Tourist Attractions in Australia and Oceania

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    HEARD OF DROP BEARS ? re Aussie sense of humour

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 8, 2008

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    Well this is mostly related to Australians having that outrageous sense of humour. Someone might look very serious in warning you of "drop bears"dropping on your laps in the bush, and that these creatures especially at night will suddenly appear and drop on ya, etc. To which naturally you will say, "Thanks, I'll have to watch out for them!"

    But then again, what are drop bears?

    They are just the Aussie slang for KOALAS!

    Unique Suggestions: To make it bearable, of course you have to show an equallly terrific sense of humour and don't be embarrassed if you had been had for a while. Some will not bother telling you what they really are so you will make a fool of yourselves even more and write about the drop bears or tell other innocent tourists about those creatures that might drop on your lap at night!

    Fun Alternatives: No alternative, just enjoy that fact you have caused happiness in the eyes of your Aussie hosts!

    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism

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    it can be a trap

    by pepples46 Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    the enourmes distances in Australia is what tourists often succumb to. on highways, running out of petrol, driving for to many hours and dehydrate through the high temperature, not taking enough fluids in

    Unique Suggestions: check your rental car of tyres, how much the tank capacity is and count 12% for your air-condition in, that show much she guzzel, buy enough bottles of water. fruit is good too and take breaks when feeling a bit tired

    Fun Alternatives: if you don't look fter all the above...take the coach, they do

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

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    Avoid anything like oversized...

    by Freebeacher Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    Avoid anything like oversized bananas and the like. You will know when you see them! If you think it's a tourist trap, it is. Also don't waste money on Green Island. Many in Cairns, backpacker hostels included, try to sell you this day trip. The place has a private resort and lousy coral rubble beaches.

    Instead, DO GO to Fitzroy Island, and stay at least a couple of nights. It is also a short boat ride from Cairns-maybye 45 minutes. Beautiful tropical island with hiking trails, backpacker accomodation. Fitzroy Island Resort ( Email: Telephone: (07) 4051 9588. There is a nude beach imaginatively called Nudey Beach a short 15 minute walk from the backpackers. They also offer kayaking, snorkel, and scuba diving. Most chance for rain is December through March. Best in the Australian winter June through August.

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    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking
    • National/State Park

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    Australians speak English... with a twist!

    by Gwynneth Updated Dec 13, 2004

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    Australians speak English. But we also have our own special words and phrases referred to as 'Strine.'

    Here's a couple of samples with explainations...
    Barbie = BBQ
    Roo = Kangaroo
    Mozzie = Mosquito
    Chook = Chicken
    Dunny = Toilet
    Lollie = Candy
    She'll be right! = Don't worry
    Grouse = Fantastic
    Thongs = Flip Flops
    Tellie = TV
    Yobbo = Uncouth Man
    Bludger = Lazy (strongly resembling a yobbo)
    Grog = Booze
    Ute = Pickup Truck
    Cops = Police
    For further enlightenment on Australian Slang visit:
    Australian Slang

    Related to:
    • Sky Diving
    • Business Travel
    • Beer Tasting

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    Canberra- Boring.

    by RamSter Written Sep 10, 2002

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    The Capital City of Canberra- I Personally dislike. It lacks any personality, is a sleepy town, and is only for political people.

    Unique Suggestions: Make most by visitng Parliament House.

    Fun Alternatives: Avoid Canberra- Unless you have some business there.

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    You can get caught up in too...

    by MargieGo Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You can get caught up in too much souvenir buying.
    When trying to buy Authentic Aboriginal souvenirs it is best to buy from the Cultural Centres rather than the shops!
    Cultural Centres also show you more of the way of life and are more likely to demonstrate the use of what you're buying, ie a digeridoo or boomerang, just to name a couple.
    Paintings are another area where you can over spend. Ask your local guide if you have one or your trained hostess!

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  • Try to go out to local bars...

    by allycat1 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Try to go out to local bars and not all the hostel and touristy places. I think I was in Cairns for 2 weeks before I actualy met an aussie. Trust me if your out to learn about Australia talk to the aussies. They are very knowledgable about their home.

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    Avoid the name resorts in...

    by Karing Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Avoid the name resorts in French Polynesia (probably elsewhere). I actually stayed in a nice locally owned hotel on Moorea, but I went to Club Med for their dolphin experience--what a waste of money. The dolphins were in captivity. Sure you got to touch them, and they did tricks, but it was not the thrill of seeing them in the wild. They were most interested in selling expensive posed photos of people with dolphins. And they got really preachy at the end, talking to the guests as though we were 5 year olds.
    I had a better time snorkling for free at my hotel.

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  • Don't buy expensive...

    by EleniK Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Don't buy expensive Australiana gimicks such as acubra hats, and fluffy koalas. They are a big rip off from the traditional souvenir sellers, and you never look at them again once you get home. If you really want to buy souvenirs shop from large markets such as the Victoria market in Melbourne(great on sunday mornings)and don't be afraid to bargain down prices.

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    This roo was over six foot and...

    by richiecdisc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This roo was over six foot and unlike many of the more tame ones we found in more touristy places, this one in Tassie was not letting us get any closer.

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