State of South Australia Local Customs
Roses & Winery
Roses in the Barossa valley
Windmill amongst the vines
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...
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RIVER MURRAY FERRIES
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 directed by the ferry operator before moving your vehicle onto the ferry and to where he is pointing for you to park. Apply handbrake once the vehicle is in position. You can then hop out your car and look at the scenery as you head across the river. Do make sure you supervise your children.At night, drivers are requested to switch to parking lights only to avoid blinding the ferry operator. There are penalties for not adhering to these rules.All emergency vehicles that arrive at a ferry crossing displaying emergency beacons or sounding sirens...
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 trunk. This is where the Aborigines cut and peeled long sheets of bark to make their canoes. The canoes were often propelled by the use of a long shaft like a punt. They did not have a long life as prolonged immersion in water caused the bark sheets to become sodden, so they were only used for fishing and crossing rivers rather than for extended journeys.The art of making these rafts was practised by most Aborigines in Australia from the rivers to the coasts. From as early as 1642 Abel Tasman had seen them in use on the north west coast of...
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.
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 memories of long afternoons spent running around under a sprinkler.
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 from pedigree to mutt. Most have probably never seen a sheep and wouldn't know what to do with it if it did but we love them anyway. Cats are another thing all together. They cause much damage to the environment and its wildlife. Many end up feral. Some would like to make illegal to own but others cant part with them.
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 hundred years.
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 German (fellow tourist) who did not speak English, and who informed me that she had had very few problems, as there were enough German speakers about with whom she could converse. There is more than a little recognition, like in Hahndorf, that the region has German roots, but the continued strength of the language surprised me.
Christmas presents in Australia are given on Christmas morning and then followed up with family gatherings for dinner or lunch.
Favourite Aussie pastime - Have a few drinks with your friends and then make them perform finger tricks. he he
Parra Wirra lovely place with lovely name
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.
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