Backpacking in Australia is heaps of fun, whether you’re sailing on the Whitsundays, cruising around Fraser Island, or simply kicking back on the beach with some beers and travel buddies. There are certain experiences that show you’ve travelled Australia before or have been here for a while, you know, those things that you notice all the time or have become second nature. If you’ve been travelling in Australia, we’re sure you’ll understand the following…
Is it wine?
Is it some kind of sweet tasting petrol?
Why’s it in a foil bag?
What does goon even mean?
Who cares – all you know is it’s cheap and it gets you where you want to go! So pass the fruity lexia please!
Australia Is BIG
Everyone coming from overseas always underestimates how long it would take them to get from Sydney to Cairns. It’s pretty much 2,500km from Sydney to Cairns, which we’re sure came as a bit of a shock! Don’t worry, as we’ve all been there! At least now, an overnight 18 hour bus is something you can tackle! No worries!
The Importance Of Sunscreen
“It’s cloudy outside. I’m not going to burn!” We would be millionaires if we had a dollar every time we heard this one. You’ve quickly learned the importance of sunscreen, sunglasses, and avoiding being outside right under the sun during midday.
50 Cent Noodles
The Italians have pizza, the French have croissants, the Spanish have paella, and the backpackers…well we have 50 cent noodles lavishly topped with anything that will add any kind of flavour! Bonus points if you’ve discovered that you can crack an egg into them and easily create egg fried noodles!
You know the conversation, the one EVERYONE has with EVERYONE when they first meet.
“Where have you been? How long are you travelling for? Where are you from?”
It’s like a speed dating pitch, but for backpackers!
The Guitar Guy
There is always always always some guy with a guitar. It’s a 50-50 chance he is even able to play it or knows other songs besides ‘Wonderwall’.
Your priorities are really all over the shop. It really depends if you feel like spending less than $10 on a meal per night or you feel like indulging into the finer things, or maybe you’ll argue with your mates whether or not you pitch a tent for the night or argue over what hostel is the cheapest option.
It Gets HOT
We’re not complaining about the sunshine, but Australia can get crazy hot! You landed in Australia in search of the best beaches to sunbathe on, but now you’re busy hunting for any shopping malls, hostels, or cafes that have air conditioning to cool down in!
There’s No Shrimp On The Barbie!
Have you ever put shrimp on a BBQ? Have you ever seen an Australian do it? Nope, us neither!