Aussie Lingo {Australia 2015}

DSC_1875We are still sorting through our photos, but we are excited to re-live our two weeks in the land down under through the moments we captured and will share with you. (The above photo was taken in HDR painting mode on the dSLR. It is taken from Observatory Hill Park looking out toward Darling Harbour. Sydney Harbour Bridge (where the first New Years fireworks happen) is on the right-hand side.)

If you are planning a trip to Australia (or anywhere really), I would highly suggest looking up some of their lingo beforehand. There are common words that we use here in the United States that should NOT be used in other places. A simple search for “country-you’re-traveling-to lingo” will help you avoid awkward situations in your time abroad (or in other states)!!

Of course, there are lots of sites that have more terms, but these were the common ones that we kept hearing and using through our time there:

  • elevator = lift
  • string cheese = cheesy peelers
  • ketchup = tomato sauce
  • bathrooms = toilets
  • avocado = avo
  • stroller = pram
  • popsicle = paddle pop
  • breakfast = brekkie
  • drug store = chemist shop
  • apartment = unit
  • garbage/trash can = rubbish bin
  • takeout = takeaway

Other frequently used terms:

  • Cheers
  • Mate
  • No worries
  • G’day
  • How you going?

Brand name

  • Burger King = Hungry Jack’s
  • Rice Krispies = Rice Bubbles


  • Cairns = cans
  • tomato = toe-mah-toe (short a sound)
  • basil = bah-zel
  • Circular Quay (main ferry/bus/train terminal) = circular key

Related Posts: Traveling with Kids | Australia Trip 2015 Recap

2 thoughts on “Aussie Lingo {Australia 2015}

  1. I never heard Cheesy Peelers – that’s fun! I would also add “top up” to the list (fill up). And the difference between tea and supper! If we were invited to someone’s house for tea, we knew to come hungry as they would be serving dinner. If we were invited over for supper, we knew to eat first because they would only be serving snacks/dessert. And tea (dinner) is totally different from morning tea, which is just a biscuit and coffee/tea. They take their snack breaks seriously, too!

    • There’s not as many cheese choices as here (I didn’t notice much anyway, but we also weren’t looking), but the girls loved their cheesy peelers. :p I guess we never had to top up anything, so we didn’t use that one. hehe And yes on the snacks/tea/supper!! I was just explaining supper and dinner to the girls because Emily saw something about it when she was reading Meet Felicity (American Girl book). The girls went to high tea for the first time when we were there…definitely did not have dinner after that. 🙂

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