There are a couple of things foreigners inevitably ask Australians overseas:
1. My brother/ sister/friend lives in Australia do you know them?
Maybe someone has been able to answer yes but I doubt it. The closest we got was in Greece in 1975. The restaurant we walked into was packed but the owner wasn't going to let potential customers slip through his fingers. "You are Australians? Aha. They are Australians, you sit with them." He pointed to an unfortunate couple enjoying a quiet meal. No-one was able to dissuade him so we sat with them. Turned out they were from Canberra in a relatively close suburb to ours, and we did know some of the same people.
2. Do kangaroos hop down the main street?
Well I can say yes to that one! In Canberra they do. Natural bushland surrounds our city and intrudes into the suburbs. It's not called 'the bush capital' for nothing. My suburb of Campbell and the adjacent ones of Ainslie and Hackett back on to Mount Ainslie and kangaroos live there in vast numbers. In the evenings they come down to eat the fresh green lawns of the local High School and the picnic areas behind the National War Memorial. Twice a week I come home at about 9pm and every time I have to be very, very careful driving along that stretch of road. This is duplicated all around the city and everyone has stories of near misses.
Roos are notoriously silly. Instead of staying safely put on the grassy verge they'll most likely wait until the car is abreast of them and suddenly have an urgent need to cross the road. My daughter was driving very slowly past a mob a few years ago and one came from nowhere and crashed into the passenger side door. Fortunately he wasn't hurt and bounded away leaving a big dent and a shaken girl.
In Ainslie I was coming along a through road in the middle of the suburb one night when three greys charged along a cross street from the left, round the little roundabout and disappeared towards the shops. One night on my weekly trek home from a Tai Chi class across town I counted a total of 24 kangaroos in different sections of my route.