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Traveling down under...
« on: September 07, 2010, 12:14:44 PM »

So, we're headed to Melbourne for a month in October. I've never been there, and have never flown overseas before. It's a LONG airplane ride!

I've got a few things to figure out.

One thing I'll have to figure out is how to drive on the wrong side of the road. Has anyone ever had to learn this, and if so how difficult was it?

I'm also wondering about communications. We'd like to use cell phones, but ours won't work there. Even if they did, the roaming charges would be ridiculous! We will have access to a computer.

We are doing this as a home exchange. It'll be our fifth, and they work out very well.
So much to do; so much to do!
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Re: Traveling down under...
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 01:16:42 PM »

DONT EAT THE VEGEMITE !!

you have been warned
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 02:23:54 PM »

DONT EAT THE VEGEMITE !!

you have been warned

Gotta try it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2010, 04:52:14 PM »

Driving on the wrong side of the road is easy. You get used to it in a few minutes' time.

Buy a cheapie cell phone while you're there. I do that anytime I travel out of North America.

Melbourne is pretty cool. If you get a chance, get out of the city and go for a long drive. The Australian countryside is breathtaking. Take the Great Ocean Road. You'll thank me later.

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2010, 08:17:14 PM »

DONT EAT THE VEGEMITE !!

you have been warned

Gotta try it.

Don't spread it on your slice of bread, or toast, thick. A very thin layer will suffice. Don't go trying a spoonfull of it either. it has a strong taste so less is better. Its good stuff.


Melbourne is pretty cool. If you get a chance, get out of the city and go for a long drive. The Australian countryside is breathtaking. Take the Great Ocean Road. You'll thank me later.
Never been to Melbourne, but I always hear about the Great Ocean Road. Driving that road will be one of the first things I'd do if I end up down that way.
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Re: Traveling down under...
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2010, 10:32:42 PM »

My experience with driving on the 'wrong' side of the road was the same as Dennis.

And yeah, you should definitely get out of the city at some point.

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2010, 10:51:27 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2010, 06:57:27 AM »

Hey, I live about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne in the Latrobe Valley. :shock:

Its ok apart from the feral humans roaming around.



Its snow season here at the moment up in the mountains  :)
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2010, 07:02:58 AM »

DONT EAT THE VEGEMITE !!

you have been warned

Gotta try it.

Noooo dont!


I like a little bit of bread with my vegemite.

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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 05:14:15 PM »

Okay--we're here in beautiful Melbourne. Great place--except for the high prices of everything due to taxes. Still, the people seem well off and happy enough. Everyone is friendly and helpful. If they have any assholes in this country, I have yet to meet one.

Bought, and tried, Vegemite. Not bad. Tastes like beef bouillon paste. Healthy, and no salt. What's not to like about it?
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 06:31:11 PM »

high prices of everything due to taxes.
Taxes are bad but not THAT bad.
Mostly the high prices you see are because the USD is taking a shit.
Last I was in Oz was 2003, it was $1.60AU to the USD, it was like a 40%-off sale on everything I bought. Now it's pretty much $1AU=$1US

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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2010, 09:36:52 PM »

Okay--we're here in beautiful Melbourne. Great place--except for the high prices of everything due to taxes. Still, the people seem well off and happy enough. Everyone is friendly and helpful. If they have any assholes in this country, I have yet to meet one.

Bought, and tried, Vegemite. Not bad. Tastes like beef bouillon paste. Healthy, and no salt. What's not to like about it?


hey welcome to Aus!

The taxes are high because people get lots of "free" stuff from the feds.
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Re: Traveling down under...
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2010, 06:02:15 PM »

Okay--we're here in beautiful Melbourne. Great place--except for the high prices of everything due to taxes. Still, the people seem well off and happy enough. Everyone is friendly and helpful. If they have any assholes in this country, I have yet to meet one.

Bought, and tried, Vegemite. Not bad. Tastes like beef bouillon paste. Healthy, and no salt. What's not to like about it?


taxes and a minimum wage of $15 an hour drives the price of everything up a bit.
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Re: Traveling down under...
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2010, 09:30:34 PM »


Hope you've had a chance to drive the Great Ocean Road while there. It was one of the highlights of my trip while I was down there 3 years ago. Did you rent a camper van? Oh, and what other parts of Australia have you visited?
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2010, 03:05:07 AM »


Hope you've had a chance to drive the Great Ocean Road while there. It was one of the highlights of my trip while I was down there 3 years ago. Did you rent a camper van? Oh, and what other parts of Australia have you visited?

Driving that road is one of our plans while here. It's a home swap, so we're driving the other couple's '09 Mazda. We are here a month, so should have enought time to see this area, which is the top tourist area of the country.

We have not yet seen any other part of the country. It's a big place, after all! But, we may make the drive to Sydney, or take a train there and rent a car. (Gas is about $5/gal.)
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