Traveling With Pete E01: Point Lonsdale | Learn Australian English

What's up guys? Welcome to this episode of, I guess, DrivingAround With Pete.

So, welcome to Aussie English.

Today I'm going to sort of go for a bit ofa cruise, go for a bit of a drive, and I'll hopefully show you a bit of the coast downnear Ocean Grove.

So, we're in Ocean Grove at the moment whereI currently.

well I don't currently live here, where my parents currently live.

And I grew up down here.

And so, I came down this weekend to get amassage, to see my folks, to see my sister and her boyfriend, and had dinner with themlast night, and had a nice barbie on the deck, on the balcony of the back of the house.

So, we had sausages, veggies, dad cooked upsome onions and mushrooms and stuff, we had salad, some snags.

And SNAG is the slang word in Australia fora sausage.

A sausage that's been cooked on a barbecueis A SNAG.

And a BARBIE is obviously short, or a slangterm, for a barbecue.

So, yeah, we had a nice little BARBIE lastnight, had a few beers on the deck, on the balcony, hung out and just had a good yarn,had a good chat, had good times in general.

And then, today I went out this morning downto a café near the beach down near 7W.

We've got signs all along the beaches alongthe coast here, and they all have different numbers sort of to tell you how far west orhow far east of the bay you are.

And so, because we're on the west side thenumbers all end with a W after the number obviously for these beaches.

So, 7W is seven beaches west of the bay.

And if you're on the east side of the bayobviously the numbers would all be whatever number E.

So, east of the bay.

So, at the moment, anyway, we're going togo get some petrol from the SERVO.

So, we're going to get some PETO from theSERVO if I use some Australian slang.

PETO is slang for petrol, PETO, and SERVOis slang for service station or petrol station, but we call them a SERVO in Australia.

So, we're going to the SERVO to get some PETO,you're going to the service station to get some petrol.

And I just have to make sure that there areno cars coming when I come out of this intersection.

What's some more slang that I can teach youguys? So, I'm going to have to do a UEY, a UEY,in a sec to go to the service station back there.

So, I'm going to have to do a UEY, and a UEYis an Australian slang term for U-turn, a U-turn.

And so, U-turn is obviously to do a turn inthe car as I'm about to do as we go around the roundabout.

A U-turn is to effectively do a 180.

So, you're turning in the shape of a U.

And so, we just shorten that to a UEY.

So, I'm turning in now to go get some petrolat the service station, at the SERVO, (to) get some PETO.

And then, we'll go for a cruise, we'll gocheck out some of the local towns around here.

I might take you to some of the beaches.

The weather's not the best, but hopefullyyou guys will be able to see some of the just different locations around here, I guess.

And I've just realised that there's no entryto the petrol station from the entry that I just took into the supermarket here.

So, I have to go around the back and enterthrough this side.

So, (I) had to do another UEY, effectively,(I) had to turn around again, anyway.

So, as you guys can probably see here we'reat the service station.

To give you an idea of what a SERVO is, obviouslyit's where you get petrol and you've got options up the top here Unleaded 91, Vortex 95.

So, those two are different kinds of petrol,and I think the 91 and 95 refers to the quality.

So, the higher the number the better the quality.

And then you've got diesel.

So, most petrol stations here in Australiaare going to have unleaded petrol, diesel, and gas.

So, yeah, a bit of boring information foryou there guys.

I might also add here, guys, you can see thead there a special for two different drinks for $5 down on the lefthand side, and that'san ad for Woolworths.

And Woolworths is a chain of supermarketsall throughout Australia, and they're often referred to as just WOOLIES, as WOOLIES.


That's something you're going to hear andsee all throughout Australia.

So, that's just another slang term to teachyou guys, WOOLIES.

So, I've brought you down here to Point Lonsdale,and at the moment we're at the lighthouse.

So, let's go have an explore and see whatwe can find.

Got to unplug all of my stuff here.

Lock the car.

Let's go for a walk.

So, as you can see the lighthouse is behindme, and we'll go check out this sign, have a look.

So, what does it say here.

So, I guess I'll just read out this sign foryou guys.

This is sitting here in front of the lighthouse.

"The voyage to Queenscliff on the paddle steamerslasted about 3 hours.

At the end of the journey passengers disembarkedand luggage was loaded onto a great trolley to be pushed to the other end of the Queenscliffpier.

There waiting on the dusty roadway would behalf a dozen horse-drawn carriages, the drivers loading competing for business.

"'Ere y'are, Point Lonsdale.

" Our luggage would go on the roof.

The 3 miles from Queenscliff to Point Lonsdalewould take well over an hour, perhaps two, since there were many stops along the wayto drop people staying at one of Point Lonsdale's many great houses.


So, let's go for a walk up and check out thislighthouse.

It's massive, massive, massive.

You can get tours here, and I think there'sa walk around the lighthouse.

We'll go check it out.

But also, I think the lighthouse is mainlyjust used for weather nowadays, (it's a) weather station.

So, there's all these bits of equipment atthe top here at the lighthouse used for checking out the weather.

So, it's definitely a beautiful view up hereof the surrounding bay, and you can see the pier behind me, and there's even a littleshack here.

And I'll turn it around and show you a videoof the footage (scenery*) around here.

So, I was just reading this sign, guys, behindme here, and it turns out that even I get to learn things from time to time.

There's a saying in Australian English, "You'vegot Buckley's chance!" or "You've got close to Buckley's chance!", and I was reading onthis sign the person from which that expression originates William Buckley, apparently hewas a convict who was born in England, he was convicted.

So, he was taken to court for some kind ofcrime and effectively imprisoned and brought out to Australia as a convict.

And I'm sure many of you will know that Australiawas founded on convicts or on prisoners where they were forced to come out here and becomethe new, I guess, group of English people living here.

So, they were forced to be the colonisers,the people who colonised the country of Australia at the time.

And so, I was reading on that sign that hecame out here in the early 1800s and as soon as he got here he actually escaped.

And so, he went into the bush and was livingwith the local people, the Wathaurong people, I think.

And it was over in Sorrento that this happened,and Sorrento's on the other side of the bay here.

It's a pretty popular destination.

Anyway, so, he escaped, he lived with theWathaurong local people, (he) learnt the languages and eventually was pardoned by, I think, thegovernor here in Victoria, and actually became, I think it was a constable and an interpreterfor the Wathaurong people.

And unfortunately the Wathaurong people, orat least full blood Wathaurong people died out in the late 1800s, I think 1885.

Anyway, so this expression, "You've got Buckley's","To have Buckley's", it's to have the same chance as Buckley.

I guess it's surviving.

So, when he escaped he obviously probablydidn't have a great chance of survival, because, well, obviously there weren't the same facilitiesthat we have today in Australia.

And so, he had to survive in the wild.

He had to try and obviously join up with theaboriginal tribes and somehow not be, you know, killed or ostracised by them, and hemanaged to do it and he survived.

So, you can use this expression though today,"You've got Buckley's", to mean you've got a very low chance or something.

So, you could ask someone a favour, you couldsay, "Hey, mate, can you.

can you lend me $50?", and if they said to you in response,"Dude, you've got Buckley's, mate.

", that effectively means, "No.

You've got no chance of getting that moneyfrom me.

" So, you've got a very very slim chance butreally if you say, "You've got Buckley's", it's the idea of the chances are so slim theymight as well be impossible.

So, another one could be, "Do you think I'mgoing to make this shot from the other side of the golf course? I'm going to have a swing of the golf balland I'll get a hole-in-one.

What do you think my odds are? What do you think my chances are that I'llget that?".

Someone could say to you, "Dude, you've gotBuckley's chance.

You've got Buckley's chance.

" And it's just, "You've got no hope.

No chance.

It's not going to happen.

It's impossible.

You've got Buckley's chance, mate.

You've got Buckley's.


And so, obviously, that can be lengthenedto the full, "You've got Buckley's chance!", which is the common way of saying it today,but it can also be shortened to just, "You've got Buckley's.

You've got Buckley's.


Anyway, that's just a little bit of historythat I thought I would tie in there about this area, this lighthouse.

He lived in a cave as well for a little while.

There's a cave that's around the cove hereapparently that he lived in for a few months and subsisted in on just shellfish.

So, he was only eaten shellfish.

TO SUBSIST means to survive or to live.

(It) tends to be off the land.

So, to be able to food from your surroundingarea and SUBSIST.

So, you could be a subsistence farmer, forexample, where you SUBSIST off what you can grow, off the things you can farm in thatarea.

And so, it's uncertain whether or not he actuallydid live in that cave, or at least the cave that's marked out as Buckley's Cave, but apparentlyaround this area there's a cave.

So, I might go have an explore and see ifI can find it and show you guys a video of it if and when I find it.


You've got to check out the rock formationsaround here.

I'm going to get into this little cave here.

All of this stuff is limestone.

So, limestone is made up of sand, sedimentfrom the ocean.

So, like the sand that's on the ground hereslowly building up.

Limestone is built up over millions and millionsof years and it's just layer after layer after layer of sand, shellfish and all the otherlittle animals and stuff that get stuck in there.

And the reason you get these really reallycool lines is because different layers of limestone are obviously different densities,they're different strengths, and they erode at different speeds.

And so, you'll have these holes like this,these little layers that obviously erode a lot quicker from wind, from water, and thusdig deep into the rock.

You get these layers.

And then there's these other layers that areobviously eroding a lot slower.

And so, you have these insane shapes thatactually form over millennia, and even these things, like you can see a fossil up hereof a.

some kind of shellfish or worm that's grown through the layer here that's then laterbeen fossilised.

You can see the hole here.

And it's left this track from millions andmillions and millions of years ago.

And so, I just love coming to these areasaround Australia, but around the beach anyway, where you get to see some really ancient rocks,some ancient landscapes, and it just BLOWS MY MIND.

And if you guys remember the expression TOBLOW YOUR MIND, if I've done that before, TO BLOW YOUR MIND is kind of like to makeyou just think, to make you be in awe of something, to just really surprise you.

So, this stuff, these ancient rocks, and beingable to come along and see fossils in them from millions and millions of years ago BLOWSMY MIND in that it's just astonishing to me, it makes me think, it makes me wonder, it'sincredible.

And you can see, there's some amazing stuffup here.

Let's see if I can point to it.

Up here where you can actually see the bottomof, let's see if I can get my hand in the right spot here, the bottom of this rock hascompletely eroded out, but there are all these little divots and holes and crevices leftfrom the animals that were living in that layer at the time.

And so, it just blows my mind how old thisstuff is, and that I'm effectively sitting underneath what was once beaches, beaches,beaches with wave upon wave crashing down and, you know, these layers building up.

So, anyway, that's just something I thoughtof showing you guys here as it really is some beautiful scenery around Point Lonsdale here.

And I'll give you a view, let's see if I cando it behind me, of the ocean behind me.

So, it's just a beautiful beautiful spot.

If you guys ever come down to Geelong or downto Victoria I really really recommend coming down to Point Lonsdale and just checking outthe cliffs here, checking out the beach, having a little look at the history.

And I mean, the history for us it's only afew hundred years obviously.

It dates back to maybe the 1800s, maybe abit earlier around here obviously as we were talking about Buckley earlier who was outhere in the late 1700s/early 1800s.

But yeah, there's some amazing stuff to seehere even though it is relatively recent compared to other parts of the world.

I might add too guys that we're actually atthe mouth of the bay.

So, if you walk around, the area just overover here across the ocean is about 2kms, maybe, give or take, so thereabouts, 2kmsfrom here to the other side.

And this side is obviously the Geelong side,the Bellarine Peninsula side, and on the other side is the Mornington Peninsula.

And so, you've actually got, if I can guidemy hand correctly, Sorrento around here, and that's where the ferries go from Queenscliffto the other side of the bay.

And so, it is pretty amazing to think, atleast for me personally, that side of the bay is only maybe 2 (or) 3kms away and yetI've never been there.

It's that close, but because it's so far interms of having to get there, if I want to drive or take the ferry, I've never actuallybeen there.

So, this is the entrance, the very entrance,to Port Phillip Bay.

So, if I guide my hand up this way, Melbourneis actually up there about 75kms inland.

And it's just this small small opening atthe front of the bay that all of the water comes in, all of the ships to the Melbourneport come in through this very little channel.

And at the moment you can see the water'sactually moving out, and you can see that the tide's going out over here in the bay.

So, anyway, (I) just thought I would showyou that.

And I guess something else cool that I'vejust noticed is a bunker from World War II, I believe.

I think it's World War II.

So, we have them setup on either side of thebay here that were used to protect the opening of this bay.

Anyway, (that's a) World War II bunker.

Alright, so my guess is that Buckley's caveis somewhere along the coast here further down.

I might go do it another day as I want togo (and) show you a few other things guys.

But yeah, this is Point Lonsdale, and thePoint Lonsdale pier, the Point Lonsdale lighthouse.

It's absolutely beautiful.

I definitely recommend you guys come downand check it out at some point.

Alright, so I'm walking along the beach hereand there was another bunker that you may have just seen.

And I noticed some graffiti in it from, itlooks like it's been dated, 1992.

So, it just goes to show the random stuffthat you find.

So, I'm going to climb up in this bunker becausethis graffiti is actually a really cool slang term in Australian English, and it's probablyback to front* here.

So, anyway, it reads DODGEY (or DODGY), D-O-D-G-E-Y,DODGEY.

And so, if I sit down here on the little windowoutside of the bunker, let's see if I can get DODGEY in the background, probably not,but DODGEY just means to be unsafe, not very well-made.

SHONKY is another word.


So, if someone is DODGEY they're a bit shady,they're not trustworthy.

If you think of someone as DODGEY that's howI would use it.

So, if this guy.

if someone was unreliable,untrustworthy, they might be a friend, they might not be a friend, but if you use theword DODGEY it would mean that someone shouldn't trust that person.

They're not reliable.

If you use it on, say, machinery like if you'vegot a DODGEY car that would mean that it breaks down sometimes or it's not reliable, again.

It's that idea of it not being a reliablywell functioning car or piece of machinery, whatever it is that you want to talk about.

If it's DODGEY it just doesn't work as wellas it should, as efficiently as it should, as it's supposed to.

It may work most of the time, but every nowand then it breaks down, it doesn't work when you need it to 100% of the time.

And so, you can just use that phrase DODGEY.


And, this is definitely the kind of phrasethat I would use a lot in Australian English.

So, whether explaining a person or explaininga car or an item or some kind of object.

You could also use it to explain situations.

So, imagine that you want to go for a walk,say, along a cliff edge like this, and there's a path, but there's no rail, there's no safetyrail.

And so, as you're about to walk out on thepath you could say well that looks a little DODGEY, as in it doesn't look safe, the pathdoesn't look reliable, it looks like I could get injured.

We might be able to do it safely but becauseit looks DODGEY I think I'd prefer not to do it.

It doesn't look 100% safe, it looks aboutSKETCHY.

So, there's another one, SKETCHY, SHONKY andDODGEY.

These are all Australian English terms youcan use to pretty much mean the same thing.

They might be (have*) subtle differences thatI might go over in the future, but for now SKETCHY, DODGEY and SHONKY are all ways ofexplaining things that are unreliable, that a person is untrustworthy or unreliable, youknow, they're a bit SKETCHY, they're a bit DODGEY, they're a bit SHONKY, or objects orsituations, again, that are a bit that's.

that doesn't little safe, it doesn't lookreliable, it's a bit DODGEY.

That path looks a bit DODGEY.

It's a bit SHONKY.

I wouldn't trust it.

Just be careful.

So, anyway, that's just some more slang thatI thought of off the top of my head as I was walking around, and I guess that's the basicidea of these videos guys.

It's just TO WING IT.

TO WING IT and make it up as I go along andsee what we can come up with, what we can find, and (to) continue helping you guys withyour Australian English.

(I'll) chat to you in a sec.

Here's probably a good example of SHODDY,SHONKY, DODGEY, SKETCHY.

The way out of this bunker is a little bitDODGEY.

There's no stairs, it looks a bit SKETCHY.

I'm going to have to take care, (I) don'twant to get injured.

So, there you go, another one.

So, there you go guys.

That was just a cheeky little look at PointLonsdale and the Point Lonsdale lighthouse.

We might go for a little cruise now whereI can show you the main street of Point Lonsdale.

And I might make this one a video insteadof a time-lapse just so that I can sort of chat to you guys and commentate at the sametime about stuff.

So, (I'm) just driving down past, I guess,THE MAIN DRAG in Point Lonsdale.

And THE MAIN DRAG is usually the main street.

So, imagine like a drag race where two carsare driving or racing against one another in a straight line down a road.

Often we use THE MAIN DRAG to refer to themain street, sort of a straight line that goes through a town or city.


THE MAIN DRAG of Melbourne would probablybe Swanston Street.

And I've forgotten the name of this streethere in Point Lonsdale, but yeah, this is THE MAIN DRAG.

So, it's obviously a pretty quiet nice seasidetown.

This is what I'm pretty used to down herewhere I grew up.

So, I grew up in Ocean Grove, which is thenext town along, along the coast, and it was very similar to Point Lonsdale where it'sjust very chill, very relaxed.

There's a lot of holidaymakers who come downparticularly at this time of year.

So, you'll see a lot of people, a lot of carscome down from the cities and the population tends to boom a little bit where you'll probablyhave two or three times the number of people in these little coastal towns.

I remember specifically Ocean Grove, thereused to be a population of maybe 10-15,000 all year round that live in that part of thetown, but then during summer or school holidays you would have massive massive amounts ofpeople come down holidaying whether they were staying in camping areas or caravan parks,etc.

or if they were renting out houses.

So, quite often you would have people comedown and rent houses to stay down here during these periods, and they'd just go to the beachevery day, you know, they'd have parties.

It was a pretty beautiful place to grow up,to be honest, and I guess I'm appreciating it more and more now that I live in Melbourne,the big city, as to just how relaxed and lovely these sort of coastal towns are, and why somany people came down.

So, I remember that growing up in Ocean GroveI used to always complain about the number of tourists that came down.

And getting back to, I guess, the amount ofpeople.

So, you would have maybe 10-15,000 peoplethat lived in Ocean Grove all year round and then during summer that would boost, thatwould increase up to like 50-70,000 people, and maybe it's even more nowadays.

So, I remember going down to the main beachduring summertime and you would not be able to find somewhere to put you towel.

There would be that many people on the beachthat there was no space and, you know, you would go out in the water, you would go fora boogieboard or a bodyboard, or maybe even a surf, maybe a bodysurf, maybe just a swim,maybe a paddle, and there would just be no room.

There would be so so many people at the beach,you know, holidaymakers as well as just locals that there was just no room.

And, I guess, I could use an Australian slangterm to explain that situation where you would refer to that as CHOCKABLOCK or just CHOCKA,CHOCKAS, meaning that there was a lot, a lot, a lot of people.

So, to quickly sum up what CHOCKAS or CHOCKABLOCKor CHOCKA-FULL means, you would use that phrase in Australian English to mean a lot of orincredibly full.

So, if there are a lot of people down at thebeach taking up space, and you can't really find anywhere to sit, you can't get in thewater and go for a swim then you can refer to that beach as being CHOCKABLOCK FULL ofpeople.

The beach is absolutely CHOCKAS FULL of people.

The beach is CHOCKAS.

There's just a shit load, a heap, a ton ofpeople down at the beach here.

So, yeah, that's one little Australian slangterm that you guys can practice.

I've tried to fill in quite a few Australianslang terms today in this little Point Lonsdale edition.

So, I hope you guys are enjoying it.

I hope you guys like the sort of way thatI've set it up where I'm trying to show you a bit of Australia at the same time as teachyou English, teach you guys Australia English but also just teach you standard English andchat to you as if you guys were here with me in the car.

You know, chat to you as if you were a goodfriend of mine.

I'm not really changing how I would speakat all when I chat to you guys.

I'm just doing my thing, I'm just talkinglike usual, and trying to share a bit of Australia with you.

So, let's see if we can find our way throughthis little part of Point Lonsdale.

Hopefully, I'm going in the right direction.

I haven't been down here.

So, I thought it would be kind of cool togo for a little drive and show you guys, I guess, the backstreets of these small surftowns.

So, Point Lonsdale was one where I used tocome here all the time, because one of my beast friends from high school actually livedin a big house across the road from the beach.

And so, we would always come down here afterschool or on weekends and hang out with him, and go to the beach, and just have partiesat his house.

But yeah, that was a lot of fun.

But Point Lonsdale is definitely a very stereo(typical),stereotypical town for this part of Australia, definitely down the coast here.

So, if you guys come down to Geelong, mostof you, especially if you're tourists in Australia or you're traveling in Australia or even working,but you're here, you're probably going to come down to Geelong in order to go to Torquay,which is that really really famous surfing town down near Geelong, past Geelong on thecoast.

And then you're probably going to turn rightonce you et to Torquay, as opposed to left, which is the way you'd come to get here, you'dturn and go down the coast in order to go down The Great Ocean Road.

So, if you come down here to see The GreatOcean Road, first and foremost, I definitely recommend that you go down The Great OceanRoad and you check out Airey's Inlet and the great.

what am I wanting to say? The Twelve Apostles, and all the sites downthere.

It's an absolutely beautiful beautiful partof Victoria.

So, I definitely recommend you go down there.

But then also there are places that are kindof tucked away, hidden away, that don't necessarily have the same kind of big tourist attractionsthat pull a lot of people, but I would argue are also pretty interesting and worth comingto see, like Point Lonsdale, like Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, and Queenscliff, that will giveyou a real snapshot, will give you a real idea of what this part of Victoria's likefor the rest of us.

So, for all of, you know, the Australianswho live around this area.

You'll get to see what our day to day lifeis.

Whereas, if you go down The Great Ocean Roadyou're probably not going to really get a good handle of what it's like to be an Australianwho lives in this area.

Although, you'll get to see some amazing thingslike koalas, like that part of Australia, the coastline, and all these crazy geologicalfeatures like The Twelve Apostles down there.

But yeah, so, I love, I love these littlestreets where a lot of people obviously live in the houses on either side of it.

But you have these tea trees and banksia treesand gumtrees sort of on each side of the road, especially, as you can see on the left here.

The tea trees, they are all over the placehere in this part of Victoria.

So, this is definitely very nostalgic forme as someone who grew up in this area, whenever I come down here and see these trees it remindsme of what I think of as home and where I grew up.

So, I guess we'll just keep driving around.

I might just go home after this and put allthese videos up, and edit this for you guys.

And definitely let me know what you think,because I'm wanting to do more travel related stuff like this, guys, where I get to showyou bits of Australia whilst also obviously teaching you English and just chatting toyou guys.

Teaching you slang words, teaching you allsorts of expressions that come to mind, that I think of, that suddenly appear when I'mtalking and explaining them to you guys.

As you probably know by now that's kind ofmy style where I don't really want to set things up as a very organised class whereI go through incredibly specific basic aspects of English.

I'm more interested in kind of hanging outwith you guys, spending time with you guys, chatting to you guys, and just explainingwords and expressions that come up that I think you guys might have difficulty withor may not be familiar with, that you may not already know well as they could be Australianslang terms or strange idiomatic expression terms that I use that are common for me touse that may not otherwise be incredibly common for you as someone learning English.

Anyway, so this is THE MAIN DRAG, I guess,again, on the way back to Ocean Grove.

So, it's just another straight line street that goes and heads back to the town that I'm from.

I might chuck it onto a time-lapse here guyswhere you can watch me do this trip in probably something like 5 or 10 seconds.

Anyway, I'll see you in a sec guys.

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