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Texan couple who went on a whirlwind tour of Australia list the best and worst parts of the country: ‘You’re trying to be something you’re not’

  • An American couple visited Australia for the first time earlier this year
  • They spent three weeks touring Melbourne & Port Lincoln, with 2 days in Sydney
  • They decided to upload their impressions of the country to Reddit
  • Overall they thoroughly enjoyed their holiday Down Under, with few exceptions 

An American couple have revealed their favourite – and least favourite – parts of Australia after organising a three week tour of its most popular states.

The husband and wife duo took to Reddit to share their overall view of the country and what each stop along the way was like, with their itinerary taking them to Melbourne, Port Lincoln and Sydney.

Overall they ‘loved’ Australia and its people because of our overarching theme of ‘environmentalism and conscientiousness’,’ the wife wrote of their long-awaited trip.  

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‘I felt so safe. With tongue in cheek we chuckled that a convenience store holdup with a kitchen knife made the national news. I envy that,’ she said.

Overall they 'loved' Australia and its people because of our overarching theme of 'environmentalism and conscientiousness',' the wife wrote of their long-awaited trip

Overall they ‘loved’ Australia and its people because of our overarching theme of ‘environmentalism and conscientiousness’,’ the wife wrote of their long-awaited trip

‘I also learned quickly that once you’re out of the towns, don’t count on quick amenities. Also, so many hot construction workers… Jesus.’

Their first stop was to Victoria’s capital city of Melbourne where they noticed that black puffy coats were the outfit du jour.

‘I loved your European narrow alleys of delicious food and your diversity. Your museum and zoo. Your mass transit is a bit confusing at first, but we were grateful for it,’ she said.  

‘I couldn’t understand how you are so close to such a beautiful coast but I didn’t see that reflected within your city or port.’

She described St Kilda as ‘adorable’ and the Mornington Peninsula as ‘beautiful’, just as it is described online. 

‘I’m sorry to have been there on a Monday and missed your eateries. Your coastal towns are lovely… I can see how the encroachment of big money is changing things because there are still quaint oceanside holdouts,’ the woman went on.

They enjoyed the Adelaide markets and the 'understated beauty' of Port Lincoln, while The Rocks in Sydney were 'charming'

They enjoyed the Adelaide markets and the ‘understated beauty’ of Port Lincoln, while The Rocks in Sydney were ‘charming’

‘I absolutely LOVED the ferry. That is a well maintained vessel!’

The Great Ocean Road was a personal favourite of the pair, while Mount Gambier felt like it was ‘trying to be something it isn’t.’ 

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‘You felt like a town of people who grind and are salt of the earth, but the town around them is trying to be fancy? There are fascinating and charming historical buildings, but inside they’re full of glaring lights and modernities that seem to strip the soul of the building they’re in,’ she said.

They enjoyed the Adelaide markets and the ‘understated beauty’ of Port Lincoln, while The Rocks in Sydney were ‘charming’.  

But while glamping near the Twelve Apostles they felt as though they might be ‘murdered in the middle of the night’.  

Other Redditers were quick to agree with their assumptions before urging them to come back and see more of the western half of the country. 

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