Things I Will and Will Not Miss About New Zealand and Australia

After making a similar list about South America while waiting for my flight to New Zealand, I made this my farewell-to-this-continent tradition. It gave me time to reflect on my experiences in different regions and to appreciate what I had liked and disliked before moving on to the next leg of the journey. So as I sat in the Perth airport waiting for my flight to Kuala Lumpur, I pulled out the trusty notebook and pen and made my two columns.

Lake Pukaki, NZ

Things I Will Miss About New Zealand and Australia

South Island. Pretty much all of it.

-The fact that practically no wildlife in NZ is life-threatening

-Entertaining accents

-The Pacific Ocean and the beaches

-The price of lamb and fresh seafood

Aussie Shiraz and NZ Sauvignon Blanc

-Koorie paintings

-Hamish and Andy radio podcasts


-“The Castle”

-The weather: almost always sunny and if it rained, almost always got a rainbow out of it

-People being able to tell the difference between Canadian and American accents

Deadly Black Widow/Redback Spider! (morguefile photo)

Things I Will Not Miss About New Zealand and Australia


-The fact that nearly everything in Australia is lethally venomous (spiders, snakes, jellyfish, scorpions, and believe it or not, platypus)

-Also, sharks

-Getting a headache from trying to make my brain compute that traffic keeps to the left, not the right

-Lack of breakfast cereal variety in NZ

-Water restrictions in Australia


Mangy kangaroos

Dodgy Australian hostels


-Non-insulated housing

-People referring to North America as “America”. Sigh.

Great Ocean Road Is the Roadtrip of Your Dreams

I thought a photo essay would be the best way to do this post, but there is no way I could compete with the lovely photo essay of the Great Ocean Road on Freshly Pressed by Stumble Down Under.
The Great Ocean Road is the stuff dreams are made of, specifically roadtrip dreams. This stretch of driving winds along the coast of Victoria from Torquay to Warrnambool overlooking the Southern Ocean. Plan to pull your car over at least every ten minutes to take a photo. I could not put my camera down and I bet you won’t be able to either.