My Australian Experience...
Highs: The Pinnacles; swimming with manta rays and sharks in Coral Bay; our night at the sheep
station sleeping underneath countless stars; going beach-hopping along the coast of Exmouth;
Stromatolites; seeing wild kangaroos and emus all over; Rottnest Island; day o' wine drinking in the Swan
Valley; coast near Albany.
Lows: Being reminded of how expensive things are out here; having our dive in Ningaloo Reef cancelled
because of the swells and currents from the winds of a cyclone that is due (after being all geared up and in
the boat riding around for two hours trying to find better conditions); coming to Exmouth a bit too early
for whaleshark season; having an attack of the bedbugs at one of the hostels.
Best Moments: Swimming with the countless sharks; having the Oyster Stacks completely to
Craziest Moment: When Jo and I inquired about renting a car in Exmouth to a woman with no teeth
and a one-car fleet, she told us we might have a problem getting around town because 'they were killing
goats' that day. Huh??? Turns out it was true - there was an aerial goat shooting going on to keep the
population of them down due to their ruining the surrounding fauna.
Smells: Wines; chocolate; barbeque aromas; different products at a sandalwood factory.
Sounds: The ocean; 'Good on you'.
Sights: The Pinnacles; dolphins at Monkey Mia; Shark's Bluff; Oyster Stacks, Turquoise Bay, T-Bone
Bay and some other beaches near Exmouth; Ningaloo Reef; Stromatolites; town of Fremantle; so much
roadkill (mostly 'roos); wildlife such as emus, 'roos, koalas, quokkas.
Tastes: Kangaroo sausage; dessert-style Greek yogurt with passionfruit; fish 'n chips; using sweet chili
sace on just about everything; Tim Tams.
Fun Food Finds: Strawberry kit kat; 'hedgehog' slices; honeycomb products; Tim Tams.
Western Companies Out Here: McDonald's; Subway; KFC; Gloria Jean's (but surprisingly no
Starbuck's in Perth or WA!!!).
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: Around $2000 with airfare, tours, food & wine and places to stay.