Etiquette

  • Greetings Greet both men and women by shaking hands or a kiss/air kiss for friends (it's not custom for straight Aussie blokes to kiss each other though).
  • Dinner Bring wine, flowers or chocolates if you are invited to someone's house for a meal.
  • Restaurants Splitting restaurant bills is standard practice.
  • Parties If you're asked to 'bring a plate' to a party, it means bring food.
  • Public Transport Offer seats on crowded buses, trains and ferries to older people or parents with kids.
  • Bargaining Not usual in shops but sometimes OK at some markets.
  • Escalators Stand on the left, walk on the right.