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Places to visit in Australia

Updated on June 13, 2012

It goes without saying...

People often ask me how I came to Australia and why I am still here!

Well I cam to Australia by chance in 1975. I was in England at the time and was only 17 going on 21. Back then I was young naive and full of the spirit of adventure. Nothing much has changed really. Oops except the young part. But like every one else I cling to the fountain of youth sometimes desperately.

Way back in 1975 as I just said I was a naive wayward teenager having split from my parent & step parents I ventured into migrating to Australia without so much as seeing the place on glossy brochures and magazines.

When I arrived in Melbourne on 1st Day of May 1975 I was greeted by clear blue sky and sunshine. Something rather novel from a boy used to seeing drizzle cloud after drizzle cloud 12 month's of the year in Northern England.

The place reminded me of America, there seemed to be plenty of space and long wide freeways that went on forever. In that early day I ventured no further than the borders of Victoria, Australia's most southern state.

On one trip we went down the great ocean road where Surfing is the sport to get into at places such as Lorne. The view was spectacular. Especially the magnificent view west to the 12 Apostles. The surf well truly amazingly spectacular to witness the sound and strength of crashing surf...

About a year after settling in Australia. I made my first very long trip by road up the Hume Highway to Sydney about 12 hours driving non-stop. I did stop or course for petrol and a rest at the many varied and interesting townships on the way such as Beechworth. The town of Beechworth is historic, it has an interesting past some lovely colonial building's and one cannot help but get the feelings of what life might have been like in Australia in the mid 1800's Unfortunately the area was ravaged by Bushfire back in February. I’m happy to say that the central township of Beechworth was saved.

Kangaroo | Source

the 12 Apostles; Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road, State of Victoria, Australia.
Great Ocean Road, State of Victoria, Australia. | Source
Beechworth, Victoria
Beechworth, Victoria
Beechworth district during February 2009 bushfires...
Beechworth district during February 2009 bushfires...

Sydney of course has without doubt got the greatest harbour in the world. Between 1980 and 1984 I had the privilege of living in a unit facing the Sydney Opera Houseat the Suburb of Cremorne. With a giant window night after night day after day I could gaze out of the window at wonderment that is the city of Sydney. Each day I could catch harbour ferry to work in the city. Each and every day I would look forward to the trip. It was not long before I got into the sport of sailing on Sydney harbour. Every Sunday I would venture down top the Sydney Cruising Yacht Club or the Mosman rowers club to share my passion for sailing with others. Unfortunately to day I have not completed a Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race but is definitely right up there on my to do list before I die. I have help deliver a yacht though by sea from Sydney to Brisbane. The trip took 4 of us four days sailing time. 4 hours on 4 hours off being on watch on deck. To be continued...

Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW, Australia. After dark
Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW, Australia. After dark
Sydney Opera House & Bridge
Sydney Opera House & Bridge

City of Sydney & surrounding Suburbs


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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Angela, Thank you for your comment. I must get around to writing more on my ventures and experiences here .Let me know if there is a particular place or topic about Australia you would like me to write about.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Have always wanted to visit Australia, even more so now. Great photos, beautiful country. Well done.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Simply beautiful hub! I will share this!

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      Alexander Silvius 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      You are reviving my interest in exploring Oz. One benefit of immigrating to Australia instead of America is that you didn't have to learn to drive on the wrong side of the road ha ha!

      Australia seems to be a call to adventure for those on the European side of the Atlantic. I have an uncle down there who also went when he was very young. Good on you!

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      GmaGoldie Thanks for your comment. Glad your trip in Australia was overall very good. Yes I too have been to New Zealand I must write a Hub about that very soon!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      We spent 21 days traveling Australia and what a remarkable trip. When we arrived in Cannes, I didn't wish to leave. It was heaven on earth. I enjoyed Sydney but not top on my list for a return visit.

      Melbourne, Adelaide were spots that I was glad we visited. Aires Rock - I probably have that spelled wrong was remarkable but not my cup of tea.

      The people in Australia were awesome! Simply awesome. Australia is a country I would seriously consider moving to.

      Please don't forget one of our traveling team's favorite New Zealand.

      And then there were the fairy penguins and the snorkeling and the shopping and the eating and the outback. Oh, I love Australia - delightful!

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      jj200 7 years ago from My Bedroom

      Great story here. How interesting that you traveled half way around the world on a whim as a teen and never left. I'd be interested to hear more about your perception of Australia when you arrived, coming from a life in England. How did the people seem? Their lifestyles? What did you do for work?

      Great photos too, this would make a nice travel brochure.

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      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Catherine thanks for the comment if your up this way give me a message we can meet up if you like !

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      Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I am a relative newcomer to Australia but am loving every minute of it. I have seen Melbourne and surrounds, a bit of Far North Queensland and Sydney but have the rest of this great continent left to explore. Love the pic of the Kangaroo on the beach.

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      DoodleLyn 8 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      What a breathtaking country. Don't think I'd ever want to leave. Your pictures are very nice. Thanks for joining my fan club. I'm returning the favor.