Strewth! Liz Lifts the Lid on Life Down Under

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So Liz, what would you say are the main differences between the UK and Australia?

Well I'm from Sydney in NSW, and the weather is amazing all year round. In Queensland there are 261 sunny days a year, which is a huge change from drizzly and grey UK! We also have a higher minimum wage, which is definitely a plus. Did I mention that coffee and biscuits are a million times better?! #TeamTimTams

What are your top tips for making the most of life Down Under?

Travel everywhere! There are so many amazing cities to see, and the road trip from Sydney to Cairns is just incredible - don't forget your sunscreen though, our summers can be pretty intense. It's a pretty boring one, but I'd also recommend investing in a good insect repellant for when you're in The Outback or Bush.

What are your favourite restaurants, bars and things to do and see in Oz?

Ok, so let me structure this one...

Things to do:

  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge 
  • Go to the vineyards and taste some wine in the Hunter Valley
  • Blue Mountains - treat yourself to a hike with a view and check out the old school pub food to compare with the UK pubs 
  • Opera Bar + Manly Ferry + Hugo’s in Manly = Great day out
  • Not my city but in Melbourne they have a wicked PINK lake!

Places to drink and eat:

  • The Island (only in summer) - amazing bar on the water only accessible by boat 
  • Go to The Australian Heritage Hotel (pub in The Rocks) that sells crocodile and kangaroo pizza and all local beers from across Australia!
  • Go to brunch in the following locations (don’t be afraid to branch out): Dachshund Coffee (Hunters Hill),  The Grounds (Alexandria) and The Boathouse (Balmoral)

Is there a part of Aussie life/culture you wish you could bring to the UK?

I love living in the UK but there are definitely a few things I miss:

  • Thongs all day errday (they're flip flops to you guys)
  • Chicken parma
  • Chicken salt served anywhere that serves chips
  • Road trips to the beach
  • Having a BBQ on a hot summers day and playing backyard cricket

And finally, what would you say are the top three things a Brit Down Under should experience and visit?

1. Sydney Harbour and Manly

2. Great Ocean Road

3. Ayers Rock/Uluru – Do a tour and check out the dinner under the stars out there

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