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#348505 - 10/18/07 11:10 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Terrence]
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#353242 - 11/09/07 02:31 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: elle]
Michelle Mangio Australia Offline
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Okay, any Sydneysiders here will crucify me, but if asked which city I like more, Sydney or Melbourne, I would have to say Melbourne. (I might not say that while IN Sydney, of course... wink )

Sydney may have many of the iconic Australian sites (and I definitely recommend a stop in Sydney if visiting Australia), but, honestly, the city is too "international" for me. I want something that really screams "Australia!" to me, and that's what I feel is so special about Melbourne. (That said, I adore the Blue Mountains region right outside of Sydney, and I'd be sore tempted to make that my home if I moved to Australia!)

Of course, Melbourne was the first city in Australia I visited (our first trip began in Melbourne, ended in Sydney), so that may have also biased my opinion, too. But I'm ore of a "nature gal" than a "city gal" and Melbourne, with its many parks and artistic and literary bent, really tickled my fancy. Plus, there's the Great Ocean Road, the Dandenong Ranges, the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island... I could go on and on!

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#353644 - 11/11/07 11:16 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Michelle Mangio Australia]
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#354906 - 11/18/07 11:09 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: elle]
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I'd like to add my contribution for Brisbane (where I live). It may not be as big and as well known as Sydney or Melbourne: but there has to be a reason that so many people from "down south" move here every week!

In Brisbane, you can visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctury, take a trip on our City Cats along the beautiful Brisbane River, visit South Bank (and have a swim in our own inner-city beach) as well as just relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere that is Brisbane.

We're friendly and relaxed, and the city has some incredibly good restaurants (Jade Budda and Char Char Char are two of my favorite - down at our Pier area).

It's only an hour drive south to the Gold Coast, and all the attractions there (Sea World, DreamWorld, White Water World, Movie World and the R M Williams Outback Spectacular), or a similar trip north to the Sunshine Coast.

Or if beaches without as many people are what you're after, then Redcliffe is only 45 minutes from the heart of Brisbane, or take a trip out to Moreton Island and feed the dolphins there.

An hour and a half south-west and you come to Toowoomba - which has the Cobb & Co museum, a great record of colonial transport throughout Australia.

Fortitude Valley, in Brisbane, is acknowledged by independent musicians around the world as one of the best music precincts, and there are live bands in one of 20 or so different venues each night.

The highlight of your trip to Brisbane would be to take a climb on our Storey Bridge and watch the sun set over the city. Then take a drive up to Mt Coot-tha and have dinner at The Summit restaurant, while you watch the lights of the city and look out over Moreton Bay.

Can you tell - I'm a proud Brissie Girl!
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#355350 - 11/20/07 06:24 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: elle]
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Hi Michelle, and welcome (I'm new too, right behind you in the launch queue!)

I haven't been to Australia but it looks awesome! and I Do love Australian Film.

Most I have seen can be counted on to be top quality filming,performance, writing etc.

I particularly liked
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Walkabout
another one about a girls school - the name escapes me, maybe you can help?

Im also into genealogy (all those Celts who were transported! or famine victims)

PS Your pic is awesome too!

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#355958 - 11/24/07 08:51 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: inspirangel]
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I think that the film you're thinking of is "The Getting of Wisdom" which is set in a girls school, and was made around the same time as Picnic.
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#355960 - 11/24/07 09:47 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Megan M]
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Registered: 09/13/07
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Loc: Australia
I work in Perth from time to time - it's much smaller than the other capital cities and has a lovely laid back feel - I love it.
Gorgeous beaches and nice weather all year (if a little hot for me over summer) again, nice food and wine. Margaret River & the Swan River area are home to many fine wineries.
One of the best restaurants in Australia is in Perth (IMHO) thats Loose Box at Mundaring - if you ever get a chance, don't miss it.
The sights are also, amazing - some are a fair way from Perth but there are lots within easy driving distance from Perth - Fremantle is lovely - interesting maritime museum, historic prison, waterfront restaurants, great antique shops and lots more.
Lots of people like visiting the dolphins at Rockingham - you can swim with them at Monkey Mia, but that's a fair way from Perth.
I like Rottnest Island - you can hire a bike and ride around the island taking in the ocean views.
I think there's an easy charm to Perth.
Ayers Rock, Alice Springs are both amazing - the sights and sounds are well worth the trip - the beauty of the desert, the Olga's and sunset/sunrise at the "Rock"...


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#356067 - 11/25/07 04:49 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Maxwell]
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Yes, I must say I enjoyed Perth, Fremantle, and Rottnest all very much.
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#356075 - 11/25/07 07:42 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Megan M]
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Thank-you so much Megan! Its irritating when you can't name something! I'll look it up right now. I can't remember.... I don't recall watching the end?

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#361980 - 12/27/07 04:03 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: BellaShorts]
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Megan,
I was in Brisbane for the first time this past May, and I do admit I rather enjoyed it! The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is just lovely, and I absolutely love that you can get to it by public transportation in the city (I just wrote an article on it, in fact). Brisbane is also very easy to get around. The South Bank (where I stayed) is coming along so nicely, and it's a quick walk to the Market. I think this will really be an up and coming destination for US travelers, especially as it's a good jumping point for all Queensland has to offer - and the Australia Zoo, Tangalooma Dolphin Resort, Noosa, Bundaburg, and Fraser Island are within easy distance, too!

Siobhan, if you like Aussie films, have you seen Ten Canoes? It's almost a cross between a drama and a documentary, but I really liked it - it follows the life of some Aboriginals in the Northern Territory.

Perth is also wonderful! Western Australia has so much to offer - I'm trying really hard to educate my clients on why they should make the journey. But, especially from the East Coast, once they travel all the way to Australia, they are often reluctant to make the journey out that way, which is very sad in some ways!

The ATE (Australia Tourism Exchange) is in Perth next year. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping they will bend the rules and let me go two years in a row! (Current rule is that a Premier Aussie Specialist can only be invited to attend once every two years, and I went this past year; but I plan on applying anyway!)

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