Expat Diaries

25 Ways To Be Aussie As!

In honour of Australia Day I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learnt about Australian culture over the last 18 months. I’ve also rounded up some tips submitted by my Aussie and expat friends, to bring you 25 ways to be Aussie as.

(Warning: there is slight sarcasm contained within but the one thing I’ve learned from my Aussie friends and family is that you guys are as good at taking jokes as us Brits are. At least I hope you are. Don’t kick me out! Please!)

1. Call everyone your mate or ‘old mate’, in which case they may not be your mate at all

2. Utilise the phrase ‘far out’ with absolutely no irony

3. Enjoy a Gaytime with absolutely no irony. Thanks to Christine from Adventure, Baby for this one.


4. Eat Avocado. Call it avo

5. Order a Flat White

6. Forgo all chain cafes

7. Watch TV shows about traffic cops and border partrol a lot. (Or at least that’s what the TV networks lead me to believe the Australian public do.)

8. Watch the movie ‘The Castle’ and understand the humour. (I’m still working on staying awake all the way through it.)

9. Live in a house that’s all on one level

10. And doesn’t have a fireplace

11. Be very cautious and (rightfully) sensible about going out in the sun

12. Call sun-bathing sun-baking

13. Complain about traffic in conditions I as a Londoner would consider optimal

14. Avoid public transport like the plague

15. Drive a ‘ute’ instead

16. Treat roads of a gazillion kms long like that’s pretty standard (well, it is here)

17. Prefer to drive rather than fly for your family vacation

18. Post photos of beaches on Instagram like you live there when you really live in the middle of the suburbs Another one from Christine which basically sums up me & Justin!

Bondi Spring time

19. Host a “Singlets and Stubbies” party and attend a ‘Bush Doof” (I’m not making this up!)

20. Play ‘Goon of Fortune’ at some point in your youth (Also not making this up!)

21. “Bust a plugga” (Break and then fix a flip flop/thong)

22. Then ditch the shoes. Become comfortable with walking everywhere (even the supermarket… whaaat?!) bare foot. Submitted by Amber from Words Of Wander

23. Know that “how you going?” doesn’t need the answer “by foot/bus”. Lol submission from Kirsten at Kirst Over The World

24. Remain laid back in all circumstances (Even when your other half is on a visa/wedding related meltdown – thanks babe!)

25. And openly, proudly, loyally Australian at all times

Happy Australia Day mate!

About Author

Travel blogger and freelancer writer who loves boutique hotels and brunching. I've been blogging for 10 years, visited 60+ countries and called London, Sydney, Melbourne and (oh so briefly) New York home at various points during the last decade. Now travelling with a baby and trying to make it as stylish and stress-free as can be!


  • BeaNs
    January 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Your efforts at watching The Castle were bloody horrid at best Gormo. Streuth!

    • Jayne Gorman
      January 26, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I tried again! Then fell asleep during that too..

  • Catherine
    January 26, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Hahaha this is brilliant! Also The Castle is basically the best film ever made ‘Dale dug a hole’

    And ahhh goon, good memories.

    C x | Lux Life

    • Jayne Gorman
      January 26, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      We recently bought some goon for a road trip in the Outback. It does have its uses!

  • Julie Small
    January 27, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Blimey! Are we that bad?? And yes the Castle is one of our all time best movies – you don’t know what you’re missing!
    “I reckon you should make fake flowers… Jenny makes fake flowers.
    Yeh reckons Jenny Jenny?
    Nah, Microwave Jenny… She reckons the trick is to make em real, but not too real, just real enough to know that they’re fake?”
    Pure GOLD!!

    • Jayne Gorman
      January 27, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Haha I just don’t get it! The other half waited until I’d lived here a year to let me see it. It was like some sort of rite of passage, which I totally failed by dozing off. Shall try again next year when I’m more assimilated 🙂

  • Julie Small
    January 27, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Oh and if you really want to sound like an Aussie it’s “Happy Straya Day” Get it roight wouldja!!

    • Jayne Gorman
      January 27, 2016 at 5:51 am

      O yes of course 😛

  • Cristin @ Between Roots and Wings
    January 27, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    “Tell him he’s dreamin’!” I love The Castle, but definitely gets funnier the longer I live here.
    Fab list. 🙂

    • Jayne Gorman
      January 29, 2016 at 7:58 am

      I need to watch it again some day!

  • Kathi
    March 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hahaha funny, sounds a bit like South Africans 😀
    Been living in Cape Town for almost a year now and it seems to have a bit of a similar vibe 🙂


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