Local traditions and culture in Australia and Oceania

  • Local Customs
    by cjg1
  • A French place in New Zealand - the same colours.
    A French place in New Zealand - the same...
    by Kakapo2
  • Border and building
    Border and building
    by tiabunna

Most Viewed Local Customs in Australia and Oceania

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    tiny huts for the Ghosts in New Caledonia ?

    by globetrott Written Jul 26, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This tiny hut was standing next to the traditional hut and it looks like a small hut for the gods, ghosts or something similar. Nobody is able to stand there inside of that tiny hut and you will find a heap of stones and sea-shells there plus various plastic-chaines with colorfull items on them.
    Sorry, I could not find any explanation, but think it was interesting to mention it !
    This was about 15 min to walk to from the place where the cruiseship landed their tenders.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    inside a traditional hut in New Caledonia

    by globetrott Written Jul 26, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There is not really a lot of furniture In the traditional huts of New Caledonia: some carpets on the floor, some cushions as well and that seems to be all.
    And there is also a place to make fire and / or maybe just in order to prepare food without fire in the centre of the building on the floor. It was made of a material that might have been a special type of tropical wood or of stone. I did not dare to touch it, so I dont know for sure. It was a flat, large piece with a basin that also had some instrument like it might have been a kitchen-utensil.
    There was no place to make fire under it, so maybe the fire was made in that basin !

    It might as well be that the whole floor of this building was made of burnt pisé floor / (Fußboden aus gebranntem Lehm ) and the rest of the floor was covered by the carpets.
    When you watch the local people in the large, open house in the centre of the village, you will see they always sit on the floor and will mostly also have no tables like we are used to them.
    When you get to such an open house, DONT enter it except that you are invited by a local !!!
    It is considered a bad offence, when strangers do that without an invitation ! It is also compulsory to take off your hat / cap etc.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Cruise
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    Tradional Huts in New Caledonia

    by globetrott Written Jul 26, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is something that I saw mainly in Lifou: You will find a traditional hut in the garden of most modern houses, and while you are mostly not allowed to take a look inside of them, I found this one on my way to the chapel of the Mother of God, a signpost invited tourists to come in and take a look and leave a donation.
    This is how I was able to make these pictures without any timepressure and also without any further informations given. The owners of this hut had their modern home closeby and did not care for the tourists.
    When you are visiting a traditional hut in New Caledonia, take a look up to the very top as well: a thick rope holds the ends of the construction of the ceiling and there are some sea-shells placed there as well.

    This traditional hut is about 500 meters from the place, where the tenderboats will take you ashore in Lifou.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    cruelty against animals - Dont support it !

    by globetrott Updated Jul 26, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Please dont support cruelty against animals: I saw 3 quite large crabs in a tent close to the place, where cruiseships will get their passangers ashore in Lifou. 2 of these crabs had been fixed by a rope on the table inside the tent and another one was fixed on a rope outside in the open sun. I am sure that all the 3 of them had a lot of pain that way and the local people expected tourists to pay 1 Dollar for each photo.
    I am afraid such cruelties will go on forever, except that tourists will totally give up to pay for such photos !!!

    And you as a tourist should also tell the shop.owners, you will not buy anything in a place, where such cruelty is done against animals !!!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    Giant beetles are living in the Fijis

    by globetrott Written Jul 26, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is the largest beetle I have ever seen and it lives only in the Fiji islands: The Xixuthrus Heros or Fijian giant long horned beetle, it is the 2nd largest beetle-species on earth and you will find it only in the Fijis. It has a maximum length of up to 15cm.
    Unfortunately you will hardly ever see it in its natural surrounding as a lot of them were hunted by bug-collectors and it is also considdered a totem animal for some local tribes.
    In order to give you an idea of its size, I put a local bill next to it .
    There are also some butterflies shown in the Fiji museum, that are living only on the Fiji Islands. (my 4th and 5th pictures).
    b.t.w. the largest beetle on earth is just 2cm larger: the Titan beetle (Titanus giganteus) is living in the Amazonas Rainforest.

    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    The Fiji-kilts

    by globetrott Written Jul 26, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    On the Fiji-islands it is quite hot all year long and that might be a good reason for some men to wear a Fiji-kilt. You will see them mainly in uniforms of policemen and even the armed guards in front of the presidents palace in Suva will wear a Fiji-kilt - see one of them in my main picture here !
    I took these photos of the policeman with a trick, but I am sure they would also pose for a photo if you simply ask them and I am also sure they have to pose for tourist-photos quite often in big cities like Suva !

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    Bula Bula in FIJI

    by globetrott Written Jul 25, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In Fiji Bula means hello ! Bula or Bula, Bula ! is the local Fiji expression for "hello, how are you?" and you will hear it all over the Fiji-island and even in the streets of quite a large town of Suva a lot of people will great tourists in the streets.
    It is always ment in a friendly way and that "Bula, Bula" will come with a smile, and almost never it is just a way to get in contact with a potential customer. When-ever you go inside a shop and just take a look around without buying anything they still stay nice and friendly and I also found lots of local people who like to chat with tourists !

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    FIJI: Masi / Barkcloth

    by globetrott Written Jul 25, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This was another surprise for me in the Fiji-museum in Suva: clothes made of a special material, called Masi or Barkcloth. It is a non-voven product, made by the beating of the inner-bark of the mulberry tree over an anvil to form a compacted web of fibre. The earliest such cloth dates back 3000 years BC and was found in Malaysia. That same type of product was also found in South America and in Middle America.
    In the Fiji-museum in Suva you will find a lot of fine examples of such local cloths and costumes.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    FIJI: the traditional sailingboats

    by globetrott Written Jul 25, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You will hardly ever see such ships and canoes in any port of Fiji any more, but you can see them in The Fiji-museum in Suva and this museum is even free of charge for visitors, but you will find a box for donations at the entrance. In my photos you will see the exhibits of the first hall of the Fiji museum: you will see some of the traditional Fijian doublehulled canoes, that are considdered to be the most seaworthy of the large voyaging canoes of Oceania.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    FIJI: Take off your shoes and hats !

    by globetrott Written Jul 25, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    It might happen, especially on the smaller islands of the Fiji islands and far away from the larger cities, that you are invited into one of the local huts or into an assembly-hut, like shown in my main picture:
    It is a matter of politeness to take off your hat, scarf or cap as well and your shoes before you take a seat on the floor like the locals do !
    And of course you are allowed to enter these huts only, when you get an invitaion by somebody local !!!
    The local people are quite friendly, BUT be aware: in this area man-eating and cannibalism still happens now and then...

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    Aboriginal Art

    by globetrott Updated Jul 25, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In Yass I saw this great kind of graffity in Aboriginal Art right under the modern Bridge for the cars on the main road through Yass. There are many animals and typical sceneries in these graffities, so drive down the small path next to the court House in order to get under that Bridge and enjoy that great graffity.
    Yass is a small town just a few kms north of Canberra.

    And below one of the graffities I found the inscription: Dale R. Huddleston & Scott Towney.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    Funny letterboxes in Australia

    by globetrott Written Jul 21, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In Australia you just keep your eyes open and start your own collection of funny letterboxes: For me 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 open and close again the farmgates etc. AND for me it was easy to take pics of them in the rain from my carwindow...

    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    AUS: the great art of the aboriginees

    by globetrott Written Jul 20, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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 decoarations around a supermarket that I found not far from the catholic church of Harden / Murrumburrah: you will see there a lot of local animals painted in the style of the local aboriginies.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    AUS: a men's shed

    by globetrott Written Jul 20, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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 opening-times :
    TUE : 10.00am - 05.00pm
    and THU & SAT: 01.00pm - 05.00pm
    BUT I promis you, men of Harden / Murrumburrah: When I will be there next time I will help you to defend the men's world !!!

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    AUS: Wooden bridges from the 19th Century

    by globetrott Written Jul 20, 2015

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    All over Australia 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 wooden bridges in Australia still nowadays. In Dungog you will see a good example of such a wooden bridge and you will also find a parking-space next to it, so you will be able to take a look under the bridge and its construction as well.
    Enlarge my last 2 pictures and you will see the pavement of that bridge that looks like ordinary asphalt, but it is actually wood, covered by asphalt !

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Photography
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

Australia and Oceania Hotels

Top Australia and Oceania Hotels

Port Douglas Hotels
239 Reviews - 633 Photos
Perth Hotels
2343 Reviews - 5036 Photos
Darwin Hotels
694 Reviews - 2095 Photos
Gold Coast Hotels
845 Reviews - 1790 Photos
Adelaide Hotels
1098 Reviews - 2605 Photos
Nouméa Hotels
158 Reviews - 434 Photos
Rarotonga Hotels
170 Reviews - 421 Photos
Melbourne Hotels
3464 Reviews - 7889 Photos
Bora-Bora Hotels
295 Reviews - 592 Photos
Nadi Hotels
105 Reviews - 296 Photos
Sydney Hotels
5989 Reviews - 14188 Photos
Brisbane Hotels
1711 Reviews - 3860 Photos
Canberra Hotels
953 Reviews - 2624 Photos
Geelong Hotels
318 Reviews - 670 Photos
Port-Vila Hotels
136 Reviews - 315 Photos

Instant Answers: Australia and Oceania

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

14 travelers online now

Comments

Australia and Oceania Local Customs

Reviews and photos of Australia and Oceania local customs posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Australia and Oceania sightseeing.
Map of Australia and Oceania

Australia and Oceania Members Meetings

Oct 07, 2016 
The Big Sydney Meet
Oct 12, 2016 
The Big Sydney Cruise

see all Australia and Oceania member meetings