Out of all the places I've been in the world, New York is my absolute favourite place. After seeing the city portrayed in countless TV-shows and movies, my expectations were incredibly high. I wanted to see it all: The Empire State building, The Rockefeller Plaza, The Statue of Liberty, MoMA, see a Ballet, a play on Broadway and the slightly less traditional Sex and the City bus tour.
First on my agenda: The statue of liberty!
Port Arthur is just north of Marion Bay, about 1. 5 hours drive from Hobart through Sorell on the Tasman Highway. The penitentiary and open air museum of Port Arthur is Tasmania's most visited tourist attraction. From 1833 some of the hardest convicted criminals from United Kingdom and Ireland stayed here. The treatment they received was brutal, and the prisoners were used for slave-labour and experiments.
If you decide to take the trip to Tasmania, the best way to see the island is by car. If you already have been exploring the mainland by car and want to take it with you to Tassie, take the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne.
I don't have one bad word to say about Glenelg, a beach suburb in Adelaide. From the city it's easily accessible by a 20 minute tram-ride. You've got all you need there; great cafés, restaurants and shops. I stayed at "Glenelg beach house", a splendid hostel with great people, and the first hostel I've been to where there are no bunk beds, making me feel like a person rather than something that needs to be stored away to make room for better things. This is also where I spent Australia Day.
The Opera house in Sydney is one of the most visited performing arts centres in the world. The extraordinary building was opened by Queen Elisabeth II in 1973, and has since then had about seven million people visit, 1.2 million of these attend the 1500 events per year. It is surrounded by Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanical Gardens and is in close vicinity of the Harbour Bridge and the historic area of The Rock. About 300 000 people choose to take a tour while they're visiting, as did I with my family. 35$ for a tour might sound like a lot, but it's a great investment. The guide seemed knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and gave a great tour worth every dollar. In addition to English, tours are available in French, German, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. We also wanted to see a show while we were there, and was lucky enough to get the price of the concert ticket (Schubert's Great C Major) + a tour for 85$. I didn't have a lot expectations for the tour, I guess I just assumed it would be stupidly touristic. I was pleasantly surprised and highly recommend it!