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You Know You’re Australian When


Full disclosure here; I am not Australian. I’m a Canadian girl who spent part of 2014 living in Melbourne and falling madly in love with Australia.

I knew when I decided to move abroad that Australia was the only serious choice that I could make. I looked at other countries but none of them could compare with Australia. There’s truly nowhere else like Australia and I am so grateful that my Canadian visa gave me the opportunity for a working visa in the country.

I may not actually be Australian, but I quickly fell into life in Australia and embraced the culture and all of it’s quirks wholeheartedly, and honestly, to this day I still think of Australia as my second home. I think I always will.

So here is my list of “You know you’re Australian when”…

  1. You never say “Australia” it’s “Straya”.
  2. Some people may say “Strayla”. This is wrong, but it’s okay.
  3. A thong is not underwear, they’re worn on your feet.
  4. What’s McDonald’s? It’s called Macca’s.
  5. You are always told the wildlife will kill you. So you feel so proud to tell your crazy snake or spider stories. And guess what? YOU HAVEN’T DIED!
  6. You get mad when people confuse Aussie’s and Kiwi’s.
  7. You feel proud when actors are from Australia. When they become an embarrassment, suddenly they are downgraded to a kiwi.
  8. When you hear “Aussie Aussie Aussie” you naturally stop what you’re doing to shout “OI OI OI!”.
  9. Beetroot goes on everything. No questions asked.
  10. No shows online are available in your region.
  11. You are proud of the killer wildlife.
  12. Saying “Excuse me” makes you an asshole, but “Scuse me” is totally acceptable.
  13. It’s not unusual to end up with second degree burns from your steering wheel come summer time.
  14. All abbreviated words end in O.
  15. The best straw you own is a Tim Tam.
  16. You know that the train timetable is actually a work of fiction.
  17. You know that the flies are worse than sharks.
  18. Kangaroos aren’t cute, they’re a driving hazard.
  19. You pity the Kiwi’s, because they will never be as great as the Australians.
  20. If you say “Bloody” in front of something, you really mean it.
  21. Goon is a way of life.
  22. Hearing “She’ll be alright” will always comfort you.
  23. Fried egg in a burger is the norm. Also, add some pineapple!
  24. You get confused when there is no free BBQ pit at parks or beaches.
  25. “The Bush” is a perfectly acceptable explanation of where you’re going.

I miss Australia every day and cannot wait to go back one day, because you know I will!

What are some points that I missed?





Photo of myself standing in front of the 12 apostles, showing how windy it is

Brooklyn Murtaugh

travel blogger

Hi! I’m Brooklyn, a Canadian whose aim is to see as much of the world as I can, on my limited vacation days. I work full time, and want to show you how it is possible to do just that, while still making use of those precious vacation days.

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