Archive for Typically Aussie

19 Nov 2011

Australian tourism

1 Comment Typically Aussie

These questions were (allegedly) posted on an Australian Tourism website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a great sense of humour (not to mention a low tolerance threshhold for the brainless!)

Q: I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the rail road tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles, take lots of water… Read more

15 Nov 2011

Steve Irwin Day

No Comments New South Wales (NSW), Typically Aussie

Khaki is more than a colour, it’s an attitude – Khaki it!


Today is the day known as the Steve Irwin Day. It’s an annual international event celebrated each year on November 15th honouring the life and legacy of the one and only Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin! To most people Steve is known as this khaki dressed Crocodile Hunter who always seemed to do these crazy things like catching a venomous snake, wrestling a croc or anything else that most people try to avoid doing. He was a true animal lover and had a huge passion towards wildlife and he and his wife Terri owned and operated Australia Zoo outside Brisbane, once started by his father. Steve tragically died on 4 September 2006, not while wrestling a dangerous croc or being bitten by a venomous snake but after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.


15 Oct 2011

But why??

2 Comments Typically Aussie

Just read that under a limited time of 12 weeks (that started last week) you’ll be able to buy chips flavoured with Vegemite. My only question is WHY? Why ruin a beautiful thing like chips with an awful flavour like Vegemite. 😉 But I guess the Aussies disagree given that 22 million jars of the yeast spread is sold each year. Has anyone Down Under tasted them and can give us a review?


Only at a Coles store near you for a limited time

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30 Aug 2011

Throw another shrimp on the barbie

2 Comments Typically Aussie

I know this 80’s advertisement is directed to Americans, but still. Why, oh why does Paul Hogan say: I slip an extra SHRIMP on the barbie. Aussies call them PRAWNS. Though the phrase throw another shrimp on the barbie has ever since been something the rest of the wold associate with Australia and I guess you Aussies get a bit tired of hearing it when you talk to us non-Australians who think we’re hilarious when whe throw the phrase in your face. 🙂

10 Aug 2011

Everyone counts?

1 Comment Typically Aussie

On Tuesday night this week, on August 9, it was Census Night (in Swedish folkrĂ€kning) in Australia. I just read up on it the other day and I must say it seems like a very old fashion way to go around things but I’m still a little impressed with the logistics behind it though and at the same time not so convinced about the reliability of the result. Have a read and see what you think.

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29 Jul 2011

Melbourne Open House

No Comments Melbourne, Typically Aussie

For the fourth year the Melbourne Open House (MOH) takes place. During the weekend the public gets a chance to explore 75 buildings for free (for the full building list have a look HERE). A fun initiativ and a rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.

28 Jul 2011

Choo choo!

2 Comments Typically Aussie

My brother sent me some information about different train rides you can take if you want to get around Australia in a different way. I don’t think it’s the cheapest way to travel but it will give you a different view of the country and therefore I’ll share four of them with you anyway (plus a fifth one for the really rich ones).

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20 Jul 2011

A living proof nature has a sense of humour?

2 Comments Typically Aussie

In Australia you can find a really strange animal, the platypus. It lays egg like a bird (the only mammal that does that by the way) and looks like a mix between a duck, an otter and a beaver. They’re considered one of the oddest creatures found anywhere in the world – for a good reason.

They can be found only along the eastern coast of Australia all the way from North Queensland down to Tasmania. The platypus is also one of the few poisonous mammals there is, the male platypus has a poisonous spur in the back feet which ban be quite harmful to humans.


25 May 2011

Work your way around Australia

No Comments Typically Aussie

If you plan on going to Australia and work this National Harvest Guide might be helpful. In the guide you’ll find information on harvest work opportunities, working conditions, how to get there and where to stay. The guide is updated monthly and is available free for download – HERE (pdf).

19 May 2011

Basic guide to Aussie life

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  • On picnics, the Esky is always too small, creating a food versus grog battle that can only ever be solved by leaving the food behind.
  • There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato sauce (aka ketchup).
  • On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallets by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out.
  • The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and begins turning the snags.
  • It’s not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.
  • A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of Australian footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.
  • The phrase “we’ve got a great lifestyle” means everyone in the family drinks too much.
  • If invited to a party, you should take cheap red wine and then spend all night drinking the host’s beer. (Don’t worry, he’ll have catered for it).
  • If there’s any sort of free event or party within a hundred kilometres, you’d be a mug not to go.
  • The phrase “a simple picnic” is not known. You should take everything you own. If you don’t need to make three trips back to the car, you’re not trying.
  • Unless ethnic or a Pom, you are not permitted to sit down in your front yard, or on your front porch. Pottering about, gardening or leaning on the fence is acceptable. Just don’t sit. That’s what backyards are for.

If you had problems working out some of the Aussie slang above you might want to look HERE to catch up on your lingo. 😉

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