I love Australia

I love living in Australia. We have a vast and varied land with a wide variety of imported cultural influences which Australia seems to absorb the very best of from our long term immigration policies.

In my lifetime the changes in our food and culture have been very good for this young vibrant democracy. Our food is part Asian, part european and down right fresh and delicious. We grow masses of fruit, grain and vegetables in a land that is arid for the most part.

Many chefs will tell you that food from any culture tastes better here than where it originated due to the freshness and quality standards of our food crops.

Flinders Lane Melbourne.
Flinders Lane Melbourne.

The Australia accent and language.

The Australia that I know is different to the Australia that has become stereotypical through tourist promotion.

I am not a Paul Hogan!

Steve Irwin "The crocodile hunter" was a real and genuine Australian icon, but he was not typically Australian either.

Both Irwin and Hogan do however speak with a typical Australian accent.

I was born in Chelsea a Melbourne seaside suburb not twenty miles away from where I live now but have travelled extensively and lived in other parts of this huge Island.

I speak with a typical local Melbourne accent, which is well enough received generally as an authentic Australian accent, although not a very broad one in my case.

My ancestors were convicts, and it is a mixture of this inherited English, Irish, Scottish and even Welsh working class languages that makes "Strine" humorous and fun to speak.

We all sound a bit the same, although the further "bush" you go, the slower and broader the accent gets and the more you see creative use of the word "bloody" Things become "bloody good" or "bloody lousy". When you come to Melbourne you will hear the difference, it is faster in the cities.

Many colloquial Australian sayings are now pretty much confined to the country folk, but I can remember hundreds of them from my country Australian childhood. "Dry as a dead Dingo's donger" and "silly as a wet hen," or referring to the toilet as the "dunny" are typical of sayings I still hear occasionally.

I remember the first time I heard an American from the south of the USA mention the singer Bing Crosby, I thought he had said "Bang Crashby" and when I spoke to him I soon realised there was a huge problem for him understanding me as well!

On Skype or the phone to my American friends there are many words where my I's sound like A's and my M's and N's are not easy to separate either apparently.

I do speak and understand English, but admit to knowing far too much "Strine" the local lingo.

The best way to understand "Strine" is to begin by saying "Strine" with your mouth closed, using a loooong "S" and a very loooooong "I."

You have just said the word "Australian" perfectly in Strine!

It is the laziest language I know. Strine only annunciate enough of a word to be understood by another Strine speaker. It is also bloody funny!

When I was a kid in the bush my dad was a logging contractor and we had a tree feller/lumberjack named Mr. Crawford. The guy who cut down trees is called a faller in Australia by the way, or at least they were when I was a kid.

Anyway back to Mr. Crawford, who had hands the size of a good sized roast and arms like tree stumps! A huge bear of a man, I only ever new him by his nickname "diesel Crawford" He got the name because he worked all day like the diesel engines we had in our bulldozers and was bloody near as strong!

I remember him swinging his "Plumb" brand racing axe with one hand and then change to the other, swinging it like it was a tomahawk and making deep even cuts with each stroke. Diesel could lift the front of a Ferguson farm tractor off the ground, and amongst the big tough men of the bush he had no peers.

I remember asking my dad. "How strong is Diesel Crawford?"

Dad smiled and said. "Son, diesel could hold a full grown bull out to piss!"

(A reference to how mothers sometimes cradle a baby in front of them to allow it to pee.)


The beautiful city baths building in the heart of Melbourne. Click to enlarge pictures.
The beautiful city baths building in the heart of Melbourne. Click to enlarge pictures.
Vintage Melbourne tram
Vintage Melbourne tram

Modern Melbourne

Our new Melbourne trams are very modern, but lack the romance of the early trams
Our new Melbourne trams are very modern, but lack the romance of the early trams

The Yarra river downtown

The Yarra river runs through the heart of the city of Melbourne.
The Yarra river runs through the heart of the city of Melbourne.

Back to beautiful Melbourne.....

Melbourne's inner suburbs are the nicest places you would hope to find in a city.

For example, Prahran is 2 mile from the city centre and has Chapel Street, a large shopping street that stretches from one end of this large suburb to the other end at the Chapel Street bridge over the Yarra river.The other side of the bridge is Richmond with more shopping, including exotic cars.

Chapel Street on Saturday night is where the young and young at heart go to display there expensive clothes and hairstyles parading on the sidewalk (called a footpath in Australia) or driving through Chapel Street several times in their expensive cars. It is referred to by locals as the Saturday night parade. Hotted up cars, even racing cars that are road registered do the Chapel Street parade.

Parked in the street you will see Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bentley, Porsche, Maserati, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Alfa Romeo and other very expensive cars usually parked right alongside the outdoor restaurants and night spots. There is a lot of wealth in the inner city!

People watching is a real pass time here, as we see celebrities in the street often too!

Stars from major American movies and TV shows seem to be attracted to this area of Melbourne like flies! Stars like Jerry Seinfeld and many other big names flock to Chapel Street whenever they come to Australia. American Celebes's seem to know Melbourne better than most tourists, so it could be a good idea to watch the local news to see where they like to go.

More than 180 languages are spoken on the streets of Prahran, it is a cosmopolitan city with rich cultural diversity apparent in the variety of shops and the range of goods available.

Day or night Prahran is a lively and exciting place.


I lived opposite the huge Alfred hospital and medical complex in Prahran a block from Fawlkner park, a massive central park that runs from Commercial road to Toorak Road between St Kilda Road and Punt road where the famous MCG is located.

You can ride a bike or walk through parks and gardens all the way to the city from Punt road/ Commercial road with the exception of a far too short walk up one beautiful street with amazing houses some of which have glass fronted underground rooms. Quite a treat.

My wife, kids and I have lived at both ends of Australia as well as a few places in Melbourne. with the longest stay in Prahran.

In the late seventies we lived in Brighton, an expensive trendy bay-side suburb of Melbourne.

I look back on this time with fondness for the ideologies that we tried to live up to. I remember a friend at the time describing a group of us as middle class hippies...... we had money and time. We shared it pretty well and life was very much more flexible and fluid for individuals because those with money were not afraid to share it.

Business had been good for many years, we were getting bored so we decided to take a year off, let our managers run the businesses and cruise up the east coast for a year and as things were really good, maybe we could find a little business in a pretty coastal town and retire early.

To this end we contacted all the councils in the vacation villages we liked all the way to Cairns in far north Queensland, and they dutifully sent us local information to assist us in finding something easy to run, so that we boys could go fishing more often!

Living in Darwin.

The two years we spent in Darwin were accidental and great fun.

Darwin for two years means two wet seasons as we Mexicans count the time spent in the humid heat of the "wet". (A Mexican is anyone from the southern states).

The wet season in Darwin is a lot more exciting than a Melbourne summer if you like to top up on high adventure, a trip to Darwin from Melbourne is not a bad idea if you get bored with Melbourne area being all calm and peaceful with everyone on the beaches.

In the wet season the thunderstorms in Darwin are more intense than in any other city in the world, and I have felt my concrete slabbed cyclone proof house jump from one lightning strike right next to our house which took out a huge tree by splitting it down the middle from top to ground.

Darwin storm

Darwin has the most spectacular thunderstorms of any city in the world
Darwin has the most spectacular thunderstorms of any city in the world

The big storm

A month before our 8 foot high twenty five foot long garden fence around the barbecue area was ripped out of the concrete and deposited in the Darwin racecourse! Where our back yard and driveway were there was now a raging river replete with snakes and all sorts of creatures and as wide as one of the rivers I was used to down south!

The car was not usable either until we got the banana tree off the back of it. My wife had nurtured the tree and it had enough bananas on it to flatten the suspension on the back of the big Ford V8. We had to harvest the bananas before we could use the car.

Down south it does not matter how rich you are you cannot buy bananas that taste like they do when you take them off the tree already ripened, and here we are with half a tonne of them, and no one to share them with.

I had fourteen staff in the business I managed but only three did not have their own fully grown ripe banana trees. So here is their new "Mexican" boss trying to foist bananas on them and the customers! The locals must have thought I was nuts!! Talk about the new boss would have been worth hearing.

Apart from travel and work, I have lived in Melbourne for about thirty five years all up, and prefer the climate to the north.

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Dame Scribe 6 years ago from Canada

You forgot to mention the awesome Aussie accent tourists get to hear :)


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UK Wordsmith 6 years ago

Hello Earnest

As always, readers can live an experience through your writing.

Keep 'em coming, please!

UKW

ps I read the comment from Dame Scribe and it reminded me of a general perception amongst many who do not come from Australia, that the only adjective in general use in Oz appears to be 'awesome' (the same applies to NZ as well). Any thoughts?


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Stone the crows Dame Scribe! I'll soon rectify that!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you UK Wordsmith. That is an interesting observation.

I will build this hub to the ninth inst over time, so please return at your leisure. I published it pretty quickly and there is heaps more to come.I wonder if awesome is a word used in a movie people have seen?


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

earnestshub, as a Melbourne born and and bred guy myself I have relived many memories from reading your Hub. I also love Australia and would not wish to live in any other country.


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mintinfo 6 years ago

nostalgic. Sounds like Australia is a very nice place. Are you retired now?


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you agvulpes we sure are lucky.


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dinkan53 6 years ago from India

Yup, its a beautiful city. I heard about the famous Yarra River and many fine old public buildings like the Old Treasury, the law courts etc.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

thank you dinkum, those are indeed fine buildings. Parliament house and the Windsor hotel are very fine examples too.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

I always love to learn about a country from the perspective of it's citizens. I think most of us are pleased with our own country, but not those running them.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

I am the same, love to learn from the locals, and yes we do not always love our leaders! Thanks for the comment Randy.


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evan26 6 years ago

go down to Melbourne every year on the way to the snow. love the place


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I want to move to Australia!

Or New Zealand.

From what I have seen both countries are absolutely gorgeous!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi sabreblade. What can I say? I agree, both Australia and New Zealand are very beautiful countries to live in too!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I've always wanted to visit Australia. My uncles fought with Aussie troops, and they said they were the toughest guys of all the militaries - and the nicest and most fun loving. Gotta love that!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Habee it seems true that we had a good rep with the US troops.

When I visit America I always hear that from the US military guys. We have the same admiration for your boys. :)


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

I LOVE AUSTRALIA TOO THREE CHEERS EARNEST. XO


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

I knew that BP, and you live in a beautiful part of Australia too!


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Folks who cut down trees in the States are called "fellers" too.

How anyone could miss the subtle hints in your hubs about Australia.. that you love this country.. is beyond me. Your hubs hummmmmm with it!! Fantastic!!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

I guess it shows that I do enjoy this country Candie!

We still have a strong individuality here. Australians grow the culture by introducing other cultures, then we all become more Australian together. Being Australian means constant change.

just a little correction, we call them fallers, not fellers. :)


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DogSiDaed 6 years ago from UK

I've always wanted to go to Australia... Maybe I will one day, as my dad has a few close family friends over there. Sydney is one place I've always wanted to visit, and Melbourne sounds exciting too, although nobody I know lives there. I'm guessing it'll be a few years until I can get out there... So until then I'll content myself with reading through your Australia hubs! :) Great work as always :)


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cheaptrick 6 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi earn,Do you Know Crocodile Dundee by any chance cause he's way cool lol.

Great visualisation from this hub...


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you DogSiDaed, I hope you can come here for a geek at what we're about.

I have friends here from America who have called Oz home. If you come, let me know what you would like to see and I will give you any inside running!


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quicksand 6 years ago

Seasons greetings ... and a Happy New Year!!!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you.Seasons greetings to you and all hubbers.


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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I spent my first year in Melbourne living in Prahran - Chatsworth Road. Love that part of town - especially the market. Now we have moved down to the Peninsula which is lovely in a completely different way. Seasons Greetings indeed!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

The market is great isn't it?

I have a close friend living down the peninsular at Sorrento. Beautiful anywhere on the Pen!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi earnest, I love Australia, even though I only visited Canberra and Sydney, I love to go to Melbourne, it seems a place to go too, there is no better description other than from the true Aussies, I wrote a hub about Canberra yesterday and I saw your article too,

Happy holidays to you and may this coming year bring you loads of opportunities,

Maita


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hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

I love Australia too. I have seen the entire eastern coast and central Australia in one go. So peaceful, so clean that I love to go again. But life is short and list of countries yet to be visited is long.

Thanks for giving a vivid account of the country.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi prettydarkhorse, So nice that you visited Australia, and yes Melbourne is a wonderful place for a vacation. I will go and read your Canberra hub.


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Quilligrapher 6 years ago from New York

Thanks for taking us on this tour of your home town. I felt like I was there. I'm in the New York area and I am looking forward to driving to your country as soon as they complete a bridge. I want to take that marvelous train ride up the east coast of Australia.

Q.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago

I'd love to visit Australia soon! I have had a host of family and friends to visit lately and they simply loved it!!! Thanks for a great hub about your home land.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you hafeezrm! I just read another of your wonderful travel hubs. Like you took me with you!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Quillgrapher, that will be some bridge!

I love New York, and would love to visit there again someday.

I would love to drive there. Thank you for the fun reply!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Toni (Heavensgates) I hope you can visit soon, although we may both need to wait for the bridge Quilligrapher mentioned!


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bearclawmedia 6 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

Yep its the Northern Rivers now for me 50 + and all. Nice part of the world. Dont mind Melbourne either. When the wife needs to go shopping, we fly down, hear all, eat all, sup all and say bugger all. Just enjoy the place and go home. Better than a trip to America I would say. Regards Davo


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Going to come back I have an appointment today, though, great Hub here my dearest earnest...


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dinkan53 6 years ago from India

more articles in 2010. Happy New Year


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks dinkan53! A happy new year to you, and to all my readers!


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BEAUTYBABE 6 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

Hi Earnest,

I did my Air Force Training in your state in Laverton, which I shall never forget because it was so cold also went to a lot of other places you mention in this hub. I did my nursing at the Pt. Cook Institute of Aviation Medicine, it is strange talking about this to you because I have not talked to anyone from Melbourne for some time.Because I am a Brisbane girl now I don't hear much about Melbourne, except those bad fires that Victoria is experiencing. I do feel so bad for victorians when the fires are so bad down there. It's even worse when someone deliberately comes along and starts them, I just can't understand why they do this horrible thing, when nature seems to do it all by herself in such a destructive way . I have just written another poem about Aussie in fact. I have not put it in yet, it' still a rough draft. I don't know how well it will go, but I think I will give it a go. I would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and all the best with Hubpages this year also. God Bless BB


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you BeautyBabe! I have spent some time in your beautiful city, mostly fishing the Logan! I used to make it to Queensland every year to escape our cold winters, a habit I should keep!


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qwark 6 years ago

Hey Earn:

I just finished reading "I Love Australia."

A day or 2 ago I read "The Bastard from the Bush."

Don't give me this "I wish I could write like you! "crap! My friend: YOU CAN WRITE!

you have an easy style, very natural and when you tell a story, you tell it in such a way that it engrosses the reader to the point that he can't stop reading until he finishes!

The next one I'm gonna read is "The One Armed motorcyclist..." I've ridden motorcycle all over the USA and Canada.I'll really be able to relate to this one.

I used to ride with a "one-eyed" motorcyclist, Talk about some "hairy" moments...lol

I was a "free diver" and surfer when I was young. Tried to move to NZ in my 20's but they wouldn't take me. Too poor...lol

Keep writing my friend. I will eventually read everything yer fingers punch out...'cept how to fix yer car stuff...lol


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Qwark, I am gob-smacked that you like my writing and see it as easy, and I am honoured. As I said, you are a good writer, Thank you.

The one armed motorcyclist was my dad...


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Dao Hoa 6 years ago

Another nice hub about Australia. I love to visit it someday. Thanks.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I loved reading this. Australia is one of my top places to visit if I ever get the chance.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi bat115, thanks for the comment. Airfares will be very low this year I have heard!


StormRyder 6 years ago

I think I love Australia now!! I knew I loved the men...but now the whole country..L0L

Great hub!!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

StormyRyder, we have our red-necks, our religious zealots and all the things the world shares. The difference here is you have enough freedom to avoid it! :) Religion does not run this democracy, and extreme views are just ignored by most of us. It is easy going, and like America you can choose to live in whatever type of environment you can think of! Google map will be at cockatoo Vic Australia if you would like to look. You can also walk up most of Melbourne's streets on google maps. :)

I have an American friend from NYC who is a musician, he chooses to live in a forest town which is an outer suburb. He and his neighbours are a long way from each other and he has built a studio in his home.He loves the peace and solitude, but he is also 40 minutes from the heart of town. Not bad! :)


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lefseriver 6 years ago from Northern Minnesota

It is just turning into spring in northern Minnesota, US, and the days are getting longer. It almost sounds like you are from another planet. Thanks for your hub... makes me feel the world is a little smaller place.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

It is small really although whenever I visit the states it is over 18 hours of air time!

Minnesota is beautiful, I have got some pics around somewhere of a road trip I did through the state.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Thanks for this very personal introduction to Australia...the country is obviously close to your heart! :)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Feline prophet. I do love this country very much. It has been kind to my family and me. My family came here as convicts from England. My ancestor stole a rabbit trap to feed his family apparently.

Most convicts only crime was being too poor.


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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

I would love to visit someday Thanks for the interesting tour of Australia.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

And we would love to have you visit myawn. It is a very diverse place these days. Very modern, and very easy going.


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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

I was born in Scotland, I've lived in Scotland, England, France and Africa and I've travelled in Europe and the US. I've been an Australian for 25 years and it's my home. Although things aren't as easy as they were, I still think it's the best country in the world to live in.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Marisa, you have seen a lot of the world. Many Australians have, I think because we are alone down here we like to get out and about. I have noticed changes too, but some for the better as well I guess. Anyway I love it as you do, and agree, it is still the best country to live in for me.


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Earnestshub Hi. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub on I love Australia.

Most of the places mentioned are very familiar to me and some bring back more precious memories than others.

I was born in the country and spent a lot of time in the bush with my dad, as he had a saw mill.

My personal opinion is that there is no other Country on earth that is as beautiful and perfect as Australia and have no wish to live anywhere else, as I said my personal view only

I am going to read it again it was really inspiring.

Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Oliversmum. There is something about this country that makes our souls sing.

The magpies always seems to say that whenever he speaks in the morning. A happy sound in a happy land.


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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

@Earnesthub, I think of myself as an Aussie now, but I didn't arrive in Oz until my late 30's!

You're right, I travelled a lot before getting here, so I think I'm pretty well qualified to judge how it stacks up with the rest of the world.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Me too Marisa, but I do love NYC and a few other spots too.


sandra rinck 6 years ago

I totally worked on my "strine" this morning in front of my kiddo. She was cracking up but decided to do it with me. SOOOOOO cute!

I decided that if we were lucky enough to move to the Land Down Under my nickname might end up being something like "Gooba" or "meep meep".

Good stuff mate! Thanks. :-)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Glad your little tacker got to see that! I do hope you can make it down here, our economy has a new growth rate over 3% now and the weather in Australia is like America, hot or cold depending on where you choose to live.

Plenty of work here too, especially if you have expertise.

Unemployment is around 5% or zero % if you are an economist and see this as low as it goes.

Australia is a very smart country. You will find many of us have travelled extensively and know quite a bit about America, Europe and our own area.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I am glad you love your country. Australia is a beautiful place, from what I have seen from pictures and movies.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you SweetiePie, there is a lot to love about Australia.

Political and financial consistency, great weather and an easy going lifestyle are some of them.

If you get a chance please do yourself a favor and come down under for a look.

You would go crazy with your camera down here as I know you would love the country side with all the hiking you do in America.


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swedal 5 years ago from Colorado

I love what I know about Australia and want to get down there to vacation sometime. I have a great friend there that I chat with via skype sometimes. Love the accents and the attitudes.


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you swedal, I hope you can make it down here soon. I also hope by then we will have the fires and floods we are currently having under control!


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I have heard about the wonders of Australia and have always been fascinated. I love the accents that I have heard from mostly actors. Your descriptions are vivid and your writing very organized. Thanks for sharing a part of your life.


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sassyk73 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Earnest....Australia sounds beautiful. Hubby and I are coming to visit. Our families want to have our reunion in Australia.

I love bananas...I am so jealous. Great hub! It made me use my imagination and I traveled to Australia in my mind :)


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you brake12, Apparently our accent is broader than I realised until I started speaking Mandarin.

After a lot of effort I spoke at an Australian Chinese dinner and bought tears of laughter to the eyes of the unfortunate host.

Apparently the Australian accent when applied to the nuances and tones of Mandarin are absolutely side splitting! :)

Needless to say, I speak very little Mandarin. :)

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