Etiquette

  • Greetings Usually a simple 'G'day' or 'Howzitgoin?' suffices. Shake hands with men or women when meeting for the first time. Most Australians expect a firm handshake with eye contact. However, when visiting an Aboriginal community this can be seen as overbearing. Here, a soft clasp with little arm movement and virtually no eye contact can be expected. The best advice is to take it as it comes and respond in like manner.
  • Shout Australians like to take it in turn to buy (shout) a round of drinks for the group and everyone is expected to take part.
  • Alcohol Check whether alcohol rules apply when visiting a community. You may be breaking the law even with unopened bottles in your vehicle.