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Australia and Oceania 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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  • 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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  • General

    Brisbane Local Customs

    What I like about Brisbane, is that at outside places of interest, is a Transport sign with plenty of details on the area. It lists other sights and all the different modes of transport you can use to reach the area your in. I thought this was an excellent idea. Outside the Eagle Farm Racecourse, I could see that I could have come by Bus, Boat,...

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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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  • Local People

    Christchurch Local Customs

    This old english method of having a bloke yelling the news pre newspaper days was trialled a few years ago as a tourism stunt - and it stuck. The Town Crier of Christchurch screams a few items of interest using a very random schedule. When he isn't doing the yelling thing he wanders about the Cathedral Square to chat with visitors and provide a few...

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  • Cemetary

    Bora-Bora Local Customs

    Touring the island, I saw a couple of churches but I was wondering where the deceased were, because I never saw a cemetary. Later, I found out that the deceased are buried at home. Very often you can see a little house or concrete block in the front yard of the house. This is a family grave.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Useful Tips.......Emergency number

    Christchurch Local Customs

    The New Zealand dollar has depreciated in value over the last few years. It now lies around $1NZ=$0.49US good for all of you wanting to travel to NZ but bad for us kiwi's!! The notes were changed over 10 years ago to depict famous kiwi faces instead of the queen. She has been retained only on the $20 bill and on the back of the coins. There are...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maori

    Christchurch Local Customs

    When you are entering into Maori cultural exhibits, the visitors must be invited in to join the community before entering. Your group must select a chief or king for the group, and then that leader must meet with the leader of the Maori tribe. When presented with the opportunity to enter, the visiting leader must show that he and his people are not...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Climate

    Christchurch Local Customs

    The South Island is cooler than the North Island by a few degrees but on the whole NZ is known for its clean air. Average temps in winter (July) 1C – 12C Average temps in summer (January) 12C – 21C Annual Mean Maximum 32C Annual Mean Minimum –4C

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Driving

    Christchurch Local Customs

    When you drive along the Summit Road please thank all the idiots of Christchurch for being able to park on such nice carparks along the road. Those carparks have been altered attractively because car hoons had used the old style ones for races and burnouts. Oh, and also thank me, please. As ratepayers we have paid for the new look. As you might...

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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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  • 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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  • Wizard

    Christchurch Local Customs

    Speaking to the masses, though not so often these days, is the Christchurch Wizard aka Ian Brackenbury Channell. He has actually been deemed a "living work of art" and has been doing his thing in Christchurch since after his arrival in 1974. The Wizard was born in London in 1932 and took degrees in Sociology and Psychology at Leeds University...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • another funny letterbox

    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 their letterbox....and now that lovely letterbox is even shown on VT !!!In my last picture:...

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  • a great letterbox

    Singleton is 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 your own (rental) car, when you...

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  • Funny Letterboxes - some come in a...

    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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  • Watch out for the funny waste-bins

    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 seems to have been also a Lady Bushranger here in Eugowra once - at least one of the cafes...

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  • The Gravesend Rodeo

    Dont miss the Gravesend Rodeo - I saw a signpost of it, while driving through the village. Here on this link I have a link to some pictures of this rodeo of past years, so you might get an idea what you might expect to see there as a tourist !

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  • Some of the most fancy letterboxes of...

    Take your time, when walking through Murrurundi and take some extra time when you are searching for some of the most beautiful letterboxes that I saw in all of NSW. There are some really good artists living in that town and there also seems to be some competition of having fancy letterboxes like here in my pictures !I will post a lot more pictures...

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  • Watch out for unusual letterboxes

    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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  • Aboriginees art

    Some great paintings of the local Aboriginees Art you will be able to see next to the catholic church of Harden. You simply have to step into the backside of the garden around that church and you will see these great murals at a building that is obviously the house of the firebrigades, next to the church.

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  • The Harden / Murrumburrah Men's shed

    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 ! ;-)Its a pity I came out of the opening-times :TUE : 10.00am - 05.00pmand THU & SAT: 01.00pm - 05.00pm

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  • The red geranium

    The Red Geranium ! - what a strange name for The Tooraweenah community technology centre, a place that is nowadays used for nothing else than an internet-cafe for the local people and beeing open only 2 days each week:Thrusday from 10.00am till 07.00pmand Saturdays from 10.00am till noon.They can also send faxes there, make photocopies and laminate...

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  • the local way to build houses

    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 bricks was the stove and the chimney and both of them were attached to the house like you can see it in my picture here.

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  • Watch out for the funny letterboxes

    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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  • Watch out for the funny letterboxes

    On a rainy day I started to look out for the big variety of funny and interesting letterboxes, like you will find them at the entrance-gates of farms or gardens all over Australia.And these letterboxes are the ones that I saw around Glencoe.

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