While moving abroad may be an exciting adventure, it can also present a range of challenges. The values, beliefs, traditions and customs of your home country may vary greatly from those in Australia and adjusting to this new way of life may take some time.
Below we discuss some of what you can expect.
Australians lay claim to many delicious creations. Think avocado or vegemite on toast, lamingtons, meat pies, chicken parmigiana and pavlovas.
Thanks to its multicultural society, however, you can find almost any variety of food you fancy. The entire country boasts world-class restaurants and innovative cafes, offering a variety of cuisines such as Chinese, Thai, Japanese, French, African, Greek, Turkish, Italian and Mexican.
Banana bread is also very popular. Aussies eat it for breakfast as much as possible. Homemade banana bread is a great way to impress your office colleagues or a nice treat to take along to barbeques.
People in Australia
Australians are generally regarded to be a welcoming bunch, given the strong tradition of expats in the country. While the local lingo may take some getting used to, once you’ve gotten a bit of experience under your belt you could soon find yourself being considered an honorary Aussie.
Aussies tend to be casual and relaxed and are not very big on formal greetings. When meeting for the first time, Australians generally shake hands, smile and introduce themselves with their first names. They prefer a laid-back lifestyle and take their time with family and friends very seriously.
It’s also important to remember that living in a different culture means you will inevitably find yourself in a range of unusual and often confusing situations. Being able to laugh in these situations will remind you that it takes time to understand the differences among us and that is perfectly normal to make mistakes.
Indigenous Australians, or Aboriginals, are the original inhabitants of Australia. They migrated from Africa to Asia around 70,000 years ago, and from Asia to Australia 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. When the British arrived and began to settle in Australia, they brought with them diseases such as measles, smallpox and tuberculosis, causing massive amounts of damage to the Aboriginal population. The British also appropriated land and water resources and converted rural lands for sheep and cattle grazing.
Nowadays, there is a great amount of diversity between different Indigenous communities and societies in Australia. Each has its own customs, cultures and languages. The indigenous Australian population is mostly urbanised with only a small percentage living in remote settlements.
Leisure in Australia
Spending time at the beach is a common pastime in Australia. As so many Australians live near the coastline, water-based activities (surfing, kite surfing, swimming) are prevalent. You can also enjoy diving, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
There are also many beautiful hikes and walks to be done in Australia, and outdoor hobbies such as cycling and running are also popular. Australians value fitness and enjoy staying active by taking part in outdoor activities. Sports are also very popular in Australia, with many locals following professional teams or participating in recreational teams. Joining a sports club can be a great way to meet new people, and popular sports include rugby, Australian Football League (AFL), and cricket.
Australian tourist spots
Australia has countless attractions for its visitors. Tourism is a massive industry in the country and contributes millions to the economy every day.
Some of the must-see spots include:
- The Sydney Opera House
- Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- The Great Ocean Road
- The Great Barrier Reef
- Daintree Rainforest
- Margaret River
- Kangaroo Island
Ready for life in Australia?
In 2019, it was estimated that around 290,000 Filipinos make up Australia’s thriving expat community. Australia values skilled migrants and there are also many job opportunities available. In fact, one out of three workers in Australia were not born in the country.