From sunscreen to Tim Tams, and from barbecue to safe swimming, here are some things do’s, don’ts, and don’ts when it comes to a counterfeit free when visiting Australia.
It’s easy to blow away the excitement of going Down Under, from seeing kangaroos and koalas to swimming in its pristine waters and basking in the summer sun. However, there are some important things you should know that can help you avoid confusion, confusion, sunburn, and aggressive sharks …
Never go to an empty BBQ party
If you’re invited to a BBQ in Australia, whether at home, in the park or at the beach, never go empty-handed. Whether you make a salad, offer some meat, bring a dessert or buy some wine to go around – a bottle of wine or a championship wine will always help you to enjoy – always show up with a Something like a helping hand and thanks. BBQs are often held by BYOB, so you will be empty handed if you do not bring your own drinks. Another polite gesture is to leave any unused drinks in the host’s refrigerator, as a small sign of gratitude before you leave the party.
Learn the local language
Aussies speak English, but they tend to have their own slang words that strongly control their conversational Australian English. You could be left in that strange situation where you speak the language but don’t understand what they’ve just said. So, to help you out, here are some words to remember: thongs = flip flops; togs/swimmers/bathers = bathing suit; tomato sauce = ketchup; chuck a U-ey = make a U-turn; “Do you want to join us for tea?” = “Do you want to join us for dinner?”. Remember those and you should be on the right track, but don’t be afraid to ask questions, most Aussies will be happy to translate – you’ll be fluent in no time.
Summers are different across Australia
Each Australian city offers a different style of summertime. Wherever you are, bring plenty of sunscreen. Summers in Perth are very dry, while temperatures in Brisbane will be very humid. For a chilly summer – if you can call it summer – go to Hobart, or vice versa, go to Darwin for a summer that spans all year long. Each city offers something different and Australia’s climate change can really make you feel like you’re traveling to different countries. So be prepared for anything.
You will not see wildlife everywhere, nor is everything deadly
The hopes and dreams of seeing kangaroos and koalas roam the streets are unrealistic; With cities growing rapidly, wildlife has made its way to the mainland and if you want to see these native animals, it’s best to visit a wildlife park. Though on the animal theme, not everything you see is lethal, and even if you do come across a more dangerous creature, it’s unlikely they’ll actually kill you. Australia has a wonderful natural habitat filled with beautiful – and often unique – creatures many of which can be very dangerous, but this country is not a deadly trap, you should be fine stop it.
Be prepared to go offline
The internet in some areas of Australia can be slow and expensive, to the extent that it’d be a real shock to the system to many of us used to easy internet access. If you absolutely have to remain connected, the best and cheapest option is to buy yourself a hotspot to take around with you. They really are a valuable investment, not just because it keeps you connected on the move, but also because some have the ability to double up as a portable charger for your phone. Two technological birds with one stone.
Australians today show great respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; after all, they are the traditional owners of the land you travel. These respect are also expressed verbally before certain ceremonies, meetings, and events. Just respect everyone and their cultures – there’s a lot to learn from Aboriginal history.
Call 000 in an emergency
For the emergency number in Australia, call Triple Zero (000). You will then be directed to either the police, fire or ambulance departments, depending on the emergency and the severity of the situation. They will guide you through the process and help you via phone where necessary. Hopefully, you won’t need to use this information, but it is a valuable thing to know.