Macquarie Dictionary


Aussie Slang: Welcome to the North Island

Usually associated with New Zealand’s North Island, in Australian Slang, the ‘North Island‘ is used by Tasmanians as an ironic nickname for that big chunk of land that sits across the Bass Strait

Frequently heard by mainland Australians on their holidays to Tasmania. One contributor to the Australian Word Map recalls a shopkeeper saying, ‘Oh, you’re from the North Island.’

Other ways Tasmanians refer to mainland Australia include the ‘Big Island‘ and the ‘other side.’ The latter is a colloquial term used by Australians when referring to any part of the world opposed to the place occupied by the speaker. For example, Victoria is on the ‘other side‘ to someone in Tasmania. 

There are 400 Tasmanian regionalisms recorded on our Australian Word Map. Be sure to read up before your next visit to the Apple Isle. 

Each week, we have a look at a slang word from Australian English. You can see other Aussie Word of the Week posts from the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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