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#347414 - 10/12/07 01:37 PM Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go?
Michelle Mangio Australia Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
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I wanted to take a quick moment to say - hi! I'm Michelle Mangio, and I'm the new Australia Editor for BellaOnline.

Rather than make a full introduction (you can check out my bio page or my webapge - I thought I'd start off by asking: How many of you have been to Australia? How many times, and when did you go? If you've never been, are you planning to go soon, or are you just dreaming of a possible future trip?
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#347483 - 10/12/07 06:18 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Michelle Mangio Australia]
MK_IslandTravel Offline
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Registered: 12/21/06
Posts: 76
Hello Michelle,

Welcome to BellaOnline. I spent a few months in Australia during a 6-month honeymoon many years ago. Travelling on a budget had us sticking close to the east coast. I'd love to go back (and will one day soon) and see more of this vast and beautiful continent. Hmmm... maybe a year-long anniversary holiday is in order!

Cheers,
Megan
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#348146 - 10/17/07 12:59 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: MK_IslandTravel]
elle Offline
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Registered: 10/12/05
Posts: 2966
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Welcome to BellaOnline Michelle!

I live in Australia. smile
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#348148 - 10/17/07 01:03 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: elle]
Lisa_Orlando Offline
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Registered: 08/22/07
Posts: 1112
I would LOVE to visit Austrailia and New Zealand while I am there. With the cost of the airfare, it makes sense to go and stay longer rather then just being there for a week.

I am taking nursing in school and look forward to being able to be a traveling nurse, I had thought about looking into 6 months contract in Austrailia, that would give me plenty of time too look around.

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#348149 - 10/17/07 01:16 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Lisa_Orlando]
Terrence Offline
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Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 113
I've been to Sydney several times and have driven up the Coast as far as Brisbane. I would definitely visit again. It's a beautiful continent with amazing people. Do it. But the flight can be a killer. 14-15 hours from LAX. A little faster on the way back.

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#348157 - 10/17/07 01:49 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Terrence]
Maxwell Offline
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Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 727
Loc: Australia
I know it's difficult for Melbourne to compete with Sydney - Sydney has the sights but I think Melbourne has the food and the shopping - so don't overlook us. My favourite part of Australia is far north Queensland - Port Douglas is just gorgeous.

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#348291 - 10/17/07 10:22 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Maxwell]
Terrence Offline
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Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 113
Deborah, the next time I get to Australia I will definitely see Melbourne.

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#348321 - 10/18/07 01:43 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Terrence]
Maxwell Offline
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Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 727
Loc: Australia
Very pleased to hear it...and we do have some sights - not the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Botany Bay BUT we do have some fabulous strips of restaurants and shops - Acland St, St Kilda established by Polish (I think)Jews in the 40s and 50s - cake shops, cafes and my favourite restaurant, Cicciolina's.
Lygon Street established by the Italians - pasta, great coffee and fresh produce....Victoria Street, Abbotsford - the Vietnamese - all their delicious food - Lonsdale st - Greek food & Chinatown. I could go on and on....we do have other things besides food by the way! My summary is a little one sided!

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#348329 - 10/18/07 02:22 AM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: Maxwell]
elle Offline
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Registered: 10/12/05
Posts: 2966
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne and the surrounds have plenty to rival Sydney. How about the Great Ocean Road, the Otways, the Dandenongs (okay, so Sydney has the Blue Mountains...), the MCG (where you can choose between cricket, its original purpose, or Aussie Rules football, or soccer, or rugby (league or union), or the occasional Commonwealth athletic game), the Australian Open tennis at Rod Laver, the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park.

We may not have the Harbour Bridge, but we make up for that with two elegant bridges: The Bolte and the Westgate. We don't have the Opera House but we do have Rialto Towers and the new Eureka Tower, either of which offer great panoramic views of the city. We have a bigger bay too - Port Philip, with some lovely beaches and nice little bay towns to stop at for a coffee.

And great food, as Deborah said. Approximately 1 restaurant to every 30 people resident here!

We're closer to Tasmania, too, which is a wonderful place for a holiday. You could combine the two.
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#348496 - 10/18/07 10:10 PM Re: Australia - Ever Been? Planning to go? [Re: elle]
Terrence Offline
Jellyfish

Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 113
O.K. you have me sold !! Lol. Thank you for the tips. I will definitely look into Melbourne. By the way, how is Ayers Rock and Perth? I know there is a transcontinental railroad too, featured on a Great Railways segment. I'd like to make it up North too.

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