10 things people from country towns have no time for

Adam Smith 19 July 2016

1. Concrete jungles

Countryside beauty

Source: Flickr user dutchy_42

It’s not that we don’t love the city and all its glitz. A lot of us end up moving there as adults. But even if you relocate to the big smoke, you’ll always yearn for wide open spaces.

2. Traffic

Cattle on road

Source: Flickr user Ben Askins

See this? This is a traffic jam in a country town. People from rural Australia aren’t interested in sitting in stop-and-go traffic to get to work. If we’re going to be held up on our drive, it will be by a particularly long train at a level crossing. Nothing else is allowed.

3. Light pollution

Light pollution

Source: Flickr user inefekt69

Sure, inner-city bogans have the Southern Cross tattooed on their shoulders, but have they ever actually seen it? It’s amazing the wonders of the cosmos you can see without obnoxious city lights drowning out the view.

4. Living impersonally

Country town friendliness

Source: Flickr user Steve Dorman

It’s easy to melt into the crowd in a major city and shuffle through your day in complete anonymity. While country towns can feel a bit like living in a fishbowl at times, it’s nice to know your neighbours are there for you when you need them.

5. Noisy neighbours

Noisy neighbours
Source: Flickr user Ashley Jonathan Clements

On the flip side of the above point, it’s also nice to have some space. You can play your music as loud as you want and your neighbours can do the same. You don’t have to worry about annoying one another, because you’re kilometres apart.

6. Having our fun handed to us

Country fun

Source: Flickr user NeilsPhotography

It’s easy to have fun in the city. Something is always happening, and if you can’t find something to do it’s either because of laziness or a lack of creativity. Country towns make you work a bit harder for your fun, but that means the experiences are always more memorable. Climbing a power pylon, partying in an abandoned field or tramping through the bush will stay with you a lot longer than another generic night of pub hopping.

7. City dweller incredulity

Trying to find a car park

Source: Flickr user Simon Yeo

People from the city seem constantly shocked and amazed by the pace of life in country towns. No, not everything here is open until midnight. No, a lot of doctors don’t bulk bill. You don’t have to seem so appalled. It’s a country town, not Mars.

8. Trying to find a car park

outback incredulity

Source: Flickr user Indigo Skies Photography

Why would you want to circle around narrow, crowded streets for an hour looking for a park when you can just pull one of your five Holden Commodores directly into your front yard?

9. People assuming we’re unsophisticated

Mudgee Winery

Source: Flickr user Christopher Chan

Just because you’re from country Australia doesn’t mean you haven’t travelled, or don’t have an appreciation for the finer things. Equally just because you’re from the city doesn’t mean you’re cultured.

10. Kamikaze kangaroos

Kangaroos crossing road

Source: Flickr user Georgie Sharp

OK, not everything about rural life is great. It’s no fun destroying the front end of your car when a kangaroo decides to make a break across a dark country road. It’s simultaneously heartbreaking and aggravating. Even though they’re ending up as roadkill, somehow they still manage to seem like the aggressors in the situation.

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