Australia is many things it’s a continent that makes up the 6th largest country in the world, and is home to some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet, and no I’m not just talking about Australians, with a little over eight and a half million people visiting each year, tourism is a huge part of Australia’s economy, that being said there are a number of things to look out for when you’re there.
1 – Don’t stray from the path
With over sixty six different venomous species which is the third largest concentration in the world by the way, it’s important to know where you are at all times, this is especially true if you plan on trekking or camping in the outback with things like the common brown snake, box jellyfish, and crocodiles, there’s no shortage of dangerous animals here, so it’s important that you stay on the path when you’re exploring, and that goes for warning signs as well because well it may seem funny to some people from different countries here they’re very real and should be taken seriously.
2 – Don’t underestimate the cost
Australia is known for having one of the highest living costs in the world, and traveling there is no different, of course this is all subjective depending on where you go, and where you’re from, but it still might surprise you to hear that a beer costs around nine Australian dollars, and a meal at a mid-range restaurant costs around 40, all in all if you’re really trying to save money you can get it down to around a hundred Australian dollars per day, and I’ll just throw that number out there as an average, but between transportation, food, and logging, the price can get a bit expensive, so it’s important that you price out your trip accordingly.
3 – Don’t say shrimp on the barbie
This phrase was popularized by a 1980s ad with Paul Hogan who was later in Crocodile Dundee, and it was sponsored by the Australian Tourism Commission to try to bring in international travelers, this is absolutely not what an Australian would say, if they would even use that phrase at all they would say prawn not shrimp, so don’t make it more annoying that it already is.
4 – Drinking in Australia
I’m mainly talking about major cities specifically Sydney, so don’t quote me on the rest of the country but in Sydney you can’t get a beer after 1:30 in the morning, because they have something called a lockout law which means no one is allowed in or out of bars past that point in time and their last call is at 3 in the morning, and of course don’t drink and try and drive, because they have one of the lowest blood-alcohol content levels point zero five before you can be arrested, and last but not least don’t hoarder Foster’s beer that’s not an Australian thing that’s an American thing, and said tried a little bottle of Bundaberg my Aussie friends will know why I’m laughing.
5 – Don’t underestimate its size
Australia is a country with about 25 million people, and because it’s a continent it’s made up of almost 7.6 million square kilometers, and despite the fact that the majority of its population is clustered around the coasts in urban areas, it still means that as a tourist it’s going to take a long time to get from place to place, so it’s important to take a look at exactly how long it’s going to take you to complete your itinerary.
6 – Don’t always tip
Some countries tipping isn’t required in Australia, and that’s mainly because their minimum wage is the highest in the world, at around eighteen ninety three cents an hour now in places like the u.s. wait staff require tips to earn a living wage, because the national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, if you have great service for sure you should tip the person, all I’m saying is you won’t be scorned like in the u.s. if you don’t.
7 – Don’t rely on public transport
Australia is so big and so spread out public transport is difficult to find outside major cities, it’s not like Europe where you can take a train to a small town hop off and then hop on to another train to another small town, Australia’s just too big for that to be feasible, so you’re better off finding other ways to get around.
8 – Don’t talk about immigration
The most part many Australians dislike the way that the government handles immigration, whether they’re anti-immigration or whether they’re disgusted by the way the government handles refugees, of course there’s all the people in between, but the bottom line is that immigration is a big deal in Australia and it’s easier to avoid the topic.
9 – Don’t take anything personally
Australians always seem to be joking around, and insults are one of the ways that they do that but don’t make the mistake of thinking they mean anything by it, there’s a funny saying where you know that an Australian doesn’t like you if they don’t insult you, because it means that they actually think there’s something wrong with you and that it will offend you, go figure, so take everything with a grain of salt.
10 – Don’t be afraid to say hello
Australians have a pretty well deserved reputation for being laid back, and like I was talking about before with the kidding around, they’re good at taking things in stride which makes it easy as a tourist to make friends, and talking to people is a must.
Make sure you enjoy Australia, Australia is such a cool place with so many fun and interesting people, and there’s so much to do there, it’s important to keep in mind that, these are all general guidelines and tips that I find out while I was there, and I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time while you’re there.