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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Festivals & Pageants

    Adelaide Local Customs

    During March (on an even numbered year) there is The Adelaide Festival which is a 3 week biennial celebration which includes music, drama, opera, dance, ballet, art exhibitions and light entertainment.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pie Floater

    Adelaide Local Customs

    My thanks to MelZ1974, for letting me know I should look for this with her own Adelaide VT tips. She has several good ones, and any visit to Adelaide should be preceded by looking at her pages. A floating pie is a meat pie floating in a small sea of split pea soup. Surprisingly good, this dish is associated with Adelaide, not common throughout...

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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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  • Drinks and Food

    Sydney Local Customs

    Australia has some incredible wine. My wife and I have been fortunate to indulge in some delicious reds, whites and sparkling wines during our many trips to Australia. We even had the pleasure of attending a Wine Festival in Hyde Park with friends. Wineries from across the country were here to show off their vintages and we were there to enjoy...

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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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  • Christmas

    Adelaide Local Customs

    Christmas in Australia falls in the summer. Of course like the rest of the world Australia is a melting pot of cultures so we all celebrate the day a little differently. A popular way to spend the day is outdoors, by a pool, under a pergola, at the beach or in a shady park. Presents are normally given in the morning so children can spend the day...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Harbour Bridge/ Anzac Bridge

    Sydney Local Customs

    climb the bridge Since the year 1998 it is possible to step up to the very top of the Harbour Bridge. I did not do it, but from some distance I could watch a group of people doing it. This adventure is not cheap at all, and yet it seems to be quite hard to get one of the few tickets that are available. The biggest downpoint for me would be the...

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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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  • 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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  • The Harden / Murrumburrah Men's shed

    This is another funny Detail that I saw when driving through Australia without a plan : The Harden / Murrumburrah Men's shed was a funny name for a shed and an area, next to the train-station that was fenced in like these poor local men were afraid of ladies invading their territory....Poor men of Murrumburrah ! ;-)It is a pity I came out of the...

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  • Funny letterboxes in Werris Creek

    This was a funny surprise not far from Werris Creek at the beginning of a side-street that obviously leads to the houses of these 11 families and the postman will save a lot of time, when he does not need to drive to each of these houses seperately, but can drop the letters here conveniently into the different Letter-boxes.

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  • the way that early settlers built their...

    In remote villages like Tooraweenah you will see this typical kind of house, built only with thin wooden walls and the only part that was made by solid bricks was the stove and the chimney and both of them were attached to the house outside of the walls like you can see it in my picture here.

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  • an interesting letterbox in Stroud

    In Stroud I found some of the most unique letterboxes of my time in NSW: my favorite was the one in my main picture, it once was a machinery with a large turning knife, used to cut down all sorts of things on a farm and now it is standing there at the gate holding the letterbox. And another one that I loved very much is the one with a small vat and...

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  • another great letterbox

    I found this great letterbox in Singleton - not very far from Scone, that is a wellknown place for breeding horses, so maybe this farm has lots of horses as well. In any case I found this letterbox a very nice example for the variety of letterboxes that you will find when driving through New South Wales like I did.Of course it is essential to have...

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  • Scone: Where Ladies & Gents are Colts...

    In Scone I found one of the most funny toilets in Australia ! From the beginning it was clear what purpose this house with the 2 doors was built for, but the inscriptions were quite unusual and so I took some photos. For all those of you who are not so familiar with these expressions: a colt is a young male horse and a filly is a young female...

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  • another fancy letterbox

    It became a passion for me , while driving through Australia: watching out for funny and unique letter-boxes, that are mostly to be found on the main roads, at the entrances to big farms and the postman throws in the letters there the easy way instead of driving all the way to the farms.The letterboxes here are obviously for 2 families and an old...

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  • Funny letterboxes in Parkes/NSW

    And there was also this letterbox, a selfmade tracktor, made by simple means, but in a great and funny way, so I made a stop to take some photos. I could see somebody watching me from the farmhouse and they were smiling for that strange tourist stopping for nothing else than to take a photo of their letterbox....and now that lovely letterbox is...

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  • Murrurundi: Rosemerta, a fairytale...

    What a great surprise to find Rosemerta - a garden like a fairytale - in the village of Murrurundi.Dont miss to take a look at this lovely garden, in the backside of the village, not far from the trainstation ! This house seems to be deserted and the garden might need some more care, but in a way thats also a big part of its very special charm !Did...

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  • Murrurundi: a wooden suspension-bridge

    This is what I saw in Murrurundi: there is a wooden suspension-bridge for persons next to a Ford for cars, that was closed because that small river obviously might turn into a rapid river in case of floods, like they seem to occur quite often. I was in Murrurundi after 3 days of heavy rainfalls, and even when my pics look very sunny, there were...

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  • art of the aboriginees

    You will find some great examples of aboriginal art all over Australia, just like here in Harden / Murrumburrah: Welcome to Wiradjuri Country (maybe thats the aboriginal name for that area) is the total inscription and in my last picture you can see that supermarket with all of these paintings. This was certainly a very good idea to make some...

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  • funny letterboxes in Molong

    There seems to be some great artists living in the tiny village of Molong and it was there, where I saw some great works of art made of old steel rubbish. And so it was no big surprise for me to see also some excellent and unique letterboxes there as well:1) A man sitting and waiting for the mailand2)a cow waiting for mail as well and you certainly...

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  • How about a RODEO in Australia

    When I drove through New South Wales I absolutely did not expect to be able to see a rodeo in Australia as well, BUT then I saw this announcement, while driving through Gravesend, a tiny village that got my Attention mainly through the strange Name of it ! So, Dont miss the Gravesend Rodeo ! b.t.w. there are lots of Rodeos all over Australia and...

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  • funny letterboxes in Gravesend

    These are my favorite letterboes from Gravesend / NSW and one of them is even simply cut out of a trunk of a tree, maybe the best material to withstand the nasty climate. It was raining for some days already in that area, when I was driving around and in some places floods were expected for the next day and had started already in a few flat...

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  • Eugowra & some history told on dustbins

    You really cannot say that Eugowra does not stand to it's own history, in the contrary: Watch out for the funny waste-bins, when you take a walk through the small village of Eugowra: all of them will be decorated by scenes from the times of the bush-rangers and the times of the Gold-Rush !Different from other places of the Goldrush-times there...

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  • Lots of "Irish traces" in Boorowa

    When travelling to Boorowa you will be surprised to see a lot of irish traces, you will see red-haired local people in the shops, the catholic church is called St. Patrick's Church and you see the irish clover, the shamrock everywhere, even as a decoration painted on the sidewalks: you will find the shamrock, on most of the sidewalks all over the...

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