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Australian Lingo - Australia Gap Year Destination Guide



Know the slang!

Make sure you are fully prepared for your gap work adventure in Australia and fit in by knowing and understanding the local terms. It will be important that you know that “snags” go on the BBQ and that if you are surfing for the first time in Australia you may get called a “shark biscuit” by the locals!

Read our guide to the most popular slang terms in Australia to help you on your way.


  • Banana bender – person from Queensland (we have no idea!)
  • Bastard – a term of endearment apparently
  • Battler – someone who works hard on low pay
  • Bitzer – a mongrel dog (bits of this, bits of that)
  • Bloody oath – certainly!
  • Bludger – blagger
  • Bonzer – great!
  • Brizzie – short for Brisbane
  • Click – kilometre
  • Crook – poorly
  • Dill – prat
  • Dipstick – origin of "dippy"
  • Drongo – idiot
  • Durry – cigarette
  • Drum – info, as in grapevine
  •  Feral – someone a bit alternative
  •  Galah – fool. Named after the bird which flies south in winter (when its hot in Oz)
  • Going off – banging, as in "the party was banging"
  • Grog – booze
  • Hoon – hooligan
  • Kangaroo loose in top paddock – few sandwiches short of a full picnic
  • Liquid laugh – puke
  • The lucky country – Australia, presumably for having so many Brits visiting
  • Moolah – cash
  • Ocker – pleb
  • Pommy – Brit
  • Pommy shower – using deodorant without bothering to shower
  • Rage – having it large
  • Rapt – pleased as punch
  • Sandgroper – someone from Western Australia
  • Shark Biscuit – novice surfer
  • Shonky – dodgy
  • Slab – 24 cans of lager
  • Snag – sausage
  • Spunk – totty
  • Station – a big farm
  • Strides – trousers
  • Tall poppies – successful people
  • Thongs – flip flops
  • Top end – northernmost bit of Oz
  • Tucker – food
  • Ute – Utility vehicle
  • Wowser – boring person
  • Yakka – work