20 People Who Visited Australia Were Asked: 'What Was The Most Surprising Thing You Saw?'

Oh, Australia. The land of vegemite, kangaroos, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Non-Aussies of Reddit were asked: "When you visited Australia, what was the most unexpected thing you saw there?" These are some of the best answers.

1/20 I used to think the best days of my life might involve marriage, children, maybe career success. Then visiting my brother in Perth I saw a pelican do a massive fly-by shit on a toddler's head. Game over.


2/20 I remember getting off the plane and just noticing that the colors were all different. Felt like the sun was brighter and the sky bluer. (might have been because we left Germany in winter and arrived in summer) but also, the silvery green of the Eucalyptus trees is a color we don't get here.


3/20 The attitude towards Americans. In Europe, I often felt like I was apologizing for being American, but in Australia, the attitude was completely different and very positive.


4/20 I'm gonna have to check in with most unexpected thing I didn't see. I'm arachnophobic, I visited Australia for 2 weeks and didn't see a single spider.


5/20 The distances between cities. Holy shit. You can drive for 7 hours straight and pass through 3 measly cities with ~5000 inhabitants.


6/20 Everybody I met was happy. Coming from Glasgow, Scotland, this was a massive culture shock.


7/20 The coolest thing I think though was how well British and Australian attitudes mesh. It's like we were designed to take the piss out of each other.


8/20 How casual Australians act around local wildlife was the most surprising thing for me (german) when I went there.

Lots of little jellyfish in the water close to Sydney harbour? Guy walks into the water, picks one up with both hands, walks up to us like "Guys I haven't seen those before, anyone know what kind that is?"

Cliff jumping with Aussies, see water below us foam up a bit. "Looks like sharks. Ah it's probably just small ones, they won't do shit".

Big ass spider inside a construction site I was working on. Like, big enough to drop a magical sword if you kill it. Asked my boss about it. "Nah leave her alone, it's the house spider. She's not dangerous!". When I asked whether "not dangerous" meant those kinds of spiders aren't venomous he answered "Nah we'd still have to drive you to the emergency room. But like, not as fast as we'd have to with other spiders". Ok thanks boss.

Stuff like that really makes me wonder how many of the people I've met there are still alive today.


9/20 I thought people were joking when talking about "drop bears"... They're real and I barely survived.


10/20 Moved to country Australia from NZ at age 14, and of all things I remember being astonished at how fucking huge the sky seemed, because the land was so flat and vast compared to where I'd come from. The horizon just stretched on forever!


11/20 People's generally much more positive attitude towards life than where I come from. Huge amounts of immigrants from Asia and Africa, the people seem happy with it and I love it! I know there's the whole Claim Australia Back movement but you've got it nicely under control.


12/20 How close you could get to the wildlife in wildlife parks. I didn't really expect to be feeding kangaroos, wallabies, and emus from my hand.


13/20 Went in to buy more appropriate footwear in my first few days, and I was convinced the shopgirl was flirting with me. Bought something else in another shop, and more flirting. Another shop and the same thing.

Turns out they weren't flirting. They were just naturally being really friendly. Smiling and being interested in me for no other reason than because that's just how you do things.

I ended up taking a job going door to door selling things and I was amazed how few times I was told to fuck off.


14/20 Drive through alcohol shop.


15/20 Frogs in the toilet was a surprise, increased numbers of frogs when flushing was a bigger surprise. You couldn't see the water for the frogs.


16/20 Astronomer here- the moon is backwards!

To explain, in the northern hemisphere when the moon is waxing, it fills up from the right side to the left, then when it wanes it goes from the same direction. In Australia, on the other hand, the waxing crescent starts on the left.

It took me a moment to realize what exactly I was seeing, and I was absolutely tickled pink once I figured out why it was the way it was. :)


17/20 The animals are different colours. I spent a whole Saturday afternoon walking around a park looking at black swans and black and white crows of some sort, admiring their feathers.


18/10 A sign on the beach saying "beware of snakes".


19/20 Your cross walks. The CLANGA-CLANGA-CLANGA is terrifying the first few times.


20/20 Free BBQ grills everywhere. In city parks, national parks, rest stops both in cities and in the middle of nowhere. There's probably more BBQ grills than public toilets in Australia.



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