Australia loves a good queue.
When there is nothing to do, we will head out in the middle of winter to line up for three hours for a single scoop of gelato. When a fashion store opens, we need to get our grubby hands on the out-of-season stock immediately — or 24 hours after we first join the queue. There is nothing in life we wouldn’t wait days for, especially if it is free. Give us nuts with our magnum and we need it yesterday.
On Thursday night, more than 100 beauty diehards camped overnight in Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, to get their hands on cosmetic products, which no doubt could be bought a few feet away at David Jones. But Sephora.
That $10 savings (Sephora is keeping its American pricing) is worth a night on hard cement to many dedicated
fools shoppers. The store opens midday Friday and you can purchase the products forever to come, but if you don’t get your Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation today you may as well be dead.
— Daniel (@dtknz) December 4, 2014
— Samantha Wingrove (@SamWingrove) December 4, 2014
In celebration of the national sport of queuing, here is a rundown of ridiculous things Australians love to queue for. If you are in the Sephora line right now, this might make you feel better about your life.
If you are not queuing for the bus or train home, you don’t live in the right area.
One thing Sydney people do particularly well…. Queue for a bus. pic.twitter.com/tukfdsal15
— Jonno Simpson (@JonnoSimpson) October 17, 2014
Because before we had to fly to Europe.
H & M finally opens its doors in Sydney and the queue of almost 2 floors to get in competes with Apple’s launches.. pic.twitter.com/VUruXoleQO
— Utkarsh Savla (@Ootkarsh) October 25, 2014
— Paul Osbourne (@paulosbourne) April 24, 2014
— Suzanne Carbone (@SuzanneCarbone) April 5, 2014
Preferably in winter.
— Carrington Brigham (@DigitalMediaBoy) October 11, 2014
— Auskar Surbakti (@AuskarSurbakti) August 17, 2013
And more gelato
— Suzanne Carbone (@SuzanneCarbone) August 30, 2014
Never enough gelato
It is good and worth the wait – queue outside world’s best gelato winner Cow and the Moon, Enmore Rd, Enmore. pic.twitter.com/gUONfs8btU
— MarrickvillEats (@MarrickvillEats) September 14, 2014
This is the line at Gelato Messina. If you are willing to queue for an hour to buy ice cream, re-assess your life. pic.twitter.com/tOOj2xUZhq
— NorthSpied (@northspied) November 18, 2013
To bet $2 on a horse race
The queue that stops a nation.
The Game of Thrones exhibition
We are used to waiting for HBO series.
— Daniel Moloney (@danielmoloney) July 4, 2014
Did someone say free?
— Andrew Witham (@AndrewWitham) June 20, 2014
We will even line up for imaginary brands.
— Shinta Benilda (@ShintaBenilda) May 25, 2014
The ability to choose a Magnum topping
The joys of making your own Magnum were worth the long wait.
— aptronym ® (@aptronym) August 22, 2013
So this queue is the line for the custom Magnum stand in Sydney. It’s 11 degrees. There’s your obesity epidemic. pic.twitter.com/qrhvAJ2127
— Rick (@RickIsAce) July 21, 2013
Fresh bread is super desirable for Aussies.
Oh Sydney peeps, y’all just love to queue don’t ya.. pic.twitter.com/72judPE2mF
— Denéa Buckingham (@GourmetRabbit) March 8, 2013
An orderly single-file queue at a bar might not make sense, but it works for us.
— Prop Hospitality (@prophospitality) October 12, 2014
To get football tickets
Football is a religion. There is no getting around the wait list.
— FIVEaa News Director (@MatthewPantelis) August 31, 2014
While watching football
In fact, football fans enjoy queuing so much, they do it while they watch the game.
— Davey Warhol (@daveywarhol) May 3, 2014
The worst part? We’ve been doing it since at least 1938
Oh, the shame.
— State Library of NSW (@statelibrarynsw) September 18, 2014