A Survival Guide to Australia

A Survival Guide To Australia

By The St. Aidan’s Students – June 2012

  • Slap on the suncream – you’ll need it.
  • Don’t worry about snakes or spiders – you ‘probably’ wont see any.
  • Don’t complain when out rowing on the river.
  • Involve yourself fully in the family activities.
  • Spend your money carefully.
  • Always be polite.
  • They never say “G’day mate!”
  • Keep up with your school work whilst you are away.
  • Offer to help your Exchange family around the house whenever you can.
  • Take every opportunity that you are offered.
  • Don’t worry about missing home – you’ll be having too much fun to be homesick.
  • Set up a Skype account to stay in touch.
  • Tray ‘Tim Tams’ – they are amazing.
  • Take lots of pictures.
  • Drink lots of water – it is very hot.

By Heather, Gabbie & Claire Australian Students – June 2007

  • DO NOT under ANY circumstances wear your tie tight or your top button done up at school.
  • Wear sunscreen, you are not used to our sun, you will get burnt and you will look like a lobster.
  • Don’t try to wrestle a crocodile, only the pros can.
  • It is not advisable to ride a kangaroo.
  • Many Aussies are tall, especially the guys.
  • We are not really dirty, just tanned.
  • Relax, all Aussies are very casual.
  • WE NEVER SAY “Throw another shrimp on the Barbie.”
  • We do not have Chavs.
  • It is not very common for people to say “G’day mate” at all!
  • There will be hot days, as in more than 25 ºC.
  • NEVER refer to teachers as Sir or Miss.
  • You will probably be allowed to call some teachers by their first names.
  • If you go swimming, you will not get hypothermia, the water is at least 10 ºC warmer than any seas in the UK.
  • Don’t get friendly with any of the spiders, most of them are very deadly.
  • Same goes for snakes and crocodiles and sharks.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear a bikini at the beach, everyone does.
  • GET A TAN!! Even if it’s fake.
  • Don’t call your football football. It’s called soccer!!
  • LEARN TO PLAY AFL!! It beats all other sports.