July 16, 2005

Don’t tip in Australia

It’s not common to tip in pubs, restaurants, taxis or hairdressers in Australia.

When we were in a bar for the very first time, we tried to tip the bartender, but he simply refused to take it and gave us the exact change back.

First we were not used to give no tips, but now we rather appreciate it. You’ve never have to think about if and how much tip you have to give, because noone expects you to. So it can’t happen that you tip too less or too much, as it sometimes happens in a foreign currency, when you’re not so fast in calculating the right amout for tipping. I remember vividly when the Euro was introduced for the very first time and the waitors either hated or loved me, because I tipped either much too less or much too much.


  1. :cool:
    a friend will be visiting Australia soon and i’m very glad i stumbled on this blog. your tips are very helpful and it’s refreshing to read honest opinions about a place from someone who’s still just discovering it. thanks!!!

    Comment by Evil Woobie — November 30, 2007 @ 1:04 am

  2. Thanks, Evil Woobie!
    Good luck and all the best for your friend :!:

    Comment by Mike — November 30, 2007 @ 9:08 am

  3. With tipping, it generally is only done when the service is A and B the C of D (above and beyond the call of duty). At high end places, tipping is more common, but never required. It is an act of generosity/thanks more then a social standby.

    Comment by Jack — April 27, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

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