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The Truth About Living In Australia

The Truth About Living In Australia April 1, 2015

Living In Australia

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Australia seems to be a great place to live in. And just like any other country, it has its own quirks and unique qualities. Here are just a few things that foreigners living in Oz have quickly learned about living in the Land Down Under.

Sticker shock

Shopping for various stuff in Australia can be quite a shock. A tub of Ben & Jerry’s can cost you almost $12 and when you pay $15 for a dish at a restaurant, you’ve got yourself a bargain. However, the good news is that while goods and services might be relatively more expensive in Australia than in other countries, wages here are proportionally higher.

What you see is what you get

In the US, the sales tax is not included in the price tag of an item. But in Oz, if you see that a particular product costs $3, that’s exactly what you’ll pay at the checkout counter. Also, tipping is neither mandatory nor expected here.

The local wildlife is a common, but still an exciting sight.

No matter how many times you see a kangaroo, koalas, fruit bats, or even huntsmen spiders up close, you can’t help but feel a thrill of excitement every time they grace your presence.

Living in the future.

In Australia, everyone is clocking off for the weekend before the northern hemisphere has even gotten out of bed on Friday morning. The downside, however, is that Mondays come first and all those birthday greetings from your friends in the other side of the globe are always a day late.

What’s the deal with winter?

The Australian winter is milder than winter in the northern hemisphere. This is one of the reasons why most houses in the country lack insulation and central heating.


In Oz, you’ll see certain businesses whose products and packaging bear a remarkable resemblance to those in other countries, particularly the US. For instance, there’s a fast food chain called Hungry Jack’s that serves a burger that looks like a Whopper. Expats may also notice similarities between Woolworth’s ‘Big W’ and Wal-Mart.

A 20-hour flight is standard.

When you’re in the US, you could travel to Europe in just six hours. But if you’re in Australia, international flights usually last at least 20 hours.

International shipping hurts.

Be prepared to spend lots of money when sending stuff abroad because international shipping in Oz can cost you an arm and a leg. High international shipping costs are also amongst the reasons why online shopping in Australia is less appealing. However we do have some fantastic shipping services on our resources page worth checking out.  Or download your free copy of the PDF here.

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