Australian folklore is made up of traditional
beliefs, legends and customs, handed down through
generations. Folklore tells the stories and experiences of people in
ways that factual accounts cannot - conveying emotions, hopes and fears
though time and place. Some are literally true and some are not.
Australian folklore is based on both Indigenous and also non-Indigenous people's
knowledge and experience, real or imagined. Customs from immigrant cultures sometimes play a part, as do heroic endeavors by individuals, and even the unique landscape of Australia itself.