Australia round-up

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Sydney Opera House from under the Harbour Bridge

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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The Great Ocean Road in pictures

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What a cracking view

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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Falling for Victoria

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Beacon Hill Park

Victoria on Vancouver Island is the capital of British Columbia. As the name suggests it was colonised by Britain under the reign of Queen Victoria and as a result has been heavily influenced by British culture and tradition. Its British roots are everywhere, beautiful Victorian homes with pristine gardens, red double decker buses ferrying tourists around the city, fish and chips, old fashioned pubs and one of our host’s neighbours even owned a black cab.

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