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1. Posted by codymn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

codymn has indicated that this thread is about Australia

(I posted this same question in general questions, but then saw this forum, so I'm x posting it.)

I'm a 27 y/o male traveling to Australia/New Zealand in late December.

I purchased a couple "speedos" (aussie bum) to wear, cause I thought Australians wore speedos. But I'm not so sure I am finding that guys wear board shorts more now. (I really wanted to wear my speedo!)

Can somebody tell me if it's popular for guys wear speedos on like Bondi/Manly Beach?


2. Posted by ozintro (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

in Australia we call them 'budgie smugglers'

some people do wear them at bondi and manly.

but with the cold water and the lack of a sun tan it's not a great look!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Most of the Australians I knew didn't wear them, or wore them under their board shorts. The latter is a safe bet, as when you feel the time is right, you can always switch easily in that case :)

4. Posted by ozclaire (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Hi! All I can say is definately not. I have lived in Australia all my life, and everyone wears board shorts. The only people that were them are old men with beer guts and pro swimmers.

Good luck and have a great time!

5. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

Yeah boardies no question...

6. Posted by Europe2006 (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y

Hahaha Well it's true- most Australian men do wear board shorts- but I feel bad saying that because you really wanted to wear your speedos! I say who cares what people think! wear the speedos!! :-)

7. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

I was at Bondi Beach 2 weeks ago and you get the odd person wearing speedos but like the people i saw wearing them in hawaii last week they are usually men in their 60's who look like theyve fried in the sun to long.

8. Posted by auspolak (Budding Member 36 posts) 11y

LOL!!! Definately Boardies, just like the other Fellow aussies said, Speedo's are mainly for old men, pro swimmers and for little kids..... As for the rest, go for the BOARDIES, or you will feel out of place for sure.....

9. Posted by jem21 (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

get yourself some boardies from billabong, ripcurl, quicksilver or similar, thats what they all wear out there dude!

10. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting ozintro

in Australia we call them 'budgie smugglers'


OR 'Dick Stickers'