10 Things Australians Don’t Get Shocked By

Australians are known for being laid back people despite, or because of, living in an incredibly harsh environment. Not only are the weather and the animals tough, but so are the distances, financial taxes and the strange place names. All this gives you a thick skin and a high tolerance. So when others complain about the heat or the dangerous animals, Australians will just give a shrug. But these aren’t the only things that don’t faze us.

Heat Waves

England announced a ‘heat wave’ of 35 degrees Celsius earlier this month. The average Australian laughed – we’re used to 10 degrees higher than that in the height of a southern summer! As well as no rain for years. 35 degrees would be quite nice.

Very Long Flights

The average flight from Sydney to Singapore is nine hours, same to Hawaii, and to Dallas on the ‘longest flight in the world’ it can sometimes be 16 (15 if you have a good tail wind). So two hours is nothing – you can fly from Sydney to New Zealand in that time!

Killer Animals

Australia may not have bears or mountain lions, but we’ve generally got the odd poisonous snake in the backyard and any number of spiders in the house. And you can’t go swimming at any beach in Australia without a high possibility of coming face-to-face with a deadly jellyfish. Forget sharks, you can see them coming!