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50+ Ripper Australian Quotes, Slang and Sayings

50+ Ripper Australian Quotes, Slang and Sayings

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I Cairns believe I’m in Australia!

A man’s home is his Newcastle.

Keep Palm Cove, and Carry On

A trip to Australia is always emu-sing.

We came to kangaroo-t on our favorite team.

I love Australia. I’m just wondering wallaby back?

Be careful climbing the bridge or you’ll brekkie your neck.

Sunsets and sweet views of Sydney.

I followed my heart, and it led me to Australia.

I’ll be lucky forever, because I get to call Australia my home.

Australian Quotes for Travel

“Being lost in Australia gives you a lovely sense of security.” – Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines

“Australia is about as far away as you can get. I like that.” – Andre Benjamin

“There’s an ease that I have living in Australia. The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine’s free, and the harbour’s free, and the beach is free.” – Russell Crowe

“One place I haven’t made it to – mainly because it’s so far away – is Australia, so I’d love to go there. I’ve heard great things about Australia and New Zealand.” – Stephen Pagliuca

“Summer in Adelaide: the nourishing and destructive golds, the soft fruit and the fire.” – Kerryn Goldsworthy

“I think Melbourne is by far and away the most interesting place in Australia, and I thought if I ever wrote a novel or crime novel of any kind, I had to set it here.” – Peter Temple

“I’ve been to Australia. I’ve met the devil, drank beer and snogged kangaroos.” – Alan Martin

“Australia is an outdoor country. People only go inside to use the toilet. And that’s only a recent development.” – Barry Humphries

“Australia is by far the driest, smallest, flattest, most infertile, climatically most unpredictable, and biologically most impoverished continent.” – Jared Diamond

“AUSTRALIA,  A country lying in the South Sea, whose industrial and commercial development has been unspeakably retarded by an unfortunate dispute among geographers as to whether it is a continent or an island.” – Ambrose Bierce

“After going to Australia, it’s hard to go anywhere after that. I want to move there. I’m obsessed with it.” – Nina Dobrev

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Australian outback quotes

“It was hard not to find something to do in a 10,000-hectare backyard. All that vastness under a big blue sky. All that unbridled freedom and glorious solitude. It was addictive and remains so.” – Nicole, Alexander

“The beauty of the air, from the air… You haven’t seen Australia unless you see it from the air. The coastline, the colours of the inland. The claypans, the forests. It’s just all so beautiful. You’d never see that from the road. People climb mountains to see these things. You see that every time you take off.” – Nancy, Bird-Walton

“I am lucky to live in an incredible place of deserts and ancient culture. Rugged country, at times harsh and unforgiving, but this facade crumbles every now and again to reveal the true delicacy of life in Desert Country…” – Peter Carroll

“I woke to heavy rain. Nothing particularly unusual about that apart from being in the desert, and it had been a 20-year dream to see Uluru with water pouring down her flanks. Arriving at Mutitjulu Waterhole carpark, I could see the water spider-webbing down and across the deep red rock. I stood in water shin deep beside the track, in awe of the magic I was witnessing… Birds were performing their morning chorus as usual but this time they were backed by a rhythm section of thousands of frogs. As I moved closer the ‘SHHHHHHHHHHSHHHHHH’ sound from the waterfalls and waterslides flowing over the rock chimed in, creating an orchestra and scene to touch anyone.” – Peter Carroll

“The hot wind, born amid the burning sand of the interior of the vast Australian continent, sweeps over the scorched and cracking plains, to lick up their streams and wither herbage in its path, until it meets the waters of the great south bay; but in its passage across the straits it is reft of its fire, and sinks, exhausted with its journey, at the feet of the terraced slopes of Launceston.” – Marcus Clarke

“It is not in our cities or townships, it is not in our agricultural or mining areas, that the Australian attains full consciousness of his own nationality; it is in places like this, and as clearly here as at the centre of the continent. To me the monotonous variety of this interminable scrub has a charm of its own; so grave, subdued, self centred; so alien to the genial appeal of more winsome landscape, or the assertive grandeur of mountain and gorge.” – Joseph Furphy

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Australian sayings & slang

Cuppa – this is the abbreviated form of the phrase “a cup of tea.”

Macca’s – Macca’s is the abbreviated version of McDonald’s.

Arvo – this comes from the word “afternoon.”  The abbreviated version ;).

Straya – An abbreviated version of Australia.

Footy – An abbreviated version of football.

Lappy – Laptop

Choccy – An abbreviated version of chocolate.

Biccy – when you get hungry, ask your friend for a biccy! Short for biscuit.

Bogan – see our article on What is a Bogan to find out more!

Quotes about Australian identity

“Australia is by far the driest, smallest, flattest, most infertile, climatically most unpredictable, and biologically most impoverished continent.” – Jared Diamond

“Australia is a phenomenally beautiful country, and every time I go away and come back, it never ceases to amaze me.” – David Denham

“There’s an expression in Australia that’s called ‘Go Bush,’ which means to get out of the city and relax. I try and ‘go bush’ to places where there’s no cell reception. But, I don’t get to do that often, so for the most part, it’s just a state of mind.” – Cate Blanchett

“In Europe and Australia, there is something called the Tall Poppy Syndrome: People like to cut the tall poppies. They don’t want you to succeed, and they cut you down – especially people from your own social class.” – Mark Burnett

“Australia is a nation of compassion. Courage and compassion. And the third of these great values: resilience.” – Kevin Rudd
Australia is not a secular country. It is a free country. This is a nation where you have the freedom to follow any belief system you choose.” – Scott Morrison

“With a strong focus on driver-partners and the community at large, we aim to create a high-quality and affordable travel experience for citizens and look forward to contributing to a healthy mobility ecosystem in Australia.” – Bhavish Aggarwal

“The people are immensely likable— cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn’t get much better than this.”― Bill Bryson

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Famous Australian Quotes

“It’s Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it’s human to do them.” – Hugh Mackay

“There is something about the Australian psyche that seems to like films that are slightly offbeat.” – Nick Park

“We are moving toward recognition of the first Australians in the Australian constitution.” Kevin Rudd

“Australians and the British are very similar: If you try and stand out in any way, and you try to reach for success, someone is gonna be there to cut you down.” – Joel Edgerton

“Australia lives with a strange contradiction – our national image of ourselves is one of the Outback, and yet nearly all us live in big cities. Move outside the coastal fringe, and Australia can feel like a foreign country.” – Kate Grenville

“In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents.” – Peter Garrett

“Australians are very provincial in many ways. If they feel that you’ve used them as a stepping stone to bigger things, they resent it.” – Graham Russell

“The Australian people want to help build this country into a great nation. This budget has not realized the capacity of the Australian people. It has underestimated them. It has let us down.” – Lionel Murphy

“The Australian accent is sort of like going down a step in smartness, you could say, because you guys pronounce things as they’re spelled. We add and abbreviate stuff.” – Callan Mcauliffe

“Australian seafarers make an important contribution to national security in a country with thousands of kilometres of uninhabited coastline.” – Anthony Albanese

Australia Day Quotes

“No matter what day we celebrate Australia Day, let’s celebrate it together and give thanks to the original inhabitants of this vast country. We are lucky to be sharing it with them.” – Jimmy Barnes

“Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage.” – Tony Abbott

“God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.” – Russell Crowe

“Australia is an absolutely fantastic country, but the only thing we lack is the ability to work harder.” – Dick Smith

“To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one’s mother.” – Barry Humphries

“The greatest and proudest moment moment of my life standing on the podium receiving the silver medal on behalf of myself and Australia.” – Graham Cheney

“It’s definitely different in the States. Americans are much different people compared to us. We’re much more laid back. I itch to get back to Australia every summer because it’s so fast paced there and so stressful.” – Andrew Bogut

“I’d like to be seen as an average Australian bloke. I can’t think of… I can’t think of a nobler description of anybody than to be called an average Australian bloke.” – John Howard

Sydney Australia Quotes

“Sydney is rather like an arrogant lover. When it rains it can deny you its love and you can find it hard to relate to. It’s not a place that’s built to be rainy or cold. But when the sun comes out, it bats its eyelids, it’s glamorous, beautiful, attractive, smart, and it’s very hard to get away from its magnetic pull.” – Baz Luhrmann

“There’s an ease that I have living in Australia. The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine’s free, and the harbour’s free, and the beach is free.” – Russell Crowe

“One of the most wonderful memories in my life was when I sang at the Opera House in Sydney. I will never forget that. It is one of the most beautiful Houses I have ever sung in my life.” – Nana Mouskouri

“One of the strangest experiences one can have is to sleep on stage, as I once did in Sydney when I’d lost the key to my flat. I had to stay at night in a bed, which conveniently was on stage because my character Sandy Stone did his monologue from a bed. To wake up looking at a shadowy auditorium is a very peculiar feeling.” – Barry Humphries

“Sydney’s beautiful, the weather’s great, and the air’s fresh and clean, but it doesn’t have the scene and the amount of likeminded people. At home, things are very comfortable, but I feel like putting myself out there a bit.” – Flume

“Sydney in the 1960s wasn’t the exuberant multicultural metropolis it is today. Out in the city’s western reaches, days passed in a sun-struck stupor. In the evenings, families gathered on their verandas waiting for the ‘southerly buster’ – the thunderstorm that would break the heat and leave the air cool enough to allow sleep.” – Geraldine Brooks

“A couple from Sydney or Melbourne might leave on the same day for their holiday: the wife might go sun-bathing at Surfers Paradise, in Queensland, the husband ski-ing in the Snowy Mountains. A lucky country.” – George Mikes
When I have a bad day, I dream about opening up a gelato stand on the streets of Sydney, Australia. Doesn’t everyone have a random escape fantasy?” – Nancy Lublin

“Sydney is full of the craziest and most talented artists of all kinds.” – Keiynan Lonsdale

“I didn’t really like my Sydney accent – nobody likes the sound of their own voice – and when I was a little younger tried to change my accent gradually. But I’ve only ever really lived in Sydney and Los Angeles, so I haven’t been influenced by the accents of some far-off land.” – Callan McAuliffe


Melbourne Australia Quotes

“Melbourne is very sophisticated and edgy – we wear a lot of black. Things are lightening up a little bit, but truly, everything looks good in black.” – Jessica Hart

“Sydney has taken my money, Melbourne has my respect, but Adelaide has taken my heart; I shall return.” – Miriam Gargoyles

“Melbourne is wonderfully altered since I last saw it. There are some very fair buildings in it now, and things are a little cheaper than they used to be.” – William John Wills

“I have visited Australia several times, and I always try to make a point of going to Melbourne because it’s almost my favorite city there, Melbourne and Sydney. But I shouldn’t say that because I haven’t been everywhere-and I’m very fond of Perth too!” – Jackie Collins

“Melbourne is the kind of town that really makes you consider the question ‘Is there life after death?” – Bette Midler

“On Melbourne summer mornings the green trams go rolling in stately progress down tunnels thick with leaves: the bright air carries along the avenue their patient chime, the chattering of their wheels.” – Helen Garner

“I think Melbourne is by far and away the most interesting place in Australia, and I thought if I ever wrote a novel or crime novel of any kind, I had to set it here.” – Peter Temple

Brisbane Australia Quotes

“Most of Australia’s leading thoroughbred enthusiasts are in Brisbane and the Gold Coast at the time of the year attending the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and enjoying the balmy Queensland winter weather.” – David Chester

“Australia is one of the few places that I can think of where the cities, at least those I’ve been to, seem to have strikingly different characters and visual textures. To an American like me, there’s basically Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and the rest is all bush.” – Michael Bierut

“Brisbane is so sleepy, so slatternly, so sprawlingly unlovely… It is simply the most ordinary place in the world…It was so shabby and makeshift … a place where poetry could never occur.” – David Malouf

“They have different accents in America ” Brisbane smiled. “Just as we do here.” I waved a hand. “They all sound alike to me.” – Deanna Rayburn

“My non American viewers. Who understand that the world does not consist solely of a single nation sailing across an infinite sea of migrant workers. Will no doubt have heard that the waters surrounding Brisbane got tired of waiting for people to hit the beach and decided to bring the party to us.” – Yahtzee Croshaw

“I might grow old in Brisbane, but I would never grow up.” – David Malouf


Perth Australia Quotes

“A lemon tree was nearly universal; other trees varied with climate – almond trees in Adelaide and Perth, plums and apples in Melbourne, choke vines and bananas in Sydney and Brisbane, a mango in Cairns, figs and loquats everywhere. For a few weeks, there was a gross overabundance of fruit and much trading (‘I’ll take some of your plums if you take some of my apples next month’).” ― George Seddon

“More real depravity, more shocking wickedness, more undisguised vice and immorality is to be witnessed at midday in the most public thoroughfares of Perth, with its population of 1500, than in any other city of fifty times its population, either in Europe or America.” ― Simon Adams, The Unforgiving Rope: Murder and Hanging on Australia’s Western Frontier

“I just think Australia tends to make very good movies, so if someone hands me an Australian or an American film script I would guess the Australian film would be more intriguing.” – Barbara Hershey


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