7 Ways Australia is different to the UK

7 Ways Australia is different to the UK

I’ve lived in Australia since 2007 but despite being here for such a long time, I’m still sometimes surprised at the differences between the UK and Australia.  I thought they would be so similar and they are in some respects but here are my 7 ways Australia is different to the UK:

1.  We celebrate the Queen’s birthday here

By having a day off work!  A day off, to celebrate with the Queen.  How very lovely and how very un-British.  They don’t do that in England.  It’s a big win for Australia.

In most states it’s on the second Monday in June.  Happy Birthday to the Queen, don’t mind if I do take the day off with you.

Her actual birthday is in April.  A minor detail.  No need for questions I say.

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2.  Thongs…but not as you know them

Rather than the skimpy pant variety, ‘thongs’ here are ‘flip flops’ to the Brit.  So when a bar has a ‘No Thongs’ policy, no need to show them that your bum is fully covered.

3.  Manchester…it’s something else

Many places in Australia are named after towns and cities in the UK and the rest of the world.  For example, I live in Newcastle.  According to Wikipedia, it’s the place where the most dangerous convicts were sent.  Interesting!

It’s never a surprise to find places over here named after places I’ve been in the UK though and it’s quite nice to compare them.

Except when it comes to Manchester, my favourite UK city.

Manchester, is the name Australians give to Bedding.  BEDDING.  So you go into a department store and there is a Manchester Department.  It’s the weirdest thing.

Apparently it has something to do with Manchester producing cotton for bedding, back in the day.  I’ll never get used to it though.

4.  They don’t put vinegar on their chips

It just isn’t right.  Chips should be smothered in salt and vinegar, shouldn’t they?  Mmm Sarsons Malt Vinegar – my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Oh and chips here are what Brits call crisps.  Actual chips are called Hot Chips.  I’ll never get used to it.

I’ll be having chips for dinner then.  Hot ones.  With vinegar.

5.  Plug sockets in the bathroom

Is this done anywhere else in the world?  I don’t know, it just seems a bit…dangerous to me.  That said though, I use them and they’re very handy!  No complaints here.

6.  There are no shrimps thrown on the barbie

There are prawns though – but I’m yet to hear an Aussie refer to prawns as shrimps.  Actually I can’t think that I’ve heard a BBQ called a Barbie here either.

7.  It’s a bit warmer here

Slightly stating the obvious but it couldn’t go unmentioned – the weather here is amazing compared to the UK.  In my opinion.  And that is the opinion of someone who detests the cold.

Despite the quirky differences and missing the UK at times, I absolutely love it here and I’m proud to call Australia my home.

What do you love about where you live?

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  1. 25th January 2016 / 8:30 am

    I love hearing about your life in Australia as the only thing I can compare it to is Home and Away! I would be expecting shrimps on all the barbies! x

  2. Robyn
    25th January 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Ha I think all of those apply to NZ as well, except for the warmer weather bit ;) Some English friends once asked me why we call the bedding department ‘Manchester’ and I hadn’t a clue. They told me an anecdote about a department store tannoy announcement looking for someone from Manchester (the dept) and a person from Manchester (the region) presented themselves at the service desk! Might be tall tale, but a little giggle anyway…

  3. 27th January 2016 / 9:09 pm

    This makes me miss Australia soooo badly! But we do have vinegar on chips, it’s something we always did as kids! But I prefer them with tomato sauce :) Hope you had a good Australia day, I miss being home for the BBQ and swimming (and yes, okay, drinking) we always used to do. xx

    • 27th January 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Oh tomato sauce is definitely a must too! Aww I hope you get to come back for a trip soon :) x

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