My Australian Experience...
Highs: Doing a night Bridge Climb in Sydney; hanging out with Ari and Monique; Whitsundays trip;
Noosa; wine tasting trips out of Adelaide; the Great Ocean Road; sparkling red wine.
Lows: The extremely high prices of everything in Sydney; being completely hungover on the last day
that Monique, Ari and I got to spend together; having beetles falling into my hair and clinging onto my
clothes in the rainforest; no platypus sightings.
Best Moments: My trip around the Whitsunday Islands; getting to hang out with friends in Sydney;
wine tasting outside of Adelaide in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale/Adelaide Hills.
Craziest Moment: Monique getting kicked out of two different bars one night (sorry Monique - but it
was one of the funnier experiences along the way!!!); seeing a scene of cops and television reporters in
Adelaide next-door to my hostel as they were attempting to evict a 'madam' whose brothel was there -
her husband was trying to get them away by throwing a fire extinguisher out of the window at them (thus
breaking the window).
Smells: Wines; salt water; fish 'n chips; grilled meats and fishes; chocolate at the Haigh's chocolate
factory; pizza on Christmas night.
Sounds: Rainstorms in Cairns; the indescribable sounds in the rainforest of different birds and insects;
rainbow lorakeets; fishies eating underneath the water; wind flapping against the sails of a boat.
Sights: Darling Harbour; Hunter Valley; Sydney Harbour; Harbour Bridge; Oxford Street; Great
Barrier Reef; Darlinghurst (in Sydney); Bondi Beach; Manly Beach; Cairns; dolphins; turtles; Noosa
National Park; a Christmas window of a department store with an Australian nativity scene (with
kangaroos, koalas, etc.); Barossa Valley; McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills wineries; Penfolds Magill
Estate; the Great Ocean Road.
Activities: Bridge Climb ($189 AD); diving in the Great Barrier Reef - 2 guided dives ($190 AD); Cape
Tribulation/Daintree Rainforest trip ($129 AD); wine tasting in the Hunter Valley ($130 AD);
Whitsundays Island trip ($500 AD); wine tasting in the Barossa Valley ($75 AD); wine tasting in the
McClaren Valley ($99 AD); Great Ocean Road ($350 AD).
Tastes: Wines, cheeses and chocolate in the Hunter Valley; Indian food on Oxford Street; octopus;
brushetta with prosciutto, gorgonzola, poached pears and hazelnuts; bruschetta with roasted pumpkin,
gorgonzola, pomegranate syrup and sliced almonds; barramundi with sweet potato mash; saltwater (while
snorkeling); sweetlips; Haigh's chocolate; sushi; fresh yogurt with a variety of toppings.
Street Food: Kebabs; fruit.
Fun Food Finds: Dark chocolate mint Twix; honeycomb Kit Kat; cookie dough Kit Kat; banana Milky
Way; McOz burgers at McDonald's; Cadbury's 'Crunchie' ice cream.
Western Companies Out Here: McDonald's; Starbuck's; Gloria Jean's; 7-Eleven; Target; K-Mart.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? Yes. I obtained this online.
Type of currency? Australian Dollar. About 1 Australian dollar equals $0.80 US.
Wallet Friendly? No. Not at all. Australia is a pretty pricey place to dine out or even go to a cafe. A
breakfast is close to $15 AD.
Things Australia Is Known For: Kangaroos; koalas; Great Barrier Reef; kind people; amazing
scenery; the 'Red Center' (Uluru aka 'Ayers Rock'); boomerangs; Steve Irwin - aka the Crocodile Hunter;
cricket; Tim Tams; vegemite; Steve Irwin (aka 'The Crocodile Hunter').
Religion: Christian (this is probably the majority though everything goes out here).
Costs: So far $3000 - eek!