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In January 2016 I went for a two-week stay to Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), and Sydney, for research but also for fun. Though I didn't see the outback (another time), Australia quickly became one of my favorite countries I've visited, with a low hassle-factor. It's an expensive country, but it's easy to do things and to get around, the people are friendly, and it's beautiful. Basically, Australia is Canada with nice weather and without a stick up its bum.

If You Go
Melbourne: Melbourne is smaller and has a more European feel to it, like an Australian San Francisco. The downtown is easy to navigate, has lots of beautiful park space, and has tons of markets, shops, and scenic old buildings. There isn't really a harbor or beach culture, but the river is pretty and it's near the Great Ocean Road running along the south shore, which has nice views of the, well, ocean, as well as rainforests and fishing villages.

Hobart: Hobart is like the Halifax or Edinburgh of the south: lots of brightly-colored wood and stone buildings, and an isolated, windswept feel, along with lots of strange animals and plants. I'm not sure I'd want to live there, as it was the height of a Tasmanian summer and it ranged between low twenties in the daytime and mid-teens at night, but Tazzie does have beautiful rolling hills and rainforests, and yes, the devils– who look like tiny black bears until they show their giant fangs. It's a beautiful island and one of the most exotic places I've ever seen.

Sydney: Sydney, whether this is a good or bad thing, feels much like any big west-coast city in North America, such as Vancouver or Portland. Its architecture was less interesting to me, and while the Opera House / Bridge combo are impressive, that's about it. Sydney's draw is that there's lots to do, the weather is perfect, the beaches are great (Bondi is one of the best sand beaches I've seen in my life, and I've seen a few), and the harbors and botanic gardens are wonderful. If Hobart is a place to tour, Sydney is a place to live.



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Hobart Wharf
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Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne
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Shipwreck Cove
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The Twelve Apostles
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Sydney Opera House
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Elizabeth Harbor, Sydney
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Victoria Center Clock, Sydney
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Mt. Field Gums, Tasmania
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Bird at Airey's Inlet › January 2016. Apollo Bay Beach › January 2016. Tram Tracks on Bourke, Melbourne › January 2016. Shipwreck Cove Plant › January 2016. Cowen Gallery, State Library, Melbourne › January 2016. Great Ocean Road Memorial › January 2016. Flinders Street, Melbourne › January 2016. Burned Forest on Ocean Road › January 2016. Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne › January 2016. La Trobe Room, State Library, Melbourne › January 2016. Loch Ard Desert Plants › January 2016. Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road › January 2016. Loch Ard Stacks › January 2016. London Bridge, Great Ocean Road › January 2016. Watching the Melbourne Open › January 2016. University of Melbourne Archway › January 2016. Under Prince's Bridge, Melbourne › January 2016. Shipwreck Cove Corner › January 2016. Shipwreck Cove Beach › January 2016. Great Ocean Road › January 2016. The Twelve Apostles › January 2016. University of Melbourne Field › January 2016. University Housing, Melbourne › January 2016. Victoria Harbor, Melbourne › January 2016. Astor Lounge, Hobart, Tasmania › January 2016. Macquarie Street Sunset, Hobart › January 2016. Moon at the Battery, Hobart › January 2016. Bookstore Lunch, Hobart › January 2016. Derwent Bridge Black Swans, Hobart › January 2016. Collins Street Red Brick, Hobart › January 2016. Curly Flowers, Hobart › January 2016. Curly Plants, Hobart › January 2016. Tasmanian Devil Jaws, Bonorong, Tasmania › January 2016. Tasmanian Devil, Bonorong, Tasmania › January 2016. Dry Hillside, Tasmania › January 2016. Echidna, Mt. Field Park, Tasmania › January 2016. Russell Falls, Tasmania › January 2016. Franklin Wharf Gulls, Hobart › January 2016. Franklin Wharf Sunset, Hobart › January 2016. Franklin Wharf Tackle, Hobart › January 2016. Green Gum, Mt. Field, Tasmania › January 2016. Kelly Street Door, Hobart › January 2016. Koala, Bonorong Park, Tasmania › January 2016. Green Moss, Mt. Field, Tasmania › January 2016. Nanny Goat Lane View, Hobart › January 2016. Parliament Square Lawn, Hobart › January 2016. Rainbow Pond, Tasmania › January 2016. Richmond Bridge, Tasmania › January 2016. Kangaroos Resting, Bonorong, Tasmania › January 2016. Salamanca Cafes, Hobart › January 2016. Salamanca Night Blur, Hobart › January 2016. Boats on Short Beach, Hobart › January 2016. Short Beach Dogs, Hobart › January 2016. Sunglint, St. David's Park, Hobart › January 2016. St. David's Park Gate, Hobart › January 2016. Reader, St. David's Park, Hobart › January 2016. Rivulet Walkway, Hobart › January 2016. Tallest Gum, Mt. Field, Tasmania › January 2016. Windy Road in Tasmania › January 2016. Evening Glint on Wharf, Hobart › January 2016. Last Light on Wharf, Hobart › January 2016. Rivulet Wildberries, Hobart › January 2016. Archibald Fountain & St. James, Sydney › January 2016. Archibald Fountain, Sydney › January 2016. Australia Day Fireworks, Sydney › January 2016. Bamboo, Botanic Garden, Sydney › January 2016. Beare Park, Sydney › January 2016. Bondi Crowd, Sydney › January 2016. Bondi Beach, Sydney › January 2016. Bondi Surfers, Sydney › January 2016. Wall Art, Bondi Beach › January 2016. State Library Card Catalog, Sydney › January 2016. Opera House Spires, Sydney › January 2016. Domain Park Footy, Sydney › January 2016. Potts Point at Night, Sydney › January 2016. Elizabeth Harbor Moon, Sydney › January 2016. Botanic Garden Flowers, Sydney › January 2016. University Great Hall Steps, Sydney › January 2016. Great Hall, University of Sydney › January 2016. Elizabeth Harbor Blue, Sydney › January 2016. Harbor by Day, Sydney › January 2016. Hyde Park Ibis, Sydney › January 2016. Hyde Park North Walk, Sydney › January 2016. Botanic Garden Lilypads, Sydney › January 2016. Macleay Roof Left Side, Sydney › January 2016. Macleay Hotel Roof, Sydney › January 2016. Elizabeth Marina Dusk, Sydney › January 2016. Botanic Garden Myna, Sydney › January 2016. St. James Church Glow, Sydney › January 2016. Sydney Suspension Bridge › January 2016. Sydney Opera House › January 2016. Queen Victoria Center, Sydney › January 2016. Victoria Center Clock, Sydney › January 2016. Macleay North View, Sydney › January 2016. Opera House from Macleay, Sydney › January 2016. Botanic Garden Plover, Sydney › January 2016. University Quad Archway, Sydney › January 2016. Botanic Garden Red, Sydney › January 2016.