Get your Akubra out, chuck your thongs on and head down to Bunnings for a snag sanga. It’s time to show just how Aussie you are.
In Australia, we do things a little differently than the rest of the world. Things that are normal for us might seem weird to our international friends, but hey that’s all the more reason to love us!
Here are some of our favourite unmistakably Aussie experiences! How ‘true blue’ are you?
1. Hit the bowlo when you don’t have a senior citizen’s card
The local bowlo is the place to be for sinking schooners with old war veterans, playing free pool, and having a cheap feed. The peak time for visiting these iconic Australian venues is the middle of the day, and you might even be so lucky to be on the receiving end of some wise words of wisdom.
So, what if the carpet is a bit sticky, it’s the experience that counts.
Barefoot bowls at your local bowlo is a must. (Image: The RUC)
2. Go in the draw to win a meat raffle
Whether it’s your local pub, bar, RSL or even the bowlo, you’re more than likely to find somewhere close to your house that does a weekly meat raffle.
The trays of meat raffled vary in content: a barbecue-style mix of steaks, lamb chops, sausages, etc. is the most common, however “breakfast trays” (bacon, eggs, sausages) and “seafood trays” (prawns, oysters, mussels) are also common.
Meat trays are usually raffled to raise money for local sporting teams, often those associated with the particular pub the raffle occurs in. Doesn’t get more Aussie than that!
3. Attend an AFL match
Australia has a pretty homogeneous culture, but one of the strongest divides reveals itself in our football sporting culture.
AFL is the sport of choice for a lot of Aussies – if you’re to the west and south of the Barassi Line that is. What’s the Barassi Line you ask? The Barassi Line is an imaginary line in Australia that divides areas where AFL is the most popular football code from those where rugby league and rugby union dominate.
AFL is more popular in Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide, while rugby league and rugby union are more popular on the eastern side, with centres in Sydney and Brissy.
Either way, if you’re a real true blue Aussie, we think you absolutely NEED to get yourself to an AFL match. Don the scarf, get a pie with sauce, grab a beer and you’re set! Even if you don’t know what’s going on…
Grab a saucy meat pie and watch an AFL match. (Image: Visit Victoria and AFL Media)
4. Visit a classic outback pub
Pull up a stool at a classic outback pub and you’ll be bonding with the locals in no time. Enjoy an ice-cold beer with a side of stimulating conversation and you’ll be learning all the secrets of the town, all while falling in love with its quirks.
Here are some of our favourite outback pubs!
Watch the sunset at the Birdsville Hotel, one of our favourite outback pubs. (Image: Tourism and Events Queensland/Hayley Williamson Photography)
5. Drink the world’s best coffee in Melbourne while roaming its laneways
Nowhere in the world will you find a city that loves coffee as much as Melbourne does. In saying that, coffee is a very important part of Australian culture, no matter where you live. But the art form has Melburnians in a chokehold and visitors come from far and wide to see what all the fuss is about.
It’s only when Aussies try and get a coffee somewhere else that we realise how bloody good our coffee is!
The Kettle Black is one of Melbourne’s best cafes. Come for the coffee, stay for the vibe. (Image: Visit Victoria/Josie Withers)
To increase the Aussie experience, why not get your coffee takeaway and head down the iconic laneways that Melbourne is renowned for?
Each laneway has something unique about it, and the only way to find out the secrets of the city is to spend time lost in its latticework of laneways. (They’re also one of the best free things to do in Melbourne.)
Hosier Lane is the most famous laneway in Melbs with its incredible street art that has made the Melbourne urban art scene known across the globe.
Get lost in the laneways of Melbourne. (Image: Visit Victoria/Ain Raadik)
6. Camp under the stars (away from a holiday park)
Camping is one of those things that most Australians have done at least once in their life, but have you ever ditched the amenities and roughed it on your own? Now we’re talking!
No powered sites and just a fire to keep you warm and to cook your food, camping without the usual facilities is liberating and challenges the way we think.
An escape from the comfortable is essential from time to time and it lets you really soak in the beautiful Aussie surrounds without disruption.
Camp under the stars at Lorella Springs Wildnerness on the Savannah Way. (Image: Tourism NT/Sean Scott)
7. Eat hot chips (with chicken salt, obvs) on the beach
Who knew that Australia was the only country that puts chicken salt on their chips?! I am shocked and appalled, and frankly a bit sad for other countries, because chicken salt is the BOMB!
Other parts of the world are missing out on possibly the best part of Australian cuisine – the garlicky, oniony, bright yellow goodness that is chicken salt. So, there is nothing more Aussie than sitting on the beach, scoffing down some hot chips doused in chicken salt and fending off the pesky seagulls who are also fiends for chicken salt (maybe it’s the chips, but let’s say it’s the chicken salt). Our readers also let us know exactly where you can find the best fish and chips around Australia, in case you’re in need of a nearby recommendation.
The best fish and chips comes wrapped in paper. IYKYK. (Image: Andy Nowell)
8. Walked around barefoot
Last but certainly not least is barefoot culture. Visitors to Australia are often surprised to see people barefoot in normal public places, but it is a very real and common thing here.
Whether you’ve been at the beach, it’s too hot, or you just don’t like wearing shoes, there are so many reasons why we go barefoot. I guess the main reason is because we can!
If you’re really up to it you can try hiking barefoot! (Image: Tourism and Events Queensland)