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Australian culture and unspoken rules of Australia

Updated on September 19, 2011
Sunbaker by Max Dupain - A photograph that most Australians will recognize
Sunbaker by Max Dupain - A photograph that most Australians will recognize | Source

There are certain things about the Australian Culture and the unspoken rules of Australia that you must know whether you have decided to study in Australia or have decided to move to Australia. Here is what you should know before you pay your fees in an Australian university as an international student in Australia or book your tickets when you migrate to Australia. Read on to know insider tips about Australian Culture and certain unspoken rules of Australia.

Australians are proud of their culture and history

It won't hurt you if you read up on a little bit of culture and history of Australia before you land on Aussie shores. The locals definitely will appreciate the fact that you've spent some time and done your homework on the history and culture of Australia.

Australians respect their sportsmen and sportswomen

Sport itself is given top priority amongst many things that govern the day to day life of fellow Aussies. So catch up on the news and make sure you know a thing or two about Australian Rules Football or Footy, Rugby, Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Netball and much more. Any sport will serve to be a great conversation starter between you and a local.

Australians consider themselves to be lucky country

It is no surprise that the Aussies like to place a bet or two be it the horse races, sports or lots of other things. So don't be surprised if you see a line at your local Tattslotto outlet and if you want to join the fun, go buy yourself a winner too!

Australians love to support the underdog

That's right, Australia is a land of opportunity and the Australian's love to barrack for the underdog.

The concept of the word "Mate" is derived from the idea of mateship

During your stay in Australia, you will often come across Aussie saying things like "being a good mate", "looking after your mate" or "he's a good mate" So don't be surprised if you find yourself saying G'day mate after a week of your stay in Australia.

You will get a fair go in Australia

Which by the way, means that you will always get a fair chance in every aspect of your life in Australia. Whether it is your university class or your job, Australians like to give everyone a fair go.

Australians love beer

Forget about going to any CBD in Australia and not having the urge to hopping into an Aussie pub and drinking beer with your Aussie mates. Popular local beers are Carton Draught, Victoria Bitter and Carlsberg to name a few.

Australians love to promote art and local artists

Whether it is music, cinema, theatre or other forms of Art, Aussies are pretty passionate when it comes to promoting local talent. Do I really need to spell it out here that you will earn tons of brownie points from your local mates if you support local talent too?

26 January is Australia Day

You can look up Australia Day on the search engines but what I will tell you is that be prepared to spend the day in the outdoors enjoying the company of great mates and a nice barbeque.

The Australians love a good laugh

So if you find your local mate having a good laugh over a pitty misfortune of yours, don't be too harsh on yourself or the situation. Give it back to them and have a good laugh yourself too!

Australians are warm and helpful people

If you ever find yourself in a spot or need help, don't be afraid or shy to call out for help among your Aussie mates. So if you find yourself in a soup, put your hand up and feel free to ask.

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      Jack Baumann 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I'm planning a move to Australia in the fall. I will definitely have to keep these cultural tips in mind!

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      Tracey 6 years ago

      your all welcome here anytime :)

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      Yes, keeping these things in mind when you visit Australia will definitely be helpful. The best part is that you will find these points to be great conversation starters with random locals who will love it to see you taking interest in the culture of Australia.

      I'm glad you liked this hub and thanks for your feedback!


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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! I take it you have learned all this from a stay in Australia. You seem to have the lingo down quite well! I really enjoyed this and will certainly take your suggestions when someday in the future I see Australia. Voted up!

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hey thanks for sharing your personal touch on this hub, travel_man1971.

      I think the concept of supporting the underdog stems from the desire to support someone who may not be at the top, but is fighting against all odds to reach there. Thanks for stopping by!


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I had a former radio colleague from Australia. She just came to the Philippines for an onjob training at FM radio. She told us that her minor studies included Filipino language and culture. Australians are really supporting 'underdogs' like us.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      You'd have a great time here, specially because sports get top priority in Australia. The nation literally stops when there's a footy grand final or a rugby final. You are sure to start an intriguing conversation about any sport with a local at any bar you stop by for a beer.

      Thanks for your warm comment!


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      It'll be summer in Australia when it is winter in the northern hemisphere. Best time to visit Aussie shores is during the months of December-February.


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi Vinaya Ghimire

      Yes, Australians love to support the underdog. That that's the spirit which has generated many surprise wins in many domestic and international sporting events too.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this article!


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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Nice hub, mate. I would really like to visit Australia some day. If I get the chance, I will definitely remember these tips. And when I relax abd enjoy one of those Australian beers, I will most definitely make a toast to princesswithapen. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I would love to visit Australia some day-when the northern hemisphere is in the middle of winter. But I can't imagine not living in Canada.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      I'm amused by the information regarding mate and little bit of sarcasm specially when you write Australians love to support the underdog. I enjoyed this article very much.