State of South Australia Local Customs

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State of South Australia Local Customs

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.


    South Australia's major River, is the Murray River.This long River doesn't have that many Bridges crossing it, so in many places, you will come across Car Ferries/Punt to take you to the other side.THESE ARE FREE, and operate 24 hours a day.There are a few rules you need to know, like the 10 km/h speed limit on ramp and ferry. You must wait until...


    Canoe Trees, this is not a local custom tip of today, but one of years ago, a part of early South Australian Aboriginal history.When going for a road drive, especially around the roads that skirt Lakes Albert and Alexandrina, the Coorong and the River Murray and its tributaries, you will see the River Red Gums, and the shape of a Canoe in their...

  • Watch a billy boil

    Australians love to sit around a campfire when outdoor camping. In fact we have a lot of folklore about the camp fire, stemed from the days when swagmen wandered the country side looking for work on cattle and sheep stations. Tales of late nights and early mornings spent around the fire boling a billy of tea.

  • Christmas presents

    Christmas presents in Australia are given on Christmas morning and then followed up with family gatherings for dinner or lunch.

  • keep cool anyway you can!

    South Australia is the country’s driest state with 60 percent of it desert. The average summer temperature is 29 degrees Celsiusa but it can can go as high as 42 degrees. Those without household air conditioners flock to the beaches, local swimming pools and Shopping malls. We keep cool anyway we can and kids can be very resourceful. I have fond...

  • Party tricks

    Favourite Aussie pastime - Have a few drinks with your friends and then make them perform finger tricks. he he

  • South Australian pets

    Like most people around the world South Australian's love their pets. We have a special love for dogs and that probably stems from those early cattle days and the birth of the legendary blue healer - smartest dog in the world. A bluey can bring a tear to the eye of the toughest Aussie male. The average household dog in Australia comes in all breeds...

  • Australian native

    These plants are found throughout Sth Australia. They are most commonly known as Black boys. However since this is probably considered not very politically correct. You might want to call them by their scientific name Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata, if you can get your mouth around it! These grass trees are very slow to grow and can be as old as a...

  • Parra Wirra lovely place with lovely...

    Para Wirra is an Aboriginal name. The land was part of the territory of the Peramangk Aboriginal people. Para means river and Wirra meaning bush.

  • Bowlers

    We saw several men outside bowling .This one game was very pretty with the ocean in the background and the men in their white outfits.

  • German

    It could have just been my impression, but I seemed to hear German spoken very frequently in the southeastern part of South Australia, from Chinatown in Adelaide, to the wineries and rural restaurants of the countryside and highways, to the views of Mt. Gambier, everywhere, it seemed, I heard German. Furthermore, I met, a rarity amongst rarities, a...

  • South Australia has some of...

    South Australia has some of the finest beers the country has to offer. Cooper's is the brewery. Be sure to try their Stout and Sparkling Ale.

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