Australian Fun Stuff

Bondi Beach beach

Australia has many social pastime times including

  • Beaches – sunbathing and swimming
  • Sport – anything and everything
  • Food and Wine – Australia has some of best Wines and fresh food in the world
  • Deadly Wildlife – Australia has 10 of the most poisonous snakes

Australian Beaches

  • Most of Australia’s population lives close to the coastline and the beach has long occupied a special place in the Australian identity. Everyone loves to spend tome swimming, sunbathing or surfing.In the right season the sun is hot, the sea is cool and the beer is cold.
  • Australia is blessed with too many amazing beaches to list, offering some of the world’s best surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and posing around on soft sand “chugging a cool one”.
  • Australia was the first place in the world to have surf lifesaving clubs.
  • Two of Sydney’s most famous beaches, are Manly Beach and Bondi Beach . Both are magnificent beaches, lined with cafes and restaurants and magnets for visitors or locals soaking up the relaxed atmosphere.

Sport in Australia

  • Australians love sport – anything and everything to do with sport, from watching it on tv, to playing it, to talking about it. Tha main spectator sports are cricket, swimming, football, which can mean Rugby League, Soccer, AFL (Aussie Rules). They extremely competitive, and love nothing better than betting the Poms or the Kiwis.
  • Which over country gives people the day off to watch a horse race?
  • Australians are very conscious about keeping fit – it is something to do with sunny climate and always being outdoors.
  • Australians surfers are amongst the best in the world. Companies that sponsor sports events such as Billabong, Rip Curl are now global symbols of Aussie culture.

Food and Wine in Australia

  • Australia is renowned for its Wine, being the fourth largest wine exported in the world. Australia offers a diverse range, with over 60 wine regions, to find more on Best Australian Winescheck this out www.wineaustralia.com or www.winediva.com.au
  • Beer is another favourite. And no they don’t give a XXXX for anyone else’s beer, given the variety available and the state loyalties.
  • Alcohol is not sold in Supermarkets but in “Bottle Shops” which can be found on every corner. Some Restaurants not licensed, are allowed to deal as BYO ( bring your own), so it means they don’t sell alcohol and you bring yours from home.
  • The great Aussie Barbie – the centre of any social event – and the place where the aussie male dominates. A lot of entertaining is done outside, and what could be better than a cold beer, a steak, some prawns or a “snak” from the barbie.
  • Because Australia is such as cosmopolitan country, with people from every nationality, the food reflects this. The TV program Food Lovers Guide reflects this.
  • Vegemite – is another aussie food icon. Its made out of wheat and cereals resulting in a salty dark brown paste which is spread on bread. Yuk!

 

Australian Deadly Wildlife

  • Australia has more deadly creatures than another other continent – you’ve got to watch out both on the land and the sea. As a friend said to me when we first arrived in Australia, “treat everything as if it can kill you”.
  • Of the world’s ten most poisonous snakes, all of them are Australian. Five of it’s animals are the deadliest of their kind in the world; the funnel-web spider, box jelly-fish, blue-ringed octopus, paralysis tick and stonefish. Even the seemingly harmless male duck billed platypus has a pair of short spurs each hooked-up to a venom gland that makes a viciously painful toxin. Thankfully spurrings are rare, those that survive them report pain resistant to morphine and strong enough to induce vomiting which can persist for days, weeks or even months.
  • Even though, Australia may have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it may have hidden dangers such as the box-jelly fish which is responsible for more deaths in Australia than snakes, sharks, and salt water crocodiles put together. Here is more information on some of Australia’s more dangerous residents.