Relocating to Australia is a dream for many Brits, with many choosing to move down under every year.
The obvious benefits of being close to the beach in glorious weather, along with a more relaxed lifestyle, make for a very appealing change.
However, there are some added cultural differences that may take time to get used to if you make the move from the UK to Australia.
TikTok user @beaugoespro took to the platform to document the aspects of Australian life that were most different compared to Britain after living in Melbourne.
First up, Beau revealed he was shocked by the fact that peppers are referred to as capsicums in Australia.
TikTok user @beaugoespro took to the platform to document the aspects of Australian life that were most different compared to Britain
He joked: ‘I’m not surprised that hasn’t caught on anywhere else in the world. Imagine a band called the Red Hot Chili Capsicums. No ring to it.’
His next major difference concerned how hot and cold tap water is dispensed in Australia compared to Britain.
Beau said that he found the tap water tastes ‘delicious, fresh [and] cold’ in Australia to such an extent it reminded him of bottled water, illustrating his preference in comparison to British tap water.
He also said the hot tap was ‘scalding hot’, which is something any Brits travelling to Australia may want to keep in mind.
The vlogger’s next notable difference was the pricing of public transport, which he found to be much cheaper.
He noted: ‘Public transport is extremely reasonably priced here. We’re getting swindled in the UK. [In Melbourne] you can have access to unlimited travel for $10 (£5.23) per day’.
By comparison, an anytime day travelcard between Zones 1 and 3 on London’s transport network will set you back £15.20, nearly three times as much.
His penultimate observation suggested that he is not a fan of the time it takes to wait for traffic lights to change Down Under.
He bemoaned that they take ‘forever’ to change, as he quipped: ‘You will be waiting at a junction for five minutes. You will get old waiting there’.
Rounding up what he found to be the biggest contrasts between life in the UK and Australia, Beau was mystified by the concept of a schooner of beer.
Beau revealed he was shocked by the fact that peppers are referred to as capsicums in Australia. He joked: ‘I’m not surprised that hasn’t caught on anywhere else in the world. Imagine a band called the Red Hot Chili Capsicums. No ring to it.’
Beau labelled a schooner, which is a common measurement for a beer in Australia and is the equivalent of two-thirds of a pint, as ‘pointless’ and ‘futile’
While Australia uses imperial measurements for beer – such as pints and half-pints – in the same way as the UK, a schooner, which measures out to two-thirds of a pint, is also popular in Australia.
Beau finished off the video by saying: ‘It’s pointless to me. It’s futile. If we’re going for a beer, we’re having a couple pints. At the very least, we have a half pint in a novelty glass.’
Beau’s video, which has over 750,000 views on the platform, drew mixed reactions from viewers, with some quick to defend the concept of a schooner, arguing it makes perfect sense due to the blistering Australian heat.
One user wrote: ‘When it’s hot, a schooner is perfect!’
A second added: ‘Wait until it’s hot and schooners make sense. Pints can get warm.’
Agreeing on the quality of the water in Melbourne, another posted: ‘Melbourne tap water is delicious! Not always the same around Australia unfortunately.’
Beau’s observations on the quality of Melbourne’s tap water appear to be vindicated, after the city won a nationwide competition for the best-tasting tap water for cities across Australia in 2022.
Melbourne Water’s Cresswell water treatment plant won the Best Tasting Tap Water competition, which was held in Casino, New South Wales, in November last year.
To determine the winner, judges sipped tap water samples in a blind taste test, judging on colour, clarity, odour and taste.