Australia’s dos and donts


  • Do have a contact information of emergency phone numbers.
  • Do greet with a smile and a handshake. “G’day, mate” (pronounced G’die mite) is a popular casual greeting.
  • Do use the seat belts while driving in Australia. You must wear a helmet when cycling.
  • Do maintain an eye contact when speaking to an Australian which is important in their culture.
  • Do “feel at home” when invited to an Australian house.
  • Do keep your valuables in the safe deposit in your hotel room.
  • Do learn some knowledge of major sports and how the local team is getting on if you want to associate with Australian males. Sport is supreme in Australia.
  • Do change money from a recognized moneychanger.
  • Do sit in the front with the taxi driver which is customary for men in Australia, but a woman travelling alone should sit in the back left passenger seat of the car.
  • Do expect a barbecue or “barbie” if invited to someone’s home for a meal. You might told to bring your own beer or wine  for the host which is customary. At informal barbeque, do bring your own meat for yourself if going to a barbecue.
  • Do wear casual clothing if you are not going to a business fuction.
  • Do wear a waterproof sun cream to avoid sunburn when outdoors.


  • Do not forget to carry photocopies of your essential documents wherever you go.
  • Do not touch, kiss or hug other men in public which is socially unacceptable.
  • Do not swim outside the red and yellow flags at beaches for your safety.
  • Do not visit without appointment. Call the person you want to meet. unexpected visits are not part of Australian culture.
  • Do not put your elbows on the table when eating.
  • Do not smoke, eat and drink on public transports and buildings.
  • Do not be surprised by what they wear or not wear on the beaches. Lady Jane is the nude beach in Sydney.
  • Do not blow your nose in public which is socially unacceptable.
  • Do not swim in the ocean until you have checked the warnings posted on the beaches.
  • Do not be offended being addressed by your first name. In Australia, first names are used both in personal greetings and business correspondence.

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