Australia

  • SamuelNarvaez

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    Jan 03, 2014 2:48 AM GMT
    Planning to study abroad in Sydney, Australia starting in July. Anyone ever been there? Have any fun travel ideas? Thanks!
  • PolitiMAC

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    Jan 03, 2014 7:00 AM GMT
    Been there? I live here!

    Yeah, it's alright. I don't get out much, so I can't recommend things. City's nice.

    Don't go West.
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Jan 03, 2014 7:32 AM GMT
    I lived in Sydney for a while and still have family there. I agree don't go west, try to stay in the eastern or northern suburbs.

    Personally myself I would look at Melbourne over Sydney - don't get me wrong Sydney is an amazing place but if you want to experience the 'real' Australia then Melbourne to me is much better. For a city that's 95% as big as Sydney, it is about 200-300% easier to get around in using public transport. Sydney is just a nightmare.
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    Jan 03, 2014 7:58 AM GMT
    kiwi_nomad saidI lived in Sydney for a while and still have family there. I agree don't go west, try to stay in the eastern or northern suburbs.

    Personally myself I would look at Melbourne over Sydney - don't get me wrong Sydney is an amazing place but if you want to experience the 'real' Australia then Melbourne to me is much better. For a city that's 95% as big as Sydney, it is about 200-300% easier to get around in using public transport. Sydney is just a nightmare.


    But don't go west.
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    Jan 03, 2014 8:04 AM GMT
    What's wrong with the West? icon_confused.gif
  • PolitiMAC

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    Jan 03, 2014 8:06 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidWhat's wrong with the West? icon_confused.gif


    Let's just say that certain cultures aren't very friendly ;)

    *coughAfrican,MiddleEasterncough*
  • Drift

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    Jan 03, 2014 8:19 AM GMT
    Holy moly. If you don't go west, you'll never have any good food. icon_razz.gif

    Give Sydney time, so you can hunt down the interesting places. It's big and spread out, and so having a car is great, although traffic sucks. The beaches, cliffs and coves, the rivers and ocean. Find someone who can take you kayaking, and climbing, or diving.

    Food in this town is incredible, like I said in the beginning. Definitely go west. icon_razz.gif

  • PolitiMAC

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    Jan 03, 2014 8:27 AM GMT
    Drift saidHoly moly. If you don't go west, you'll never have any good food. icon_razz.gif

    Give Sydney time, so you can hunt down the interesting places. It's big and spread out, and so having a car is great, although traffic sucks. The beaches, cliffs and coves, the rivers and ocean. Find someone who can take you kayaking, and climbing, or diving.

    Food in this town is incredible, like I said in the beginning. Definitely go west. icon_razz.gif



    Ok, ok, just don't go to Bankstown icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 03, 2014 8:32 AM GMT
    PolitiNerd said
    Drift saidHoly moly. If you don't go west, you'll never have any good food. icon_razz.gif

    Give Sydney time, so you can hunt down the interesting places. It's big and spread out, and so having a car is great, although traffic sucks. The beaches, cliffs and coves, the rivers and ocean. Find someone who can take you kayaking, and climbing, or diving.

    Food in this town is incredible, like I said in the beginning. Definitely go west. icon_razz.gif



    Ok, ok, just don't go to Bankstown icon_razz.gif


    But Melbourne has the reputation as the most livable city, and is by fare the best city to eat out in, and you don't have to go west to get it.icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 03, 2014 11:12 AM GMT
    PolitiNerd said
    YVRguy saidWhat's wrong with the West? icon_confused.gif
    Let's just say that certain cultures aren't very friendly ;)
    *coughAfrican,MiddleEasterncough*
    There are things I'd like to say about the last part of your quote, but I'll take the high road. Without knowing you, I'd guess that you probably live in a sterile bubble. Expose yourself to new and different experiences and see how much you'll learn.

    I went west and really enjoyed Perth. The Indian Ocean coast is one of the most beautiful I've seen. The racial diversity in Perth was amazing. There were no bad experiences.
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    Jan 03, 2014 11:29 AM GMT
    PolitiNerd saidBeen there? I live here!

    Yeah, it's alright. I don't get out much, so I can't recommend things. City's nice.

    Don't go West.


    I liked Perth - it is miles away from most of Australia though lol

    I enjoyed Sydney and Adelaide. melbourne is expensive.

    Do the Sydney harbour bridge climb at sunset!
  • RainBow_Drago...

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    Jan 03, 2014 11:52 AM GMT
    Well, unlike Sydney or Melbourne, Perth does not feel like a big city, but there is still certainly enough to keep you occupied (plenty of restaurants/cafes/bars/beaches). If you are coming from one of the larger cities of Canada you will have some adjusting to do. Perth tends to shut-down after business hours.
    Don't listen to them.
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    RainBow_Dragon2000 saidWell, unlike Sydney or Melbourne, Perth does not feel like a big city, but there is still certainly enough to keep you occupied (plenty of restaurants/cafes/bars/beaches). If you are coming from one of the larger cities of Canada you will have some adjusting to do. Perth tends to shut-down after business hours.
    Don't listen to them.


    I loved Perth.

    Take the train to Freemantle.
  • RainBow_Drago...

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    Jan 03, 2014 12:38 PM GMT
    UK_Fella said
    RainBow_Dragon2000 saidWell, unlike Sydney or Melbourne, Perth does not feel like a big city, but there is still certainly enough to keep you occupied (plenty of restaurants/cafes/bars/beaches). If you are coming from one of the larger cities of Canada you will have some adjusting to do. Perth tends to shut-down after business hours.
    Don't listen to them.


    I loved Perth.

    Take the train to Freemantle.


    I couldn't agree more! coming from a Middle Eastern background, I Loved the nice, relaxed, Mediterranean climate - wet cool winters and hot dry summers. Nice beaches, and down to earth lifestyles. and there're all sorts of water-sports you can do in Perth!. The area to the south is pretty with great beaches, wineries, forests etc. And if you're a desert lover, like myself, Then desert is not far away.

    The only problem I faced, while in Perth was was the geographical isolation. Perth being THE only large city for thousands of kilometers, IT'S A LONG WAY TO F***KIN ANYWHERE ELSE! and apart from the southwest, it is a long way between even small towns. And that kinda makes it hard to get away.

    I mean, I think China is closer to Perth than Sydney, for example! Nah, just kiddin icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 03, 2014 12:41 PM GMT
    Perth is closer to Jakarta than it it is to Sydney.

    1,865 miles to Jakarta
    2,450 miles to Sydney
  • RainBow_Drago...

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    Jan 03, 2014 12:49 PM GMT
    UK_Fella saidPerth is closer to Jakarta than it it is to Sydney.

    1,865 miles to Jakarta
    2,450 miles to Sydney

    True....
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  • honestsweat

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    Jan 03, 2014 2:41 PM GMT
    Sydney = New York City
    Melbourne (Mel'bin) = Boston
    Brisbane = think Florida
    Canberra (Can'bre) = Dullsville
    Australia = America in the 1950s.
    Sweeping generalizations = sometimes accurate
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    Jan 03, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    I really enjoyed my trips to Australia..one country I would consider retiring to, at least half the year.

    I flew to Sydney,..beautiful city with a lot to see-wish I spent more time to see more.

    Spent most of my time in Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise and surrounding areas. Drove the coast to Byron Bay..scenery is spectacular.
    Went to Brisbane and visited a Koala Sanctuary and had a great time there.

    Flew to Cairns and took a tour to visit the Great Barrier Reef..an experience I won't soon forget.

    Hope you enjoy it OP,..it's a country not to be missed.
  • Nayro

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    Jan 03, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    nabob7729 said
    PolitiNerd said
    YVRguy saidWhat's wrong with the West? icon_confused.gif
    Let's just say that certain cultures aren't very friendly ;)
    *coughAfrican,MiddleEasterncough*
    There are things I'd like to say about the last part of your quote, but I'll take the high road. Without knowing you, I'd guess that you probably live in a sterile bubble. Expose yourself to new and different experiences and see how much you'll learn.

    I went west and really enjoyed Perth. The Indian Ocean coast is one of the most beautiful I've seen. The racial diversity in Perth was amazing. There were no bad experiences.


    I think he means west sydney though. It is known to not be so gay-friendly there. The rest is fine.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 03, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    PolitiNerd said
    YVRguy saidWhat's wrong with the West? icon_confused.gif


    Let's just say that certain cultures aren't very friendly ;)

    *coughAfrican,MiddleEasterncough*
    How about Perth and the southwestern coasticon_question.gif
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    Jan 03, 2014 5:05 PM GMT
    honestsweat saidSydney = New York City
    Melbourne (Mel'bin) = Boston
    Brisbane = think Florida
    Canberra (Can'bre) = Dullsville
    Australia = America in the 1950s.
    Sweeping generalizations = sometimes accurate


    Australia = America in the 1950's ..icon_eek.gif
    You must be kidding mate !!
    When was the last time you visited our country ?icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 03, 2014 5:05 PM GMT
    Studied abroad in Sydney and absolutely loved it! I was only there for bout 4 days so I didn't get to do too much. But the opera house and manly beach were my two favorite spots...not to mention about 95.9% of the population is super attractive. You're gonna have a blast so enjoy it!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 03, 2014 5:18 PM GMT
    I wish that I had the financial resources to travel to Australia and spend a whole month in that interesting, modern country where guys proudly wear speedos on the beach.
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    Jan 03, 2014 8:58 PM GMT
    nabob7729 said
    PolitiNerd said
    YVRguy saidWhat's wrong with the West? icon_confused.gif
    Let's just say that certain cultures aren't very friendly ;)
    *coughAfrican,MiddleEasterncough*
    There are things I'd like to say about the last part of your quote, but I'll take the high road. Without knowing you, I'd guess that you probably live in a sterile bubble. Expose yourself to new and different experiences and see how much you'll learn.

    I went west and really enjoyed Perth. The Indian Ocean coast is one of the most beautiful I've seen. The racial diversity in Perth was amazing. There were no bad experiences.


    mate he/we meant Western suburbs, and not Western Australia.
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    Jan 03, 2014 9:02 PM GMT
    neffa said
    honestsweat saidSydney = New York City
    Melbourne (Mel'bin) = Boston
    Brisbane = think Florida
    Canberra (Can'bre) = Dullsville
    Australia = America in the 1950s.
    Sweeping generalizations = sometimes accurate


    Australia = America in the 1950's ..icon_eek.gif
    You must be kidding mate !!
    When was the last time you visited our country ?icon_sad.gif


    In the 1960s America was the only country to of surpassed Oz for quality of living, how things have changed.