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First Impressions of Australia
Well, I have been in Australia for about 3 weeks now, and I think I am able to give an educated opinion on my findings so far. I have only visited the heavily-touristy Sydney, as well as the much-quieter Newcastle.
To begin with, I have liked most of what I have seen and encountered thus far. The sights, sounds and attractions have left me with little time to sit about and do nothing. The various excursions that Sydney has to offer have filled many days. The Zoo, the Wildlife Centre, as well as the Aquarium are just a few to mention. Being in Sydney during Australia Day was a great experience as well, and one that I am glad to have witnessed.
Newcastle, on the other hand, has been much more laid back. The town itself offers little in the way of days out, although the hostel does provide wine tours and dolphin watching, as well as shark feeding, so there is something to occupy yourself with if you look a little harder.
The main attraction that Newcastle offers, though, has to be its beaches. I had loved waking up in the morning and nipping down to the beach for a swim, a body surf and a tan top up. It is a great place to sit and watch the world go by, while admiring all the beautiful people.
So in contrast, with Sydney being a high-energy, frantic and stressful place, full of tourists and – in my opinion – drunken Britts, Newcastle is quite the opposite, with time to get to know the place and the people within. The Beach house YHA is definitely worth a visit if you are coming here. I have enjoyed this stop immensely, being somebody who enjoys the more laid back places.
First impressions then are very high, and I am certainly looking forward to bigger and greater things as the trip unfolds. As always, I will keep you posted. Alternatively, check out my Facebook page for more regular updates.
Until next time…
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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