Shops, restaurants, and other public areas may have very limited opening hours from what you’re used to at home, even in major metropolitan areas like Sydney. Most shops open at 9am and close at 5pm each day (shorter hours on weekends) but some areas may have ‘late-night’ opening hours where shops stay open later. Major stores, such as supermarkets and department stores, often stay open late each night and some are even open 24 hours a day. Restaurants and pubs typically stay open until 9pm or later each night. It’s always a good idea to do a quick Google search for store opening hours if you’re unsure.
Sports and exercise
Australians love sport, and you’ll soon find out that following the ‘footy’, or Australian Rules Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union, is practically a way of life here. Other sports, like soccer, cricket, basketball, and tennis are very popular among Australians from all walks of life.
Outside of keeping up with professional sports, you’ll find that Australians are a very active society and many enjoy playing recreational sports, swimming, jogging or gym training in their free time.
Australia has a very social drinking culture, and it is totally normal to be asked out for beers on a Friday night or after long day at work. You may find that people in Australia drink alcohol more regularly than in your home country, and bars, pubs and clubs are all popular places to spend time with friends, especially on the weekends. Drinking responsibly and in moderation is strongly advised.
Know that those who are under the age of 18 are not allowed to smoke, drink alcohol, or enter bars and pubs.
Keep these tips in mind as you adjust to life down under and you’ll be enjoying the footy with your new mates in no time.