australian culture and customs

find out how australians do things, how we see the world and the world sees us

Straya (our way of saying Australia)

This is a nice lighthearted video with the usual Australian self-mockery – we love a bit of that. How many of the people and places can you identify? Kudos to … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Australia – arms around you

The ABC, or ‘Aunty’ as we like to call her, is Australia’s independent government-funded broadcaster. This beautiful promotional video shows some of the best sides of Us, this multicultural country.  … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’

One Australian’s view of Aussie culture from online news site, WA Today Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’.

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s Aussie Football League grand finals time!

For the first time since the club’s inception 19 years ago, the Fremantle Dockers has reached the grand finals of the Australian Football League (AFL).  The AFL began as the … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Australia is going to Rio 2014!

Woo hoooo!  The Australian Socceroos soccer (or ‘football’ if you must) team  just beat Iraq 1-0 to qualify for the Soccer World Cup in Brazil next year.  I can’t wait … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia Is An Example Of Effective Gun Control. America Is An Example Of Ignoring Australia.

View this satirical video that has now gone viral comparing Australia’s view of America’s gun laws with American lobbyists and politicians’ views.  We Australians just don’t get it. Related articles … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Swimming in the right (left) lane

The swimming pool, leisure centre, aquatic centre – the local pool.  Australians love swimming.  Have you noticed our Olympic performances over the years in the pool (very impressive)? Did I … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Less stress in Australia than China

A Chinese woman talks about how she finds life less stressful in Australia

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Valentines’ Day in Australia – 14th of February

The day of love originates from the European saint, Valentine.  It began as a Christian tradition which is gradually being taken up around the world, largely, I might suggest, because it … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

disgusting or acceptable in public? etiquette of the body

spitting – disgusting on the street, absolutely revolting anywhere inside except straight into the toilet (in private). sneezing – ok if you cover your mouth and/or use a tissue over … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cultural Differences Between India and other Countries: A Dinner Invitation

Originally posted on InterSecting Lines:
This was an article I wrote eons ago for Chillibreeze. I had even forgotten that I had written this article till I came across it…

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on michaelboultonblog:
So 6 months done Down Under, how is it going? In short, great. Move away from everyone and everything familiar and you find out a lot…

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Can Australians laugh at themselves?

Hilarious send up of My Kitchen Rules, the Australian cooking show with some truly horrible contestants http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/who-will-win-the-most-obnoxious-team-medal-20130205-2dwr1.html?#comments

January 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Australia Day

January 26th  why? Australia Day commemorates the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip landed in Sydney Cove and claimed Australia’s eastern side for Britain through the symbolic act of … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 1 Comment