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This is not supposed to be an exhaustive list of Australian expressions, just some that I use within the GRAYnomad chronicles and other articles on this site.

  Short for "barramundi", supposedly one of THE great eating fishes to be caught in Australia.
  A car rally, usually on dirt roads, usually for vehicles of sixties vintage or older, and usually in aid of a charity or other good cause. In this case it was to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
  A person, usually male, and usually your friend. "He’s a good bloke", "You blokes going down the pub?"
  The great Australian adjective. Can be used to describe just about anything. "That’s a bloody heavy camera", "I got some bloody good photos even though the bloody weather was no bloody good". The last sentence is a valid Australian sentence, albeit a bit bloody contrived.
  Having an easy time of it. A short walk could be considered a "real bludge", when you’ve made camp you can "just bludge around", but you don’t want to be known as a "bludger" or someone who won’t work.
Brown snake
  One of Australia’s (the World's for that matter) most venomous reptiles.
bush, go ~
  The woods, the forest. Just about anywhere that is not the city. You can "go bush" for a pee, a weekend camping trip, or the rest of your life.
  Walking in the bush. Hiking, tramping.
  Bushwalking where there are no trails.
  Your friend or mate. Used only in B grade movies about Australia. In forty years of listening to Australians talk I have never heard the term actually used.
  A call used in the bush to locate people you can’t see. Also used to indicate proximity, "He was within cooee of shelter but died of hypothermia anyway".
  Depends on the context, possibly kind of boat, but most of us aren't discussing vessels that large. Normally the term refers to a Toyota Landcruiser 4x4.
dunny, long drop ~
  A loo or toilet. Usually, but not necessarily, refers to the outside variety. A large strong object may be "Built like a brick dunny". A person of little use may be "As useful as a glass door on a dunny". A dunny not connected to sewerage usually has a deep pit beneath it, hence the "long drop dunny" (work it out for yourself).
  A cooler, normally used for beer. "Esky" is actually a brand name, but the term has become generic for almost any kind of cooler.
  A freshwater crocodile, generally harmless to humans but can inflict a severe bite if aggravated. See salty
  A type of cockatoo that is renowned for its comical antics such as sliding down tents. A person considered to be a little crazy could be described as "mad as a gum tree full of galahs".
  A First World War battle of particular significance to Australians and New Zealanders. The birth of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who became known as the ANZACs.
  General purpose greeting equivalent to "hi" or "hello". Most common form of Australian greeting. Short for "good day". "I just thought I’d drop in and say g’day", "G’day mate, owzitgoin?" (Hi, how’s it going).
jump up
  Flat topped hills that "jump up" from the surrounding countryside.
  Your friend, or buddy. "He’s a good mate", "You don’t let your mates down".
mud map
  A quick map used to give directions. Usually very rough and hand drawn in the dirt with a stick, hence the name.
ocky strap
  Elastic tie down strap with hooks on each end.
road train
  A semi trailer with three or four trailers instead of the usual one. The longest I know of are around Mt Isa in central Queensland where they can be about 55 metres (178 feet) long.
  Short for ‘kangaroo’. If you were unlucky enough to hit a kangaroo with your car you may have, "Hit a bloody roo on the way home".
  A "saltwater" or "estaurine" crocodile, unlike the freshy these fellows will eat you until you're dead. Despite the name, salties are found everywhere up north, even in fresh water hundreds of kilometres from the sea. See freshy
scrub, ~bashing
  Like the "bush" but usually refers to thick bushes that impede a bushwalker’s progress. Scrub bashing is similar to bush bashing. However, while bush bashing just means that there is no trail, scrub bashing refers to the fact that you have to physically force your way through the scrub.
  A carton of beer usually containing 24 stubbies.
  A large farm or ranch. You can own a "sheep station" or a "cattle station" but it had better be pretty big to deserve the term "station".
  A small bottle of beer, usually 375ml or 250ml.
  The Tanimi track, a shortcut from Alice Springs to the Kimberly, exiting near Halls Creek. 800-odd kilometres of bull dust, corrugations and almost no services.

"The" is used as per normal in the English language, but is also used as a form of shorthand, usually for double-barrel or long place names. For example,

Mount Isa » the Isa
Alice Springs » the Alice
Woolongong » the Gong
Northern Territory » the Territory

  Either a beer in a can, or a small aluminium boat.
  Short for utility, a two-door work vehicle with a tray at the back. What the Americans would call a pickup.
  Victoria Bitter, one of the more popular brands of beer.
  Nothing to do with your undies, a wedgy is a Wedge-tailed eagle, Australia's largest (two metres or so wing span) and most regal bird of prey.