I love Australia and I really like Brisbane, but I’ve pretty much lived here my whole life. Here are the cons that I can think of.
The cost of living is very high. Houses are 300K and upwards. I live in Brisbane and the way we control our traffic here sucks. Can you say traffic lights on a round-a-bout? Or Traffic lights coming off of a freeway? Yeah, we love our traffic lights *rolls eyes*. The public transport system is lacking, very few busses and trains and they don’t run very well.
Some examples of things I found different (for things I purchase whilst in Seattle) in terms of prices:
Books: Ones I bought in the US were $10-$20. They would have cost me $35-$45 in Australia
MAC Makeup: $14.50 for a lipstick. $36 in Australia.
Petrol: $1.50 per/L now in Australia (1 L = 0.26 gallons)
Clothes: I found some fabulous clothes and shoes in America which were all around $25. In Australia it’s hard to find something nice under $75. ($75 is almost a bargain)
Average wage (I think) is $50,000. (Aussie bees feel free to correct me on this)
We do have a public health care system, HECS (an interest free loan for university fees) and a decent education system, particularly for universities.
Aussies are laid back people which is good because we love a holiday but bad because things get done slowly here.
We love our sport. We have soccer, ALF, NRL and Rugby but no gridiron.
I feel like we are quite an accepting country, yes there are exceptions to this and some scum who are awful, but for the most part, we welcome anyone. You’ll probably be asked “Where are you from?” All the time, but we don’t mean it in a hostile way. Us Aussies just love to talk to people from other countries because we have a large culture of travel. Travel the world and then when you retire, buy a caravan and travel Australia.
We have an ageing population so it’s possible that taxes will increase in coming years to support them.
Australia doesn’t get a lot of products (phones, makeup, movies, clothing, TV Shows) for a long time after America does – if ever sometimes!
Things to do before coming to Australia: Learn how to swim! We have some pretty dangerous waters in Australia and every Australian is expected to know how to swim, we also love our pools. Along that same vein, swim between the flags whilst on the beach, this is were the lifeguards have checked and will rescue you if you need to be. Raise one arms in the air and wave to be rescued.
Lift = Elevator
Thong = Flip Flop
G-String = Thong
Tea = Dinner
Soft Drink = Soda/Pop
Lemonade = Sprite (we don’t have American lemonade aid, all lemonade is carbonated)
Rubber = Eraser
Condom = Rubber
University = College (and we don’t refer to it as “we met at school” we say “we met at uni”)
Footpath = Sidewalk
Footy = Anything but soccer
POM = A term used to make fun of (but in a nice way) Englishmen
Mozzie = Mosquito
Barbie = BBQ
Chuck = To throw
Meat Pie = Like Sheppard’s pie but encased in pastry and no mash potato
Sausage Roll = sausage meat encased in flaky pastry
Wasted = Drunk
Jumper = Sweater
Sandshoes = Runners
Togs (in Queensland) Cossie (in NSW) = Swimmers
Cotton Bud = Q-Tip
Sorry for the tangent, I just really like thinking up these sorts of things. 🙂
Feel free to add to the list Aussie bees!