A forum that provides advice for travelers visiting Australia has some very entertaining wisdom for people heading down.
In response to the question “What are some of the unwritten rules in Australia?” Quora user Adita Udayana wrote, “As an Indonesian, I would like to answer the question from an Asian perspective. To Australians or other Westerners, my answer will probably seem ridiculously obvious.
His post has since generated more than 2,800 likes.
His first point is about water conservation – something that confuses many visitors to Australia, Escape reports.
“NEVER let the water tap run when not in use, even for a second. Aussies are super efficient with water. Using water efficiently is like taking off your shoes for an Asian,” he writes.
It also has a lot to add to the label on Australian roads.
“When you’re driving and someone gives way, give a thumbs up, a gentle nod and a ‘thank you mate’ even if they can’t hear it.”
“Also, if you’re the one crossing the road, you need to jog a bit…even seniors would run to the other end.”
He continues: “Australians respect the speed limit spiritually – don’t drive too fast or too slow. Don’t tailgate and never use the car horn unless you are about to crash, even then I think Australians don’t instinctively use the horn when this happens. Using the horn is like saying, “Fuck you.”
It also has a word of warning when it comes to culinary etiquette.
“The no-double-dipping rule… If you’re sharing a sauce with someone, don’t double-dip the bitten part of the food in the sauce. Double dipping is like mouth-to-mouth kissing in Australia.
The rest of his advice reads as follows:
1. If you’ve been living in Australia for a while, you’ll notice that Aussies talk in this super friendly laid-back tone. The sooner you learn to speak like this, the better your interactions with people will be.
2. Behaving like a boss is a recipe for disaster in Australia, even if you’re Jack Ma’s son, they don’t care. Aussies don’t tolerate super-assertive behavior in public or even professionally. Treat everyone the same. No snapping of fingers, no whistles.
3. Show good manners: The words thank you and please are overused in Australia, but that’s the way it is.
4. If you’re having a house party, it’s a crime not to invite your neighbors, especially if it lasts until late.
5. It’s also a crime to jump in queues, it’s a free ticket to a confrontation with an Aussie. If you don’t know where the queues start, just ask.
6. Adding mat to the end of sentences will make you friendly. Even if you’re a foreigner with an accent, people will respect you a little more.
7. If you are on public transport, please, for God’s sake, do not answer phone calls or make calls. If you really must, keep it super quiet or find an empty area to make those calls.
8. Bring beer to a barbecue or wine to a dinner party.
9. Don’t touch or get physical when interacting with people unless you know them well enough. People take personal space seriously, skin-to-skin contact with a stranger is like a threat; even a small bump, you will have to say sorry.
10. If you are carrying luggage and getting into a taxi or Uber, help the driver even if he is not that heavy. Getting straight into the car while the driver is still lifting the luggage is quite disrespectful.
11. It’s weird to take selfies in public, especially in busy areas.
12. Chewing food with your mouth open or making silly chewing noises will get you kicked out.
13. You can call people by their last name. Indeed, some bosses like to be addressed with their first or last name and without the Mr/Ms/Ms.
14. If you cough or sneeze, cover up. Leave the room, use the handkerchief to block your mouth and nostrils, and always say sorry or excuse me afterwards.
On another Quora thread, a visitor to Australia from Europe warned that Aussies’ attitude towards nude beaches is very different from back home.
In fact, he warns that there is one state where nude beaches are completely banned.
Turns out he’s right – Queensland is the only mainland state in Australia that doesn’t have legal nude beaches.
In 2016, then-Police Minister Bill Byrne rejected two attempts – a paper petition with 527 signatures and an online petition with 946 names – to create a “clothing optional beach” in the Sunshine State. .
According to the Brisbane Times, Mr Byrne said the state’s public safety agency said Queensland’s deliberate exposure laws were designed to protect citizens and keep them safe.
“As such, I can say that the Queensland Government has no intention of changing the current legislation relating to voluntary exposure,” he said.
“Therefore, designating a beach where clothing is optional is not supported at this time.”
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This story originally appeared on Escape and is republished here with permission