Another beautifully lost dreamer with an incurable case of wanderlust.

3 Years Down Under

Wooohooo! I have officially lived in Australia for three years. Time flies when you’re having fun!

This year, I thought I’d introduce you to a few of the wonderful Aussie characters I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with during my time in this magical land so far…

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Kate

What’s your name, mate?
Kate, mate!

Where are you from?
Alstonville a lovely little village in NSW, just south of Byron Bay.

What is your favorite thing about ‘Straya?
The people of course, real Aussies are laid back and already ready to let the good times roll.

What is the most Aussie saying in your vocabulary?
I actually use mate all of the time!

Do you have interesting fact about your Country to share with us?
Not many Australia live in the ‘Outback’; more than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometers off the coast.

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Nailed it, mate!

Please sent a photo where you look heaps Aussie!

What words of advice would you give to a Pommie, like me, visiting Australia for the first time?  
Back Sunscreen and apply it generously, also down under ‘Thongs’ go on your feet.

Margie

What’s your name, mate?
My name is Margie Heffernan

Where are you from?
Tricky question! I was brought up on a sheep property called Moorlands,I did correspondence schooling for 3 years, I spent 9 years at Boarding school at Kincoppal Rose Bay Sydney (spectacular harbour views, unappreciated by a 9 year old country boarder!), I have lived in Sydney, Gold Coast, Ireland and have now been in beautiful seaside Ballina since 1989.

What is your favorite thing about ‘Straya?
The diversity of landscape, climate,  people, flora and fauna & the love of the outdoors & the availability of so much beautiful fresh produce.

What is the most Aussie saying in your vocabulary?
Can’t just say one, sorry… drongo! Good on you! Far out! What a shitfight!

Do you have interesting fact about your Country to share with us?
When we were children, Santa always arrived on the back of a ute sweltering in his suit!
“Since the collapse of wool prices, many graziers in marginal country west of the Darling [River] in N.S.W. have derived most of their income from the sale of feral goats. There is a strong market for the meat in the middle east, south-east Asia, Korea , the Phillipines & now USA”… My brother uses a small 2 seater plane to spot the goats and several motor bikes on the ground to muster them, His property spans approximately 400,000 acres. IE about 150 k’s from one end to the other!

Please sent a photo where you look heaps Aussie!

Sailing on Sydney Harbour

Sailing on Sydney Harbour

Annual Wild Goat Muster Wanaaring (pop 195) ...proceeds to Royal Flying Dr Service...hundreds of people travel hundreds of k’s and camp out for the weekend.

Annual Wild Goat Muster Wanaaring (pop 195) …proceeds to Royal Flying Dr Service…hundreds of people travel hundreds of k’s and camp out for the weekend.

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Maintaining the windmill to ensure water for the sheep and wild goats.

What words of advice would you give to a Pommie, like me, visiting Australia for the first time?
Talk to the locals! Accept every opportunity to experience as many aspects of Aussie life as possible! Don’t be a whinging pom!  

Alice

What’s your name, mate?
Alice

Where are you from?
Sydney

What is your favorite thing about ‘Straya?
Light…
Early evening sunset light through gum trees in the summer
There is nothing like the warm happy feeling of this
Food…
The cultural diversity and what it brings to our food
We have amazing diverse produce and a melting pot of fabulous foods available
Scale…
The scale of our country and the age
There is so much to discover
We have the ability to escape and get lost in the bush just hours from the city but have the option to travel great distances to discover ancient vast landscapes

What is the most Aussie saying in your vocabulary?
Too many to list!
But i would say the most versatile is ‘bloody’ it can be applied to a conversation about anything
Bloody brilliant
Bloody nightmare
Bloody good
Bloody awful

Do you have interesting fact about your Country to share with us?
Possum pies are real!

Please sent a photo where you look heaps Aussie!

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Catching fish, mate!

What words of advice would you give to a Pommie, like me, visiting Australia for the first time?
Don’t be afraid of the creepy crawlies!

Sammie

What’s your name, mate?
Sammie

Where are you from?
Lismore, NSW

What is your favourite thing about ‘Straya?
The Beaches and lifestyle

What is the most Aussie saying in your vocabulary?
No worries!

Do you have interesting fact about your Country to share with us?
Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.

Please sent a photo where you look heaps Aussie!

'Straya Day, Mate!

‘Straya Day, Mate!

What words of advice would you give to a Pommie, like me, visiting Australia for the first time?

Vegemite is amazing!

Christine

What’s your name, mate?
Christine (not very Australian, I know. Better make it Chrissy or Chrisso)

Where are you from?
Boganburbia, Melbourne (out in the ‘Burbs’, mate)

What is your favourite thing about ‘Straya?
Wearing thongs, mate (on my feet)

What is the most Aussie saying in your vocabulary?
No wukkas!

Do you have interesting fact about your Country to share with us?
Our ant mounds are bigger than our people are

Please sent a photo where you look heaps Aussie!
See?

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Yep, they’re pretty big!

What words of advice would you give to a Pommie, like me, visiting Australia for the first time?
Don’t forget your aerogard, mate!

Ashlee

What’s your name, mate?
Ashlee, Ash, rashlee, Ashwah or Ashy to those with a more angelic perception of me!

Where are you from?
Gosh, where am I from?? Is that where I was born? Where I’ve lived the longest in the same address or where I call home now and for the unforeseeable future?! Let’s say ‘from’ Vico, never leaving Byron Bay.

What is your favorite thing about ‘Straya?
My fave thing about Australia is that there’s a little bit of something for everyone wherever you go, a f##k load of nature, and some pretty amazing people.

What is the most Aussie saying in your vocabulary?
Haha, the most Aussie thing in my vocab would be calling everyone a c##t, whether it’s as a term of endearment or a derogatory term…. We tend to make the most of words and their double meanings!

Do you have interesting fact about your Country to share with us?
An interesting fact about Ozzo, we claim ACDC and a few other famous people but they’re most likely from NZ…

Please sent a photo where you look heaps Aussie!

A beaut blondie in uggs!

A beaut blondie in uggs!

What words of advice would you give to a Pommie, like me, visiting Australia for the first time?  
My advice for a Pommie visiting Oz for the first time, don’t go to Melbourne first, it’s like visiting London in Australia. It’s great and all but you came here for Australia, not for London! Go find the beaches!

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