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Old 08-04-2010, 05:59 AM   #31
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I lived in Melbs for 5 years and will be going back there to live after 2011, which is going to be great. I believe Victoria has it all, you've got the great cosmopolitan city, beautiful beaches like Torquay, stunning rainforest up near Dandenong, farmlands in Gippsland, awesome bushland and walks in the Grampains, the gorgeous Great Oceans Road, snow in the mountains and the spa/mineral springs country around Daylesford!
Yay Victoria! We are rather spoiled here in Melbourne

I absolutely cringe at the thought that Tony Abbott might actually end up our Prime Minister

Don't care for World Cup or soccer in general. I guess it would be nice if we got it.

Don't watch much TV in general, but I was totally hooked on MasterChef this season.

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Heres a question, if someone was coming to Australia for a holiday, what places other than the 'traditional' touristy places would you suggest visiting?
Don't know if this is considered to be a traditional touristy place (at least I only learned about it from working for a travel company), but I'd recommend The Kimberley region in Western Australia to anyone. It's a beautiful, rugged, truly remote place. Kangaroo Island in South Australia is also a great place to visit, if you like natural sights, beaches, weird rock formations and wildlife like seals.
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In the spirit of the election:

YouTube - 'The ABC Late Show' - ABC TV Australia.

That is all for now
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Well I am very much looking forward to coming home. Have been living in London for just over a year and heading home at the end of the month!
Will be voting at the embassy next week when the booths open. I cannot bear to think about living in a society where Tony Abbott is our Prime Minister! However I'm still not impressed at the constant implosions in the Labour party, and feel the whole ousting of Rudd was wrong!

Don't watch home grown TV because frankly we produce a hell of a lot of shit, and the only things they show over here is Neighbours and Home and Away... no thanks!

Heres a question, if someone was coming to Australia for a holiday, what places other than the 'traditional' touristy places would you suggest visiting?

Newcastle.

Above all others, definately Newcastle.

Some of the buildings may be old and run down, but there are no better beaches in the world, and the people are all fantastic
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Australia 2022 will be huge, and bigger than Sydney 2000.
It will be very different. Will be a bigger global event, for sure. Will be bigger in that it will be spread all over Australia, and involving more/most of the country is a great thing. For a bunch of reasons it will bring in many more visitors too. But the single city focus of the Olympics, single destination for visitors, and many, many ‘events’ (whether formal Olympic events or otherwise) all over the city at any one time, makes it far more of a focused, all encompassing event. Turns every corner of a city into a festival. The World Cup will spread its love wide, so no one place will be as ‘on’ as a city during the Olympics. By that I mean, say, Adelaide will get a few WC games, which will be huge, but as an ‘event’ that city will experience not even 5% of what Sydney had during the Olympics. That’s not better or worse, just a different beast. But yes, in all measurable ways (money, audience, visitors etc), the World Cup will be a bigger event.

As for the election, if Australia is stupid enough to elect Tony Abbott then, really… no words.
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Above all others, definately Newcastle.

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Heres a question, if someone was coming to Australia for a holiday, what places other than the 'traditional' touristy places would you suggest visiting?
Generally everyone is heading to Sydney, most to Melbourne, and a lot to northern QLD anyway. So I usually just try and push them to take the time and make the effort to head west - Perth is fantastic and the Margaret River area is the best part of the country.

In NSW, I think the South Coast is almost still a bit of a secret. Most people drive north, but fly south. Plenty of amazing places on the NSW South Coast, and they're pretty much empty/undeveloped, unlike the North Coast. And a lot of the North Coast is same/same, while the South Coast changes quite a bit all the way down. Do something different and drive the South Coast to Melbourne, rather than the North Coast to Brisbane.

Within Sydney, it actually annoys me that so many people, whether they are interstate or international visitors, make the massive mistake of just doing a weekend, based in a CBD hotel, and only wandering around that area. Wander the CBD, the harbour around there, maybe over to Darling Harbour or something - massive waste of time. Sydney is absolutely not a CBD city. That place is dead outside of 9-5 on weekdays. Sydney probably has the worst/least active CBD area in Australia. It is nothing. We never go there for anything. I always tell people to get the hell out of the CBD as soon as possible. Don't even go there if there's no pressing need. Sydney is also not a focused city, i.e. you can't just point someone to one good area to eat, or to drink, or whatever. You need to tailor advice based on taste.
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Please not Tony Abbott, anyone but Tony Abbott.
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Heres a question, if someone was coming to Australia for a holiday, what places other than the 'traditional' touristy places would you suggest visiting?

Tasmania is pretty cool. Hobart is an awesome city,plenty do see & do.


Head over to Strahan, do a Gordon River cruise (or even better a sea plane flight over where the Gordon-below-Franklin Dam was going to be)

Up to Cradle Mountain for a couple of great day walks & finish in Launceston & the Tamar Valley wines.


(OK I'm just back from there)
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sydney gets crapped on way too much here, unsurprising given how many victorians are here though

for my experience, the central and south coasts of nsw are fantastic. i've been to the central coast more recently than the south coast, but i remember being fond of the south coast.

the blue mountains, katoomba in particular are pretty nice parts of the world. it's great that you don't have to get too far out of town before it feels like you're in frontier country.
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Sapphire (South) Coast of NSW is rather decent, Merimbula/Tathra/Eden etc

Wilson's Prom is beautiful too....
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Tasmania is pretty cool. Hobart is an awesome city,plenty do see & do.


Head over to Strahan, do a Gordon River cruise (or even better a sea plane flight over where the Gordon-below-Franklin Dam was going to be)

Up to Cradle Mountain for a couple of great day walks & finish in Launceston & the Tamar Valley wines.


(OK I'm just back from there)
semi-decent distilleries in Tassie too.... Combine those and the southern victorian ones you could almost add Australian Whiskey to the list of decently regarded world whiskeys (obviously encompassing scotch, irish, bourbon, tennessee, canadian)
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sydney gets crapped on way too much here, unsurprising given how many victorians are here though
this time next month we'll be there
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so why is Abbott leading the polls?!?!?!?!?!?

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Newcastle.

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you've obviously never been to Werribee South beach mate
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i.e. you can't just point someone to one good area to eat, or to drink
i've heard a place called "scubar" is pretty good?
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sydney gets crapped on way too much here, unsurprising given how many victorians are here though

for my experience, the central and south coasts of nsw are fantastic. i've been to the central coast more recently than the south coast, but i remember being fond of the south coast.

the blue mountains, katoomba in particular are pretty nice parts of the world. it's great that you don't have to get too far out of town before it feels like you're in frontier country.
ditto all of this . . . although I agree that the CBD is an absolute waste of time outside of business hours . .. a bloody shame really as it could be much more vibrant with a modicum of effort . . . the south coast is glorious and the mountains are always a pleasure (but best avoided in the midst of summer ) . . . I adore the very north coast as well . . . byron bay is bliss . . . outside of high season . . . bangalow is nirvana . . . beautiful food, beautiful people, gorgeous hinterland . . . but again, I stress, outside of tourist season when it becomes a mecca for schoolies

here is my idea of paradise . . . the pass . . . opposite main beach in byron . . . kind of hidden away but glorious . . . although my photographic *skills* don't really do it justice, but I love it here



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so why is Abbott leading the polls?!?!?!?!?!?

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