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You’ve been living in Australia for some time, but you’re uncertain as to whether you qualify as a local. Before you can call yourself a true blue Aussie, you must check off these customs, experiences, and traditions.

You have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef encompasses 344,400 square kilometers and is the world’s largest living organism. The natural phenomenon is visible from space and comprises 2,900 reefs and 900 islands. It is also home to 1,500 species of fish, as well as mammals, reptiles, and birds, and snorkeling there is breathtaking.

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The Great Barrier Reef is an excellent location for snorkeling | © WT-shared/WikiCommons

You have escaped a magpie attack.

Every spring, the magpie attacks pedestrians, cyclists, and dog walkers in an effort to defend its nestlings. These intelligent birds are capable of harboring grudges against their tormentors. If you see one, you should change your route and cross the street.

You’re Only An Australia Expert If You’ve Done These 17 ThingsYou have heard triple j on Australia Day.

While Australia Day remains a contentious holiday, there is no denying that the Hottest 100 is the perfect accompaniment to any Australia Day picnic, pool party, or barbecue. Each year, millions of people vote and then tune in to the countdown to find out which song was voted the most popular.

You’re Only An Australia Expert If You’ve Done These 17 ThingsYou’ve seen a Kangaroo

The kangaroo is one of Australia’s most recognizable symbols, but you don’t need to visit the outback or a zoo to see one. The marsupial is found in a variety of habitats throughout Australia, from Lucky Bay in Esperance, Western Australia, to Kangaroo Island, South Australia, and even on occasion in suburban streets.

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Kangaroo | ©Pexels/Pixabay

You’ve participated in Two Up on Anzac Day.

Two-up, a game popularized by the diggers during World War I, is played by tossing two coins into the air. Then, each player wagers on which direction the coins will land. In Victoria, the game is illegal except on Anzac Day. In New South Wales, the game is legalized on additional commemorative days.

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Anzac Day two-up | ©Newtown graffiti/Flickr

You’ve made a late-night McDonald’s run.

On the way home from a night out, when Australians feel peckish, they stop at McDonald’s and refuel with fries and burgers. This post-party ritual is known as a McD

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Maccas | ©Maksym Kozlenko/WikiCommons

You have made small talk with taxi drivers.

Some Australians consider it impolite to ride in the back of a taxi if they are alone. It is also probable that the taxi driver will initiate conversation. By the end of the journey, you will know everything about their life, family, and day.

You’re Only An Australia Expert If You’ve Done These 17 ThingsYou’ve eaten a Bunnings sausage

Australians adore home improvement and barbecues, which is why a visit to Bunnings Warehouse, Australia’s premier home improvement and hardware store, is incomplete without a snag wrapped in sliced bread.

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Bunnings sausage sizzle | © Henk Tobbe/WikiCommons

You have received or given a nickname.

If you have Australian friends, they have undoubtedly given you a nickname. And if you are fully assimilated into the culture, you have likely also given one. Davo for David, Shazza for Sharon, Johnno for John, and Loz for Lauren are some examples. Surnames may also be shortened, and it is not uncommon for radio, television, and sports celebrities to be referred to by their nicknames.

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You have used abbreviations.

In addition to nicknames, many other three-syllable proper nouns have a shortened colloquial alternative, but Australians tend to abbreviate almost everything. Australia, for instance, may be referred to as “‘Straya,” this afternoon is “s’arvo,” and a mosquito is a “mozzie.”

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You have consumed Christmas seafood.

In Australia, the holiday season, also known as silly season, occurs during the summer, so Christmas meals tend to be more festive. Despite the popularity of Christmas hams, many households will also serve seafood, such as prawn cocktails and platters of king, tiger, and giant banana prawns.

You’re Only An Australia Expert If You’ve Done These 17 ThingsYou have yelled a round.

Because Australia is an egalitarian society with a strong sense of mateship, friends frequently buy drinks for one another. If someone says, “I’ll shout this round” in a bar, it means they will pay for this round of drinks. Reciprocity is always highly valued.

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You eat Vegemite

According to a 2014 study, nearly half of Australians consume Vegemite daily. Vegemite is best enjoyed when spread thinly on toasted bread; unlike butter or jelly, it should not be applied liberally. Follow these guidelines and you too can be a “happy little Vegemite,” as the song goes.

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Vegemite | © Vincent Brown/Flickr

You’ve traveled to Bali for vacation.

Australia has had a love affair with Bali since the 1970s, and an estimated 1.14 million Australians visited the island nation in 2016. Due to its close proximity to Australia, the hospitable nature of the Balinese, and the abundance of affordable flight and lodging deals, first-time visitors adore the country.

You’re Only An Australia Expert If You’ve Done These 17 ThingsYou have requested a Flat White.

Since the 1980s, one of the most popular coffee orders in Australia has consisted of a shot of espresso and steamed milk, known as a flat white. The beverage has considerably less foam than a cappuccino and no cocoa powder.

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Flat white coffee | ©Katherine Lim/Flickr

You’ve flashed your headlights to alert other motorists.

It is customary to flash your high beams at other drivers to alert them of unmarked police cars, speed checks, and other hazards. Although the practice is illegal in some states, police in others accept it.

You’re Only An Australia Expert If You’ve Done These 17 ThingsYou’ve visited Uluru

Uluru is a World Heritage-listed rock formation in the Northern Territory that is revered by Indigenous Australians. The monolith, which is 600 million years old, extends 348 meters above sea level and an estimated six kilometers underground.

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Uluru | © skeeze/Pixabay

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