Things I dislike about living in Australia
I have been living in Oz for 4 years and love it here except for 5 things that really irritate me.
Remember this is the lucky country so I reckon that everything should run pretty smoothly, no excuses.
That’s quite naive coming from an old goat like me who should know better but like my wife tells me I never learn.
So here are my five gripes I have about living in Australia.
1) The time difference in Sydney
It never worried me before but with the soccer world cup happening right now I will miss watching most of the games especially now that it’s the quarterfinals.
Live coverage for the first game is at 1.00am and the second game 3.00am. For now, Australia is a nation of sleep-deprived zombies with nobody making much sense.
It gets worse because the tennis at Wimbledon has just started with live screening starting on TV at 8.30 pm till very late or early morning.
Of coarse, living in Australia and watching the Springboks play in SA at 4.00am in the morning is just not on for a sleepy fellow like me.
2)There are too many good surfers
It seems to me that practically everyone in Australia is a surfer. That’s OK because there are plenty of beautiful beaches with great surf breaks along almost the entire coast of Australia.
If you live in or near a city then the local beaches do get really crowded and I find it difficult to catch my fair share of waves I feel I’m entitled to. So, what’s the problem you may ask?
Well, every surfer here is so bloody awesome, pulling off moves that make me feel like a grommet. No worse actually because even the grommets are fantastic. Some of the moves they pull off are simply outrageous.
Oh well, maybe I’ll get to their standard in my next life.
3) Trying to decide where to holiday
Because I love the sea I try to take my holidays at different destinations along the coast.
My wife and I have traveled in either a camper van or towing our caravan along the coast touching on a few towns inland from Cairns in Queensland, Sydney in NSW to Melbourne on the south coast of Victoria. We have also traveled the coast from Margret River to Perth, Western Australia.
Places we love include:
- Mission Beach, Airlie Beach, Seventy Seven Bay and Noosa Heads in Queensland.
- Byron Bay, Yamba, Crescent Head (a really great surf point break), Nelson Bay and Merimbula in New South Wales.
- Spectacular Mallacoota in South Victoria.
- Margret River, Busselton and Mandurah Southern WA.
There are still so many places to see in this huge country and deciding where to go next is driving me nuts. I hate making these kind of decisions.
4) The dangerous insect and animal hype
I hate hearing about all the dangerous spiders and snakes with poisons that are designed to kill humans a thousand times over with each bite or sting and making everyone live in fear of them.
Yes, people are bitten by spiders every now and then, often because they ignore all the danger signs, but none are fatal.
The feared red back or funnel-web spider last killed someone, and I quote:-
“There have been no deaths in Australia from a confirmed spider bite since 1979, according to the Australian Museum.
An effective antivenom for redback spiders was introduced in 1956, and one for funnel-web spiders in 1980. They are the only two spiders that have caused deaths in Australia in the past.”
Now the Eastern brown snake is another customer altogether and people seem to die from their bite at a regular interval. Still not as often as the old days because the anti-serum is freely available.
5) Understanding Aussies
I hate it when Aussies don’t understand me.
You would think that for me it should be a no-brainer especially as I grew up in an English-speaking environment.
Not so! This is because there are so many immigrants living in Australia and they all speak with different flavours of the English language.
Even Aussies, depending on where they grew up, speak English with different accents. Some of them are very hard to understand.
I always thought I spoke correct, but not quite the Queens English. Now I realise that my Cape Town English accent is very foreign to many Aussies which is why I often get the quizzical look.
I need to try harder so I’m going to hang out with more true-blue Aussies (like the bogans next door). This could be the answer to me loving living in Australia even more.