23 things they don’t tell you before coming to Australia
Thinking about travelling to the land down under? Well, here are 23 things you need to know before traveling to Australia. These are the tips, hints and pieces of advice 6sensesoftravel thinks everyone will benefit from knowing but perhaps may not think about or be informed of.
Lets kick it off!
- Australia is huge! Don’t expect to drive between the major cities quickly. It can take days to travel between most of them and up to a week of driving between some of them. Here is a picture for our European readers to better understand
- Despite the size of Australia the population is quite small sitting at just over 23 million.
- This is due to a large part of Australia being effectively inhabitable. It’s no coincidence that 85% of Australians live within 50KM of the coast!
- Australia’s sun is the most harmful in the world due to a hole in the ozone layer directly above the country, in other words be careful or you will get burnt!
- In case you get confused. Australians have a saying to prevent getting burnt ‘slip, slop, slap’ which translates to slip on some clothes, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat! In the warmer months its a smart decision..
- Summer is hot, but its also when Australia receives most of its rain in a torrential fashion. So if you’re travelling during summer expect a lot of thunderstorms.
- Winter is still warm enough in order to spot locals walking around in thongs and a singlet, but don’t be fooled, it can get COLD! Especially if you’re travelling in rural areas: As soon as the sun drops, so does the temperature and it can catch you by surprise.
- Please note: When we say thongs we don’t mean bikini bottoms, in Australia thongs are actually a type of sandal very commonly worn, also known as flip flops, jandals or pluggers.
- Australia is known for all its deadly animals but its not something to get too scared about. It’s very rare that you even come across them (as long as you aren’t travelling in the outback at least) and there has not been a death from a spider bite since 1979, snakes related deaths average out to less than 2 people per year and its around the same for sharks.
- Stack that against deaths from firearms and Australia is actually looking like a very safe country because guns are illegal and only common in rural areas for hunting.
- Australian’s love their sport and AFL is arguably the most popular in the country. However to anyone outside of Australia it will look like the strangest sport in the world. Below is an AFL field:
- If you don’t like AFL then you can look forward to watching any european sports at the most ungodly hours due to a terrible difference in timezone.
- However it depends on how you look at it, as a 3am game of English Premier League can be a great way to end a night out, as many bars will facilitate such games and its easy to find a group of passionate patrons to watch with.
- If that doesn’t interest you then surely an afternoon Sunday session will! They are very common in Australia as workers try to squeeze every last minute out of the weekend. The appeal is in the usually cheap drink prices and relaxed atmosphere as popular rooftop bars are packed in to watch the sun go down over a few drinks and wind down the weekend. See more about a typical Sunday Session here.
- GOON… It may not make sense to you now, but trust me it will. It’s a cheap plastic bag of wine that is often drunk by those on a budget or those wanting to get a little messy. Therefore it is a great option for travellers who will be interested in both.
- Australia does actually have some nice drinks. You can for example look forward to the amazing coffee! This is due to a thriving cafe scene that originated out of Melbourne and has now spread across the country.
- Whilst there are some typical Aussie delicacies: Vegemite, Tim Tams, Lamingtons and meat pies (pastries with a meat filling in general), Australia actually has a very diverse range of food with an abundance of authentic asian and quality european restaurants.
- Australia is expensive! The cost of living can really surprise people with everything from food, clothes, cars, alcohol, cigarettes and rent all costing more than you would expect from home. So be prepared!
- However it’s all worth it for the amazing lifestyle. Melbourne has been tipped the most liveable city in the world for the last 3 years with Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth all within the next 15 cities on the list.
- Drinking in public is illegal and whilst there are many public hotspots and family parks where people will drink and have a BBQ, don’t be silly and become a nuisance.
- Australia Day is a perfect example of when people will have a few drinks and a BBQ in a public or private setting. It’s the most popular day of the year and will normally include listening to Triple J’s (JJJ) hottest 100, which plays the top 100 songs of the last year as voted by the Australian population. Not to be missed!
- Australia is also filled with a surprising amount of young families, usually consisting of amazingly fit, tanned and good looking parents that have 1 or 2 kids. They can be seen congregating together at events such as Australia Day.
- There is a large subculture of clean living in Australia created through a community of healthy eating, working out and the popularity of activities such as yoga becoming very common.