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After 6 months travelling around Australia and New Zealand, is very difficult for me to choose just a few tips because there were so many wonderful people, places, and magic moments, but here you have the vagamundos 2.0 awards:

Country

1.- New Zealand, the land of "The lord of the rings"

2.- Tasmania (is not a country, but is so different from mainland, that I have to choose them)

3.- Australia, really big and empty

PERSON

1.- John, from YHA Launceston, Tasmania, por taking care

2.- Stocky, our South West Coast Tour leader in Tasmania, for carrying a 40 kg. backpack during 9 days with mud up to the knees, and keeping the smile.

3.- Steve, Kakadu´s tour leader, for his deep knowledge about aboriginal culture

MOMENT

1.- Finishing the South West Coast Track in Tasmania, after 9 días and 100 km. inside the mud, I met my friend Jonathan Livingstone Seagull

2.- Doubtful Sound, Nueva Zelanda, where I could "listen to the silence" y saw dolphins jumping and playing with us.

3.- My first encounter with a kangoroo, in Bateman´s Bay


PLACE

1.- Fiorland, in New Zealand

2.- Karijini, Australia, beautiful gorges and rush of adrenaline

3.- Purnuluru, Australia, so amazing is hard to believe it exists

CITY

1.- Perth, Australia, a great city with a perfect climate, no traffic jams and no stress.

2.- Sydney, Australia, a beautiful city despite the fact there are already taffic jams and stress.

3.- Hobart, Tasmania´s capital, for the histoy and the people´s friendlyness

Small Town

1.- Paihia, north coast in New Zealand, fishing town, relaxed and quite.

2.- Launceston, Tasmania, a small city or a big small town

3.- Broome, half way between Perth and Darwin, and thousand miles from real world

LODGING

1.- YHA in Launceston, Tasmania, where John makes you feel at home.

2.- YHA in Kaikoura, New Zealand, the sea at your door, and the whales very near.

3.- Nomad´s Backpacker in Perth, close to the center, away from trouble.

CYBERCAFÉ

1.- Salamanca Place in Hobart, Tasmania, a fisherman´s cyber

2.- Didjworld, Darwin, Australia, fast as the wind, with 19" screens

3.- Outback Travel Shop, Alice Springs, Australia, friendly people and free coffee


RESTAURANT

1.- Kata Restaurant, Launceston, Tasmania, a good, nice and cheap japanese restaurante.

2.- The bar in Narooma harbor, very cheap fish and shellfish.

3.- Restaurant Viet, in Melbourne, first quality from Vietnam.

BEACH

1.- Shell Beach, in Australia, 20 km and millions shells

2.- Abel Tasman N.P., Nelson, New Zealand, wonderful beaches and forest

3.- P.N. Cape Le Grand, Australia, the whitest sand I´ve seen in my life.

ACTIVITY

1.- Walking South Coast in Tasmania, World Heritage

2.- Walking and Kayaking Abel Tasman N.P., New Zealand

3.- Walking the Olgas, Australia, with no people around

AGENCY

1.- Adventure Tours, Australia, for the best guides, vehicles, itinerary, equipment and customers.

2.- Tasmanian Expeditions, for being friendly, nice and very, very, profesional.

3.- Magic Bus, New Zealand, the best way to travel around the country, cheap, flexible and convenient.

TRANSPORT

1.- 4x4 truck in Purnuluru, one of the most isolated areas in Australia.

2.- Kayak, to visit Abel Tasman N.P, with the calm waters and the wonderful beaches.

3.- Sydney ferries, the best way to know Sydney harbor and sorroundings.

ANTIVAGAMUNDOS AWARD

1.- Let´s Trek Australia, an agency that doesn´t keep the promises and doesn´t take care of customers.

2.- YHA, Georgetown, New Zealand, for ignoring my complains after being robbed.

3.- Première buses, Australia, for keeping us 6 hours blocked on the road because a bush fire, and not offering even a coffee

ANIMAL

1.- Kangoroo, one of the more fascinating animals in the world

2.- Wonbat, a marsupial that is like a baby.

3.- Kiwi, symbol of New Zealand, a nocturnal animal.

This virtual awards reflects 6 months of amazing experiences in Australia and New Zealand.

Published: 01/09/2002 13:26
All times are MET (GMT+1)


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