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Let's say I don't really care about going to the beach. Do I pick #sydney or #melbourne as my first Australian DN city?
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if you like coffee and cafes then melbourne
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if you like sights and scenary go to sydney
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if your time is split half and half i would do melbourne first
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If you pick Melbourne you might never leave. Awesome city.
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except for anyone called Mel
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cannot confirm, plenty of mels in melbourne
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What are some useful services for finding short-term (1-3 months) housing?
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Guess I'll be going to Melbourne
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then also the various facebook groups
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but it is competitive so try and line that up prior to arrival
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Melbourne ๐Ÿ’ฏ
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I mean, everybody is different, but I found Melbourne way more interesting and fun than Sydney.
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I could easily live there if it 1) weren't on the other side of the planet from everything else and 2) weren't so effing expensive. (Sydney is more expensive, BTW)
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I enjoyed Melbourne more than Sydney. Good thing we stayed there longer.
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lol Australian Immigration Services just sent me a promo code for my next visa order ๐Ÿ˜น They seem to be in dire need of visitors...
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not suprised
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Hi everyone, I am part of Antler (an early stage VC and startup generator program). If any of you are interested in cofounding a tech startup and looking for ideas and cofounders, then the applications for the next cohort of Antler Sydney starting Jan 2020 is now open.

Happy to chat further if you are keen!
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jfpkjzjuwqpynvra just arrived in Adelaide, #australia
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yeah melbourne is cool, I've chosen sydney for now as I love the beach life! ๐Ÿ˜„
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mjvnxkvb Iโ€™ll be in Hobart on the 20th
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heexommjtaicm Close call, unfortunately I'm leaving for Melbourne on the 14th already ๐Ÿ˜ฟ
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Maybe ruwqdbjxwfuoh is up for a meetup in Melbourne?
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wholfgza Sure thing, that would be awesome! We are hoping to arrive on the 10th! :-)
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uswegfqmzmyue How long are you in Hobart? We arrive early December.
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frwzokyttl just arrived in Sydney, #australia
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early december by memory, I need to double check
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Hey zhstrnygrr where in Sydney are you based? I'm staying in Bondi, but will leave on Thursday. If you're up for a coffee or the like, feel free to ping me
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xwvkdujx just arrived in Hobart, #australia
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sifwizoi if you can, get to Maria Island
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aiqfoyymmh Oh wow, that place looks awesome! I'll see if I can make it, thanks for the recommend as always ๐Ÿ™‚
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You get to walk among kangaroos, wombats, etc
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Also some pretty breathtaking views on the cliffs
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Oh, and also the Mona is a must do mona.net.au/ ๐Ÿ™‚
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That would rather be something for alqojfflkgmou I guess, I'm only staying for a week...
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jxghtcgzlv vbmmjzys Looks nice -- I'll be in Tasmania for 3 months over the Australian summer
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fcdighfrgnpwl Iโ€™ll be in Tasmania in a couple of weeks ๐Ÿ˜„ . Any suggestion appreciated
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ggxxcagmmhajd Never been - I arrive December 7th for the first time ever.
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Happy to grab a coffee when we arrive if you're still around.
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ohhh
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Iโ€™ll be in Malesya by then
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gjbmfawguhazn I just got a long list from my Airbnb host ^^ Happy to share if you're interested
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yesssss
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Hope you can read that ^^ Most of this is doable without car (because I don't want to use one). She also mentioned Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur (a historic site that's a detainee camp) but these are far away. Maybe there are tours or you have a car anyway.
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vloujwfkltqtm just arrived in Ballarat Central, #australia
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oh wow, we are quite different. I always have a car ๐Ÿ˜„
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and I avoid islands, itโ€™s expensive, internet usually is bad and itโ€™s rarely worth it
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Islands like ... Tasmania? ๐Ÿค”
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bdpifocyyuvsy just arrived in โ˜•๏ธ Melbourne, #australia
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Tasmania seems big enough, but now that Iโ€™m checking internet Iโ€™m not sure
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onvdqatj just arrived in โ˜•๏ธ Melbourne, #australia
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zhplwsotvl just arrived in โ˜•๏ธ Melbourne, #australia
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Hey, sounds like we might have a Melbourne meetup? lmhmmgwjteweg kgrokxtrce
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jybnvho just arrived in Sydney, #australia
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Hi everyone! Anyone here will be in Adelaide in Dec-Jan?
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Can anybody recommend a cafรฉ in Melbourne CBD with decent wifi? I need to listen in to a talk tomorrow for about an hour. Did the same today but could only get VicFreeWifi which kicked me out 2-3 times in an hour, so less than optimal solution, and a place with its own wifi would be much preferred. Thx!
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I'm from Sydney, btw. But also like moving to different cities and live there for some time.
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btw, does somebody from sydney like astronomy?
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+1 amaysim
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when i go back to sydney i just get the unlimited data pack and tether rather than proper internet because 4g is nearly as fast in aus
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you can work around it kicking you off.
change your mac-address
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Thanks! The wifi was very slow on top of kicking me out, so not worth mucking around with it. I googled and found a ton of articles that listed cafรฉs in Melbourne with good wifi and/or friendly to digital nomads, so I ended up going to one of them, and it was indeed good.
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Its probably the 150Gb one, it was more than enough data to worry about running out.
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Hi friends, can anyone recommend a cafe in Sydney (Iโ€™m in Kings Cross but can travel a bit) for working? Iโ€™ve been googling/yelping; coworking spaces seem like a no-go since they are all closed on the weekend or pretty early in the evening
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Thanks but looks like theyโ€™re closed on weekends
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Kawa appears to be my best bet so far
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No worries. I'll look into that as well, thanks :)
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There are free coworking areas
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Iโ€™ll try and find them in an hour
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list of co working spaces
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wmfmtizy just arrived in Adelaide, #australia
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rintcrdk just arrived in Perth, #australia
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oguijsdpvqwaqi just arrived in Sydney, #australia
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No such thing as a 24-hour cafe w/ WiFi in Sydney, right?
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Preferably around Haymarket.
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Hi all, anyone has some good hostel recommendations for Melbourne? I'm just pssing through so only staying 4 nights
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kjhebsekvwnqbj if you find one please let me know
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Iโ€™ll need one in Feb
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sydney is only just scrapping the bar lock out laws so the night economy is only just reopening. I would say a 24/7 cafe in sydney doesnt exist right now.
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your best bet is a hotel lobby
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Have you checked out this? en.yelp.be/search?find_desc=24+Hour+Coffee+Shops&find_loc=Sydney+New+South+Wales (just googled it but some seem open 24/7 with wifi)
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Thought so ๐Ÿ˜‘
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nbdvfeyuysyzks eoknxflfanpmjn thats not a bad list actually not sure about workability but looks like there are some 24hr cafes these days
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I know tom n toms and the star bucks on george st are places to work. Usually full of students though, so you have to find a seat.
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there are also 24/7 internet cafes i'm sure they will let you work from for a fee
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The Tom n Toms is apparently permanently closed according to GMaps
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There is a Samsung 24hr internet cafe on George I think that I may use in a pinch. I
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Though looking at the location on Gmaps, it looks like your typical PC room ๐Ÿคฃ
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Hi everyone! Iโ€™ve just moved to the Gold Coast and was wondering if there are any other nomads around?
Iโ€™d love to catch up for a coffee/beer/whatever and hangout sometime ๐Ÿ™‚
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ojfmlmbzrmzcyztwjano Lot of DC Tribe down there from Tropical mba and they even have an event upcoming - do a search and find them
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I havnt been in sydney for the past 2 years so i guess a lot has changed. looking forward to going back over nye
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cool thanks!
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lodmmisytxjqsr just arrived in โ˜•๏ธ Melbourne, #australia
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giphmecv just arrived in โ˜•๏ธ Melbourne, #australia
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jsinsmb just arrived in Brisbane, #australia
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yyjgnhjazzrun just arrived in Tasmania, #australia
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kmripvl just arrived in Perth, #australia
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So sydney looks quite dusty
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yup โ€ฆ not a good time to be on the east coast ๐Ÿ˜
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Smoky
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Right now IMO:
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good times
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Some opacity going on right there
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gokknrsuiolixy just arrived in Sydney, #australia
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Looking at doing a month in Australia in February. Looking into Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. Anyone have any strong recommendations or which one they liked the most (entertainment, cost of living, nomad vibe, etc.)?
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I wouldnโ€™t say itโ€™s the best country for nomad - all three cities are pretty expensive, very few nomads, coffee shops are not meant to be spots for work here. Itโ€™s more like EU where you come here for an hour or two max
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theyโ€™re fun for sure - Iโ€™d thought that I enjoyed Sydney the most, but in retrospective I think Iโ€™d like to go back to Melbourne
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Personally, I loved Melbourne. It's expensive for sure, but not as expensive as Sydney. Definitely very livable and nomad friendly except for the expense. Nightlife, food, coffee is all top notch.
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I've heard good things about Brisbane too. Byron Bay is supposedly nomad friendly too, though I never went
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Melbourne is so brilliant. Itโ€™s the best parts of Europe mixed with the laid back nature of Australia.
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Be sure to check out Tasmania while you're there, and NZ if you can which is world class
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Agree 100% with aqpchsadpw
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It depends what youโ€™re looking to do xgrbsfxmoriw but if you have 1 month, Iโ€™d really recommend renting a car and doing the East Coast. Itโ€™s a magical trip and there is wifi along the whole way.
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Out of the cities I visited, Iโ€™d rank them as such Melbourne > Brisbane > Cairns > Sydney > Darwin

They all have a VERY distinct personality
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Iโ€™m in Aus for 6 weeks from Jan -> Feb so hit me up if youโ€™re in Melbs or Brisbane as I may be around ๐Ÿ’ƒ
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Thanks everyone! I've been leaning most towards Melbourne as I love big cities, enjoy nightlife, music, and seems to have a good energetic vibe.

The big plus of Sydney and Brisbane over Melbourne was the beaches and nature whereas I heard Melbourne there's not much.
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Melbourne has some brill nature trips you can do outside of it (Redwood Forest, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Phillip Island)
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๐Ÿ‘ to the great ocean road/12 apostles
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I always got the feeling that Melb is Berlin of AU ๐Ÿ˜„
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Sydney has more LA vibes
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Agreed about Sydney, which is why I didn't like it nearly as much.
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yeah, IMO argument that beaches over anything is overrated, but itโ€™s very personal preference
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and guys mentioned 12 apostles and great trips outside melb
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The beaches aren't that nice, and I think the view of the harbor is just kinda meh compared to other places in the world
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kinda, I love beach, but probably Iโ€™m more into โ€˜dirtyโ€™ asian style, like Bali
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Sydney beach is veryโ€ฆ westernized, everyone looks like actors and felt a bit intimidated ๐Ÿ˜…
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I really didnโ€™t like Sydney. It did nothing for me at all.
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ymmv, I really liked it, but most of my friends liked melborune more
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Makes sense. Only reason beaches would be a factor is that I think it'd be fun to do a little surfing while there (not like a crazy super fan but find it fun to do a couple times a month).
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Any specific spots that are good to live in Melbourne? When looking seems like there's a good amount of nice apartments on Airbnb around South Yarra. Good area or look somewhere else?

Would love to be as close to everything as possible.
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(Without breaking the bank of course :joy:)
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I personally liked Richmond in Melbourne
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In Syd right now, and I liken it to LA but with a real, vibrant, energetic downtown
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Beaches are nice, but I guess I'm just not really a beach person as I thought.
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I'm looking forward to staying in Melb around Feb, though.
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Richmond is cool. I was in the CBD and it was great
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Interesting that you reference Sydney to be like LA why is that?
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Because of the superficial fitsponess?
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Just can't agree with the LA and Sydney comparison -- aside from the high activity level I can't say Sydney is anything like LA.
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I was only there for 5 days, so I can't speak with any authority, but I did live in LA for 30 years of my life... parts of Sydney had very much a Marina del Rey vibe. Lots of "bros" I could easily imagine in MDR. Surrey Hill felt a lot like WeHo. Maybe that's where the comparison ends. Though the city as a whole definitely seemed more image focused compared to Melbs
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wdunfffisjunp enjoy Tasmania - check out Maria Island if you can
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I'm from Sydney and also did about 5 days in LA this year.
In Rose bay, some areas of North Sydney and the Hills I can see the 'Bro' thing
I wouldnt call Surry hills west hollywood though, its more hipster, cafes, yuppies
I could probably agree there are similarities of the pretentious, superficial, entitlement of some stereotypes which are probably in LA
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different folks in different areas in sydney though.
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its pretty diverse
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WeHo covers quite a large area, but I would definitely categorize parts of it as "hipster, cafes, yuppies" + gay ๐Ÿ™‚
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Isn't it Darlinghurst/Oxford Street that's more like WeHo?
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Lived in LA for 10 years and Syd for about 10 days ๐Ÿ˜†
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I would say it's the sprawling nature of Syd's suburbs that really remind me of LA's totally messed up urban sprawl
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Like you need to make plans and effort to spend time in a certain surb in Sydney much like you would in LA. Syd seems to have better public transit and a livelier downtown compared to LA, though
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Also, when going over to Manly and those northern beaches, I definitely got an OC kind of vibe, even though OC isn't actually LA
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Like Newport felt a lot like ... Newport lol
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Honestly, the 5 days I spent in Sydney (compared to the 3 months in Melbourne) is nowhere near enough for me to make any kind of comparison. I should just withdraw my comments
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I think it's fine if that's your initial impression like it is for me
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I mean, when I went to Seoul, my initial impression was LA Koreatown ๐Ÿคฃ
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In terms of sq km, Greater LA and Syd are quite similar. Naturally they're going to create these little pockets of culture in a similar fashion
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This is just my current stream of consciousness. My friends here in SYD hate when I keep mentioning that it reminds me of LA ๐Ÿ™‚
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Ive been told that LA is like one giant Parramatta road, and I can agree with that ๐Ÿ˜‚
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/me googles paramatta road
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the main road that connects inner-west sydney to "down town" cbd area
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Perhaps totally unsurprisingly, I often felt that Oz felt like a hybrid of the US and UK
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hey all. Planning on landing in Brisbane for a week with my parents at the end of January. We were wondering if there are any notable locations to check out within Brisbane or a days drive up/down the coast. Beaches, fruit, walks etc
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would prefer outdoors vs things like museums etc.
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fmfjytptny just arrived in โ˜•๏ธ Melbourne, #australia
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park (Koala Sanctuary)
Mount Coo-Tha
Oโ€™Reilly (Lamington National Park)
Tamborine National Park
Springbrook National Park
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Then if youโ€™re up for a 2 hour drive, definitely do Noosa. The coastal walk is so stunning.
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Awesome, thanks for the suggestions!
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