Australia’s most googled searches for 2022: Google Year in Search

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There’s just weeks until 2022 officially draws to a close, and the world’s most popular search engine is revealing what Australians have been looking up.

It may come as no surprise that health, sport and war largely dominated search trends, however, the most popular search term of 2022 was practically unheard of just a year ago.

Worlde was the most Googled word of 2022, followed by Australian Open, World Cup and Shane Warne. (Supplied)

This may in part come down to our reliance on the search engine, with people Googling ‘Wordle’ instead of going straight to the specific website.

Australia’s most Googled searches of 2022

This year also marks the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic that COVID-19 did not feature in Google’s top 10 overall searches.

Take a look at the most searched phrases in news, sport, coronavirus and global figures.

Most Googled terms: Overall

  1. Wordle
  2. Australian Open
  3. World Cup
  4. Shane Warne
  5. Ukraine
  6. Novak Djokovic
  7. Ashes
  8. Ash Barty
  9. Olivia Newtown-John
  10. Betty White
Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer during the men's finals at the Rod Laver Arena. Day 14 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Sunday 29 January 2017. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Rafael Nadal won the men’s singles Australian Open. (Getty)

Most Googled terms: 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
The war in Ukraine was the most searched for news event of 2022. (Mick Krever/CNN)

Most Googled terms: Australian figures 

  1. Ash Barty
  2. Nick Kyrgios
  3. Anthony Albanese
  4. Thanasi Kokkinakis
  5. Dylan Alcott
  6. Brittany Higgins
  7. Grace Tame
  8. John Farnham
  9. Alex de Minaur
  10. Peter Dutton 
Brittany Higgins after a meeting with the Prime Minister.
Brittany Higgins was one of the most Googled Australian women in 2022. (Dominic Lorrimer)
  1. Shane Warne
  2. Olivia Newtown-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 
Shane Warne and Olivia Newton-John were the most Googled deaths in Australia. (Redferns)

Most Googled terms: 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
Novak Djokovic has won the ATP Finals title for the first time in seven years.
Novak Djokovic made major headlines this year over this stance on COVID-19 vaccinations. (Matthew Stockman via Getty Images)

Most Googled terms: Sport

  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
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 03: Fans of Australia prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Argentina and Australia at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on December 3, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Australians were captivated by the 2022 FIFA World Cup, head in Qatar, where the Socceroos made it to the top 16. (Getty)

Most Googled terms: Recipes

  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 
Spicy dahl
Dahl recipes were the most Googled food query of 2022. (Supplied)

Most Googled terms: ‘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 
mini succulent garden in glass terrarium
Some trends that really kicked off over lockdown continued in 2022. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Most Googled terms: ‘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 
Iceberg lettuce
Australians were very interested in the price of lettuce this past year. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Most Googled terms: COVID-19 Queries

  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 shot?
  9. How many people have died from COVID?
  10. What to do if COVID positive?
Although we’ve now entered a new phase of the pandemic, there was no shortage of COVID-19 related questions. (Supplied)
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