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    Anyone Been to Australia?
    Got an reason to go to Sydney. Anyone ever been (apart from those already residing in it, of course)?!

    Would highly appreciate your feedback.

    Geno
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    Been a couple of times as my wifes an Aussie, she reckons stay away from Bondi beach and choose Manly Beach instead when visiting Sydney. You could always take the walking tour up and over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The monorail's good to get round and have a quick look at everything. The habrour taxis are pretty cool. Paddy's market is a huge indoor market with all sorts of stuff, and go up the Sydney tower too. Darling Harbour during the day for eating and the casino's good for the night time stuff.

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    I lived there for a few years, but that was a decade ago (or more).

    It depends on what you want to do....

    I'm not sure where you would stay anymore...The harbor is beautiful and well worth a trip or two to Manly on one of the ferries.

    Stay within 5 or ten minutes to a train station and you can go almost anywhere in Sydney from there.

    I liked the Bondi Hotel. It used to stay open like 24 hours a day back then. We used to start drinking in the Rocks area at like 8 or 9 pm and finish up at 8 or 9 am in the Bondi Hotel. I can't do that anymore...

    I liked the Hero Of Waterloo, and two other pubs under the railway bridge on a Sunday afternoon.

    Another good pub used to be Henry The Ninth's down town.

    It's about spring time there now. That's nice won't be too hot, but you can get showered on.

    You might get a kick out the Kings Cross area weekend nights, but I'm not sure how dangerous it is anymore. It used to be fine.

    All I did was mostly party. Didn't do to much of the touristy stuff... :-)

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    Geno, that is one of my target travel destinations. I have a good friend who went there 9 years ago for a semester abroad and just got her dual citizenship. So watch out, its that good.

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    Thank you, everyone. I guess, I am looking forward mainly to non-Aussie comments (a look from the outside, so to say). Not webpages on Australia hosted in Australia...

    Looking forward to more comments.

    Thanks,

    Geno

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    I visited sydney, canberra and aukland (NZ) when I worked for a major airline.

    Had a great time, especially sydney. Did'nt do a lot of touristy things, though. I visited in June (their winter).

    Visited sydney harbor. Then found a really cool racetrack (think it was called royal randwick or something..). A very neat experience, not like a lot of the semi-scummy tracks in the US.

    I love beer, and the aussie beer and pubs are the best. The food....don't really remember anything that great there. Tried some vegemite at a mcdonalds LOL. (horrible).

    They have a very efficient and clean train system, Took one to canberra (capital).
    When I was there everything was dirt cheap AU dollar was at an all time low vs. US dollar. Probably not the case now....

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    I went for a month 19 years ago (!). Barrier Reef and then Adelaide - where my then GF was living on a job exchange for a while.

    I loved the Aussie take on life and the natural wonders - man-made are less impressive - coming from the UK at any rate, we have a man-made country and it's beautifully done. Nothing to match the Hermitage either!

    Depending on when you go, there's some very impressive whale watching, Southern Rights and Humpbacks not too far from Sydney. Like any tourist, many things I thought fantastic were so-so to the residents. I always remember a herd (flock? posse?) of kangaroos bounding along in a field next to the road and being amazed while the people I was with were "oh, yeh, roos".

    I'd grab the opportunity to go again with both hands, but personally I'd get out and about as much as possible, it's what Australia is really all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    ...Nothing to match the Hermitage either!


    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    Depending on when you go...
    November this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    I'd grab the opportunity to go again with both hands, but personally I'd get out and about as much as possible, it's what Australia is really all about.
    Thanks, Paul. That's what I'm hearing too...

    Geno

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    >herd (flock? posse?) of kangaroos

    Mob of Kangaroos, like Sheep. Pretty amazing creatures, except when the big ones jump in front of cars on the Highway. I've seen more than one vehicle totalled on the side of the road with the driver shaking his/her head whilst the offending Roo is to be seen bounding off in the distance nursing a sore leg.

    Then there are the Koalas, which aren't bears, the Platypus, which is a real animal, not one just sewn together for the tourists, Emus, Galahs, Currawongs, Red Back Spiders, Funnel Web Spiders, Black Snakes, Brown Snakes, (all of which we don't eat) Moreton Bay Bugs, Yabbies, Barramundi, (all fo which are great eating) and the list goes on.

    Can you tell I am just a smidge biased?!?!?
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    Australia - where men are men and sheep are scared.

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    Ey? Nah, you're thinking of New Zealand.
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    Forget Sydney (unless you want the obligitory opera house/harbour bridge photo, but you can buy them on a postcard anywhere).

    Visit Melbourne. If you're here very early November, the spring racing carnival is on. It's not so much about horse racing, but the piss-up in the car park.

    /my first post in a while

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    Rofl
    Melbourne ? ROFL
    Geno, Melboune's great if a Victorian team is in the AFL grand final
    :Todd:

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    Some interesting Aussie interaction was doomed to take place in this thread.


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    Resistance is useless
    Sorry Geno, i bit my tongue yesterday but couldn't hold back any longer.

    Don't leave it too late the whales are already going past my little part of the world. The males have already passed, in pods of 4-5 hundred, a few weeks ago . I missed seeing them but a friend manged to catch them at Green Cape lighthouse. They stay close to the coast, especially the mothers and claves who come into the bays to breast feed, I saw a mother and calf yesterday.

    They are all gone by November ( back down to Antarctica) . Yep, don't stay in the capital cities - you could check out the whale festival Eden, the Todd River Regatta in the Alice or the Ganga Festival in Byron Bay ( if you're that way inclined) and Cradle Mountain or the Bay of Fires in Tasmania if you like bushwalking.

    I'll try to stop ... it isn't easy I really do love watching the whales from the beach.

    Susan
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    I would totally love to see the whales, but unfortunately wouldn't be able to come until late November - early December (too many plans and things to take care of before then)... What's there to do in Sydney area in Nov-Dec (I'll obviously miss the "Spring Racing Carnival" too)?

    Geno

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    To Do?
    Well, in December we have this funny little celebration called Christmas (LOL) then on Boxing Day ( Day after Christmas Day ) the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race with ferry races on the Harbour and if you are around for New Years Eve some really great firework, ususally at nine for the kids, then again at midnight.

    Not sure about Nov ? I'll have to think a bit, its been a while since I lived in Sydney but its probably good to visit Uluru ( Ayers Rock ) before the summer gets in full swing.

    Oh and I think Melbourne closes down after the Melbourne Cup because all the Victorians seem to flee up the coast to my part of the world.

    What was said before about Bondi is true, stay away its a bit of a magnet for English backpackers, backbackers in general and of course Kiwis - its not really family friendly.
    :Todd:

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