State of New South Wales Local Customs

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State of New South Wales 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DRIVER REVIVER

    Drive 2 hours and take a break, this is advertised as a way of hopefully helping to stop the carnage on Australian roads."Driver Reviver" canteens can be found open on Weekends, School holidays and Public Holidays, at intervals on your Road Trip - NOT AT ANY OTHER TIME.They provide Coffee, Tea, cordial, Biscuits for a Gold coin donation, in other...

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  • look out for the firefighter-sheds

    When you travel through New South Wales or other parts of Australia and when you love to see vintage-cars, it might be a good idea to look out for the firefighter-sheds, because some of the smaller villages certainly kept their vintage-firefightercars for more than 100 years now like here in Barmedan, a small village where I was able to take a look...

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  • wooden bridges, more than 100 years old

    All over the State of New South Wales you will see wooden bridges and many of them are in use for more than 100 years now for the modern cartrafic of our time. There was a time in Australia, when it was forbidden by law for the early settlers to use anything else than local resources in order to build bridges and this is why you will see a lot of...

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  • see 3 historic graves in Forbes

    There are 3 different graves in Forbes, that might be of some interest for tourists:1) the grave of Bushranger Ben Hall, who was shot by local police in 1865.For more than 2 years Hall bailed up mail coaches, travellers, Inn-keepers, squatters and storekeepers in the Lachlan district.In the age of just 27 he was shot by a police party of eight, led...

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  • Rosemerta: a fairytale-garden in...

    This tiny garden in a sidestreet of Murrurundi was a great surprise for me, when taking a walk there close to 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 you realize, that many of these flowers etc. were made of horse-shoes and that the...

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  • Hunting for funny letterboxes in NSW:...

    In Stroud - about 8 hours to drive to in the north of Sydney - I found some of the most unique letterboxes of my travels through New South Wales within 20 days: my favorite was the one in my pictures No. 1-3, it obviously was once 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...

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  • Hunting for funny letterboxes in NSW:...

    It all started on a rainy day, when I realized that lots of people used a lot of phantasy when creating their letterboxes. Most of these letterboxes are to be found next to the main roads, at the entrance of a farm, that might have its farmhouse some kilometers away from the farm-gate. So it saves the postman a lot of time, he would notz have to...

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  • ROADSIDE REST AREAS

    Travelling in New south Wales just recently, we noticed the high standard of their rest areas. They always are set well off the road, with plenty of parking area, lots of them had Toilets, Drinking water, picnic tables, and the upmarket ones, had bbq's and lovely children's playgrounds.Rubbish bins are provided, so do the right thing, and put it in...

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