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Go Down Under to Australia. Stay in Australian hotels or camp. It's wonderful country to visit. The Australian island of Tasmania has so much lush green bush, you'll think you are in New Zealand. But let's not ignore Australia's other rich states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Queensland -- or its territories of the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Buying a car in Australia to get around is rather straightforward. Renting a car is possible, too. Doug Knell of Doug's Republic drove around Australia with 3 different cars. You can buy flights as well, to see the delights like the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, and Sydney. Get some flights Down Under today and let Douglas Knell help y'out. Visit Victoria and Tasmania and Western Australia and Queensland. Buying a car is probably the way to go. We can help you book Australian hotels.



"Don't go six feet under before you've had the chance to go Down Under."  Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
Australia travel

This site has a wealth of information about Doug's experiences in Australia.
Just make a selection on any of the items on the left side of this page and you'll see so much of Australia, you may decide to not even go.  Doug talks more about his own impressions and attitudes.  Hard-fact travel info can be found on a myriad of conventional travel sites.


 
So why should you come to Australia, otherwise referred to as the country Down Under or the Lucky Country? 

Here are a few reasons:

1. Australia is safe.   Your chances of being beaten, raped, ripped off, car jacked, and killed are low.  You'll most likely make it back to your own country with most of, if not all of, your body parts.  This would not be the case in, say, south-central Los Angeles or Johannesburg.  

2. Australia is an easy place to get a working-holiday visa for those under thirty years of age.  That means, while Down Under, you can legally work, probably for paltry wages, and earn just enough to spend it all traveling around Australia.  That also means a lot of young drunken European backpackers are circulating throughout the country waiting to be sloppily seduced by other young drunken European backpackers. 

3. Australia offers reasonable prices, by First World country standards, for food and hotels.  In Western Europe, €23 might get you a smelly mattress in a refurbished toilet stall and a bag of pretzels.   That same €23 in Australia, depending on location, could get you a real bed in a private pub room . . . plus a bag of pretzels.

4. Australia has a plethora of fantastic beaches for all your hedonistic pleasures.   This country-continent is just one big island, surrounded by water, with too many beaches to count.  And 85% of Australians live within 2 hour's drive of an ocean beach.  This makes Australia perfect for sunbathing, water sports, and fun-in-the-sun pickups, probably of a young drunken European backpacker.

5. Australia has geographical and animal life delights not found anywhere else.  There a lot of places in the world where you can hike up a mountain, get mauled by a bear, or hunt a deer.   There's only one place in the world where you can witness unique natural attractions along the lines of Ayers Rock or the Great Barrier Reef and get bitten by a Tasmanian devil or stomped on by a kangaroo.

6.  No favoritism for the national emblem.   In the United States, if you shot a bald eagle similar to the one on every American passport cover and then ate it, you'd better hire yourself an expensive lawyer.  In Australia,  feel free to maim and dine on their kangaroos.  Instead of being hauled into court, you will commended by the Aussies for eating lean, native meats.

7.  English is widely spoken in Australia.   It should be.  English is the country's official language, though not everyone speaks it with grammatical correctness, and everyone pronounces it with a broad, nasal Australian accent. Warning: the ubiquity of English is only an advantage if you speak English.  If you speak Korean, Tagalog, or Swahili, you'd be better off visiting Korea, the Philippines, and Kenya, respectively.

8.  Australians are generally a friendly and informal bunch.  Have a problem with your car on the side of the road?  Australians will come quickly  to your aid, whereas in the US and Europe, you'd be waiting an awfully long time before someone took a risk you weren't a psychopath to stop and offer their services.  Australians are known to offer up a bed for the night or invite you on short notice to a barbecue.   You'd have about as much chance of this happening in Europe as you would of winning the lottery.  

9.  Australia is a great place for senior citizens.   Not to lounge on their aged asses like they would in Arizona, Florida, or the Spanish coast, but to get off their behinds and explore.  Australian senior citizens travel around their own country in droves in trailers or motorhomes.  By doing the same as a senior, you'll make a lot of Australian friends your own age and have places to stay when you visit Australia's urban centers.   Good luck having a fellow European senrior citizen inviting you back to his or her home.  When a European does, s/he'll at least charge you value-added tax (VAT) for the privilege.




Highlights of Australia

Australia remains famous for its natural attractions.  There are very few man-made creations that are internationally known, things along the lines of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York. Some highlights, all of which Doug can say he's partaken of:

1. A visit to each of Australia's 7 state or territorial capitals -- each seems to define its respective state or territory.

2. Lake St. Clair at Cradle Mountain National Park (Tasmania)

3. Ayers Rock, otherwise known as Uluru.  (Northern Territory)

4. Sydney Harbour Bridge  (New South Wales)

5. The wineries of the Barossa Valley (South Australia)

6. A sailing journey on the Whitsundays (Queensland)

7. A multi-day diving trip along the Great Barrier Reef (Queensland)

8. A surfing course along the beaches of the Perth suburbs (Western Australia)

9. If single, a pickup of an Australian in a pub or near some Australian natural wonder so as to make the experience unique to Australia.  If married or attached, a rekindling of your romance with your significant other while drunk in an pub or near some Australian natural wonder.


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Go Down Under to Australia. Stay in Australian hotels or camp. It's wonderful country to visit. The Australian island of Tasmania has so much lush green bush, you'll think you are in New Zealand. But let's not ignore Australia's other rich states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Queensland -- or its territories of the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Buying a car in Australia to get around is rather straightforward. Renting a car is possible, too. Doug Knell of Doug's Republic drove around Australia with 3 different cars. You can buy flights as well, to see the delights like the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, and Sydney. Get some flights Down Under today and let Douglas Knell help y'out. Visit Victoria and Tasmania and Western Australia and Queensland. Buying a car is probably the way to go. We can help you book Australian hotels.