10 More Signs That I’m Back in Australia

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I recently reflected on 10 signs that remind me I’m back in Australia: my home country, the country I’ve lived away from for the past 12 years and the country I’ve grown to appreciate the more I travel around the world.

But it’s not just the literal signs I’ve noticed – the wildlife road signs, the creative danger signs or the straight-to-the-point ‘children don’t bounce’ speed warning – it’s the change in my own behaviour.  I guess the old saying “you can take a girl out of Australia, but you can’t take Australia out of the girl” is true.  And you know what?  I find that a comforting thought!

10 More Signs That I’m Back in Australia

1. I drive in the city listening to Triple J on the radio, but feel an irresistible urge to play Midnight Oil on outback road trips


2. I schedule my social life around the TV coverage of Essendon’s matches and rediscover my Aussie Rules passion – but need to have this new ‘subs’ rule explained to me

3. I can use the word “thongs” in sentences such as “I’m wearing my thongs to the park” without getting strange stares

4. Beetroot becomes a key ingredient in all of my sandwiches


5. I ask “how are ya” without expecting a reply

6. Ugg Boots are worn inside to keep warm instead of outside as a fashion statement – and are affordable

7. I continue to look at the nutrition label on supermarket items but happily buy a meat pie for lunch without questioning the ingredients


8. I understand the question ‘do you want chicken salt on that’ as I order a cup of hot chips – and of course reply “yes”

9. I find everything incredibly expensive and watch the exchange rate decimate my British Pounds savings

10. I finally understand why so many Australians are frustrated and irritated by our political leaders


Are you an expat?  Does your behaviour become ‘more Australian’ when you return?


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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com


  1. Haha I briefly lived in Melbourne a while back and I couldn’t agree with these more!

  2. Love it! Miss the meat pies and sangers at the local bakery – has been far too long since my last visit! Mind you, I planned my schedule more around the NRL – but what can I say, I lived in NSW! And I totally miss beetroot on my burgers!

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