I asked some locals what they wanted tourist to know before visiting their country!
1.“Australians are a bit like the British. They are definitely more aloof than southerners, and if you start a random conversation with a stranger they will find it odd. Once they realise you aren’t about to ask them for money or trying to pick them up they’ll likely be fine though.”
2.“Any suggestion that the Australian Government swooped in like tyrants and disarmed the unfortunate Australian population will usually not go down well. Apart from a grumpy minority, most Australians are very in favour of gun control and supported the Howard government in changing the gun laws following the Port Arthur Massacre. If a potential Prime Minister promised to reverse those changes they would be very unlikely to be elected.”
3.”You won’t be able to take any weapons into Australia. Even pepper spray is illegal.”
4.”Not all guys will look like the Hemsworth brothers, and not all women will look like Margot Robbie (Sorry! We wish we did too!)”
5.”If an Australian has spent time in the US, don’t ask them which country they prefer. It puts them in an awkward situation.”
6.”Servers in restaurants will be significantly less attentive than those in the US. They will take your order, your food will come, and if you need anything else you may have to try to catch their attention as they won’t check on you as frequently as they would in the US. That’s just how restaurants are run in Australia. If you complain about this level of service more likely than not the owner will side with staff rather than you. On the plus side, there is no obligation to tip.”
7.“What you see on the price tag is what you will pay, sales tax included.”
8.“The word entrée means appetizer in Australia. So if you order only an entrée from a menu you will be hungry! Look for Mains.”
9.“Restaurants won’t have free refills of anything other than water.”
10.“Many restaurants if not most won’t allow you to split bills, especially for large groups. Sorry but you’ll have to have to do math to work out how much everyone needs to chip in! (We hate it too!)”
11.”If you tease an Australian about having ancestors who were convicts and they get annoyed, it’s not out of shame. Australians who can actually trace their ancestry back to the convicts are proud of it and it would actually be something to show off, to be related to some of the first settlers who were being punished for crimes that weren’t all that serious, and lived in very harsh conditions. If they’re annoyed it might be because you don’t appreciate how awesome they feel that is.”
12.”I think a lot of people don’t realise how expensive it is to travel and live here.”
13.”Killer animals isn’t really a thing here. Like everyday life doesn’t really involve coming across dangerous animals….”
14. “We don’t all say g’day mate.”
15. “We don’t all surf or are mega tanned.”
16. “We don’t ride around in kangaroos pouches or have them as pets.”
17. “We don’t all like vegemite – haha.”
-”Gain some knowledge of the country you’re visiting is the big factor. Know what is & isn’t acceptable behaviour.”-
18.”If you’re planning on driving in a foreign country know the road rules, as so often tourists end up fatalities on our roads or cause accidents in general.”
19.”Be aware of our beaches, as they may be beautiful but can be deadly.”
20.”Oh and Don’t be rude.”
21.”Know how to say Please & Thankyou”
Drinking tip:Only 18 to drink.
Map of Australia.
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