Jun 18

How Aussie are You?

Parliament House Flag, CanberraI found this meme at Tina Gray {dot} Me, who apparently borrowed it from Flawed. It’s like the circle of life, but with blog content rather than cute animated Disney characters.

So here goes, I’ve highlighted all the one’s I’ve completed and added some extra comments in brackets here and there (you might want to remove these if you copy & paste the list for your blog). I have a score of  67/102, which is probably better than I expected.

How many of these things have you done?

  1. Heard a kookaburra in person. (I’ve also had a sausage stolen from my plate at a BBQ by a kookaburra)
  2. Slept under the stars.
  3. Seen a koala.
  4. Visited Melbourne. (I’m guessing changing planes at Melbourne airport doesn’t count)
  5. Watched a summer thunderstorm.
  6. Worn a pair of thongs.
  7. Been to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)
  8. Visited Cape York.
  9. Held a snake.
  10. Sang along with Khe San. (in a pub while drinking beer. Doesn’t get more Aussie than that)
  11. Drank VB.
  12. Visited Sydney.
  13. Have seen a shark.
  14. Have used Aussie (and NZ) slang naturally in a conversation.
  15. Had an actual conversation with an indigenous Australian (Aboriginal). (Not sure why this is particularly ‘Aussie’, as Indigenous Australians can be found all around the world. To round this point out, I should also note that I have had conversations with Australian’s of a variety of cultural backgrounds including Serbian, Greek, US, Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Tongan, German, Canadian, Vietnamese and too many others to mention.)
  16. Eaten hot chips from the bag at the beach.
  17. Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  18. Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down.
  19. Seen Chloe in Young & Jackson’s.
  20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.
  21. Been to Sydney’s Mardi Gras
  22. Have gone bush-bashing.
  23. Taken a sickie.
  24. Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football.
  25. Have seen wild camels. (both camels in the wild and angry camels – do I get to count this twice?)
  26. Gone skinny dipping.
  27. Done a Tim Tam Slam.
  28. Ridden in a tram in Melbourne.
  29. Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service. (I’ve been to ANZAC services, just not at dawn. My dad used to run two-up games on ANZAC day, so I should get bonus points for that)
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (I’ve seen the sunrise/set over both the Pacific & Indian oceans)
  31. Held a wombat.
  32. Been on a roadtrip of 800km or more. (biggest Aussie roadtrip has been almost 10,000km)
  33. Seen the Great Australian Bight in person.
  34. Had a really bad sunburn.
  35. Visited an Aboriginal community.
  36. Seen a redback spider. (several times, unfortunately)
  37. Have watched Paul Hogan.
  38. Seen Blue Poles in person. (and discussed how much it cost and whether it was worth it)
  39. Wandered barefoot in the bush/outback.
  40. Eaten Vegemite.
  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.
  47. Seen dinosaur footprints.
  48. Eaten Tim Tams.
  49. Been to Darwin.
  50. Touched a kangaroo.
  51. Visted the Great Barrier Reef.
  52. Listened to Kevin Bloody Wilson. (not by choice, so maybe I shouldn’t count this one)
  53. Killed a Cane Toad.
  54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.
  55. Have read and own books by Australian authors. (I’ve even talked to several Aussie authors, so I should get bonus points for this one)
  56. Visited Adelaide.
  57. Know the story behind “Eternity”.
  58. Been camping. (I didn’t enjoy it, but I have done it, so that counts)
  59. Visited Brisbane.
  60. Been in an outback pub.
  61. Know what the term “Waltzing Matilda” actually means.
  62. Gone whale watching.
  63. Listened to Slim Dusty (My husband’s Nan had a photo of herself with Slim on her 90th Birthday party invitations)
  64. Own five or more Australian movies or TV series. (I even have season 1 of Skippy. That kangaroo could do everything)
  65. Sang along to Down Under. (Khe Sahn & Down Under mentioned. What about singing along to Gangajang’s ‘Sounds of Then. That should count too, right?)
  66. Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road. (Banjo Paterson’s memorial and the Burke & Wills tree)
  67. Eaten a 4′n’20 pie.
  68. Surfed at Bondi. (I haven’t surfed anywhere despite growing up on the coast. I have been to Bondi though, so maybe a 1/2 point for this one)
  69. Watched the cricket on Boxing Day. (also watched the start of the Sydney to Hobart and don’t forget watching The Race at Bathurst in October)
  70. Visited Hobart.
  71. Eaten kangaroo. (and emu and crocodile and camel)
  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.
  78. Visited Kata Tjuta
  79. Used native Australian plants in cooking.
  80. Visited the snow.
  81. Chosen a side in Holden VS Ford.
  82. Visited the desert.
  83. Been water skiing
  84. Read The Phantom.
  85. Visited Parliament House. (Old & New)
  86. Gone spotlighting or pig-shooting. (For those that know me, I’m not kidding. I really have done this)
  87. Crossed the Nullarbor. (I’m guessing flying over it in a plane doesn’t count)
  88. Avoided swimming in areas because of crocodiles.
  89. Listened to AC/DC.
  90. Called someone a dag.
  91. Voted in a Federal Election.
  92. Have been swimming and stayed between the flags.
  93. Had a possum in your roof.
  94. Visited the outback.
  95. Travelled over corrugated roads.
  96. Hit a kangaroo while driving.
  97. Been well outside any mobile phone coverage.
  98. Seen an emu.
  99. Have woken to the smell of bushfires.
  100. Subscribed to RRR.
  101. Patted a pure-bred dingo.
  102. Seen the Oils live.

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  1. Suzie

    I’ve been told I’m un-Australian as I don’t like sport, but 42/102 shows I’m at least partly Australian.

    Some of my comments were the same as yours and others were very similar so it’ll look like I’m stalking you.
    .-= Suzie´s last blog ..How Aussie are You? =-.

    1. Susan

      I’m the same Suzie – I was surprised that I came out with such a high score. I guess 6 years of living in a country town and a road trip through central Australia helped bump my score up a little.

      Thanks for joining in.

  2. Holly

    I only got 31 :S
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..How Aussie Are You? =-.

  3. Annie from Gold Coast Australia

    I just had to have a tilt at this myself, and I am a POM, though nearly 21 years in OZ. I was quite impressed by my results 64/102.

    Love this blog, glad I came across it, have bookmarked for more visit!

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Annie from Gold Coast Australia
    .-= Annie from Gold Coast Australia´s last blog ..Things That Make You Australian =-.

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