15 Unspoken Rules About Australia That All The Locals Know

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Australians: vote up the rules that all tourists should know before they visit.

Want to know what to do in Australia according to the locals? They have graciously provided a list of local Australia rules and tourist tips for the next time you find yourself down under.


  • 1
    181 VOTES

    Check EVERYWHERE For Siders

    From Redditor u/OstrichFranny:

    Check your boots if you leave them outside, don't poke your hands about in holes or under logs, and check your car's sun visors, because when your cruising at 90 and a HUNTSMAN F*CKIN SPIDER falls into your lap you then know what fear is.

  • 2
    155 VOTES

    Leave The Kangaroos Alone

    From Redditor u/Why_The_Beef:

    Don't f*ck with the kangaroos.

  • 3
    105 VOTES

    The Beaches Are Beautiful But Dangerous

    From Redditor u/Theodoros9:

    Beaches. They're beautiful, but they can be dangerous. Anywhere outside the flagged area can have strong rips and that is really surprising to people from countries without lots of beaches like this. The rips can easily pull you 100m out to sea and you have little chance from there. Swim between the flags and even then show some common sense, if you're not a strong ocean swimmer don't go out far.

    I'd also recommend not going 'bushing' without strong protection. Long pants, long socks, a mobile phone with reception, etc. There are snakes and spiders everywhere in the bush. So be careful.

    Of course, these warnings only apply if you're being adventurous, if you just do the normal tourist things you'll be fine.

  • 4
    108 VOTES

    Don't Swim With The Crocodiles

    From Redditor u/bellskione:

    When there are big signs saying 'CROCODILES. DON'T SWIM', read the sign and don't swim. Also, we drive on the left side of the road here.

  • 5
    107 VOTES

    It's A Big Country

    From Redditor u/Justanaussie:

    Australia is big, really big. It's about the size of mainland USA and its cities are spread out. Most of the population lives on the coast which means inland towns are even more spread out.

    What I'm trying to say here is it takes a long time to travel between population centers, you're not going to be able to get from Sydney to Melbourne by car in an hour or two (and that's one of the shorter journeys between capital cities).

  • 6
    77 VOTES

    Swim Between The Flags

    From Redditor u/Sparcrypt:

    Drive (and walk) on the left. Having been to the USA I can appreciate how hard the switch is, walking especially. But try.

    Don't tip, it's not a thing here unless you get some next-level service.

    Swim between the flags. Seriously. The people that put them there are employed for the sole purpose of making sure you don't [perish], you do not know better than them.

    Do not try and spend US currency here, it's not accepted anywhere.

    Sunscreen... use it. Especially on the beach, your holiday will be a lot less fun with second-degree burns.

    Other than that, we're a lot like anywhere else but with different sights to see, activities to try and food to eat. Lots of it's good, check with the locals of wherever you're going if you want to know the best way to spend your time.