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Australia Local Customs

  • Tipping and Prices

    Sydney Local Customs

    It is NOT obligatory to tip in Australia. If you want to, you can, it is entirely up to you. But it is not obligatory. It is not customary. The theory is that staff are paid at least the minimum wage. There may be "tip jars" in some restaurants and cafes, trying to encourage people to pay a tip into the jar (which is then usually split amongst all...

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  • Aboriginal Culture

    Perth Local Customs

    Australian Aboriginal culture can claim to be the oldest continuous living culture on the planet. Recent dating of the earliest known archaeological sites on the Australian continent - using thermoluminescence and other modern dating techniques - have pushed back the date for Aboriginal presence in Australia to at least 40,000 years. The hallmark...

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  • General

    Brisbane Local Customs

    Brisbane has its own Coat of Arms which feature two gryphons supporting the city shield. Gryphons are mythological creatures, chosen to represent the city because of their spirited nature. The shield's symbols represent commercial activity and peace, while the motto Meliora Sequimur means 'We aim for the best' The main symbol on the shield is...

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  • Tipping

    Adelaide Local Customs

    Only a fool would tip in Australia. It is not required and not expected. Perhaps people in the tourist industry would act as though it is expected...but wages here are not calculated to take account of tipping as they would be in some countries.

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  • Tipping, GST

    Canberra Local Customs

    In general it is not customary to tip in Australia though this is now changing and ten percent will sometimes be added to hotel bills. In some of the more exclusive restaurants it is usual to tip up to ten percent, but on the whole gratuity is at your own discretion.

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  • Pako Festa

    Geelong Local Customs

    The Polish/Australian community.. in their lovely traditional costumes. Many of these people have special schools operating, in the hope that their children will not forget their heritage, language and culture. These classes usually take place once a week, for a couple of hours.

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  • General Sydney/Aussie Customs

    Sydney Local Customs

    Here in Australia they drive on the left side of the road. This can make an American a bit batty trying to get accustomed. Remember when crossing the street to look right. Before the Sydney Olympics they decided to paint signs on the street corners to advise pedestrians to "LOOK RIGHT" to avoid any traffic mishaps. Our friends have told us these...

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  • Slang

    Brisbane Local Customs

    Aussie slang is not what usually the word was oriiginally meant for example : someone tells you your gay it does not mean your sexual preference , it means your being stupid. Yes I know new one on me too, usually this saying is by the teenages . Australians are not all hyper sensitive about the coloured debate, so you may here australian...

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  • Driving, Road Rules

    Canberra Local Customs

    I noticed that in Canberra, above all other cities in Australia, Ute drivers had something to say. In particular, this driver's vehicle was a rolling billboard, although he had so many messages, I didn't know what he was really trying to say. This vehicle is called a Ute, which is short for Utility Vehicle. Shorter than a pickup truck, but normally...

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  • Baywalk Bollards

    Geelong Local Customs

    Too often people drive right through Geelong on their way to the famous surf beaches. With money being poured into redevelopment in Geelong (especially the waterfront) Geelong is fast becoming one of Australias most beautiful, modern exciting cities. Without forgetting the past Geelong is moving forward in leaps and bounds.

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  • Australian People

    Sydney Local Customs

    As in most cities; you will find street performers. In Sydney there were several costumed performers at various tourist sites; Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, etc. Take a picture if you must but remember to throw some cash their way for their trouble.

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  • Dress Sense

    Brisbane Local Customs

    Casual wear such as a pair of jeans and a sports shirt are acceptable at casual restaurants and pubs at night. Just don’t wear thongs (flip flops) work boots or go shoeless. Of course upmarket restaurants require a reasonable standard of dress.

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  • Laws/Crime

    Canberra Local Customs

    In every state there is a State Police Force. eg; NSW Police When your in Canberra they have the Federal Police. In other states Federal Police are reserved for my bigger issues Such as Customs, Border protection etc I must say Federal police are allot tougher than state police force

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  • Drinks and Food

    Sydney Local Customs

    Lamingtons are little square spongcakes covered in chocolate and sprinkled with shredded coconut. I first tried these Australian confections in 2010. I'm not a fan of coconut so I picked of the flakes to enjoy the cake. The cake is very good, moist and just the right size for a snack.

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  • Brisbane Exhibition

    Brisbane Local Customs

    This is one of the big events of the year - when for 10 days, the folks from the country meet up the those from the city. Starts on 16 August this year, starting with the cattle judging for the diehards (like my husband!) - and then the fun of the Show begins! While the kids rarely venture from sideshow alley and the showbag pavillion, without...

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  • Dress

    Canberra Local Customs

    Canberra is the seat of the Australian Government and as such the dress code in Canberra is a little more formal than in other cities in the country. For business people it is the norm for both men and women to wear suits.

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  • Aussie Slang

    Sydney Local Customs

    It was a funny experience to discover the Australian local slang ;-) I was learning English there and I will remember my very first day in Brisbane forever. I was waiting the local bus to my school. W hen the bus stopped, I popped up and the bus driver said me something as I understood as Good Die, mate! What a strange welcome... I hoped that...

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  • Vegemite

    Brisbane Local Customs

    Vegemite celebrated its 80th birthday in 2003 - and the jingle first used in 1954 "We're happy little vegemites...we're bright as bright can be.. " was contemporised for radio and television to celebrate. It graces the cupboards and tables of almost every Australian home. 22 million jars of this spread is sold in Australia annually - and it remains...

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  • Climate

    Canberra Local Customs

    The temperatures in Canberra vary considerably from summer to winter. Rug up for the winter months as temps often drop below zero at night and are usually below 10C in the day. . In summer the temperatures are usually mild but can rise above 30C. Autumn (March to May) in Canberra is simply gorgeous. The days are sunny and crisp, the trees are...

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  • Festivals

    Sydney Local Customs

    49th Sydney Film Festival - where you get to see the BEST new movies from around the world! Australians love the arts and the Sydney Film Festival is the perfect time to enjoy movies and talent from the world's best movie makers. From June 7 - 21 2002 at the State Theatre Dendy Opera Quays. Tickets for the 49th Sydney Film Festival are now on...

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  • Festivals, markets

    Canberra Local Customs

    The day we were in Canberra (Feb 2005), we were lucky to catch the start of a 10 day multicultural festival, held in one of the main squares of the city. There was free entertainment by travelling acts and members of the region's multicultural community, a street parade featuring representatives from what must have been all of Canberra's different...

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  • Australia Day

    Sydney Local Customs

    Australia Day, January 26th, to welcome the day local aboriginals perform the ceremony of Woggan Ma Gule. The guvorner of NSW attanded and afterwards there was a Q&A session. The perfect way to start a great day.

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  • Historical

    Sydney Local Customs

    If a student of culture you might be able to locate the significance of the re visit 38 years later....like the trips down memory lane as a cultural thing. But then, go to the zoo and check out the view too so that you will have a starting point for your next/later trips.

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  • Sydney Buildings

    Sydney Local Customs

    St Mary's Cathedral - Free guided tours of the Cathedral & Crypt Sundays 12noon, following the Solemn Sung Mass. Magnificent stained glass windows are a feature of this superb Catholic Cathedral. A fine example of Gothic architecture, St Mary’s holds daily masses and a choral mass on Sunday.

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  • ANZAC Day

    Sydney Local Customs

    If you are in town for ANZAC day, attend a Dawn Service. It is so moving; it doesn't matter what nationality you are. Everyone can relate to the memorial. It takes place at Martin Place in downtown Sydney. It starts around 4am and lasts for about an hour. There are prayers, songs, speeches, moments of silence. After the service, my friends and I...

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  • THE AUSTRALIAN BUDGERIGAR

    I have been lucky enough to see large flocks of Budgerigars / Budgie's in the wild near Naracoorte in South Australia. Some flocks have many thousands of birds and travel many hundreds of miles. The Budgie is a native of Australia. These birds love the hot and dry Outback. Luckily, the Budgie can go a long time without drinking, if they have to....

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  • THE "CWA"

    Now, if your not from Australia and are visiting some country towns, then your sure to come across a building painted in white and blue, with CWA written in capital letters.The letters stand for "COUNTRY WOMENS ASSOCIATION." This Association is run by women whose aim is to improve the conditions for women and children and make life better for...

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  • SEE GALAHS IN THE WILD

    The Galah or Rose Breasted Parrot, is a very pretty pink & grey Australasian Parrot, found in every state of Australia.Galahs have adapted very well to European settlement, so you really don't have to go to outback Australia to see them in the wild. In the parks around Australia, you will often find them, as you will find them in my backyard...

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  • SUGAR CANE FARMING & JOB'S.

    Want to see Sugar Cane being grown and harvested, then you will have to travel along Australia’s eastern coastline, from Mossman in far north Queensland to Grafton in northern New South Wales. In this area are approx 4400 cane farms that supply the cane to 24 mills. Approximately 95% of Australian sugar produced comes from Queensland with the...

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  • TIPPING IN AUSTRALIA

    Tipping is seen as a foreign custom AND generally is NOT DONE in Australia.It is up to you if you decide to. If you want to tip, just round up to the next full $. You may wish to add a tip to restaurant bills if the service has been especially good, even although this is not necessary. You may also like to tell the taxi drivers or waiters " to keep...

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  • SOME KOALA FACTS

    The Koala is a marsupial native to Australia. Often, people call them the cute & cuddly "Koala Bear," infact, the first settlers did this as they thought the Koala looked like a Bear. The Koala is actually closely related to the Wombat, AND IS NOT A BEAR.The Koala also is not found all over Australia, just in the coastal regions of eastern and...

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  • THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL DAY OF AUSTRALIA

    IS KNOWN AS AUSTRALIA DAY, AND IS CELEBRATED ON 26TH JANUARY, THE DAY THE FIRST FLEET ARRIVED IN SYDNEY COVE, NEW SOUTH WALES, AND CAPTAIN ARTHUR PHILIP RAISED THE FLAG IN 1788This important day in our history is celebrated in many ways all around Australia.IT IS A DECLARED PUBLIC HOLIDAY.BBQ's are very popular as it's a chance for a family get...

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  • THE DIDGERIDOO

    Probably when you here the word "Didgeridoo," it conjours up a picture of an Aboriginal sitting down and playing this wind instrument in outback Australia. True, but do you know anything about them, and do you know you can have lessons on how to play one?First the Didgeridoo can also be known as a didjeridu, believed to date 1,500 years ago.To be...

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  • POWER OUTLETS IN AUSTRALIA

    Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC, 50 Hz. Plugs have three flat pins, so if you come from overseas, you will need a socket converter. These can be bought in lots of places these days, starting with the Airport, Handbag shops, camping stores, electrical stores and cheap shops. If you have a digital camera, laptop computer or other electrical...

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  • Australia Day

    All over Australia on 26th January each year we celebrate Australia Day. This is our official national day and was formerly known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day, and ANA Day. This date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 when British sovereignty over the eastern part of Australia was proclaimed.Unfortunately this celebration is...

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  • AUSSIE ETIQUETTE

    Since I have travelled overseas quite a bit, I have realized that every Country has different etiquette and customs.In Istanbul, Turkey, I was first waiting for an Icecream but was totally ignored by the seller who served all the men behind me first. Something like this would never happen in Australia, as men and women are treated equally. We also...

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  • We Do Not Tip Much

    In Australia we do not tip as routine. Sometimes for extra special service we do. But even so it is usually only the more affluent that tip. In most cases the staff of an establishment do not expect a tip...not saying they do not like it if someone does put a few dollars in their hand.In better class restaurants the habit is creeping in I must...

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  • THE AUSTRALIAN STOCKWHIP

    The traditional Australian Stock Whip has been used by stockmen and drovers all over Australia since the early 1800's. The purpose of the whip, is to control the Cattle, so a good stockman will have a good whip which makes a very loud "crack!"Sometimes at country parties, the host has a stockwhip, and a bit of fun is had trying to make it crack. It...

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  • DUST DEVILS!

    Probably you have seen a dust devil, a strong, well-formed, and relatively long-lived whirlwind, ranging from small to large (more than 10 metres wide and more than 1000 metres tall).Did you know, in Australia, we have our own name for them, either a "willy-willy" or "whirly-whirly" probably deriving from the Yindjibarndi people. In Aboriginal...

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  • TRY AUSTRALIAN DAMPER!

    Damper is an icon of Australia, prepared by swagmen, drovers, stockmen and Caravanners, campers and other travelers. It was stockmen who travelled in remote areas for weeks or months at a time, with only basic rations of flour, sugar and tea, supplemented by whatever meat was available, who put together some ingredients, and called it 'Damper.'The...

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  • ENJOY A 'BILLY' TEA!

    In case you don't know what a billycan is, it's a light cooking pot which is used on a campfire or a camping stove.The traditional billycan on a campfire, is a term associated with Australian usage.It is believed the term "billycan" came about from the large cans used for transporting bouilli or bully beef on Australia-bound ships or during...

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  • NATIVE AUSTRALIAN BEES

    A native Bee to Australia, that doesn't sting, I didn't know there was such one. I was doing a Rainforest walk in the Brisbane Botanic gardens, when I saw a notice by a tree. It stated Sugarbag Bees lived here, and sure enough I saw them, thankgoodness for the notice as I would have walked straight past!Now I have done some reading about them, and...

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  • No eye contact is not being rude.

    Most indigenous Australians do not have eye contact,so if you are talking with these people and they lower their eyes then it is not being rude or disrespectful,that is their way.Some communities believe you can see the 'devil' through the reflection of eyecontact but some peoples opinions on that may differ.This more about being aware of...

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  • Radio in Queensland

    Driving on the A1 highway across Queensland didn't give me much choice of FM radio stations to keep me company. At times there was just a single available station with weak signal.Can't remember the frequencies, but for some time I was listening to the only station broadcasting music and I believe "classic" genre was at times mentioned. Curiously,...

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  • PIN or signature?

    I've never seen this outside Australia, therefore it might be worth a tip.When paying with a card, other than being asked the quite common question "credit or debit?", next question would be "PIN or signature?. My card doesn't have a chip, therefore I'm not aware of different circumstances.After a couple of times I've learned to give out the card...

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