Things in Australia that made me smile: Aussie Signs

I have yet to finish mining our trip Down Under!

Road Signs

Although we didn’t drive as much this time as on our last trip to Australia, the roadside messages still amused me. Australians think nothing of driving long distances and those roads can be soporific. To keep drivers on their toes, signs wisely exhort you to stop every two hours or to pull over and take a nap if you’re feeling sleepy. But they mix it up all the time and I love their ingenuity.

You’ll see plenty of this sign, white letters underlined on a red background, which surely must strike fear into anyone reading it.

Wrong way, go back!

Here’s just a few of the other ones we’ve seen:-
  • Cut your speed, don’t make a grave mistake (accompanied by picture of a headstone)
  • Sore eyes? Powernap now!
  • A 15 minute powernap could save your life
  • Open your eyes fatigue kills
  • Droopy eyes? Powernap now!
  • Yawning? A microsleep can kill!
  • Don’t sleep and drive.
  • Open your eyes fatigue kills.
  • Drowsy drivers die.
  • Stop. Revive. Survive.
  • Survive this drive.
  • Fatigue is fatal.
  • Only sleep cures fatigue.
  • Vicroads ask passengers to share the driving.

In that last sign it rather assumes that the passengers all have driving licences!

But it’s not just road signs that bring a smile to my face. Traffic lights exhort you to “Give Way to PEDS”, short for pedestrians, not performance enhancing drugs.

Entertainment and Shop Signs

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Last year I wondered what the hell are or is “Pokies,” they’re everywhere in Australia. I looked them up on Google which provides two explanations. In this case, the signs refer to Poker machines. Of course, I should have guessed with the Aussie love of abbreviating words and then making them end in “ies” such as Barbies, tinnies and so on and so forth. But how was a girl to know? While the signs are everywhere, I’ve yet to see one of the machines. Or maybe I have and assumed it was a cigarette vending machine?

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Tattoos are very popular in Australia and there’s plenty of tattoo parlours. So when I kept seeing signs for “Tatts” I assumed it was shorthand for tattoos but no, it’s the name of the Australian Lottery.

Australians also like to display their sense of humour with signs such as these:-

Aussies are really serious about their coffee and it's excellent
Aussies are really serious about their coffee and it’s universally excellent

 

Fishing is a hugely popular sport Down Under
Fishing is a hugely popular sport Down Under

Now you can understand my concern about sharks and why I won’t swim in Australian waters.

They take their food seriously too
They take their food seriously too

 

Though Indian Pizza is a step too far
Though Indian Pizza is a step too far

 

My father-in-law was G Whatley and he's got two sons so this shop sign rather tickled our fancy
My father-in-law was G Whatley and he’s got two sons so this shop sign rather tickled our fancy

 

Australia tries hard to be PC but see what I spotted in a shop front
Australia tries hard to be PC but see what I spotted in a shop front
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7 thoughts on “Things in Australia that made me smile: Aussie Signs

  1. Haha, this post made me laugh. Who knew even within the English language, things could be so different!

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  2. Quirky and fun post. The road signs get me! In the Himachal region in India, the Border Road Organisation put up signs that go thus: “Do not me nag me as I am driving/ Instead turn your head/ And enjoy the nature, charming.” Or, “Darling I want you/ But not so fast.”

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  3. I’ve never visited India but it sounds as if the road signs are in a similar vein. That’s one of the wonderful things about travelling, you see things that are different from your normal everyday and many are charming, quirky and very much of their place.

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