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Loads of things I like about Australia, love the wildlife and the rainforests (the bush does nothing for me). Lots of other things, some small and some big.

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Yes I was totally underwhelmed with the bush (a few scraggy old trees and a lot of sweet FA)

Fauna was more impressive. Koala (not bears don't you know) nutting about and kangaroos hopping about...

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The bush is just mostly dry and boring. I just dont see the attraction at all.

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Yes I was totally underwhelmed with the bush (a few scraggy old trees and a lot of sweet FA)

Fauna was more impressive. Koala (not bears don't you know) nutting about and kangaroos hopping about...

And the drop bears don't forget them


If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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Loads of things I like about Australia, love the wildlife and the rainforests (the bush does nothing for me). Lots of other things, some small and some big.

When did you see rainforests?


If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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Guest Julz

i quite liked the storms in Darwin....never seen lightning like it in my life.

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I like the wide parking spaces to park my little Fiesta in! Errrrm, think that is about it! Oh and rainbow lorikeets.

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I think the only time, we have been really happy here, and enjoyed ourselves was sitting on Sydney Harbour, with a group of Brits and Argentinians we had got chatting to, probably one of our best memories of Aus.A really great night,with lovely people.

But thats like a holiday experience.The reality of living here has been harsh and dissapointing.

We envisaged lots of wildlife (all we ever see is dead here), and a great relaxed lifestyle and that never happened for us.

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+1 for the wide parking spaces for my fiesta! Also, powerful showers! Ditto with the bush - sorry, boring as batsh*t to me! Miles and miles of bark drop from some eucalypt totally indistinguishable by the naked eye from any of its neighbours. Even the wildlife got to be big, brash and, frankly, boring.

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I feel the need to stick up for Aus here!

 

I like/love:

 

My wife and kids

Melbourne for daytrips and nights out

FNQ (specifically Cairns) for lovely holidays and hopefully when the kids are older, trips to the Reef

My house

The suburb we live in, near the Barwon river and with a half decent pub down the road

my son's school

a certain nightspot in Geelong (EW will be familiar with it)

the ABC and SBS

the beaches of Torquay, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale


My Brain Hurts!

 

 

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Shopping in mebourne

gt ocean road

lookout at the top of the Blue Mountains

gt barrier reef

wide roads

Hanging my washing out and knowing it will dry on the same day

AFL. Swaaaanees

my local Westfield shopping centre

walking on a pebble-free beach at sunset

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When did you see rainforests?

 

When did I see rainforests ? We had sub tropical rainforests around Brisbane, I spent a lot of time in tropical rainforests in FNQ and there are temperate rainforests in Victoria. Thats quite a strange question really.

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I feel the need to stick up for Aus here!

 

I like/love:

 

My wife and kids

Melbourne for daytrips and nights out

FNQ (specifically Cairns) for lovely holidays and hopefully when the kids are older, trips to the Reef

My house

The suburb we live in, near the Barwon river and with a half decent pub down the road

my son's school

a certain nightspot in Geelong (EW will be familiar with it)

the ABC and SBS

the beaches of Torquay, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale

 

 

The best Bowls Club in Victoria that. That night you won the meat-tray raffle will live long in the memory. Excellent fish supper at the end of it too.

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This really vexed me and I gave it a lot of thought but the best I could come up with are the parks in Melbourne. To be fair Australia does parks and childrens' play areas really well and having a BBQ / picnic area in close proximity is great for minimal effort entertaining!

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The best Bowls Club in Victoria that. That night you won the in tmeat-tray raffle will live long the memory. Excellent fish supper at the end of it too.

 

 

 

I bet... I'm getting some really disturbing mental images right now..:laugh:

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Preston markets.

Room service at Langhams in Melbourne.

My wife.

My V6.

Prawns.

Winter in Brisbane.

Lots of travel with work.

 

Please don't start with dislikes!

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I miss the great after school/holiday club my children had at their school, it was a purpose built facility which was run very well and didnt break the bank. The schools in my area do not have proper out of school hours care so you have to source care through local nurseries. I have a choice of 2 nurseries who would collect my children from school, 1 of them was full so had to go with the other one. Its not great as these places cater mainly for pre school aged children so my children get bored very easily.

 

The Oz government also refund 50% of your childcare costs regardless of your income. In Uk the refund is based on your income, so if you go over that threshold you might get nothing back. My childcare costs per year is approx £10k for 3 children which I think is horrendous for an hour every day in after school care and full time over holidays. I could use a childminder however what happens if she is sick or goes on holiday, who can look after 3 children at short notice?

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Food shopping - the farmer's markets, the fishmongers, the deli, the greengrocer where I am known by the shop keepers, where they'll recommend the freshest produce or the best buys and talk to me about my health and my family like they really care. Okay the supermarkets are rubbish but I only need to go there for tins or beans and loo roll!

 

IGA's, not for the food shopping but because they remind me so much of holiday camp shops, selling all kinds of weird and wonderful things. And then this week there was a sign up saying 'whole pigs for sausages $6 a kilo' where would you see that in the UK

 

Spring and Autumn weather

 

Community schools (and my sons school in particular) of which nothing anywhere similar exists in the UK

 

The efficiency of the healthcare system (but I won't miss the cost!)

 

Bush camping with other families, children barefoot, filthy and happy

 

Casual get togethers in someone's backyard, bring the children and bring a plate

 

(The last two I hope I can bring home with me in spirit)

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