Jast random things about Australia and Me......
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January 1st, 2008 – by: Gambla17
This is just a journal entry to share my travels and talk about Australia with you, and to how I ended up where I am today. I guess because I have lived in Australia for most of my life, I never really took many photos or kept a travel journal. But I’ll do my best to tell my story. I could talk about Australia for hours, so I hope this blog is not to boring for you.
I love Nature and wildlife and even more I love the ocean. I like being in the Great outdoors. Camping, or just kicking back on the beach, with my esky by my side(Esky, an Ice Box to keep food and drink cool). BBQ's and surfing. I can spend the whole night by the beach and listen to the waves crashing down, and then watch the sun rise.
I grew up in a small town called Rosedale in Victoria. Its a small town of about 1500 people, 180km East of Melbourne. Not a bad location. About an hours drive to the High Country(What we call the mountains in Australia) truly Amazing Scenery and about the same distance to the Ocean. It has a primary school, with about 200 kids. Which I thought was huge as my first school in Oz only had about 14 students. But secondary school was a 30km bus ride every morning, to a town called Sale. I spent most of my time when I was young exploring the Bush(Forest), rivers and creeks that flowed near by.
Every school holidays I would visit my Grandparents in a town called Loch Sport. Loch Sport is amazing it’s a small town with the ocean on one side and lake Victoria on the other. I was never bored there. Birds of all colours, Kangaroos and wallabies come to feed in your yard. And at night you can feed the possums.(possums are like a cross between a cat and a mouse very cute) Also you could get quite close to Koalas and Emus(Emu is like an Ostrich). I loved to go Sailing in my granddads yacht. And if I was lucky Dolphins would come to play. One day I would love to sail around the world, and with any one who’s up for the adventure.
But living in Rosedale, such a small town got quite boring and when I turned 18 I moved away to begin study. I studied Electronics for 2 years. But decided half way through that this wasn’t for me, and had no idea what I wanted to do in life. So I began travelling around Australia. I did mainly farming jobs. It was a great way to pay my way around Australia and I was working outside in the sunshine. And in my spare time I studied hospitality.
One of the places I lived was on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
I lived in a small town called Tin Can Bay. Working with the Forestry. Its a lovely little town right on the beach, but Unfortunately its becoming very touristy now.
Also on the Sunshine Coast is Australia Zoo, Home of the late Steve Irwin. For me Steve Irwin was Hero, I admired him so much. He is a role model in a time when very few good role models exist. Ok he was a little crazy at times. But what he did for the environment and animals was truly amazing. Australia Zoo is like no other zoo in the world I have been to. Firstly most of the Animals there were rescued and are being rehabilitated to go back into the wild.
After a year of living there I moved back to Victoria. To St Andrews Beach. Its about 60km from Melbourne towards the end of Port Phillip Bay on the Mornington Peninsular. I love this place a great balance between country and city. And when I finish my I travels I hope to settle down there for a while and study to be a Marine Park Officer.
But Australia isn’t all sunshine and beaches, we have some very serious environmental problems at the moment.
When talking with people from other countries I get asked some funny questions, some times their just joking with me. But sometimes I think they are serious.
I’m scared to come to Australia, you have such dangerous Animals.
True we do have some very dangerous things in Australia, But I the odds of an attack are very slim.
- Crocodiles are only in the far North of Australia. Every where else is safe, I hope. But when ever I do hear of a Croc attack, it always seems to be a German tourist. Maybe crocs prefer the taste of Bratwurst, im not sure.
-Sharks, yes we have lots of sharks. But I've spent half my life swimming in the sea, and have never seen a big shark. Just don’t swim at night and at sun rise, that’s their hunting times. Or near places where there are seal colonies, as you might be mistaken as a seal. Just swim with lots of people is your really worried. If your swimming with 40 people then you have a 40-1 chance of being eaten. Good odds I think.
One of the reason I think there are more shark sittings near humans now, is because of Cage Diving tours.
- Snakes, we have 7 of the 10 most dangerous species. But I haven’t seen very many snakes. They can sense vibration from 1km away and have very good sense of smell. So if your coming they generally hide. Just don’t put your hand down any dark holes and be careful if you have to lift up any large branches. This is where they like to hide.
-Spiders, most are scary looking, but harmless. I wouldn’t worry to much about our spiders. If you leave your shoes outside I would check them in the morning though.
Do you have a pet Kangaroo. Yes I have three. In Australia we use Kangaroos instead of horses.
Do you have telephones and Internet. No we prefer to use Morse code. Or tie a piece of string between two tin cans and talk that way. To get the message overseas we still use homing pigeons. When the pigeon reaches England for example, the message is then processed into an E-mail for you. Instant messaging, whats that?
No, I dont live near Ramsay St or close to Summer Bay.
And in Australia we don't drink Fosters Larger. But yes we love our beer ICE cold, So when visiting Australia the first thing you should buy is a Stubby Holder.
No we dont chuck another Shrimp on the barbie, we call them Prawns.
Hey, any more questions that you've always wondered about Australia and to shy to ask.
There are a lot of saying and words in Australia, that have totally meanings in other countries, or sometimes just people just have no idea of what I’m saying. Here are a few, examples.
When I'm going to put my "thongs" on, its foot ware, not underwear.
When out having a few beers in a pub. If someone spills their drink. Half the bar will yell out "TAXI" Always a good way to spot a group of Aussies in a bar in England for example.
We don’t pull someone last night, we say "pick up" Pull means play with oneself. So never say I pulled last night or Did you pull last night.(Tip for the English lads)
Its Tomato Sauce not Ketchup. BBQ sauce not Brown sauce.
"Hurry up a man is not a Camel you know" = Your taking to long, where is my beer.
You will hear the word Bugger! a lot. It can be used in many different contexts. Let me translate some for you.
Bugger said alone has the same meaning as for example Damn, Shit, Bollocks.
Bugger Me= Something that was surprising or I didn’t expect that.
I'm buggered= I’m very tired at the moment.
Get/Be buggered= I'm not going to do that. Do it yourself.
I/You just Buggered up= I/You made a mistake.
If you hear someone say "I’m gunna bugger you up" RUN FAST!!!! Unless you think you can Bugger them up better.
But enough of the slang, im sure you'll pick it up quite quickly,
Now a few tips on the weather. We’ll the weather forecast for most of the year normally reads as follows, “Today’s weather will be fine, mild and mainly sunny” but not always.
Don’t go to Australia expecting perfect weather all the time, we do get our share of rotten weather also but not so much ;) I live in one of the cooler parts of Australia and winters average around 14-15 degrees which sounds nice, but mixed with wind and rain you can have a wind chill factor of only a few degrees.
But a few tips if you want to escape the extreme heat for a few weeks in the summer, I recommend Tasmania, the freshest air, and most beautiful unspoilt Lakes rivers and bush. Remember in the tropics summer is the wet season, winter is the dry season. If your travelling to outback Australia,(the desert) be careful. The day might be warm but at night the temperatures can drop to freezing. So always carry a warm jacket or extra blanket if you planning on camping or sth. But this rule applies to any type of camping especially in the southern states. Be wary of flash flooding, in Australia we can sometimes have our annual rainfall dumped in a few minutes.
Now, to Sport. We love our sport. We may not be the most dominating sporting country in the world, but we always give 110% .
When going to a sporting event in Australia there in generally no crowd problems. Meaning you can were your team or county’s colours with pride and not worry about anything accept for a little friendly banter here and there.
In winter, the main Sport is AFL(Aussie Rules) NRL Rugby league and the super 12s Rugby Union. And in summer Cricket, Basket Ball and Soccer, I know I know, Football to the rest of the world.
Golf, tennis, netball, and all water sports are quite popular also. We also have a Ski Season in winter. It can be 50/50 weather it will snow or not. But when it does snow, it's quite good Mt Buller or Mt Hotham in Victoria and Thredbo in NSW are alway good places to go skiing. So they tell me. Never actually been to the snow in Australia. And whenever I see snow in Europe I take like a 1000 photos. Im still dreaming of a white christmas. Poland didnt provide me with a white christmas this year, I'll have to try somewhere else next. Any way.
The biggest sport in Australia is AFL. If you go to Australia and start a conversation about AFL football , especially in Victoria, South Aus, Western Aus or Tassie. You will be almost instantly accepted as an horary Australian. Any knowledge of the game from a foreigner is like 1000 bonus points. Tell me you’re a Richmond Tigers supporter and wow, you’ll have a place to stay for a while…Any ladies wanting to impress the Aussie fellas take note ;) We are just amazed if anyone can begin to understand the game. I used to put a few AFL matches on in the pub where I was working in England, and the puzzled looks I got as I was trying to explain the rules. But let me try explain. Basically AFL has 36 players on the field 18 a side. 4 X 20 minute quarters.
There are 16 teams in the AFL,
10 Melbourne based teams: Richmond Tigers, Melbourne Daemons, St Kilda Saints, Western Bulldogs, Carlton Blues, Essendon Bombers, Collingwood Magpies, Geelong Cats, Hawthorn Hawks and North Melbourne Kangaroos
2 South Australian, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power.
2 Western Australian, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers.
1 Queensland, Brisbane Lions.
1 New South Wales, Sydney Swans.
Queensland, New South Wales and Canberra are generaly Rugby strong holds.
Other popular sporting events in Australia are:
Horse Racing, The Spring racing carnival. Which includes the Melbourne Cup.
F1 Grand Prix Albert Park.
Super Bikes, Phillip Island.
Australian Open Tennis.
Super Cars, Bathurst.
And you can find Koala racing in most major city’s and towns. Basically you have six Koalas in 6 boxes, the boxes open and the first Koala to the top of the tree wins. And the stakes are high. Australia finest Koala trainer is Edmond Barton who has a total of 11 Australian Koala Cup wins to his name a world record. With a total of 3.6m in prize money to his name.
I'll write a bit more detailed info about some of these plases I've mentioned a bit later.
And no, we dont really have Koala racing, that I know of any way;)
And Edmond Barton was our First Prime Minister of Australia in 1901.
And I love spagetti and Italians, If your in Melbourne check out Lygon Street, Its little Italy. Lygon Street's name has become synonymous with Italian restaurants and cafés. The Mafia told me to say this, or i'l be swimming with the fishes they said.....
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