It probably only gained some popularity here because a major network picked it up and put it on the air for a while. I never had any preconceptions about Australia, and if nothing else the show only served to show that there aren't a lot of differences in the way people in Australia live from the way they live in the US, which is a good message to send to kids. The fantasy element of it could have taken place anywhere, as far as I was concerned.
Also, for anyone looking for it that can't get the DV Ds
, it's available for streaming on Amazon.com, and it's free if you have Amazon Prime.