Sydney Opera House from under the Harbour Bridge
I’m pretty conflicted about Australia and I read something from Stephanie at 20something travel that summed it up perfectly, she said she really loved the country but felt a bit cheated as a tourist there. The standard of living in Australia is ridiculously high, we met one young British couple in Sydney who were earning double the salary that they had in the UK for doing exactly the same job. As a result, things cost more and I mean a lot more. It’s tough for tourists from pretty much any other country as the Australian Dollar is so strong and especially for us as the Pound isn’t doing well against anything! I genuinely don’t know how some of the young backpackers we saw could afford to do any of the activities on offer.
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What a cracking view
Man the Great Ocean Road is photogenic, it’s also completely different to what I expected in every way. Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, every town along the road has this laid back, beach bum vibe and we felt at home straight away. I was expecting it to be all glitz and glamour for some reason but it has retained a great quality that I’m sure has been there forever.
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We very nearly didn’t go to Canberra, it was a last minute decision to veer inland rather than take the coastal route from Sydney into Victoria. I’d read the tiny section in the guidebook, heard all the stories about it being dull and had pretty much made my mind up beforehand. Then we realised that we couldn’t come all the way to Australia and not visit its capital city, even just for a short time. What a surprise it was…
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The iconic sails
It was one of those pinch yourself moments. Here we both were dressed in our vaguely smart wedding attire for the first time in 6 months about to go and watch a performance in Sydney Opera House.
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Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset
I fell head over heels for Sydney, I mean really loved it. If we had been 5 years younger we would have quite happily gotten ourselves fixed up with working holiday visas and moved there for a bit just to experience life in this wondrous city. It has this great feel to it, absolutely pristinely clean and unlike any European or U.S city I’ve visited. You truly feel like you’re on the other side of the world.
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Landing on the beach
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world at 124 km long. There are no roads and no towns just forests, beaches, a few resorts and some beautiful lakes. The only way to get around is by 4wd vehicle along sand tracks and driving straight on the beach.
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