This second part, of hilarious signs, creatures, and whatever comes to hand you can only find in Australia, will blow your mind away. So, if you can’t travel there, at least you can get a second taste of what life is really like out there. G’day to all you sheilas and mates, this is going to be a good one.
What we see here is a young baby seal relaxing outside the Sydney Opera House. Maybe this adorable pup felt compelled to stay on, drawn by the music and serenity around. The cooling splashes of water and the sound of music forming moments to cherish for life. Well... not exactly.
It's a pity the baby seal missed the ferry to the other side of the quay, and now he has found himself all alone, waiting for the next one to arrive. Meanwhile, there’s sunshine to soak up and music to enjoy. He can’t complain; it’s not a bad way to pass the time now, is it?
Watch your step while grocery shopping because there’s a snake taking a nap under the freezer. No biggie. Maybe this snake has pulled in a double shift and could do with some cool air and sleep. This is a quick lesson in how NOT to market the things you want to sell.
Or maybe this is a way to get a good-looking, strong guy to attempt getting the snake out of there, just to impress his girlfriend. Either way (and luckily enough), there are other stores around for us to get some ice. And a nearby zoo to go and visit the snakes.
Do Not Attempt to!!
The Australian fires are no joke, and signs like these must be respected. Locals and visitors alike, no campfires, please! Campfires aren’t just dangerous but they are terrible for the environment too. They ruin native flora, accumulate deadwood, and drive wild animals away from their natural habitats. Speaking of, gas released by humans is as devastating. We wonder if there are open vacancies for the fart inspector position?
All public spaces could do with a “Don’t you dare even fart” sign, don’t you think? We consider it community service. Is there anyone looking to commission this project? You would be doing the world a massive favor.
Kids Don't Bounce
We expected a sign saying watch out for kangaroos but, apparently, it’s the children one should be steering clear of in this place. It’s the last place you expect kids popping out of nowhere, but alright, we’ll bite. The Australian authorities felt it was necessary to emphasize the fact that kangaroos and all other jumping animals are not the same as kids.
The kangaroos manage to keep quiet. And after a second glimpse at the image, we ask - what on earth are kids going to do in the middle of the Australian steppe if not jump? Roll around, run, and jump. What else is there to do out there?
Who Are You Going to Call?
So, you've moved to a new neighborhood, and according to what people say, it's safe. Or at least it should be safe. And then you come across this. All signs point to a neighborhood you might want to drive away from instead of moving into. Now, what is considered "strange," we ask? Are people walking around in costumes considered strange? Are people burgling your house considered strange?
In our opinion, the sign is definitely a little bit on the strange side, so you ought to re-think the whole moving to this neighborhood story. We’d like the option of never needing to call the numbers here.
Here’s a picture of a termite mound in the northern territory of Australia. Termites build the tallest structures out of any of the creatures on Earth. Humans would have to build something 10km tall, or 6.2 miles long to equal the scale of size or person to the building. What’s extraordinary is how termite mounds are also stronger than cement.
Termites thrive on high humidity and build their nests to regulate temperatures accordingly. They’ve got thin skins that can otherwise dry out quickly. They also build nests underground, inside trees, outside trees, and on pole structures like fence posts or telegraph poles.
Honestly, how on Earth did this spider get so big?! Apparently, it's a Badge Huntsman spider, as the abdomen markings are very telling. If you ever come across a spider this big, we might suggest you move, to a country far away! Huntsman spiders are famous for being one of the largest spiders in the world because of their leg span – 15 centimeters.
You’ll find them across Australia and Tasmania living inside bark or tree trunks. But they are quite fond of people’s houses too. This spider’s bite is known to inflict serious damage to humans, ranging from swelling and nausea to heart palpitations. Best to steer clear.
Imagine walking up to a wooden post like this, only to realize it's a sign on the other side that warns you about tiger snakes! Not just tiger snakes but an entire breeding ground of them. Talk about non-descript signs of dangerous things. This sign should be painted bright red with text and graphics on both sides telling visitors what to expect.
A little heads-up would’ve been nice, that’s all. It’s terrifying to think just how many there might be in those bushes. Luckily, nothing happened to this guy, only the incredible shock he must have gotten once he actually saw the sign.
Why hello, alien creature of the deep. What brings you to our part of the universe - a harbinger of the apocalypse? This fierce and funny-looking creature was found in Broome, Western Australia, and looks like an anemone. More specifically, Dofleinia Armata, the armed anemone. They are also called the striped anemone.
It is considered extremely dangerous as it can inflict painful stings that can take months to heal. Is anyone surprised? One look at this extraordinary being and you know the vibe is anything but cute and cuddly. This one stings, and the only way to do it is to sting you into oblivion.
How rich must the soil be for this earthworm to grow so big?! Imagine the fish you could catch with that. We know Australians like living life king-size size, but why take the concept so far? Australia seems like the land of the lost, where every animal, insect, or plant can grow to gargantuan sizes. Giant earthworms. Massive jellyfish. Lizards that could pass off as Komodo dragons.
We prefer the normal size, thank you very much. But it also goes to show the sheer life force of the earth when conditions are ideal, by which we mean little to no human presence.
March of the Caterpillars
We did a double-take with this one because, for a minute, it seemed like a picture of a hairy snake. Reptiles growing hair is ridiculous, we know. But you can’t put anything past Australia, producing fresh new terrors for the world’s viewing pleasure. Those are caterpillars, and they seem to be on a mission.
The itchy-looking grubs in this picture, also known as Processionary caterpillars, can be extremely dangerous to anyone who touches them. While not endemic to Australia, they do appear there in larger numbers. The hairs are the worst and can cause people problems such as extreme itching, rashes, and swollen eyes and faces.
Is that a piece of salmon wedged into a tree? No, this is a giant hot pink slug. A rare species that can (thankfully) only be found in a single isolated forest on an extinct volcano called Mount Kaputar in Australia. North-western Australia has made quite a name for crazy weather patterns and large expanses of uninhabitable landscapes. Where there are no humans, you can be sure that other forms of life are surviving and thriving.
This slug looks completely at home and even happy, but that’s probably because of the bright hue. Besides their obvious color, these pink slugs get pretty big and can reach about eight inches in length. They spend most of their time buried beneath the leaf mold on which they feed.
We love how the concept of getting unexpected visitors takes on surreal meaning in the land down under. Forget the nosy neighbors or family dropping by unannounced. If you live in Australia, there’s a good chance wildlife will drop by and say hi.
This monitor lizard couldn't wait for the heat to dissipate, so instead, he strolled around, looking for a pond so he could cool down and refresh a bit. He seems like he's a polite and mellow fellow, giving the owners of the house a little nod to let them know he's coming to use their pond for a little swim.
Parking in Australia
If you want to give us a cryptic adventure, we prefer playing Dungeons and Dragons in the comfort of our living rooms. All we needed here was a decent parking space. Any space will do. Apparently, it's not just New York and London that have ridiculous parking; even Australia has a reputation for being ruthlessly strict when it comes to where you park your car.
Just looking at this sign, it must be a pain to figure out where, when, and how you should park so you don't get a pesky fine. If this sign doesn’t induce a migraine or a mild anxiety attack, we don’t know what else will. What a compelling case for taking public transport.
Who’s at risk here? Humans or kangaroos? That is the bigger question. If you've ever been to Australia, you'll know what a menace a lone Kangaroo will be; they don't care how much money you have in your bank account or how much you lift at the gym; they will trash your car if they get the chance. At least that's what the sign looks like: a kangaroo bashing up a car. What’s worse, the possibility of getting messed up by a kangaroo isn’t even far-fetched.
Kangaroos are stronger than us in every possible way. An adult male can thump the living daylights out of any of us. Its kick force is approximately 759 pounds, while a kangaroo punch packs in 275.
What Is That?!
Is that an alien? Is it some kind of mutant from the depths of the sewers? No, it’s just an Australian moth! Actually, it's called a Creatonotos Gangis moth, and those terrifying-looking tentacles are Coremata and release pheromones to attract the ladies, and the hairs are to wave the smell around. While it looks terrifying, adult moths are completely harmless – a classic case of how looks can be deceiving.
Beauty and lightness in the guise of terror – Australia offers living lessons each day on going beyond appearances. But it’s a different story when the moth is still in caterpillar form, specifically for farms. The caterpillars are known to cause significant damage to pomegranate crops in Australia.
Roaming around the wilderness and finding a beautiful, if not scary, creature seems standard procedure for Australia. That’s a huge part of the country’s appeal. This octopus (yes, that’s an octopus and not a spider) might look adorable, but those blue rings could signify something more sinister, and it might be venomous. Be best careful when stumbling upon any animal in Australia, even if they look cute, like this one.
It’s always wise to have your wits about while swimming and admire sea creatures from a distance. Or better still, just stay away from the ocean altogether at a respectful distance and appreciate it from the safety of the beach.
Check Your Shoes
Before you even ask, yes, that is a snake hiding inside a shoe. In Australia, checking your shoes isn't an option, it's a fine line between life and possibly death. Even the simplest things become a near-death experience when you live down under.
Of course, if you happen to check your shoes and do find a snake in them, you probably will have to forget about your shoe as you won't want to deal with what might be a venomous snake. It doesn’t matter how limited edition the kicks are or even if you haven’t worn any other shoe for years. Let the shoes go.
If you love farm animals, you might enjoy Australia. Imagine waking up and getting some fresh air, only to find a flock of sheep outside your door! Oh, and one wandering cow...They're probably waiting for breakfast and are scared you might forget. But how could you, they've been bleating since 6 in the morning!
Didn’t they tell you that farm life is about waking up before the crack of dawn? You must have missed the memo. G’day and get on it, mate! There’s work to be done. Next time, this lot won’t have a problem marching into the house and right up to the bedroom.
We Have AC
Sending your kids to a decent school might seem like an incredibly burdensome task; you have to find out about their priorities, how good the teachers are, and what kind of kids go there. But luckily this school knows what's important. So, you say your school has an engaging curriculum, excellent teachers, and world-class sports and arts facilities. But do you have air conditioning?
That’s the bigger question and a reasonable deal breaker for a place like Australia. At least their parents don't have to worry about their kids overheating or dehydrating while in history class, never mind how good the teachers are.
An Emu at the Airport
While seeing any wild animal at an airport might sound unheard of, it apparently does happen in Australia, where Emu are notorious for being dangerous and aggressive creatures. Look closely at an emu’s face and it does seem like they’re waiting to mess you up when you least expect it. This emu appears to have waltzed into an airport to check how everyone’s doing today.
Is there some chaos to generate around here? This bird is ready for it. Just look how everyone was evacuated out of there and allowed the large bird to roam free! There’s no disputing which bird rules the roost in this town.
Typical Day in Australia
After 68mm of rainfall, all the rivers and lakes were flushed out, meaning all the animals went searching for higher ground where they wouldn't drown. Of course, that meant these cane toads could hitch a ride on a 3.5m python. Just another typical day in Australia it seems. This happened after a particularly violent storm in Kununurra, located in northwestern Australia.
Wildlife in the area scrambled to find safety after a dam’s waters began overflowing. Some people have called this the Outback Uber, which is brilliant. How generous of the python to concede, too. It gives survival of the fittest brand new meaning, and we’re here for it.
David and Goliath
First of all, what is that abomination? That was our instinctive reaction. And second of all, why is it climbing on that kid? Seriously, is taking a photo more important than the safety of your child? After a little research, we found out that this insect is aptly named the Goliath stick insect and is considered one of the largest species of stick insects in the country.
They are masters of disguise, with numerous ingenious methods of hiding themselves. Goliath stick insects prefer keeping to themselves but are not averse to hissing and throwing their wings open to ward off predators.
Too Cute to Cuddle
Two extremely cute and endangered barking geckos climbed up on this guy's hand one morning. They look a little bit like baby Toothless from the animated movie "How to Train Your Dragon." What with their plump tails and their little feet, we almost wish we could cuddle them. What glorious, beautiful creatures!
If dragons really did exist at some point, it makes sense that they would’ve made a home for themselves in the region we now know as Australia. No other land could contain their majesty and beauty. We’d like to think these baby geckos are remnants of that past.
When It's Really Hot
When it's so hot in Australia, you can't help but wonder why birds aren't using your birdbath. Only once you take a gander and look inside does it all make sense: there's a snake in the birdbath! Only in Australia. Turns out, even cold-blooded animals need a break from those incriminating summer days. This snake does look like it just needs a refreshing dip in the water.
A breather from the scorching sun. It’s as if the birdbath was made to order for the reptile, seeing how perfectly coiled up and snug it seems. Snakes really do manage to squeeze in anywhere. It’s a wonder how Australians manage to get any sleep at night because anyone else would be paralyzed at the thought of snakes cozying up somewhere near them.
Is it a wave rock or a rock wave? Either way, this gargantuan rock formation is shaped like a wave, and because of its unique structure, it boasts incredible acoustics. Imagine that moment when a wave rears up, moments before it’s ready to crash. That’s Wave Rock for you in awe-inspiring granite form, soaring a cool 15 meters high.
The world first discovered this beauty when National Geographic magazine published a picture of it in the 1960s. The rock is at least 2.7 billion years old. It kinda looks like something you'd find in a futuristic dystopian film, one where rocks resemble water and lakes resemble bubblegum medicine, oh wait, that's just Australia.
Picture this: you're asleep, and a loud racket wakes you up, so you stumble out of bed and come face to face with this strange creature. We don't know too much about Australia's possums except that they are adorable and friendly. Possums are such a common sight in Australia that some people consider them welcome visitors at home.
They usually live on (or in) people’s roofs and can be heard scurrying about at night. But there’s the issue of them stealing your fruits and veggies because if you live with possums, that’s bound to happen. Apparently, they will try to steal all of your bananas in particular.
Australia is infamous for its next-level nature, from its colossal boulder formations to those long stretches of colorful coral at the Great Barrier Reef. But still, this Lake stands out among the rest—after all, a giant bubblegum-pink lake in the middle of a forest is hard to miss. But what's really weird is that nobody could initially figure out why the lake had such a striking color. What’s the secret behind this Barbiecore hue?
Years of research later, scientists discovered that the phenomenon is caused by the presence of a special type of salt-loving algae. The algae produce a bright red-orange pigment when salinity levels of the lake are high. Depending on which time of the year one visits, the lake will look purple, bright pink, rosy pink, or even orange.
William Dampier’s Log on Australia is essentially a bleak rendering of the Woody Guthrie song we know and love. This land is your land, and you can keep it for all I care. This land was made for you, definitely not for me. The English explorer and naturalist didn't have very nice things to say about Australia, and in this strongly worded note, he summarized his thoughts on the continent before sailing away in relief.
But we're not in 100% agreement with him. After all, the things he lists about Australia are actually what makes it so unique. What would the world be without the rare gem that is Australia and its quirks?
Lizards Down Under
There's nothing unusual here, just a really big lizard going for a stroll up your wall. But in all honesty, why does everything in Australia look so big and menacing? Is that really a lizard on the wall and not a dragon of sorts? It's almost like the entire continent just isn't meant for humans. Well, at least not meant for those who'd be scared out of their wits at the very sight of a lizard this big.
For one, you have to have nerves of steel to just stand at a distance and click pictures of it like this. Anybody else would’ve run for their lives. Not Aussies, apparently. This person probably had an interesting story about why they didn’t go in to work that day.
The landscapes may change, but Australia's dedication to natural wonders never seems to cease. Take this koala, who knows his way around a camera and looks pretty confident filming, too! This koala is probably sick of humans telling its story. There’s more to koalas than just being cute and cuddly, alright? They excel at a great many things, and this one is determined to prove it.
Show us a filmmaker with this much focus and dedication despite being smaller than the camera itself. Even if he looks super cute holding the camera, we can't help but wonder if he has the right koala qualifications for this job. But that’s just presumptuous of us. He probably does.
Camping in Australia
There is no place in the world like Australia. It’s home to incredible natural sights like the Great Barrier Reef and not to mention kangaroos! With more than 2.5 million miles of outback and 10,000 beaches, planning an itinerary may seem like a daunting task, especially when you find parrots like these while camping.
We’ve heard of ants having a go at picnic baskets, but parrots gatecrashing your camp is a new, frankly delightful phenomenon. But are they here for the food or to listen in and add to your conversations? Nobody knows but it would be incredible to simply go along with this experience and find out.
An Emu Egg
You might be thinking that this is a prehistoric egg or perhaps even one in a fantasy series that might hatch baby dragons. But actually, it's an Emu egg. Not many people will know what an Emu is, so let's enlighten you. Emus are large, flightless birds that resemble ostriches, but they have shaggier coats and grey plumage. Emu eggs are understandably very large. One egg can weigh anywhere between 1 to 2 pounds.
For perspective, that adds up to 1 dozen chicken eggs. But unlike chicken eggs, an emu egg contains much more yolk. The yolk is a rich orange and comprises 45% of the egg. Those not afflicted by cholesterol could consider switching, although emu eggs are available only seasonally.
Australia comes off as remote and intimidating; as a country, it dwarfs the entire European continent, yet it has fewer residents than the entire population of Texas. It’s home to the most deadly and dangerous spider species known to man, and believe it or not, this isn't even one of them. Ladies and gents meet the Huntsman Spider.
Looks like it could eat you but is mostly harmless unless it is feeling defenseless. This one is among the biggest ever found in Australia. Encountering one outdoors isn’t as frightening. But these spiders are known to hang around people’s homes, casually chilling in the corner.
Caught Off Christmas Island
As they'd say in Australia, 'what an absolute beauty!' This fish is called the Rainbow Wrasse, due to its vibrant, luminescent colors, it almost looks like a painting in fish form. Imagine snorkeling or diving next to this beauty! This fish changes color only once it matures into adulthood.
Fun fact: both young male and female fish can mature and grow into adult males. Plus, you have different kinds of the same fish like the Mediterranean Rainbow Wrasse and the Cortez Rainbow Wrasse. We wonder which one this is on Australian shores? It would be a real shame if they didn't put it back in the water though.
Native to Australia
At its heart, Australia revolves heavily around nature. Although the country gets more traction for how wild and dangerous its particular band of nature can be, posts like this show just how stunningly delicate and interesting the natural world in Australia can be. When picked from the stem, these little plants look like little, green hummingbirds.
It’s called the Green Birdflower. Bunched together, the plants look like a flock of hummingbirds about to take flight. It also looks a lot like plant origami. Fascinating, isn’t it? The flowers and their unique shape have legions of fans the world over and not just botanists.
21st-Century Illegal Substances
The day people start smoking alcohol will be one of reckoning. You never know what folks can come up with so that day might not be too far off in reality. In our late teens or early twenties, we all tried a little liquor or shared one cigarette with our friends at our prom night. We were good kids, trying (out of curiosity) bad things.
Today, in the 21st century, things have changed. They have now managed to combine the wine with the cigarettes so that the teenagers won't be exposed to things one at a time. All they have to do is try smoking the wine, and then they can proudly say that they have done their share of illegal substances for life.
Under the Sea
It's no secret that a slippery road is a dangerous road. We know that it's important to change the tires and ensure the car's wiper blades are in shape and ready for winter. What we're not prepared for is this sign. Is it a generic slippery situation or something that calls for an actual boat?
We wish they would have come up with something better to explain how dangerous the road is underwater. The key to a good sign is just being specific. This trail is unsafe, alright. “Water levels can reach as high as this sign, and by then it might be too late” seems a better warning.
Lost and Found
Instead of publishing missing people on milk cartons or in the lost and found newspaper section, Australians have come up with a unique and original way of asking citizens to participate in police activities and search for missing souls.
By the looks of this photo, the area seems to be isolated, like a desert of some sort, so we are finding it hard to understand where exactly the searches are supposed to take place. More importantly, are there any people around at all? Will the searcher become the search ee or vice versa? If you figure it out or find anyone, let us know. Maybe they'll have the answer.
This kind of sign wasn't around when we were young and foolish. The number of times we climbed fences (legally and illegally) to help ourselves to the neighbor's orange tree or to shorten the way to school, is something everyone has in their memory box. Climbing fences and climbing trees is all part of growing up.
Except for this fence, which would only trigger traumatic memories, that is, if you managed to survive getting skewered in the first place. This sign doesn't leave much room for imagination. You climb, you die! But would that stop some people from trying? Highly unlikely.
Keep Out of the Sun
How much tan is too much tan? You would think Australians get enough sunshine anyway without having to make an effort. As it turns out, we were wrong. No matter how often we hear how important it is to be safe in the sun, it still doesn't work.
No matter how often we are reminded that sunglasses, long sleeve shirts, a hat, and sunblock are mandatory (with the way this planet is going), we still embrace those suntanning hours and feel better and healthier (which we're not) when we are colored bronze. The people responsible for this sign decided that enough was enough. If you don't match the shade of this sign, you're good. (Except you aren't.)
Education, Education, Education
Don't waste your time educating your kids, teaching them manners and common courtesy if you're going to end up leaving them behind or unattended. We know it's tempting to just let them run wild for a bit, but that’s why you have the outdoors.
Australia has plenty of it too. We spend too much time trying to turn our little monsters into polite adults with acceptable dietary habits and polite language. It can all be thrown down the drain in no time. It won't be worth it. Go get them back. They will return eventually, though only God knows in what condition.
Park on the Safe Side
Not everyone in the world is so strict and uptight. Many people understand the rules were made to be broken and that sometimes in life, you have to expand your horizon and acknowledge that we can't always live by what society expects from us. Just like in this prime example right here. This sign is clearly there to emphasize exactly that.
No matter where you park your car, whether you block an entrance or block another car, your car will be absolutely fine. It’s not surprising why Australia is known for being chilled out and totally wild in equal measure. Rules? What exactly are they?
Hiding in the Woods
Have you ever been lost in the woods with no idea where the way out is? Well, if you happen to be in an Australian forest, and if you happen to lose your tracks, no worries. You won't be able to get too far.
You won't be able to trespass here, and by the looks of it, if you do, you won't be able to leave in one piece anyway, so it's best to just accept your destiny. The sign might be in good humor, but do you really want to risk it and hang around? Something tells us a chuckle can quickly turn ominous in this part of town. Do yourself a favor and stick to the main road.
Caught in Australia, this sign could actually work anywhere on Earth. But considering that over 95% of Australia has no human habitation yet, the country has abundant “No WiFi” zones – just a mere car ride away. Modern days have brought wonderful technology upgrades to many household devices and communication technologies, making the world a smaller place for us all. However, the price we pay for having these privileges may seem too high sometimes.
People have forgotten how to verbally approach, read a newspaper, and not depend on a five-inch-long device. This sign may seem at first like a warning, but within no time, you'll realize what a wonderful gift you are receiving. You're welcome!
Don't Feed the Kids
It’s become increasingly difficult these days to bank on people’s common sense. Any sign that indicates the presence of Crocs should scream, “run away.” Apparently not. Some people lean in for a closer look and with kids in tow.
Does this sign mean don't feed the alligators with your kids? Or does it mean alligators really enjoy playing with kids? Or maybe it's simply a sign to indicate that if you've had enough of your kids, the alligators will be happy to have them? The signs in the zoo (we are assuming this was seen in a zoo) really have to be more accurate and better explained. The last thing we need is someone getting crazy ideas or being sued for feeding the animals.
When you reach a certain age, you are presented with sexual education, if not by your parents at home, then by your teachers. Adam and Eve, the birds and the bees — these are all part of this fascinating experience the younger generation goes through. As for us, we think we know it all, and we seldom forget the rules that stand behind these facts of life.
We need a reminder of what might happen in case we're not careful. The ones responsible for this sign didn't want to leave any room for misunderstanding. It’s all fun and games until one thing leads to another. Do you drink? You pay! And the costs will be exorbitant for the next 18 to 20 years, and we’re not even considering inflation yet.
You should always carry a water bottle with you, especially in Australia when the weather can get terribly hot. When strolling down the road with your dog, it's great to come across a bowl of water intended for them, as they need water as much as we do, and sometimes even more. It was really heartwarming to see that people are considerate of other people's needs.
God didn't create us all the same, and whoever put up this board acknowledged that. However, we do have one question: do you think the dogs will mind? Something tells us they probably wouldn’t. We don’t deserve them, but they love us all the same.
No one is afraid of a bit of hailstone unless it grows spikes, and then you better run for your life. Australia's hailstones are like no other, and they are just as great as everything else about this land. The largest hailstone seen to this day is over five inches in size, making it as big as an iPhone 7. If these rocks were to keep themselves to isolated areas or dark and gloomy woods, we could cope, but these monsters fall in populated cities; they might break windows or cause some other damage.
And, of course, it’s happened. In 2021, freak hail storms battered some parts of the country, shattering solar panels, windows, and other property. The hailstones that year managed to break the record for the largest ever recorded in Australia – at least 16 cm to the previous 14 cm.
The Christmas Tree
After seeing this picture, you lose the right to complain about the size of your Christmas tree, the quality of your presents, and the whole event of Christmas in your household. Being in the south half of planet Earth, the seasons are reversed, turning the summer months of June, July, and August into winter and December through to February into summer.
In Australia, Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December like in the rest of the world; however, this falls in the summertime, when it can get scorchingly hot. Leave behind the Christmas trees and bring out the fans instead. That’s when it begins to look a lot like an Australian Christmas. Gather around the fan, where the breeze is cool, and hearts and body temperatures are at ease.
Getting a divorce is never a pleasant episode in one's life. Besides the broken hearts usually linked to this chapter, it can involve ugly episodes of who's taking what. Whoever posted this leaflet wanted to shorten that episode and decided to leave the ex with as little as possible. We think that this should definitely be part of every divorce agreement.
No matter what happens to the house, car, or expensive stereo system, the rest of the joint belongings (including the kids under the age of 18) should be displayed in a garage sale. It seems to be the most effective kind of naming and shaming for those inclined to take it out publicly. Sales never felt this good, we reckon.
Cats and Dogs
The world is divided into two — dog people and cat people. Many young couples decide to adopt (or buy) a dog before settling down and having children. Apparently, there is something about caring for a dog that prepares you for parenthood (only people who don't have children will believe this). Cats are a totally different story.
They don't really bother, and as long as they are fed, they care about nothing. They seem to resemble teenagers. Those ungrateful humans close in the room and peek out to see what's served for dinner. Sometimes, it seems like they like you. It might even come across as love. But it does seem like they’re plotting your downfall most other times.
Cops and Robbers
If there’s anything we’ve learned from cop shows on TV, it’s that someone’s always lining their pockets. This sign in Australia makes no bones about it. But who’s helping whom here? We don’t know if the thieves are virtuous or whether the cops are bad. So, do they actually arrange shifts together, or do they find out who they have been paired with when they arrive at the office in the morning?
Another nice thing about this is that the local authorities even took the time to emphasize how important it is for them to work together in partnership to prevent crime. We know that things work differently in Australia. We know that you have to be a native to fully understand what is going on Down Under, but are the police sure that thieves are the best partners for this?
Not All Hamburgers Have an M
It’s not Australia without saying things like it is. Here’s a sign that’s all about sticking it to the man, specifically a man everyone knows as Ronald or what he represents. Bazz probably was affected by the big M opening down the road, but one thing is for sure, he knows exactly what he's selling. No fast food will come between him and his customers.
No fast food will come as a threat to him anymore. What's nice about this sign is that Mr. Bazz acknowledges that McDonald's indeed does sell low-quality food and has literally ruined the meaning of a hamburger. If you want a Big Mac, go to McDonalds. If you want a real burger, stick with Bazz.
Beer Holder Trolley
How educational is this? Need to go shopping? Are you out of goodies for entertaining your friends in the middle of the party? No worries. The supermarket's trolly will allow you to continue the party while you stock up for some more. It’s a party on the go because why let silly things like logistics dampen the fun?
Now we assume that the original purpose of this bottle holder was to hold a baby's bottle or a bottle of water at the most. Not surprisingly, though, the locals took advantage of the situation and turned it into a beer supporter. They are nothing if not resourceful, which is a good trait to have any day.
Australians feel it is indispensable to emphasize and highlight their famous local inventions. Here is a classic example of what happens when they take it a little too far. UGGs are known to be winter's best friend. Besides being really comfortable, they do their work when it comes to warming up our feet, but there is no other word in putting this; they are hideous.
So not only did the Aussies place a gigantic statue of UGG boots in the center of town, but they went along and painted them, so there is no chance you miss them. To ensure everyone knows this is an Aussie gem, these Uggs have pictures of the Sydney Opera House and scenes of rural Australian bliss.
Selfie the Street
They seem to be intended for children only, but no. These signs are for us supposed adults and mature citizens as well. These sorts of signs should be placed everywhere. Before we start eating our dinner in the restaurant, before a concert begins, before sipping our first cup of coffee, and before we close our eyes and drift off into no smartphone land.
In the past, children were taught to look left and right. Looking up to walk was kind of implied as a prerequisite to walking. Today, they are trained to lift their heads first. How ridiculous have we become? This is a reminder just so you stay alive. Cross, then post.
Here Goes That GPS Again
How often have you traveled calmly to the sounds of your favorite band, expecting to reach your desired destination, only to realize that either the road is under construction or, even worse — closed? We knew it. The GPS is not sometimes wrong; it is always wrong. The Australians are so laid back that they probably just U-turned and looked for the alternative route. GPS troubles are nothing for folks living alongside spiders and reptiles on a daily.
For us foreigners, these kinds of signs can be quite annoying. It’s hard not to lose it unless you’ve embraced the Aussie way. We wish to thank the GPS for helping us waste even more of our time with this lousy technology installed.
The Australians are not known for being fans of the grind or hustling madly as quintessential “hard workers” and seem to always be on the lookout for another reason to go down to the beach. Between you and me, they've got it right. It’s us who are doing it wrong, being obsessed with working five days a week.
As the song goes, what are we getting out of living if it isn’t any fun? Looking for an excuse to take a day off is a job on its own. The road workers of this town just managed to crack that morning blues and gave us a spontaneous day off to cherish.
Reality changed tremendously for us humans in 2020 after the pandemic. A change of rules concerning what is acceptable and what is not has been set and is expected to be respected everywhere when meeting people. In Australia, they have taken this one a step forward, assuring we keep our distance from one another, using our kangaroo friends as a measuring tool.
Only in Australia does one need to stand one adult kangaroo apart, and everyone automatically knows what that means. But help us newbies out a little, will you? Now, how are we supposed to know who is an adult amongst the kangaroos? Don't they have small kangaroos, tall kangaroos, midget kangaroos, and some kangaroos that don't believe in social distancing?
Koalas Are Everywhere
Being home to so many unique species of animals, Australia is where koalas originate from. These cuddly and sweet marsupials are found mainly on the continent's east coast, making them close to human-populated areas. As humanity has invaded their habitat, there is no reason to be surprised when coming across a koala sitting on top of a car.
This is part of living close to nature. Love koalas? Love them all the way. Except have you ever seen one this menacing? Should koalas decide to rise up against humans, this is how the revolution would begin – one basement and unsuspecting human at a time.
Many things in Australia can kill you, and this giant pinecone is one of them (if it happens to fall on you). This pinecone is so big that no other country could fit it, so it is unique to Australia. This giant cone is grown on the Bunya Pine tree, the tallest of which was reported to reach up to 169 feet.
Children worldwide (at some stage in their childhood life) collect (amongst others) pinecones for fun. Now, please clarify — do Australian children have to ask their parents to pick up the cone, or do they manage to drag it home alone?
A B C Drivers
What we are most afraid of when seeing this sign is that most drivers won't understand what the letter W stands for. So, instead of concentrating on the road, they will start working those brain wheels, trying to figure out what the W in Australia means. Well, what the W means and what the anchor is doing there.
What does W-anchor mean anyway? Oh wait... we think we get it, but It better not mean what we think it means. Either that or it means being a wallaby of a driver. It must be the other thing. Country road, take us home or far, far away from this land.
We all (most of us) care about animals and do everything in our power to protect and not harm them. All zoos worldwide have signs all over, explaining how important it is to respect requests and not feed or trouble the animals. Most people find it hard to follow, and packets of chips and cookies are regularly found hiding in the animal's habitat.
This zoo owner decided to take it one step further. Not only will the animal be sick because of eating junk, but the animal is most likely to eat you. What’s worse, you’re going to make the animal sick so stay away! If you’ve always considered yourself a salty snack, Australians have a way of putting you in your place fast enough.
The Galleried Snake
We just love the Australians for being so open about what they're going through. Big snakes are widespread in the land of Oz, and you can often find them crawling around town. However, seeing them in galleries or museums is not a sight that you come across very often. Snakes in a gallery could be the plot for a Hollywood blockbuster.
But really, everyday life in Australia deserves a movie in itself, we think. Whoever put up this sign found it very important to share with the potential visitors the reason for the door being locked. Don't you think that a simple sign with "closed, back in 5" be enough? Couldn't they spare us from this scary information?
This sign was found in the magnificent Uluru nature reserve, but one thing was slightly unclear to us. How are we supposed not to take any photos if we're not supposed to enter in the first place? We are all for preserving sacred places and believe that nature must be looked after, but the least these people could do is get their messaging or their order of appearance right.
Look around. There's nothing there to take a picture of. We don't know the standards of photography in Australia, but where we come from, a little bit of color is required.
How many names for the restroom are you familiar with? In Australia, there are several. All English-speaking country visitors have a different way of defining the sacred room, and the Ozzies have decided to adopt them all. We assume this saves them from answering all day long where the ladies, Sheilas', restrooms, and Loos are.
Judging by their state, it might be best to go in a bush! “Blokes” is self-explanatory. Sheila is Australian slang for woman, but not a very kind one from what we gather. We are familiar with most terms here, but can anyone tell me who Dunny is and how he (or she or it) ended up on this list?
Lizards. Really Big Lizards
We have taken a moment to dedicate a page to lizards. Enormous lizards. The kind of lizards you can find only down under. Australia is home to five species of these giant lizards, but funnily enough, they have no fear of humans, so they are literally everywhere. Suddenly, that neighborhood raccoon or skunk doesn’t seem like too much to handle!
So, forget about snakes, and forget about cockroaches; lizards are the thing in Australia. Next time you come across one of these monsters across the street, walk on by. It’s not uncommon to find these mini dinosaurs nonchalantly basking in the sun on your way to work.
If you want to keep visitors out, just be honest with them. This sign basically says, we don't want you here, ruining our natural environment and littering, so go back to where you came from! It's not yours; it's ours, and if you do decide to enter, you will probably die. Think we’re lying? This is Australia. Try us, won’t you?
If Aussies say you will probably die, you’d better believe it’s highly likely! Everything is so politically correct these days that the truth cannot be said out loud and in the open. Ridiculous excuses of cliffs and rocks are made up just to keep us out.
Last Call for Alcohol
No matter how much the Ozzies try, they will never be able to get rid of their British origins, and these days, Australia is still part of the Commonwealth. The Brits have left enough landmarks to assure everyone, locals and visitors, that the roots of Australia are in the kingdom of fish, chips, and beer.
Going on a drive into the wild deserts with no pub on the way for fueling up can be as dangerous as not drinking at all. God save the queen. Luckily, though, the Aussies have come up with ingenious ways to salvage a long road trip into the unforgiving outback – the infamous “goon sack” or wine in a pouch.
Are We There Yet?
Traveling with kids, especially for long distances, can be a great challenge. Food and drinks, card games, Simone says, I spy with my eye, and Are we there yet are the most common things that keep parents and children occupied throughout the road trip. The same road games have never gone out of fashion.
After a while, it is us, the parents, who start wondering when on earth we are going to reach our destination; as Simone has said enough, this journey seems neverending. Luckily enough, there are road signs like this along the way, making sure the drivers know that they are still in child entertainment territory.
I Came, I Ate, I Left
Following different depictions in various American films and TV shows, Chinese restaurateurs have built a reputation for being rigorous and in-your-face kind of hosts. If they have something to say, they will just say it. No hinting, no assuming, and no, can I buy a vowel. This buffet festive owner was probably sick and tired of customers helping themselves throughout all hours of the day and decided to put an end to it.
You come in, take a seat, enjoy your lunch (or not, but no one is interested in that), and leave. Tough talk and straight shooting are the Aussie way, aren’t they? Looks like the owners of this restaurant aren’t only surviving but thriving down under.
It's Getting Hot in Here
There's hot, and there's hot. Apparently, even the most expensive pair of flip-flops wouldn't stand the Australian heat, so buying some fancy Gucci flops instead of simple Haviannas won't work here. Why crank up the heat on the stove inside your house when it’s already so hot? Australia can become so hot in summer (December-February) that you can fry eggs on the pavement or literally melt your flip-flops on it.
Basically, any cheap rubber thing you own can be melted and reshaped into something new. If you’re going to roast in the sun for most of the year, you better make the most of it. Always look on the bright side of life.
Markering, Marketing, Marketing
Walking along the road on a hot summer's day can sometimes be unpleasant. Walking down the road on an Australian hot summer's day can send you right into the local pub. No matter how early it is, and no matter if you're behind the wheel later on in the day (unadvisable, but what are you going to do), when it's as hot as this sign says it is, beer will come first.
It’s either beer or actually become the classic shriveled-up shrimp on the Barbie. The marketing team who works for this pub surely did their homework, as no one, and we mean no one, can resist this.
Oz is known for numerous things. Beautiful landscapes, breathtaking views, fascinating animals, and holding the Guinness world record for Christmas lights display. Yes, one of the few places on earth that celebrate Christmas in summer holds this record. Over 500K lights were used for this display in 2013.
Now, we have two questions. The first question is, when did this dude start putting the lights up to be ready for the holiday? And the second question is about the house. How big is this house? Don't rich people have something better to spend their money on other than Christmas lights?
Many parts of the land of Australia are mainly... nothing. Under 40% of the land down under is populated by humans, making the rest wild zones. You can travel for miles and miles and see nothing but empty pieces of land.
So, to keep your expectations low and maintain your spirit at ground level, Australia has decided to remind you that they don't need much to make their country beautiful. Less is more. Miles and miles of “bugger-all,” which is slang for “nothing.” One’s man, nothing is another’s everything. Some places are best left terrifyingly wild, free, and untrodden in any case – something Australia does a little too well.
Cockroach Racing Championship
We couldn't believe what we were reading either, so we felt we had to share this with you. Every country has something it is known, loved, and famous for. Australia is known for cockroach racing. We aren't sure about the "loved for" part, but we are pretty convinced about the "famous for." The annual racing competition for cockroaches is held every year in Brisbane, Australia, and they are actually proud of this event. People literally place serious bets on this thing.
Fellow Ozzies, what on earth is happening to you down there? After digging deeper, we discovered that the whole thing began with two guys over a few rounds of beer. What began as a lark in a vacant parking lot is today a national phenomenon.
The giant jellyfish is a relatively new fish species (if you insist on calling it a fish). Found lying on the shores of one of the southern Australian beaches, it has not been spotted anywhere else Researchers first spotted the ginormous jellyfish in 2014 and have been fascinated ever since. First, most jellyfish of this species are usually tiny - no bigger than a fingernail.
This one measures the length of an arm. Second, scientists believe it is highly venomous and can cause the potentially fatal Irukandji syndrome. Unsurprisingly, this one is as cool as the ocean and as deadly, too.
Going Down to the Beach
Over 10,000 sandy beaches are scattered across Australia, making them a must when visiting the continent. Going down to the beach in Australia is like popping down to the post office or taking the kids to school. These sandy carpets are the place to escape to. We all know the proverb "A Beach a Day Helps You Work, Sleep & Play."
But coming across a sign like this, with warnings that practically cover every danger in the world, will make you want to go even more. Couldn't they think of other ways to keep the tourists out? The only thing missing from the sign is “lurking jellyfish.” It goes to show that only true-blue Aussies would pass by a sign like this and still think of a relaxing day at the beach.
Melting Moon Jellies
There are jellyfish and there are Australian jellyfish which are like no other. The beaches of the north part of Queensland have been welcoming these gigantic creatures and have over time become a natural scene of this piece of land. They are called Melting Moon Jellies as they resemble a moon that has melted on the shores.
They looked like great big puddles and at one point the residents were so concerned, that the government declared a state of emergency. The high temperatures on the beach are what make these jellyfish melt, however, some scientists insist that the high temperatures have nothing to do with it and that this is simply part of the jellyfish's lifecycle.
The Tasmanian Devil can be found with either a black or brown coat and over the years they have earned themselves quite a reputation. It is not by chance that they are called devils. They tend to get aggressive and assertive and are nothing like the cute little teddy bear it resembles in their cub years.
The tallest it can grow is 30 inches, however, it can exceed this height depending on how much it eats and where it grows. It has sharp teeth so we would recommend getting too close, and apparently, its bite is one of the strongest in the mammal kingdom. These days, the devil is restricted to the Australian island state of Tasmania and can be found in the deep forests on the island.
Golden Gaytime Ice Cream
So here, we don't want to discuss the flavor of the ice cream. It is a traditional vanilla toffee flavor delight that you can't really go wrong with. What we want to focus on here, is the unique ice cream wrapper that can only be found down under in Australia.
The name Golden Gaytime has been going strong since the 1980s and there are no plans to change it. Over the years there have been several attempts to boycott Unilever for distributing the product due to its controversial name, however, according to the last time we checked, you can still find it everywhere.
Some call it the Thorny Devil, and some name it the Thorny Dragon. Whatever you choose, this dude is not very pleasant to be around. Basically, we are talking about a really big lizard that is native to the land down under. They are widely found in the deserted Australian desserts and have been known to live for 25 years.
The favorite meal of the day (and the only meal, to be precise) is ants. Loads of them. Their long, sticky, and gross tongue waits for the next batch of crawling black insects to pass by, and then it pulls its magic on them. On an average day, the Thorny Devil can eat up to 1000 ants.
There is not much to say about this beloved chocolate treat, and we know it can be found in many countries all over the world, however, it was born in Australia, and therefore we feel it should be here on the list. The Australians alone consume more than 45 million packets of Tim Tams every single year and the numbers keep growing.
The way to enjoy this is to bite off both ends of the biscuit and then use it as a straw with your hot beverage. It can be found in a variety of flavors, however, we always go back to the original flavor.
There is a cowboy hat, there is a French barret, baseball caps are widely familiar, captain hats are the best seller during Halloween, and when Christmas arrives, we are all adorned with red and furry Santa hats. If you are down under, you better get your hands on a Cork Hat.
According to Australian belief, the dangling corks help keep bothering flies away which is a well-known issue. The country has so many flies and this seems to be the best solution out there. Swarms of flies have been known to attack many destinations, including ones in deserts, such as Ulura, the Kings Canyon, and many others.
You have probably heard of vegemite, the Australian delight, but have you heard of the extended delight that can only be found in Australia? Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, let us introduce, the vegimite latte. It can be found only in prestige cafes around Paddington, Sydney, however, it's quite easy to make at home.
Is it good? We don't know. Is it going to spread internationally? We doubt it. What we do know is, that like many other things, this extraordinary beverage is unique to Australia and like so many other mentionings on this list, if you are going to do it, do it the Aussie way.
The Southern Cassowary is one of the few animals that cannot be found in any other continent in the entire world. with Australia being its natural habitat, the Sothern Cassowary looked very much like an ostrich thanks to its colorful and amazing feathers and many other characteristics that make the two birds very much alike.
These unique animals were first found in the wild tropical rainforest in northeast Queensland and have since spread their wings to other parts of the land. Today, it is known that three individual populations of the cassowaries can be found in the land down under.
There is no mistake here, this is what it is. As it turns out, to drink out of a shoe has been a good luck charm in Australia for many years. We consider it to be more of a punishment than anything else. It is popular in all states of the country and is widely known as the "Shoey Celebration."
In 2016, the Australian F1 car racer, Daniel Ricciardo, showed the world exactly what this tradition was all about after he won the German Grand Prix. It has become the thing to do when you visit the land down under, and many celebs have been taking part in this bizarre drinking tradition.
Kangaroo Tail Soup
Kangaroos are one of Australia's iconic symbols, however, who would have thought that this precious mammal is not left outside of the kitchen? We have heard of kangaroo meat being eaten as steaks and part of a stew, however, it turned out that the kangaroo's tail is a key ingredient in Australian soup.
We are not sure what defers the tail from the rest of the meat (we suppose it's like oxtail that is commonly used in kitchens?), but whatever it is, we are sure that with a little imagination, this can be substituted with something a little more appealing.
This animal is definitely one of a kind. They have been distinct from the rest of the mammal kingdom and are considered monotremes (a new word for Scrabble). The platypus lives in freshwater and until this day has not been found in any other part of the world.
Unlike most mammals, this mammal lays eggs, and a large number of related more common species, appear in the respectable fossil record. The platypus has also been named duck-billed platypus (and it's not hard to see why) and we feel kind of sorry for it. How would you feel having a duck face stuck to yours all day?
No no, we are not referring to the British marmite, we are talking about the marmite relative, vegimite. The Australians absolutely love it and they eat it anytime and with everything. They use it in sandwiches, straight out of the jar and we have even heard of some who use it in cake recipes. Go figure.
To this day, there is an unspoken war that goes on between the UK and Australia, each claiming that their yeast delight tastes better and most importantly, was invented first. Is vegemite the Australian answer to the British marmite? Or is marmite the colder version of the down-under vegemite? Who cares...
The native Australian's name for the Steel Arch Bridge is The Coathanger and after looking at it for a few seconds, it is easy to see why. The distinctive shape of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the country's most common symbols and together with the astonishing opera house, it is one of the most iconic symbols of the world.
It is the world's tallest steel bridge and if you ever thought of climbing it (to be honest, we've never), then you would have to walk up a little over 1330 steps. The panoramic view is worth it, and besides, you only get to travel to Australia once in a lifetime, so you better make the most out of it.
The Underground Town...
If you live in a cold country or suffer severely during the winter months, then Australia might be the best place for you. It is hot almost all year round. Now some people love the warm and sunny days, and some literally burrow into the ground to avoid this kind of weather.
Coober Pedy is established in the southern part of the continent, where the temperatures in this part of the land can reach up to 40C, so therefore it was built almost entirely, underground. This underground oasis has a church and even an art gallery. Many people there have built their homes down under (!!!) and it even has a hotel for visitors and tourists. The most important thing this place has is low temperatures.
The Cliff Art Gallery
The southern continent is rich in many things, and art is a significant part of its wealth. There is more to the Australians than just koalas and barbeques, and it is home to two of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. In Brisbane, you can find The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).
This magnificent place has hosted exclusive and exciting exhibitions, including one by Andy Warhol. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is located in Tasmania and is known for its unique and controversial style. It was carved into a cliff and therefore provides the most spectacular location too.
Every year during the month of August everything in Australia comes to a still. The traditional Henly on Todd Regatta (also known as Todd River Race) is held. This event is basically a boat race, however, it is held not on blue waters, but on golden sand.
It first began as playing a joke on the former British colonizers and over the years became a practice that is never missed. Many locals and tourists attend the event which includes food and drinks, the area is adorned with "No fishing" signs (if they are going to have a laugh, might as well take it all way), and the whole event lasts for the entire day.
Grey-headed Flying Fox
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a dude in a costume...no it's a megabat, as terrifying as it sounds. It is named the "Pteropus," however, the local Australians name it the flying fox. This bat has a fox-like face, and a reddish fox-like fur with a small addition of... wings. And yes, it uses those wings for air travel.
The Pteropus is known to be the biggest bat in the world and different species of it can also be found in many countries around southeast Asia, though the grey-headed kind is native to the land down under. Now it doesn't end her. Apparently, there are around 60 extended species of this creature so beware...
So while the rest of the world uses colorful and heartwarming sprinkles to decorate cupcakes and cookies, the Australians do it a little differently. When a child who lives in Australia celebrates his or her birthday, they don't get a big slice of celebratory cake.
Instead, they get a slice of plain white bread, coated with butter, or even worse — margarine, and colorful freckles sprinkled on top. Traditionally it is cut into triangles. This weird custom even has a name and it is called, Fairy Bread. We can understand the bread part of this birthday delight, however, we don't see what is so fairy about it.
Each country in the world has its own favorite hamburger topping. Some go for the standard bacon and cheese, many enjoy hot jalapeno peppers on their meat patty and some go to the extreme with blue cheese dressing or a slice of sweet pineapple. In Australia, this was not enough and they had to come up with their own local topping.
Thick purple slices of beetroot adorn Aussie burgers and apparently, they are becoming more and more popular. We find it difficult to get our heads around this but we heard that Jamie Oliver himself has a version of this delight so maybe it is not that bad.
You have the national flower, you have the national anthem and you have the national cake. And Australia's national cake has to be the lamington. It's a simple sponge cake coated in chocolate sauce and coconut flakes. To us, it seemed like a regular cake, however, to them, it's considered a culinary delight.
The cake does have a different texture than the ordinary cake, and we are not sure what exactly the Australians add or do to it. The cake has been through its share of evolution and today can be with cream and strawberry flavors. It's Australian, but it's still just a cake. What is the fuss about?