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First Impressions of Australia

7 February 2011 4 Comments

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…

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  • Scott said:

    Glad you’re enjoying the experience, mate. You’ve done a fair bit in your first three weeks, so I hope it continues for you.

  • Ian Jones said:

    I agree with Scott’s comment; I’m glad you’re enjoying your experience as Australia is a great country and has a lot to offer. Although I haven’t been to Newcastle, I visited Sydney last year and since then I’ve developed a real affinity with the city and intend to go back in the near future. As you say, it’s undeniably frantic and busy, but not unpleasantly so. The city has a great atmosphere and despite the crowds manages to retain a real laid back vibe. In my opinion this has a lot to do with the people; I don’t think I’ve ever visited a place where the locals have been so friendly and welcoming. It’s practically impossible to walk into a shop without having a conversation with someone and you can guarantee that you will meet some great people on a night out in the city. I didn’t find it too heavily touristy either, although maybe this was down to the time of year that I visited.

  • IanW said:

    Daniel this is a complimentary piece which gives Newcastle NSW a good report. And to me it is particularly interesting because I was born in Newcastle UK, grew up in Wellington NZ, returned and studied in the UK (Plymouth and Newcastle) and eventually returned to Newcastle NSW and lived and worked there for nearly 20 years.

    And the reason I returned to Australia again was for most of the reasons you alluded to in your article – a good place to live, weather is pretty good and there is not quite so much formality that has to be conformed to. Like you I find Sydney too much hustle and bustle.

    So just a quick thanks for the compliment – and if you have not been there yet make a stop in Brisbane. I live in Brisbane now and it has much to offer – a larger city without the hassle of Sydney, a better climate all year round – and much to do within a 100km range.

  • dan said:

    Thanks so much for your comment. I did love Newcastle, and it remains one of my favourite places in Australia. I also visited Brisbane, and like you, much prefer it to Sydney, although I spent only a little time there. Sounds like you have seen much of the world, and had the pleasure of living in some incredible places, I am envious.

    Thanks again for your comment

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