I don’t do lists – I’ll write a shopping list or a list of invitees to the next get-together or a list for Christmas gifts but that’s about it. However, lists make good reading and one list in particular that still resonates with me was SuzieSpeaks list of 23 things you should have done by the time you’re 23 I’m often quoting from it to my yet-to-reach-23 year old children.
I’ve been meaning to write a post on the differences between two Australian cities, Adelaide and Brisbane, or rather the states of South Australia and Queensland; the United States of Australia we are not!
- The Road Rules are different between Queensland and South Australia; in SA the speed limit through school zones is 25 km/h and QLD it is 40 km/h (go figure!)
- Queenslanders seem to understand that undertaking is an offence, South Australian’s do not.
- South Australia observes daylight saving when Queensland does not – don’t get me started on this one!
- The South Australian government introduced a law banning the use of cheap plastic bags in supermarkets in 2009 – seven years ago! The Queensland government – in the too hard basket. But now they are wondering why the wildlife is suffering from all the waste.
- In South Australia there is a 10 cent money back deposit system on plastic and glass bottles, resulting in less of these items littering the streets and filling the creeks and beaches. In Queensland – in the too hard basket. I’m sure if the Queensland government introduced such a scheme it would significantly reduce the amount of bottles heading into the waterways. Having said that, Brisbane does appear to be a really clean and litter free city compared to some I’ve travelled to.
- Some pubs in Queensland sell wine ON TAP! This would not happen in South Australia as the locals are serious wine drinkers, living in such a large Australian wine region. (Well I don’t think it would – I haven’t visited all the pubs and bars)
- Brisbane was settled by convicts – Adelaide was not; it was the first Australian city to be settled by free people.
- Adelaide has dry heat with low humidity where Brisbane is sub-tropical with high humidity especially through the wet season – it takes a little getting used to, I can tell you!
- Avocados are not cheaper in Queensland, much to my disappointment.
- The weather forecast on the nightly news includes a surf report for those Queenslanders heading to the beach for a spot of surfing. In South Australia it’s the fishing report – the best spots to catch the best fish.
- and finally, the sun rises over the beaches in Queensland and sets over the beaches of South Australia.