The Australian lifestyle is repeatedly voted amongst the best in the world. Travellers with a spirit for adventure have Australia at the top of their bucket list. People are banging down the door to get in. Why? What makes Australia so special?
The Australian lifestyle. And the Australian lifestyle is about indulging in the activities that create joy, laughter, contentment and connection.
Like all good recipes it’s the combining of the ingredients that produces a great result. Here’s a taste of our favourite activities that make our Australian lifestyle so envied.
Australia is an island with 25,760 Km of coastline. And 95% of our population lives on the coastal fringe. Is it any wonder we have a passionate love affair with the beach? The sand, the surf, the sun.
Here are 13 Aussie beach activities we love:
- Kite surfing
- Beach cricket
- Flying a kite
- Strolling hand in hand along the shore
- Building sand castles
- Knocking down sand castles
- Lazing on an inflatable
- Reading a book
To add to your enjoyment at the beach, check out these cool beach/pool accessories:
2. Top 10 Classic Aussie Songs
We may not have the pedigree of the Welsh but Aussies aren’t backward in belting out our favourite anthems. Around the campfire, in the car or the shower, we can nail the classics.
Here’s ten of our most memorable Aussie anthems for tomorrow’s carpool karaoke:
- Great Southern Land by Icehouse
- Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool
- You’re the Voice by John Farnham
- Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
- A Pub with No Beer by Slim Dusty
- Down Under by Men at Work
- It’s A Long Way to the Top by AC/DC
- Friday on My Mind by The Easybeats
- True Blue by John Williamson
- Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes
3. Aussie Gardens & Green Thumbs
Aussies understand that to get our hands dirty is to connect the soul with the soil.
The Veggie Garden
No longer cultivated for necessity but for pleasure. You can’t beat the sweetness of home grown. Or the satisfaction. If you want to start a veggie garden, read more here.
The Urban Garden
You don’t need the quarter acre block to be a gardner. Green is contagious. See, it’s already spread to your thumb. Balconies, walls, rooftops, pots and plants. All that’s required is a space and your imagination. Are you interested in planting an urban garden? Learn more here.
The Native Garden
Common sense tells you to favour planting indigenous flora. Plants have to be like us (tough and hardy) if they’re to survive on the driest continent in the world. Find out more about growing native plants.
Here’s some handy garden accessories to help connect your soul with the soil:
4. We Love a Joke – The Soul Of The Australian Lifestyle
Aussies love to laugh. We love to tell a joke. We love to hear a joke. Here’s 7 of our classic jokes:
- If it takes an IQ of 60 to tie shoelaces, why do so many Australians wear thongs?
- What is the difference between yoghurt and Australia?
Yoghurt has some culture.
- An Australian man and his wife are sitting in the living room. Bruce says: “Just so you know, Shirl, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”
Shirl gets up, unplugs the TV and throws out all his beer.
- What should you do if an Aussie throws a grenade at you?
Pull the pin and throw it back.
- Why did the wombat cross the road?
To see its flat mate
- Why isn’t the Australian national rugby team allowed to own a dog?
Because they can’t hold on to a lead.
- When is a bear not a bear?
If he doesn’t have the right koalifications.
Want more jokes? Check out more Aussie jokes here!
5. Our Obsession: Sport and Spectating In Australia
Playing it or watching it. Nothing raises the Aussie temperature like sport. No wonder our world travelling sports nuts are called the Fanatics.
Here’s the top 10 club sports in Australia:
P.S. Here’s three interesting facts about sport in Australia:
- What team sport drew 104,400 to the MCG in 1956? If you said the AFL Grand Final, fair enough. But the answer is baseball. Yep, baseball at the 1956 Olympics.
- Australian Rules Football (also called Aussie Rules) was originally created for cricket players to play in their off season. It is now one of the most popular sports in the country.
- Australia holds the record for largest margin of victory in an international soccer match, beating American Samoa 31-0
6. The Great Aussie BBQ
Aussies love to cook outdoors. And when you have one of the best climates in the world the opportunity is there to tantalise taste buds all year round. To get your BBQ going, we’ve collected Australian classic recipes.
Classic Aussie BBQ Recipes
Classic Aussie Desserts
P.S. Here’s the secret to the perfect steak:
Place the steaks on the grill and cook until golden brown and slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the steaks over and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare (an internal temperature of 135 degrees F), 5 to 7 minutes for medium (140 degrees F) or 8 to 10 minutes for medium-well (150 degrees F).
7. Must have Furniture Pieces for the Australian Lifestyle
An Australian lifestyle just doesn’t happen. It’s built. You need to be surrounded by your favourite things that add a touch of style, whimsy or ambience. That’s what makes these furniture items for the Australian lifestyle so awesome.
- Retro Telephone
- LED Rechargeable Glow Light
- Vintage Table Lantern
- Window Bird Feeder
- Banana Modular wall Art
- Retro Combi Campervan Table Lamp
- Outdoor hanging Galileo’s Thermometer
- Vintage Electric Station Clock
- Flameless Classic Wax Candles
8. Classic Verses That Capture The Ultimate Australian lifestyle
Australia’s lifestyle has long been captured in verse. Here’s some classic verses from some Australian poems and ballads:
1. Waltzing Matilda – A.B. (Banjo) Paterson
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”
He sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me”
2. My Country – Dorothea MacKellar
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
3. True Blue – John Williamson
True Blue, is it me and you
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo
Is it standin’ by your mate when he’s in a fight
Or she’ll be right
True Blue, True Blue
4. I Still Call Australia Home – Peter Allen
I’m always traveling, I love being free,
and so I keep leaving the sun and the sea,
but my heart lies waiting over the foam.
I still call Australia home.
5. Click Go The Shears – Percy Jones
Click go the shears boys, click, click, click,
Wide is his blow and his hands move quick,
The ringer looks around and is beaten by a blow,
And curses the old snagger with the blue-bellied “Joe.”
6. The Wild Colonial Boy – unknown
There was a wild colonial boy Jack Doolan was his name,
Of poor but honest parents he was born in Castlemaine.
He was his father’s only hope, his mother’s pride and joy,
And dearly did the parents love the wild colonial boy