Social Life in Australia
The Australians are very laid back and few things truly
offend them, especially if they know you are foreign. However, being foreign shouldn't
be an excuse for naivety. The Australians are fairly liberal and are quite open-minded,
but they tend to be humble and act modestly.
As a visitor to Australia, try to follow local customs.
The best ways to follow suite is to follow the local restrictions on dress (see
below) and be aware of dining etiquette (see our
Australia Food & Dining Page for more information). Perhaps more important
than dressing and dining correctly is in your words as making any sort of derogatory
comment towards someone for the way they are dressed, their lifestyle, their language,
their religion, or race is frowned upon. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing
off wealth, or getting drunk in public, or at least noticeably drunk in public.
The Australians tend to dress in the western-style, but
some of the indigenous people have a vastly different dress. Also due to weather
variations and differing occasions, the people dress in numerous ways depending
on the situation and weather.