Australia Trip Report
David & Nancy went to Australia in February of 2009. This is a trip report of their adventure of a life time!
For the last 13 months we have been planning a trip to the East coast of Australia. This includes the cities of Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney. The most important and exciting part of the trip was 7 days on a live aboard boat out on the Great Barrier Reef. Everything else was icing on the cake!!
We have divided this trip report into 4 sections. Each city we visited and of course the live aboard boat. Each page will have many pictures. Especially, the 7 day's on the boat.
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With David's out going personality, we have engaged in many conversations with the locals. We have learned many things about Australia and it's people. In Cairns we have learned:
It is a lot like the East side of Mexico in many ways. It is hot, humid and industrialized. The buildings are made with block and have a tin, tile, or metal roof. No wood.
There is enough trash laying around to be noticed, but not so much that it is a real big problem
There is a lot of vegetation. Many different types of plants, palm trees and other stuff.
They have homeless people here just like in any city.
Graffiti is present off the main streets, but not very much on the main roads.
2 main gangs are fighting for control in Cairns.
Most of the locals are super friendly.
The food is good, but a little different than the US. Baked or fried tomatoes are a basic staple of each meal.
They drive on the “wrong” side of the street here. Which, while we are walking, makes crossing the street interesting. Habit makes us always look left first, which of course is the wrong way!
Painted cross walks are not present and pedestrians DO NOT have any rights. Cross at your own peril.
Very few bugs, but sugar ants are everywhere.
Jungle type birds are everywhere and they sound really cool – there are a lot of wild parrots.
Coffee or tea and rum are drinks most often talked about.
I see small cars and trucks most often on the roads. No big SUV's or vehicles with a lot of “bling bling”.
We also noticed a lot of multi-national relationships. We learned from a local, a while back (10 years, or so) the Australian government opened it's borders for anybody to come into it's country to become a citizen. The thinking was, Australia is a big country and needed people to immigrate here to increase the population. So Australia opened up it's border to China and other Asian countries. Now (as we see it) there are a lot of Asians and other nationalities which make up the population.
We have also met people from England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Austria, Kuwait and many different Asian countries.
Here are a few pictures of some miscellaneous items. The electrical here is very different than the US. US products need an adapter in order to plug in. The light switches are also different. It is 240 volts not 120.
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