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Jun 21, 2005 - New South Wales

After we saw Brisbane, we set off for Surfers Paradise where it rained a lot and started to get REALLY COLD!! It's sooo beautiful here, in spite of the weather, the waves are HUGE!! The cities are all along the coast line here, they just run one into the other, about every 10kms. We did the quicky tour of Surfers Paradise and then made our way to Oxenford about 60kms away to go to one of the Theme Parks. After a lot of concideration we decided on DREAMWORLD, which was really cool, but just like any other park with adrenaline rides!! Then we...

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Jun 12, 2005 - The O House

I just had to see the Sydney opera house. It was a beautiful warm day so I decided to walk. Winters in Sydney are very mild. During my entire stay the temperatures did not drop below 50 and stayed around 70 during the day. I also found out that Sydney has a very moderate climate throughout the year with only about 20 degree variation between winter and summer. A very pleasant place to live indeed. On my way to the opera house I went through the Royal Botanical Gardens and a large park right on the harbor. Sydney is a very comfortable city....

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Jun 11, 2005 - Kings Cross - Sydney's Red Light District

On Saturday night I headed out to the King's Cross area of town, which is considered to be the Red Light District. The whole district stretches about 5 blocks along Victoria street. Porn shops, go-go bars illuminate the night with the neon announcements of their best girl shows, while Armenian looking men persistently invited all passers by to come in and "check it out". The strip clubs in Sydney operate differently then in the states. The cover charge is quite high $25 and up, but you don't need to tip the girls. Instead of a stage with...

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Jun 11, 2005 - Things I will miss and things I certainly wont miss!

Well, my time here in Australia is coming to an end and I have been in a bit of a reflective mood as of late! basically I think I have been here about 2 weeks too long and i am now getting pretty bored with the place! so I certainly WONT be emigrating out here! (even though Dad and others were convinced I would!!!) Australia is very like america, there are some things you love and some things you hate (whereas in Fiji and New Zealand I just could not find anything bad!!!) So I have come up with my list like i did in the US THINGS I WILL...

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Jun 9, 2005 - Onward to Sydney

I had an 11 hour layover in LA. Found a bench in an empty terminal and slept for 4 hours catching up for the previous night. I felt like a real globetrotter. The flight took 14 hours. Between the movies they showed the map of the Pacific with the exact position of the plane, the plane's speed, altitude and outside temperature. It dropped down to -54 at 35000 feet. At some point we crossed the international date line, which explains why I left LA on the 7th and arrived in Sydney on the 9th. We had 2 meals and a snack and the food was pretty...

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May 25, 2005 - Home sweet home from home - Sydney, Australia

Our coach to Brisbane from our hostel took a few hours and we took our flight back down to Sydney where Jezza my cousin (mench) picked us up. That night we ate with some of the family (another great meal a la Bensen) and then to The Sheaf a great pub/bar where we met some of my cousins' mates and went back to one's house for a few rounds of a film game 'Scene it'. Good fun but disheartening losing to their greater knowledge and mental film-related agility.

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May 12, 2005 - Sydney

And so we arrived in Sydney to find that the backpackers we were booked in called Wake Up ( if anyone comes through to Sydney this is a great place to go, lively, has a bar & cafe, clean, nice showers & rooms, funky interior & location is 10 mins from the city centre !!) to find that it was just around the corner from Central Station on Pitt Street !! As it was late we dumped our bags and went straight down to the bar to grab some really cheap food...fish & chips for 9 dollars & a large size too as usual !! Having slept well we ventured out...

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Apr 30, 2005 - Sydney - The Rocks!

Arriving in Sydney was really a dream come true for me. As I realized recently, coming to Australia really meant visiting Sydney. So, when I actually got here, I was bordering on giddy. Then when I saw my room and the view of the harbor, I was down right silly with excitement. The view is absolutely amazing and the pictures don't do it justice. The best part is that ht changes all the time. Ships coming in and out; different weather patterns and of course each sunset and sunrise is unique. The main features of the view are the Bridge and...

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Apr 23, 2005 - Home! (well almost...)

Well, Australia must agree with me because I can't get the heck out of here!!! Went out for a big night last night because I was supposed to leave this morning. Key word - SUPPOSED to... Yep, slept through my alarm and missed the plane! Got home last night around 3-ish and had everything packed and didn't need to leave for the airport until 4:45 so just laid down for an hour, set my alarm and everything, but somehow slept through it (or woke up, saw it was 4:30 and turned off my alarm, not sure...) So anyways, I'm still here... I'm lucky...

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Apr 21, 2005 - Newtown

So we are finally leaving Australia and heading out into the wilds of New Zealand for an action packed adventure. I have been living in Newtown for so long I will be sad to leave. I have so many memories of my days living in Newtown from quiet days in the park to crazy nights out. When I arrived all those months ago my first impressions were "O my god" and I spent a while wishing I was living at Bondi or Coogee with the throngs of British backpackers then after a week or two I decided I liked it. There aren't many backpackers in the area so...

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Nanny Goat on tour !

Mar 29, 2005 - M: Sydney, no worries mate!

It is done! After a very intense last month in Hawaii (which we spent planning, booking, packing and saying our goodbyes), we left all our worries behind and leaped into the unknown. At the Sydney Airport, we also had to leave behind a 2-lb bag of trailmix. The Aussies take their agricultural inspection very seriously. The good gentleman let us have a few mouthfuls of the excellent trailmix before we tossed it out. Hawaiian walnuts are not welcome in Australia! After this first incident, we found Sydney very friendly and easy to navigate....

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Skipping Stones

Mar 28, 2005 - Katoomba, Blue Mountains

David, Jeremy and I got up early and headed to the train station to catch a train to Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, about two hours from Sydney. The train ride was quite nice actually, except for the fact that a bunch of cyclists climbed on the train in the last half-hour of the trip, and proceeded to block both ends of the carriage with their bikes to the point where it was not possible to travel between carriages to get to the toilet. Eventually they got off the train, and I was unfortunate enough to make it to the "convulsing" toilet....

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