From Australian original military hats to Outback-inspired men's Australian cowboy hats, sun protection for the country's harsh conditions comes in a diverse range of forms. The hat that's right for you depends on its practical purpose and your individual style preference, as well as whether it's intended to wear or a collectable item. You can identify Australian hats for men and women not only by their classic designs, but also by the representation of national icons, such as the Boxing Kangaroo and Australian flag.
What is An Australian Bush Hat?
Perhaps the most classic of all Australian hats is the wide-brimmed bush hat, which protects bushmen and women against the harsh Australian sun.
- Classic Outback bush hats usually consist of leather (buffalo or kangaroo), and some feature chin straps to ensure they stay on in all weather conditions and situations.
- If you're going to be out in the elements for long periods, look for hats that have UV protection and are water resistant.
- Another take on the Australian bush hat is the fedora, with some made from 100 per cent Australian wool.
Which Other Australian Hats Are Available?
In addition to bush and Outback hats, you can find a range of other headwear that is iconically Australian.
- The cork hat is another classic Aussie invention with the hanging corks designed to deter flies away from your face.
- If you're going to a sporting event and want to represent your country, look for Australian flag bucket hats or those with the Boxing Kangaroo.
- Wide-brimmed straw hats are ideal for the beach and you can find them with Australian flag bands or green-and-gold colouration.
What Should I Consider When Buying a Hat?
If you intend on wearing your hat, rather than displaying it as a collectable, it's important you buy one that is going to be a suitable fit and will protect you adequately in the outdoors.
- Use a soft tape measure or length of string to measure the size of your head by placing it in the position you would wear your hat.
- Make sure the tape measure is level and in the centre of your forehead, around one centimetre above the top of your ears.
- Most hats will have a centimetre sizing guide so you can shop for one that meets your measurement requirements.