Jordana Grace: British expat shares what she’ll never do again in Australia
British expat shares the three things she will ‘never do again’ in Australia – following her ‘horrifying’ discovery about beachside BBQs
- British expat Jordana Grace shared her words of wisdom about Australia
- She vowed to always clean public barbecues and wear sunscreen while out
A British expat has listed the three things she will ‘never do again’ while in Australia.
Jordana Grace, who now lives in Queensland, has become known for sharing videos about differences she’s noticed since moving Down Under.
The radio host said she won’t use an iconic beachside barbecue without cleaning it first and will always wear sunscreen when going out at midday.
She also promised to ‘never forget’ to celebrate Christmas in July with a ‘proper roast dinner’.
Jordana’s words of wisdom were shared in a TikTok video watched more than 150,000 times – and hundreds couldn’t help but agree with her.
British woman Jordana Grace (pictured) has been living in Queensland for the last few years. Now she’s listed what she’ll ‘never do again’ while Down Under
Jordana said she won’t use an iconic beachside barbecue without cleaning it first and always wear sunscreen when going out at midday. She also promised to celebrate Christmas in July
‘One of my favourite things about Australia is that they have all these free barbecue areas around – which is amazing,’ she said in the video
‘But so many people have told me that people use these as lavatories at night.
‘So, never use these bare, make sure you clean them and then put tinfoil down.’
Previously Jordana made pancakes using the free-to-use barbecue, only to be told the rumour that people urinate on the cooking equipment – leaving her completely horrified.
Having been burnt by the harsh Aussie sun before, Jordana said she will ‘never ever again go out in the midday sun’ unless she ‘slip-slap-slops’.
‘I live in Queensland where it gets super hot, and British me would just go out in the midday sun and not even think about it – no hat, no sunscreen, nothing!’ she recalled.
‘But now I either go out in the early morning or early evening, or if I do go out in the midday sun I always make sure I slip-slap-slop.’
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3. The cost of postage and length of time it takes for post to arrive
Source: Jordana Grace/TikTok
Lastly Jordana said she’ll always celebrate Christmas in July during Australia’s winter season.
‘I know this sounds crazy but from now on, I’m always gonna celebrate Christmas in July so I can have a proper roast dinner and feel cold at the same time,’ she said.
Hundreds on TikTok quickly flooded the comments and reassured Jordana that ‘BBQs are not used as toilets’.
‘Urban myth on the bbqs being used as a loo, there are free toilets everywhere,’ one wrote.
Another said: ‘Whoever told you people urinate on BBQs is pulling your leg … Still not a bad idea to use tin foil.’
‘You can get reusable bbq mats to save on rubbish,’ a third recommended.
Others mocked the expat for saying ‘slip slap slop’ when referring to wearing sun protection rather than ‘slip slop slap’.
Meet the cleaners behind the Aussie park BBQs: ‘We’re doing our best to give you the best experience’
The people who work behind the scenes to make this happen – Sunshine Coast Council’s parks cleaners – take a lot of pride in keeping the areas clean and safe.
Council staff look after more than 300 public barbecues, as well as 353 playgrounds and more than 1100 shelters.
Tony, a council parks cleaner for eight years, said it was satisfying to know residents and visitors enjoy the park facilities.
‘People from around Australia tell us these are some of the best kept facilities they have seen,’ he said.
Fellow cleaner Jason said it was easy to see why the region’s parks were so popular.
‘Being out at the beaches and rivers seeing interesting sights and meeting a lot of interesting people are some of the best parts of the job,’ he said.
However, Tony warned: ‘A lot of people are good with keeping things clean, but it’s also a weekly occurrence to have barbecue shelters a mess and some areas are always trashed on weekends with glass, rubbish and cigarette butts.’
Source: Sunshine Coast