Is there any point in visiting Australia.....

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#1 Aug 9th, 2017, 16:40
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....If you don't much care for beaches or beachy scenery, snakes, deserts, or kangaroos and have made up your mind, based on "intelligent hearsay" that the place is like an outback of England now obsessed with becoming "another America"?

And having been to both the US and the (lived there) UK, is there anything particularly new or special that this monstrously huge and empty continent has to offer?

Can anybody help me change my mind? I'm looking for cogent rebuttals.
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Flora, Fauna (and Merryweather)!
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Not to mention the Sheilas.
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As in most countries, get out of the cities and away from crowded attractions. It is a beautiful country and worth visiting at least once.
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Every place has its own aura, every state more so, and every country even more so. Everything may be same, yet everything is different as a tourist, this has been my experience.

So go ahead and you will most probably come back happy.
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Aboriginal culture; amazing wildlife ( not just 'roos ) ; rock formations which exist nowhere else in the world; friendly Aussies; no English reticence ( what you see is what you get when dealing with people); fusion cooking and great coffee shops ( this might persuade you BB!) ; scenic drives .... go for it and don't forget your cozzie because the beaches are amazing (yes, I saw you don't care for beaches)......


P.S. Go to Tasmania too, if time and budget permit.
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I hear tell that some of the wildlife is actually not venomous.



(I'm sure it would be a wonderful place to visit)
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post come back happy.
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BB - do you remember that song and dance sequence in bhaag milkha bhaag after which he gets .... that scene is in Australia...
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I should add that "Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~ Camille Pissarro
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I should add that "Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~ Camille Pissarro
Oh ye of little faith.

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It's telling that the Aussies are quiet thus far? GP, unclelach?

Btw, is there such a thing as Australian cuisine?
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They're quiet because they are busy enjoying the lifestyle. They call it 'Modern Australian'.
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Australian landscape is unlike any other. Blue sky and vast tracks of land and sea abounds. A country three times the size of India and the population same as of Delhi. People outside cities are hard to find but flora and fauna is fantastic.

Depends what you are interested in BB. It takes time to really see Australia.

Start with http://www.australia.com/en
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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post It's telling that the Aussies are quiet thus far? GP, unclelach?

Btw, is there such a thing as Australian cuisine?
Well, here goes:

First, Govindpuri's tourism link looks really useful. Now, while Australia has much to offer a visitor, there are factors which may be drawbacks for some.

Australia is substantially a monoculture although being near entirely a land of immigrants there is an overlay mosaic of cultures and customs from the many countries which provided the settlers. The country has a small population with regard to its geographic size which has meant that towns and cities, thousands of kilometres apart, have the same appearance and layout. Climate variations which are substantial do bring about differences in building construction.

Australia is a little cheaper than western europe for a comfortable holiday but more expensive than the UK( from a friend who recently holidayed in both).

Many Australians prefer to holiday in say south-east asian countries which offer excellent value accomodation, meals etc and comparatively exotic surroundings.

Cuisine:

I doubt that there is an Australian cuisine but all cities and many towns have excellent restaurants building on plentiful and diverse fresh ingredients. We aussies enjoy our food and most of us are glad to work through the numerous foreign cuisines available here. Plenty of young people are declared vegan and seem to do quite well.

Wine:

Australia produces some very good wine although the cheapest should be avoided.
Many wineries offer free tastings to promote their "cellar door" sales. Wine growing is well established in the southern parts of the mainland.

Cheese:

All kinds of dairy food are consumed and cheese production is important. Many european style cheeses are produced.
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