5 Things You Should Know as a Brit Before You Date an Australian

So you're about to head out on your first date with an Australian but what you should you expect? While British and Australian culture overlaps in a number of ways, you'll no doubt find yourself suffering from a bit of culture shock on your first date. Here are some tips to get you through the night.

  • Aussies are laid-back, and love to laugh. Keep things lighthearted and bear in mind that you might have slightly different opinions about what constitutes good manners. Equality has really caught on in Australia when it comes to dating.
  • Aussies love their beer, but maybe not as much as you do. While your date might enjoy a beer or two, bear in mind that a standard pint is somewhat larger than what an Aussie might be used to, and that your date might have a preference for wine over beer.
  • Despite speaking a common language, you may come across some very odd vocabulary differences. Notable ones include “football”, which an Aussie will take to mean Aussie Rules Football, not soccer, and “pants”, which in Australia refers to “trousers”!
  • Tim Tams. If you can manage to source your homesick date a packet of Tim Tams, you'll be off to a great start.
  • Australians can be competitive when it comes to their home city. Never tell a Melbournian how much you love Sydney, or vice versa.
  • Australians and New Zealanders love to make fun of each other. It’s all in good fun but just the same, never tell an Aussie that they sound like a New Zealander!

One great thing about dating an Aussie is that you can really relax. They love a laugh and tend to be very non-judgemental!

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