The Top Google Searches Of 2022 Remind Us It’s Been Another Helluva Year
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— 7 December 2022

The Top Google Searches Of 2022 Remind Us It’s Been Another Helluva Year

— 7 December 2022
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Smash Mouth wasn’t kidding when they said the years start comin’ and they don’t stop coming. And one needn’t look any further than the top Google searches for 2022 (Australia) to remind oneself that over the past three annual cycles, we’ve essentially been locked into a wild rollercoaster of an existence where pretty much anything goes. Sans pre-2019 normalcy.

While it already seems like a distant memory given all the sunny weather we’ve been enjoying – along with our painfully modern attention spans – there was understandably a healthy volume of queries regarding La Nina, when the rain was supposed to stop, mould, as well as the devastating floods.

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COVID-19 is clearly here to stay, and we’ve got the questions to prove it, such as:

  • Can you get COVID twice?
  • How long does COVID last?
  • Can dogs get COVID?
  • How long is COVID contagious for?
  • How long does it take to get COVID?

As this year’s #1 news event and the country’s fifth biggest overall search term, Ukraine was on everyone’s minds; and will likely continue to occupy everyday conversation as Russia / Vladimir Putin unlawfully occupies their territory.

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As for the matter of sports, from the untimely passing of the iconic Shane Warne to the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar, suffice it to say, the headlines have been eventful.

Check out the top Google searches of 2022 below, and just for a fun comparison, check out the top Google searches of 2021 here.

REVEALED: The Top Google Searches Of 2022 (Australia)

Overall Searches

  1. Wordle
  2. Australian Open
  3. World Cup
  4. Shane Warne
  5. Ukraine
  6. Novak Djokovic
  7. Ashes
  8. Ash Barty
  9. Olivia Newton-John
  10. Betty White

News Events

  1. Ukraine
  2. Election results
  3. Omicron symptoms
  4. Monkeypox
  5. Tonga
  6. Tsunami warning
  7. Novavax Australia
  8. Cassius Turvey
  9. Covid update Perth
  10. Japanese encephalitis


  1. Ash Barty
  2. Nick Kyrgios
  3. Anthony Albanese
  4. Kokkinakis
  5. Dylan Alcott
  6. Brittany Higgins
  7. Grace Tame
  8. John Farnham
  9. Alex de Minaur
  10. Peter Dutton

Global Figures

  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Nadal
  3. Medvedev
  4. Amber Heard
  5. Johnny Depp
  6. Will Smith
  7. Andrew Tate
  8. Anna Delvey
  9. King Charles
  10. Danielle Collins


  1. Shane Warne
  2. Olivia Newton-John
  3. Betty White
  4. Queen Elizabeth
  5. Anne Heche
  6. Andrew Symonds
  7. Taylor Hawkins
  8. Aaron Carter
  9. Bob Saget
  10. Paul Green


  1. Australian Open
  2. World Cup
  3. Ashes
  4. Winter Olympics
  5. Rugby League World Cup
  6. Indian Wells
  7. Commonwealth Games
  8. ATP Cup
  9. AFLW
  10. NBL


  1. Dahl recipe
  2. Ezy sauce recipe
  3. Drunken chicken recipe
  4. Mash potato recipe
  5. Salmon patties recipe
  6. Jaffle recipes
  7. Fish tacos recipe
  8. Egg salad recipe
  9. Butter cream icing recipe
  10. Lamb stew recipe

How To Cook…

  1. How to cook tripe
  2. How to cook corn on the cob
  3. How to cook bunya nuts
  4. How to cook bok choy
  5. How to cook broccoli
  6. How to cook pearl couscous
  7. How to cook dumplings
  8. How to cook tomahawk steak
  9. How to cook chicken schnitzel
  10. How to cook squid

How To Make… (DIY queries)

  1. How to make a paper popper
  2. How to make pom poms
  3. How to make friendship bracelets
  4. How to make a ninja star
  5. How to make a paper crane
  6. How to make paper flowers
  7. How to make a terrarium
  8. How to make stickers
  9. How to make paper mache
  10. How to make candles at home

Why Is…

  1. Why is Russia invading Ukraine
  2. Why is plain yoghurt good for females
  3. Why is petrol so expensive
  4. Why is lettuce so expensive
  5. Why is there a lettuce shortage
  6. Why is diesel so expensive
  7. Why is crypto going down
  8. Why is Camilla queen consort
  9. Why is Australia not part of NATO
  10. Why is Snapchat not working

COVID Questions

  1. Can you get COVID twice
  2. How long does COVID last
  3. Can dogs get COVID
  4. How long is COVID contagious for
  5. How long does it take to get COVID
  6. How long do COVID symptoms last
  7. Is vomiting a symptom of COVID
  8. How long after COVID can I get a booster
  9. How many people have died from COVID
  10. What to do if COVID positive
  • Rain, flood, La Niña, and mould have been searched at record levels in Australia in 2022.
  • Australia was the top country in the world searching for floods and La Niña in 2022.
  • The question “When will the rain stop?” has been searched more than ever in Australia in 2022 and Australia was the top country in the world searching for the question this year.
  • Search interest in floods in Australia has increased by +200% compared to last year and search interest in La Niña has increased by +80%.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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