The Sydney Explorer Bus...
The best thing you can do to explorer Sydney (when you don't have a friend over there that can be your guide) is to use the Sydney Explorer Bus. This bus has 25 stops and you can hop on and off anywhere you wish, with an interval of 18 minutes. I didn't use the bus because I had a personal guide ;-) The first departure from Circular Quay is at 8.40 am and the last 'round trip' at 5.22 am.
Another really great thing about Sydney is that they make it easy for you to keep exploring. This luckily includes public bathrooms.
They are everywhere, especially in the tourist centers. You will often and almost always find a place to easily make a quick pit stop and keep moving.
Thank you Sydney for making your city so tourist friendly.
Kookaburras are birds found in Australia, New Guinea and the Aru Islands. You will definitely hear a Kookaburra before you see one; they make noise that sounds like human laughter. There are four different species of these birds with different physical traits and colorings.
Here are just a few slang words...I cannot fit all of them onto the page !
Back of Bourke - nowhere ...
bludger - lazy person not working
Beaut - fantastic, the best.
Bingle - motor vehicle accident
Bizzo - business bloke - man
Blowie - Blow Fly
Blue - fight (have a fight/blue)
Bogan - unkempt messy person
Bonzer - fabulous, great, cool,
Bugga- bad luck, oops
Cark it - to die
catch ya later - Goodbye
chick - girl, woman
chuck a wobbly - lose ones temper
Cozzie - swimmers
Cobber - friend, mate
Coo-ee - hello
dead set - genuine,
dinky die - genuine thing
Do your Block - lose your cool (temper)
dob - to tell on
Drongo - idiot, stupid person.
dunno - "I don't know"
dunny - Toilet
Earbash - to talk non-stop
fair dinkum - true, real, honest
fair go - give us a break
galah - noisy person acting like an idiot
Good on ya - good job
g'day - hello, have a good day
grog - alcoholic drinks
have a geez - to have a look (at something)
hicksville - outback country town
how are ya- greeting, warm welcome
iffy - questionable
knackered - tired, exhausted
hooligan, idiot or troublemaker.
larrikin- is a trouble maker, but a harmless or loveable one
joe blake -snake
lemon - useless faulty thing
lob in - visit someone
loo - toilet
mozzies - mosquites
No worries - its not a problem.
plonk - wine (usually cheap wine)
ratbag - idiot
ring in - foreigner also some one not invited or that should not be there
ripper - great, cool, fabulous
rooted - stuffed, tired, exhausted
she'll be right - everything is okay
Sheila - woman
shonky - not to be trusted
stubbies - short work shorts for men / small bottle of beer
tall poppies - successful people... desire to undercut those who are more sucessful
thingamajig - an item or thing
too right - i agree
true blue - true, real
thongs- flip flops, rubber sandles
What you pack depends on your style of travel and the time of year you go. Unless you have some sort of formal engagement, I wouldn't pack too many suitcases. In fact, I could get all I needed into a carry-on. It depends on the time of year you travel. In the winter when I was there, I wore sweatshirts, long pants and windbreakers. Winters in Sydney are cool, but not frigid, rather like winter in Jacksonville, Florida. If you go in the summer, of course, t-shirts and short pants are most comfortable. Nothing different than anywhere else you go, the basic stuff such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, razor, etc. Again, no need to go crazy. A simple 35mm camera will do.