Tips on how not to look like a complete tourist in England.
Currency is in aussie dollars (AUD)
You need to have a valid visa! Best to apply for one 4-6 weeks before your trip to be safe. Apply for one here
Like the UK, they drive on the other side of the road
Unlike the UK, they use the metric system for driving (speed, distance)
The speedometres in Australia are intensely strict! You may NOT go over the speed. You'll even see a lot of billboard PSAs to drive safe
The most common method of payment is tap. While America is just getting used to the 'insert' method, Australian cards are enabled to complete the transaction via tapping on the POS device. I ended up using Apply Pay quite frequently, which was convenient!
No need to tip!
Like the UK, if you're at a sit down restaurant, they'll bring you a charge device so you can complete the transaction in one action, versus the US where the waiter has to bring you your check, charge the card, then bring back a receipt for you to fill out tip (and do whatever they do on their end to recharge the tip).
You may be subjected to higher menu prices on weekends and holidays. The menu or restaurant will usually specify.
Left-hand side is the Aussie term; right side is the American equivalent
How’re ya going = 'How are you doing?'
'I reckon' or 'do you reckon' = 'I think' or 'do you think?'
Cabbie = cab/taxi
Toastie = Toast or sandwich
Avo = Avocado
Brekkie = Breakfast
Macca’s = McDonald's
Hungry Jack’s = Burger King
see a koala and kangaroo
explore Bondi Beach
try emu meat
Tim Tam biscuits
try vegemite (even though it tastes like salty burnt soy sauce)