In Australia, the phrase, the bush, has a special symbolic meaning in Australian life. When used to describe the land, the bush means a wooded area, but not dense forest. It is usually dry and nitrogen-poor soil, mostly grassless, with thin to thick woody shrubs and bushes, with some eucalypt trees.
When talking about people, the bush means any unpopulated areas outside of the major metropolitan areas. This can include mining and farming areas. It is not unusual to have a mining town in the desert, such as Port Hedland, Western Australia (Pop. 14,000) called the bush in the media.
Australian Government, Culture Portal (Last updated: 11th December 2007). "The Australian Bush". Retrieved 5 December 2009.
The bush has an iconic status in Australian life and features strongly in any debate about national identityCheck date values in:
- GroceryChoice useless for those in the bush