• Do recognize that Australia is a big country and distances between cities can be too long for normal driving trips.

 

  • Do acquaint yourself with the animal protection laws if you want to touch or hold the animals like Koalas. Holding Koalas in NSW is not permitted.

 

  • Do recognize the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of the land. For Australians all speeches/statements begin by recognizing the same.

 

  • Do carry a photo ID; you may be asked to identify yourself.

 

  • Do follow the driving laws; driving violation fines in Australia are quite high.

 

  • Do understand that Australians shorten a lot of words. Australians are ‘Aussies’, McDonalds is ‘Macca’s, Football is footy, Woolworths is ‘Woolies’ Avocado is ‘Avo’.

 

  • Do observe punctuality. Australian put a lot of premium on time especially during formal meetings.

 

  • Do contribute to the shared expense or task, wherever situations permit. For instance, if you are taking a trip in someone else’ car, offering to contribute to fuel costs will be appreciated.

 

  • Storms and floods are frequent in Australia even in urban areas. Pay attention to the Australian Bureau of Metrology warnings. A red warning mean that you need to be prepared for evacuation. Avoid driving in flood warning areas.

  • Don’t bring food items through flight in baggage. Such items will be confiscated by the Australian Border Force upon arrival and there are heavy fines for the same.

 

  • Don’t mention the divisive topics of Australian society (e.g., refugees, Indigenous affairs, LGBTIO, religion, etc).

 

  • Don’t be overly argumentative. Australians tend to avoid the company of people who are too opinionated.

 

  • Don’t litter as it’s illegal in Australia. Especially don’t throw a cigarette but from your car window as many bushfires are caused by this.

 

  • Don’t ride a bike without a helmet.

 

  • Don’t go in the sun without sunscreen; the sun rays in Australia can be dangerous for your skin. Australia has second largest rate of skin cancer in the world.

 

  • Do not boast as it gives the impression that you see yourself as superior to others. Some Australians may find it artificial and conceited.

 

  • Don’t stare and stalk people.

 

  • Don’t swim in beeches outside the flag markers.

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