The Real Australia

The first thing to mistrust, should you be an American thinking of going to Australia for the first time, is your idea of the place and its people. Probably you think the 2000 Sydney Olympics is a vastly important event for all of us, a huge national rite that will “put us on the map”–the same map, presumably, on which the last Australian Olympics, in Melbourne in 1956, failed to inscribe us.