Friday, June 18, 2010

Aussie Aussie Aussie...Oi Oi Oi

I saw this over at Sarah's blog Just Me and she said we could pinch it, so I am because I like it!

Here is a list of Aussie things.  The ones I have done are bold.

1. Heard a kookaburra in person. (I love the kookookookookooaburra)

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Seen a koala. (They are gorgeous, but they really do stink)

4. Visited Melbourne.

5. Watched a summer thunderstorm. (A favourite pastime with my Dad as a kid)

6. Worn a pair of thongs. (That's what my house shoes are, and I even wear them with socks sometimes...only in the yard!!)

7. Been to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)

8. Visited Cape York.

9. Held a snake. (I have ophidiophobia, not a chance!)

10. Sang along with Khe San. (Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone)

11. Drank VB. (Not my first choice, but I have)

12. Visited Sydney.

13. Have seen a shark. (Underwater World and Seaworld count, right?)
14. Have used Aussie slang naturally in a conversation. (Bloody oath)

15. Had an actual conversation with an indigenous Australian. (My ex-mother-in-law was a Torres Strait Islander so yeah, lots of conversations.)

16. Eaten hot chips from the bag at the beach.

17. Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (Not yet, but I'd love to climb it!)

18. Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down.(Probably should have checked under the seat, huh?)

19. Seen Chloe in Young & Jackson’s. (What?)

20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.

21. Been to Sydney’s Mardi Gras

22. Have gone bush-bashing.

23. Taken a sickie. (shhhhh)

24. Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football. (And I actually enjoyed it!)

25. Have seen wild camels.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Done a Tim Tam Slam. (You can do it with KitKats too, it's not as good but)

28. Ridden in a tram in Melbourne.

29. Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Held a wombat.

32. Been on a roadtrip of 800km or more.

33. Seen the Great Australian Bight in person.

34. Had a really bad sunburn. (I still remember how it feels to peel large patches of skin off, yikes!)

35. Visited an Aboriginal community.

36. Seen a redback spider. (I found 5 in the Big Red Car, yes the Wiggles one that the kids drive!)

37. Have watched Paul Hogan. (Struth, who hasn't?)

38. Seen Blue Poles in person.

39. Wandered barefoot in the bush/outback.

40. Eaten Vegemite. (Every day)

41. Thrown a boomerang.

42. Seen the Kimberleys.

43. Given a hitch-hiker a lift.

44. Been to Perth.

45. Have tried Lemon, Lime and Bitters.

46. Tried playing a didgeridoo. (As an ex-family member of an indigenous family, I would never out of respect. Women are not allowed.)

47. Seen dinosaur footprints.

48. Eaten Tim Tams.

49. Been to Darwin.

50. Touched a kangaroo.

51. Visited the Great Barrier Reef.

52. Listened to Kevin Bloody Wilson.

53. Killed a Cane Toad.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.

55. Have read and own books by Australian authors. (Reading one right now...Kylie Ladd)

56. Visited Adelaide.

57. Know the story behind “Eternity”. (I don't even know the story in front of it??)

58. Been camping. (Very reluctantly and will resist doing it ever again)

59. Visited Brisbane. (Lived there, love it!)

60. Been in an outback pub. (so.many.times)

61. Know what the term “Waltzing Matilda” actually means. (I have heard this but my memory has lost it)

62. Gone whale watching. (Please, don't remind me)

63. Listened to Slim Dusty. (Unfortunately)

64. Own five or more Australian movies or TV series. (I have no idea and I'm not counting)

65. Sang along to Down Under. (It's stuck in my head now)

66. Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road. (Things you do when you're dating)

67. Eaten a 4′n’20 pie.

68. Surfed at Bondi.

69. Watched the cricket on Boxing Day. (Probably, but not by choice)

70. Visited Hobart.

71. Eaten kangaroo.

72. Seen a quokka.

73. Visited Canberra.

74. Visited rainforests.

75. Used a Victa lawnmower.

76. Travelled on a tram in Adelaide.

77. Used a Hills hoist. (I have one but its up-and-down is broken)

78. Visited Kata Tjuta (Uh no, I've never heard of this one! Ignorant Aussie)

79. Used native Australian plants in cooking.

80. Visited the snow. (Not in Australia)

81. Chosen a side in Holden VS Ford. (How embarrassment, we were a Ford family, yet my first car was a Gemini!)

82. Visited the desert.

83. Been water skiing. (I've watched but have never had a go)

84. Read The Phantom.

85. Visited Parliament House.

86. Gone spotlighting or pig-shooting.

87. Crossed the Nullarbor.

88. Avoided swimming in areas because of crocodiles.

89. Listened to AC/DC. (Again not by choice but they're hard to avoid in outback pubs!)

90. Called someone a dag. (Ya dag)

91. Voted in a Federal Election. (You have to! I would anyway)

92. Have been swimming and stayed between the flags.

93. Had a possum in your roof. (OMG, how loud are they??)

94. Visited the outback. (Lived there, too)

95. Travelled over corrugated roads. (I really want to type that sound you make when you're driving on these roads but I don't know what letters to use)

96. Hit a kangaroo while driving. (Never, thank God! That was a major worry living in the outback)

97. Been well outside any mobile phone coverage.

98. Seen an emu. (Again, Australia Zoo counts, right?)

99. Have woken to the smell of bushfires.

100. Patted a pure-bred dingo.

101. Seen the Oils live.

Now it’s your turn, what Aussie things have you done?


  1. I have no idea what #19 means either!

    And thongs with socks no no no, that's terrible Muriel. Bahahahaha

  2. Chloe is a nude potrait of a young woman hung behind the bar at Young and Jackson's- the pub opposite Flinders Street Station in Melbourne. She's quite famous, and has a very smooth Brazilian for her era.

    Thanks so much for the mention!!That's a great one (reading an Aussie author) to have on the list :)

  3. Holy hell Thea, that's an amazing list. I love our country :) I've got nothing to add, but will post this mock ad that kind of sums up a lot of Aust :)

  4. This has made me feel super patriotic! Might have to do the same thing on my blog xx

  5. Great list Thea! Many I have done and many I haven't. Seeing the Great Australian Bight in person is one thing you must do. The enormity is overwhelming! And breathtaking.

  6. Haha, that's fun and I've done a large amount of those things.

    But why on earth would you pat a pure-bred dingo??? Dangerous little buggers they are...


  7. I just counted them up and I've done 69 of those things. I'm feeling pretty Aussie right now mate.
    Oi Oi Oi!!!

  8. Make that 70. I just googled Tim Tam slam :)

  9. Well, living in America I haven't done these things. But I do love the movies Quigley Down Under, Crocodile Dundee, and Finding Nemo - does that count for something? :)

  10. lol ... you say "how embarrassment" as well. My wife does the same and it used to annoy the hell out of me! That should be an entry that you've used it in conversation!

  11. Great list, can I borrow for my blog?

  12. Cool list! Sorry it's taken me so long to visit you after you followed my blog recently.

    I feel very un-Austrayan... I have no idea what (the?) Blue Pole are??

  13. wow - I've done so many of these things!!!


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