Attention Aussies! Or anyone who’s ever been to Australia! I’m trying to figure out what to do during our Oz trip in October. Aside from watching Gareth’s eyes glaze over as he’s introduced to yet another family member, that is. If he’s not completely overwhelmed by that and/or the dazzling sunshine, I’m determined to show off our fair country as much as possible.
Due to time and budget constraints we’re limited to the east coast, specifically Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and a good chunk of rural NSW where my family live. The only definite plans we have are a trip to Australia Zoo (Gareth is an ardent admirer of Steve Irwin and wants to see some crocs and snakes and other DANGEROUS creatures) near Brisbane, and the Philip Island MotoGP on October 16. We’re heading back to the UK from Melbourne right after that.
I admit my knowledge of these cities is utterly rubbish. I’ve never been to Brisbane, twice briefly to Melbourne and only to Sydney for specific events like concerts. So if anyone out there could chuck a few ideas our way that would be good. Things to do, places to eat and drink, and accommodation that won’t break the bank.
Gareth is very easy to please. He’s never been to Oz before so just wants get a feel for the place and see the iconic sights. Neither of us are real museum-y type of people, but we usually try to go to at least one per trip so we can sound learned to our friends. Instead Gareth has a soft spot for things that are quite, well… crap and cheesy. Like the Big Merino and Big Potato are high on our list of things to see.
As for me, I want to know where’s good for breakfast. What’s a good bakery? Where’s the best place for hot chocolate? And sushi? And ice cream? Okay, I know it sounds like I’m a total lardarse, but I have been eating cucumbers that come wrapped in two layers of plastic for the past 2.5 years and I cannae wait to get my mitts on some Aussie grub!
I’m also thinking maybe driving from Canberra to Melbourne for the last week of the trip so we can wander through the countryside, which is pretty much how we like to travel here in Scotland except it will be brown instead of green. Any ideas on a good route to take? Coastal or inland?
I know I’m way oot of touch as to what’s hip-hop-happening at home, so any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Failing that I will just harrass my mates then sit on The Mothership’s couch and eat Mint Slices til I spew.