There is little regional variation in accents. Most people are familiar with the long “a” used by some South Australians versus the short “a” used elsewhere. But there are larger differences in vocabulary, with a number of regionally specific words.
This was highlighted recently when a tweet kicked off a war of words over the correct name for a (delicious) oval-shaped piece of potato that has been battered and deep-fried. These are known as potato scallops or scallops in north-eastern Australia, potato cakes in south-eastern Australia, and potato fritters in South Australia.
Here, you can see the geographic trends for seven terms:
Potato scallops, potato cakes, potato fritters
The terms for the fried potato snack show a divide between（不同） the southern states, with potato cake favoured in Victoria and southern New South Wales, changing to scallop or potato scallop in NSW through to Queensland. South Australians maintain some individuality with the term potato fritter.
Bathers, swimmers, cozzies, togs泳衣swimsuit
Bathers is used frequently in the southern regions and WA, with togs used less frequently. Swimmers and cozzies are used in NSW, and togs is prominent in Queensland.
Slippery dip, slippery slide, slide滑梯
The common piece of play equipment was mostly known as a slippery dip in NSW and South Australia, and slide in Victoria and WA. Around the border of NSW and Victoria the term slippery slide was used, which is also the term used in Queensland.
Garbage bin, rubbish bin, dust bin垃圾桶
In all regions, the word bin is used on its own, but there are clear regional distinctions between garbage bin and rubbish bin.
Devon, fritz, strasburg, German sausage午餐肉
This processed lunch meat was one of the most diversely named when the survey was carried out. This is apparently due in some part to the older, German-sounding names falling out of use from the first and second world war onwards and being replaced with more English-sounding names. The number of names for this meat has probably decreased more recently as production has become less localised.
The Australia-wide term is suitcase or case, but the term port is still used in Queensland and parts of NSW.
Bubbler, drinking fountain, tap饮水喷泉
Bubbler is the most common term in NSW for this water-dispensing apparatus. Other areas prefer drinking fountain or tap.