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What are the differences between Australia and Germany?

Australia is one of the most distant continents from Germany and has become more and more a popular holiday and emigration destination in recent years. We at apex social also offer you the chance to go down under for a year and work there as a social worker in host families!

Of course, many are wondering what is going on in the rumors about the fascinating country in the other hemisphere! Which is why we have tried to cover the most important differences between Germany and Australia here!

(Former) Area Director Yvonne is German and lived in Sydney Australia for 3 and a half years with her small family. Meanwhile back in Germany ūüėČSo she is the perfect contact person to clarify all questions!


Noosa National Park, Queensland

How big is Australia actually?

Let's just start with a few dry facts. The area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAustralia is 7,741,220km¬≤ in comparison, the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčGermany is just 357,380km¬≤

In return, you will be amazed by the number of inhabitants in Australia which is 24,211,000 and in Germany an incredible 82,488,000.

Perhaps one can use these facts to understand how the population density is distributed over the country of Australia. Most populated are the coastal areas and the larger cities such as Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Cairns.

How does it go with the seasons?

Since you are literally at the other end of the world here in Australia, the seasons are also very different. Mirrored, so to speak. Summer lasts from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August and spring from September to November.

In the northern states, the weather is usually warm, while in the southern states it gets quite cool in winter. It's a whole new feeling when you celebrate Christmas in short pants on the beach with a BBQ instead of in the snow and cold.

In some regions it is also customary to celebrate ‚ÄúChristmas in July‚ÄĚ ... here you can skate on specially prepared areas and enjoy hot drinks and sweet treats.

Hitting a Christmas tree in Australia
Christmas in summer

Are kangaroos really roaming free everywhere in Australia?

In my nearly 4 years in Australia, I have actually only seen kangaroos twice in the wild. In the more densely populated cities, they don't walk around on the streets, but if you leave the hustle and bustle of the cities and move more inland, you have a greater chance of observing animals in their natural habitat. This also includes wombats and koalas.

But also in the cities you can observe some typical Australian animal species, for example: cockatoos, oposums, lizards and fruit bats.

Poisonous animals lurk everywhere? And in huge sizes ?!

Hahaha… ..yes and no. I don't think there is any other country in which as many poisonous animals live as in Australia. When hiking in the bush, you should therefore always take some precautionary measures, sturdy shoes, if possible long trousers, do not walk through tall grass and always walk ahead with your eyes open. Usually even the poisonous animals like spiders or snakes are very scared and will rarely attack someone, but if they feel threatened it sometimes looks different.

Often, however, the size of an animal does not only have something to do with its toxicity. There are huge spiders that are as big as a hand (Huntsman) and like to stay in houses or hide under the sun visors in cars (especially pleasant when such an animal falls into your lap while driving at full speed ūüėČ), however are they so peaceful and do no harm to anyone. Some Australians even tolerate them in their homes because they destroy flies and cockroaches (which can take on unimagined sizes here and can also fly !!!!!!!!!!!).

In return, there are small black spiders with a red dot on their backs, therefore also called redback spiders, which are highly poisonous. Or tiny jellyfish in the sea (for this reason I would NEVER going into the water on a deserted beach)

On the whole, however, you get used to this fact very quickly! And what seems rather scary at the beginning is felt to be completely normal after a while!

Warning sign on the beach
Giant caterpillar

How is car traffic going in Australia?

If you have been driving your car in Germany regularly, you will get used to left-hand traffic very quickly. Most of the rules in road traffic are very identical to the German ones. Many cars drive here with automatic, which makes the whole thing even easier.

For me personally, the only big difference is the speed limit, which even here on motorways never exceeds 110 / kmh.

What currency do you actually have in Australia?

In Australia, the Australian dollar is used to pay. The current price (as of August 2018) is currently:

1 AU $ = 0.63 euros

Again, everything is opposite, the 50 cent piece is the largest coin and the $ 2 piece is the smallest. Again, it depends on where exactly you live in Australia, Sydney leads the way with the amount of maintenance costs.

Alcohol rules in Australia?

In contrast to the USA, you can buy alcohol in Australia from the age of 18, but it is only sold in restaurants, pubs and the so-called "Liquor Stores or Bottle Shops". In restaurants that do not have a license, you are often allowed to bring your own alcoholic beverages. These restaurants can be recognized by a special sign attached to the front door that reads "BYO - Bring Your Own". However, as in the USA, alcohol consumption in public is not permitted, either on the street or on the beach can result in high fines if disregarded!

I also have to say personally that alcohol is relatively expensive here in Australia. You can easily pay your $ 8 for a beer in a bar.

Typical bottle shop in Australia

Shopping hours in Germany vs. Australia

It's easy to get used to the opening times in Australia. It is a luxury that the shops, grocery markets and most of the malls are open 7 days a week. Most shops close at 6 p.m. at the latest. However, grocery stores such as Woolworth, IGA or Aldi are usually open until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. in some large cities even around the clock.

Let's talk about food ...

I am an absolute lover of bread and that is something I miss very much here. Of course you can also get good rye bread here, but that also has its price. This is actually how it looks with most things: "Whoever searches will find!" In many cities there is the German chain Aldi, where you can find many beloved things from home. Most of all, Germans miss bread and quark here again and again. And although it is sunny most of the time, there is a lack of really good ice here.

Anyone in Australia cannot avoid trying a few typical specialties, especially Vegemite. This is a brown, almost black paste in a jar. Australian children put it thinly on their sandwiches almost every day. From the sight and the consistency, you might think it's a delicious chocolate spread. You quickly notice that this doesn't apply at all, it tastes more like Maggi that has become hard. In addition, the Aussis love their Sausage Rolls and Meatpies. This is a piece of meat rolled into a kind of puff pastry.

It is also understandable that the BBQ is used here all year round, with so many sunny days. People like to grill here very often, mostly beef or lamb ends up on the grill. Charcoal barbecues are very rare and gas is used for barbecuing, as Australia is very dry due to the persistent heat and dangerous forest fires can occur very quickly.

Typical Australian food: fish and chips

How are the Aussies in contrast to us Germans?

I cannot and would not like to present any specific differences here, because there is no such thing as THE GERMAN. Everyone has their own special way of doing things, and yes, many things just run much slower and more relaxed here.

What is extremely noticeable, however, is the friendliness and helpfulness here in Australia. From the bus driver to the lady at the cash register. You are greeted friendly everywhere and asked how you are, although I think that this is a mere politeness phrase. Australians like small talk.

But on the whole, just like in Germany, you can find all kinds of people here.

New Years Eve on Coogee Beach

Thank you Yvonne for your great informative and honest answers!
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