With so many things to
And don’t forget that one pound buys almost three Australian dollars!
Sydney is the gateway of Australia. On January 26th, 1788, Captain Cook disembarked in Botany Bay and planted the Union Jack. With that act, Captain Jim single-handedly kept out the French and made sure Neighbours was produced in English. Not a bad achievement.
Sydney quick fact: It’s got a rather nice-looking Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Residents called: Sydneysiders
Population: 4.2 million
Favourite Local Beer: Toohey’s New (imagine marmite stirred into spumante without the pleasant aftertaste)
Favourite Sport: Rugby League
Most Popular Newspaper: Sydney Morning Herald
Famous Sydneysiders: Nicole Kidman, Clive James, Harry Kewell, Thomas Keneally, Russell Crowe.
Blue Mountains: Gorgeous rugged mountain range just outside of Sydney
World Heritage listed, the Blue Mountains are an awesome, breathtaking vista. Raw Australian bush meets romance, fine dining and fresh air.
Thredbo and Perisher Skiing: The world associates the Things to
Hunter Valley Wine Region: The Barossa Valley has the fame, the Hunter is just as good but within drive of Sydney. One or two wineries per day. Use that corkscrew to make extra belt notches.
Jervis Bay Whale and Dolphin Watching: Don’t see many dolphins off Dover. Dolphins aren’t stupid. Pay, ride in a boat, and coo at the pretty fish.
Melbourne is less thick with tourists than glamorous Sydney, but for Things to
Melbourne quick fact: It almost got named “Bearbrass”.
Residents called: Melburnians
Population: 3.8 million
Favourite Local Beer: Carlton Draught (weak Fosters)
Favourite Sport: Australian Rules Football, called “footy”
Most Popular Newspaper: The Age
Famous Melburnians: Geoffrey Rush, Kylie Minogue, Shane Warne, Peter Carey, Cate Blanchete.
Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles: The most spectacular ocean drive in
Yarra Valley Wine Region: Get smashed, civilized-like. Cheeses, wines, vines: you get the idea. The tour buses won’t take you to all the cellar doors.
Philip Island Penguin Parade: Watch little seafaring McNuggets in tuxedos cutely waddle along the beach. Chicken of sea, indeed.
Be careful. Brisbane is the gateway to the Gold Coast, a place so seductive statistics say nearly half of all children born has at least one immigrant parent, the largest group of which are ex-pats of Mother England. A short visit for things to
Brisbane quick fact: The city has a marathon-length stretch of unbroken beaches.
Residents called: Brisbanites
Population: 1.8 million
Favourite Local Beer: XXXX
Favourite Sport: Rugby League
Most Popular Newspaper: Daily Telegraph
Famous Brisbanites: Kevin Rudd, Allan Border, Bee Gees, Steve Irwin, Charles Kingsford-Smith
Gold Coast: The grand tourist beach strip of
Whitsundays: Of the things to
The Great Barrier Reef: Find and eat Nemo! A must of all the things to
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