19.07.2006 35 °C
Australia is a continent by itself. It is sparse and dramatic. From the beautiful beaches and sweeping coastlines to miles and miles of desert and barrenness to flat lands, to tropical forests, not so tropical forests, mountains and canyons to cityscapes - its got the lot.
Sharks, tropical fish, stingrays, humpback whales, emus, koalas, kwokkas, kangaroos, parrots, galahs, lizards (large and small), crocs, snakes, spiders, possoms, fruit bats, wallabies and dingoes.
Sydney for the beaches, Melbourne for the vibe and Perth for the weather and the Sunday arvo sessions.
So many. Bondi for what it represents and its natural extreme wave machine. Cottosloe and Rottnest near Perth. Hamelin Bay and Esperance in WA. But the ultimate was Whitehaven in the Whitsundays. Sheer bliss.
There's the Great Ocean Drive and a sailing trip for three days but then there was also the campervan experience down the south of Western Australia (best bit: driving through the old gold mining ghost towns)
Usual stuff with a bit of kanga
Loads of types of lager as you would expect, mot of it standard crap but cheap. Best by a long way was the Cooper's Pale Ale.
At night electro. By day thee cool laid back grooves of surfer's favourite Jack Johnson and his angrier bredwin Ben Harper.
Not having the time or money to experience the Northern Territory including Kakadu, King's Canyon and, of course, the drunken Aboriginees - I mean Ayre's Rock - the centrepiece of the country.
And another thing:
Scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef which was one of the most amazing experiences ever.