Useful Phrases in Australia

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Useful Australian Phrases

Obviously Australians speak English, but at times you will wonder. They have their own unique brand of slang, and if you come prepared you'll have no worries when it comes to getting along with the locals! Aussies have a tendency to shorten words. For example, "we'll meet up this arvo" meaning "we'll meet up this afternoon", and "let's have a barbie" meaning "let's have a barbeque." Simple really...

Below are a few useful phrases to get you started:


Ace! - Excellent! Very good!
Amber fluid - Beer
Ambo - Ambulance, ambulance driver
Arvo - Afternoon
Aussie - Australian
Aussie salute - Brushing away flies with the hand


Barbie - Barbecue (noun)
Bathers - Swimming costume
Beaut, beauty - Great, fantastic
Big Smoke - A big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne
Bizzo - Business ("mind your own bizzo")
Bonzer - Good ("you've done a bonzer job")
Boomer - A large male kangaroo
Boozer - A pub
Budgie smugglers - Men's bathing costume
Bush - The hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
Bush telly - Campfire

One of the true sterotypes: the Aussies love a good barbie!


Chewiev - Chewing gum
Chokkie - Chocolate
Chook - A chicken
Click - Kilometre - it's 10 clicks away
Corker - Something excellent


Dag - A funny person
Derro - A local teenager
Drink with the flies - To drink alone
Dunny - Outside lavatory
Durry - Tobacco, cigarette


Esky - Large insulated food/drink container for picnics / barbecues
Exy - Expensive


Fair dinkum - True, genuine
Flick - To give something or somebody the flick, as in to get rid of it or him/her
Full - Drunk
Furphy - False or unreliable rumour


G'Day - Hello!
Galah - Fool, silly person
Good oil - Useful information, a good idea, the truth
Goon - Wine
Grog - Liquor, beer
Grundies - Undies, underwear


Hooroo - Goodbye


Jackaroo - A male trainee station manager or station hand
Jillaroo - A female trainee station manager or station hand
Joey - Baby kangaroo


Liquid laugh - Vomit
Lunch, who opened their? - OK, who farted?


Milk bar - Corner shop that sells takeaway food
Moolah - Money
Mozzie - Mosquito

Aussies hanging out at a little known landmark


Nipper - Young surf lifesaver


Ocker - An unsophisticated person


Pink slip, get the - Get the sack
Pom, pommy, pommie - An Englishman


Rack off - Push off! get lost!
Rage - Party
Ripper, you little! - Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news
Roadie - A beer you buy to take away with you


Sanger - A sandwich
Servo - Petrol station
Sheila - A woman
Slab - A carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Smoko - Smoke or coffee break
Spunk - A good looking person
Strewth - Exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke")


Thongs - Cheap rubber backless sandals
Tinny - Can of beer
Togs - Swim suit
Tucker - Food

We know them as flipflops, the Aussies know them as thongs


Ute - Utility vehicle, pickup truck


Walkabout - It's gone, it's lost, it can't be found
Whacker, whacka - Idiot; somebody who talks drivel


Yabber - Talk (a lot)
Yakka - Work