. In the movie the idiot guys would get drunk and go and shoot Kangaroo’s. Hilarious. As a side note, Kangaroo meat in Australia can be delicious and is one of my favourite dishes cooked by my Western Australian Uncle Edward.
No Worries Mate. General hilarious and amazing Aussie slang, meaning what it says on the tin. The best thing was hearing my Mum pick this up when she visited and saying it about a million times a day.
For sure this movie brings back so many great memories, we had a great trip, the Northern Territories of Australia are rich in culture, heritage and beauty. There is still so much more to explore. The movie reminded why I have always had a soft spot for Australian culture and was a joy to watch Mick Dundee do his thing again.