Would you like to go to a place where there are glowing worms instead of snow on Christmas, and birds that mimic dogs and even sing your favorite tunes? All you need is a visa and a plane ticket to Australia!
A UV index in the streets
Every Australian knows how important it is to protect the skin from the sun. It’s really easy to get sunburned here and in order to avoid it. Using the boards, you can find the safest time to be outside and choose the right sunscreen. Sun protection measures are recommended when the UV Index is 3 and above. Remember you can still get burnt on cool or cloudy days – so think UV, not heat.
Ugly fruits and vegetables
In grocery stores in Australia, you can buy ” ugly ” fruit and vegetables at a lower price. This way, the farmers can stop the destruction of foods that don’t look good and show that ugly fruit and vegetables that don’t mean it won’t pack a punch nutritionally.
There’s a metro but no subway
The metro in Australia is quite rare and it can only be seen on the surface. You can use it for 2 hours or the entire day (depending on the pass). But only 1 out of 10 Australians use the bus or metro.
Very special sockets
Outlets in Australia seem usual only to people from New Zealand, New Guinea, and Fiji. All other tourists have to buy an adaptor. And you cannot use your electric appliances in Australia without a voltage converter. ( In Australia the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.)
Vegemite is an Australian national food. It is made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract and various vegetable and spice additives. It is very dark reddish-brown, almost black, pretty salty but Australians love eating it with bread and cookies.
If you ever go on a camping trip to Australia, you might be told to beware of the d.r.e.a.d.e.d drop bear. The only way to protect yourself, like sticking a fork into your hair to putting vegemite on your head (we will tell you about that one later). You can also try speaking with an Australian accent. Fortunately, the c.a.r.n.i.v.o.r.o.u.s koala is just a myth that is used to s.c.a.r.e tourists!
Health ratings on food packaging
Honest manufacturers are what Australians are proud of. On food packaging, you can find stats that show how healthy something is. Health Star Ratings rate the healthiness of packaged food from half a star to five stars. This makes it easier for people who choose to eat healthy food to find it.
Not a step back
Kangaroos and Emus were chosen to be the formal symbols of Australia for a reason. They were chosen to symbolise a nation moving forward – symbolising progress. But in fact, both emus and kangaroos can move backward but they rarely do so.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. It provides emergency and primary health care services for those living in rural, remote and regional areas of Australia. It is a non-profit organisation which provides health care to people who cannot access a hospital or general practice due to the vast distances of the Outback. And they transport necessary specialists for planned visits like pediatricians, gynecologists, psychologists, dentists, and many others.
Motherland of selfies
Since 2013, the entire world has been using the word “selfie”. But few people know that it was a part of Australian slang. And it was first used online by a young Australian drunk in 2002 to describe a self-portrait photograph.
In Australia, there is a town called 1770. Surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay, 1770 is a picturesque village rich in wildlife and scenery – and it might just be the most unusually named town in Australia. Tourists can also have a comfortable stay there: there are restaurants, shops, hotels, and places to picnic with a free barbecue.
Lyrebirds have a unique ability to imitate sounds – it can imitate all the sounds in life. They have unique, color-tail feathers and are among Australia’s most popular bird species.
Squirrels are e.x.o.t.i.c animals
Most people suppose that exotic fauna animals in Australia are kangaroos, emus, and capybaras, but Australians are really happy when they see squirrels. It’s hard to believe that there are different animals in Australia, but these cute little ones don’t live there.
Bugs for Christmas
In Australia, everything is upside down. Of course, people don’t walk upside down but their summer starts in December and winter starts in June. That is why Australians celebrate the winter holiday in the middle of summer and there are thousands of glowing insects that replace the Christmas lights.