thanks for input,moreinfo the better

Jan 5th, 2004, 08:30 PM
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thanks for input,moreinfo the better

thanks again, any must sees on or near the coast?
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Jan 5th, 2004, 08:41 PM
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which coast?
 
Jan 5th, 2004, 09:27 PM
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east coast
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>>>>>>any must sees on or near the coast?<<<<<<

Yes, the people of Australia. You know how they talk about stopping and smelling the roses? Well, stopping to really notice the person with whom you are at a given moment can lead to great experiences too.

One of my loveliest experiences in Australia (but I had too many of them to keep track) was an afternoon train ride from Sydney to Katoomba, a route that I did a few times. Sharing my coach were two elderly gentlemen with whom I got chatting.

It turned out that they were friends, and lived in a town that was one or two stops beyond Katoomba. Both of them were veterans. They had gone to Sydney to play darts and have a beer with fellow vets at the -- oh I forget what it's called in Australia. Here in Canada we call it the Legion. It's a place where vets can gather and play pool and do whatever else it is that vets do when they get together.

Anyway, these two gentlemen told me they did this about once a month. They told me tons and tons of other interesting things. They were fascinating guys.

Another time my family and I were on Puffing Billy, an old fashioned steam train for tourists outside of Melbourne. We were sharing a cabin with an Australian family. Part way into the journey the Australian mother pulled a wicker basket out from under her seat. She handed china cups and saucers around to her family members, and poured tea for them from a thermos flask.

She didn't have spare cups to give us but, when she sliced her homemade Christmas cake, she insisted on giving each of us a slice too.

Australian people on the whole are laid back and friendly.

While I'd be the first person to tell you what gorgeous scenery Australia has, I would say my most lasting memories are of those lovely people.

Just one tip. Many Australians have a dry sense of humour. As a newcomer one can misunderstand their intentions. If you understand that you often need to take what they're saying with a pinch of salt in order to know where they're coming from, it can help your transition to go more smoothly.

And, as I hinted once before, if you pay copious compliments to Australia beer, you'll be well on your way to fitting in.
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Jan 6th, 2004, 11:37 AM
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Could you possibly narrow the East Coast down a bit, say to around 400 miles? 'Cause its about 5,000 klms long. However because I am a Queenslander I think, as does most of Australia think, that the areas around:
Cairns/Port Douglas/Daintree ..
Mackay/Whitsundays...
Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales including Byron Bay...
Sydney/ Hawkesbury River
Bega/ and southern New South Wales highland areas.
are probably the main areas of interest BUT not the only areas though. But if you were to ask as a tourist where should you go then it would be Sydney - Gold Coast area - Whitsundays - Cairns and surrounds.
For the very best of the best though the Whitsunday area would be my choice because you have the reef and you have any number of beautiful islands to explore in a magnificent, clean, green area.
 
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