A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Brisbane, Australia
Hi, I'm from Adelaide originally and moved to Brisbane 2 years ago. Like the city, Love the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast is too crowded for my liking...but the ONE thing wrong with this place is QUEENSLANDERS! I've been among them for the better part of two years and they have zero culture, zero manners, zero class, so many bogans it's unbelievable, even the NZ population living towards the south are bogans, rampant racism, so much white trash (especially in nearly every direction approximately 10 kms outside of Brisbane City, and they're really not so friendly. They're fanatical about their rugby and they really try and shove it, AND EVERY OTHER PART OF THEIR CULTURE down your throat. It's terrible! You get it from the people, papers, TV, everywhere...There are exceptions among the people to be sure, but that is what I've found the vast majority to be like. There's this huge naivety about Queenslanders and they're way too comfortable within their own borders, almost to the point of rejecting input from outside and being culturally primitive. Best method to get around this, find social groups and try and blend in.
I've been to Sydney, Melbourne and grew up in Adelaide and have no complaints about those places (except that it's too damn cold). The one thing Adel, Melbs and Syd have in common is that they are by far and away culturally richer than Brisbane. Example: Italian buddies i know would retch at the coffee sometimes served here...but never in Syd, Melbs or Adel. Perth doesn't merit a mention, I loathe that place.
Honestly, I like this place, but I much prefer the company of migrants from other states, as well as internationals. There are plenty of chances here, but whether you wish to stay or leave depends on your own tolerance levels.
I am an Australian, having been born and lived in Melbourne for over 50 years. This is a big country - the size of the continental US. Our 6 states ( NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia) and 2 Territories ( the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory) are all quite different from each other and their capital cities ( Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Darwin and Canberra) are hundreds, even thousands of miles apart. Once a city gets too big ( over a million?), I think that they all lose something and the people become more materialistic and status conscious. This is a generalization of course. On the other hand, you don't want to live anywhere too parochial or narrow minded. Having retired a 5 years ago to the southern island state of Tasmania, I find the people here to be very friendly and unpretentious. Many retired age mainlanders are also moving here now to escape the summer heat of the northern states and to enjoy the seasons. We have a lovely temperate climate here on the north coast of Tasmania, not dissimilar to central and southern France. I have travelled extensively abroad and throughout Australia and have found two of the friendliest places of all to be New Zealand, Tasmania and South Australia. Like Queensland, they are all beautiful scenically too, but the residents are nicer and not so self preoccupied. But wherever you are in the world, people's experiences are different. If one is to eventually feel a real bond with a new place, it is always important to make an effort to join clubs, organisations etc in order to make friendships and so gain a sense of belonging....