I’m nearing the end of my week and a half stay in Australia, and I wanted to write in for those of you that haven’t visited this country before, since it’s my first time.
When you get off of the plane in a new country, you can always get the sense of what you’re getting into – and for me, Australia provided a really good sense. Sure, I guess the airport isn’t always the best indicator, but I generally felt welcome and there was a good vibe about being here.
These are just some initial impressions, to get the pen on paper.
Okay, so I know everyone won’t travel Qantas to get here, but if you’re going between cities, it’s going to be a strong contender for an option. I found the travel on Qantas to be amazing, and the service really top notch. I did have three separate flights with them, each of carrying length, and each was superb. The food was also really terrific. In a heartbeat, I’d travel Qantas again. Actually, I’m $50 indebted to them thanks to purchasing their electronic bag tags. 🙂
Consistently, I had very friendly people. Not only are the staff at the Park Hyatt Melbourne and the Park Hyatt Sydney on top of their game, I found the public to be of an amiable nature as well. If there’s one downside to the “friendliness,” I did notice a slight arrogance at the Park Hyatt in regards to Diamond recognition, but I wouldn’t let that shy you away from staying there by any means.
I found Sydney and Melbourne to be unusually clean. When I say unusually, I compare it to most other major cities, and in a grand scale, they do a much better job of upkeep. There is a noticeable pride amongst the cities, and while both are very walkable (Sydney being larger, but still doable), I found there to be a good deal of clean environments, walking paths and city streets.
The food in both cities was really tasty, and I can certainly understand why folks travel here just to eat. Australian food does have an American flare (or maybe it’s vice versa), so as a tourist coming in, you won’t be shocked with what’s on the menu. I encourage you to explore some of the local venues, stalls and hotels to taste what’s on offer.
I’d return back here in a heartbeat. Now, if only there was better award availability. 😉
Have you been to Australia before? What was your first impression?
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