Why I Didn’t Fall in Love with Australia

When I booked my trip to Australia and started to tell people that I was going, I was constantly met with ‘oh, you’re not going to want to come back!’ and I started to think maybe I wouldn’t. I know so many people who have recently moved to the land down under, or have spent an extended period of time there travelling and working. I began thinking that if it was so popular and everyone loved it, then I probably would too. I even wondered what the logistics of moving there with my adorable dog, Ben, would be for a moment.

But little Ben needn’t have worried. I didn’t fall in love with Australia and leave a piece of my heart there when I flew home. Don’t for one second think that I didn’t have a great time, because I did. I saw wild kangaroos koalas and dolphins, drove The Great Ocean Road, had some delicious meals, enjoyed the nightlife and saw some of the most stunning sunsets of my life. There were a few things that I didn’t like about Australia though…

The Great Ocean Road

It’s too isolated. Australia is such a vast country and it’s really pretty isolated. For example, you could get in a car in Perth, drive for 24 hours and still be in Western Australia! The country does change though, in different areas and as such it is an exciting place to explore. However, I think I’m too used to living in Scotland and having the whole of Europe so nearby. I love being able to jump on a plane and be in France, Italy, Spain, or many other countries within a couple of hours. Perhaps I’ve been too spoiled living here, but that’s what I’m used to now and I’d be loath to leave that behind.

It gets dark too early. This probably sounds a little silly, right?! I found it got dark around 5:30 every night, and locals said that it only extends to about 7pm in summer. I’m used to having long summer nights in Scotland, where it’s often only properly dark around midnight. It’s just a little thing, but definitely enough to put me off permanent life down under.

Everything is so expensive. Australia is expensive. Everything is expensive. I know if you lived and worked there you would be paid an equivalent wage but I still don’t think I could get used to paying $15 dollars for a cocktail on a night out. Glasgow prices are way cheaper!

It has no impressive history. The main history of Australia is that of the Aboriginals. Whilst their story is an interesting and eclectic one, it’s not as rich and varied as many other countries that I’ve visited. Italy’s history, for example, simply fascinates me, and being able to visit buildings and ruins from hundreds, even thousands, of years ago is absolutely amazing. Continental Europe has history in abundance, and I feel this is where Australia lacks. Hey, it’s not their fault that it’s a relatively new country in the grand scheme of things, but I like countries with a full, exciting history and plenty of tales to tell.

Despite these things, I actually loved being in Australia, and would love to go back and spend a little more time exploring. Whilst Australia might be the perfect place for some people to live, it just isn’t for me, and that’s okay. Everyone is entitled to different opinions, that’s what makes life interesting, right?! And, so it doesn’t look like this is an entirely negative post about Oz, because that’s not my intention at all, here’s some photos of things I absolutely loved whilst I was there…

Vintage Car show in Perth…who wants to buy me this one…?! Anyone…?!

My first AFL game

Sunset over Sydney's most famous icons

Loch Ard Gorge. So beautiful

 What do you think about my view of life in Australia? Do you agree or disagree with my opinions? I’d love to hear what you think!


12 Responses to Why I Didn’t Fall in Love with Australia

  1. Peter Paredes

    I actually agree with you on this one Emma. I visited Oz in 2006 while I travelled around the world for 9 months and also thought that I would love it and would never want to leave. I did have fun there but I found it was very much a ‘nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there’
    Now New Zealand on the other hand was a completely different story and I really found myself falling in love with that country!!! Although it also involved a lot of long drives, I found that I enjoyed them a lot more as the landscape changed so much from wonderful mountains to vast lakes to wonderfully green forests. I would certainly say that if you do ever go to Oz again make sure you jump over to New Zealand too as there is a lot to see in that little country ;)

  2. Keane

    It’s really hard to compare anything to Europe, where so much culture and history is so easily accessible even without a plane.

    You may want to stay away from Hawaii if you aren’t a fan of isolated, expensive places! :D

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  4. Tash

    Definitely agree that it’s expensive!

    The daylight at night in the Summer time depends on what state you are in – I believe WA did not adopt daylight savings, and QLD doesn’t have it either, which is such a waste. But Sydney and Melbourne definitely have late daylight Summer evenings, which are divine!

  5. Laura Matuszak

    Refreshing Emma! So many Scots seem to wish away the life that they have here ……….hence I decided to Celebrate it!

  6. Tartan Bride

    Agree 100% with you Emma.

  7. Outbackjoe

    As an Australian travelling, driving and camping my way around Oz I couldn’t agree with you more with some of your points.

    Yes, Australia is ridiculously expensive. $10 for a pint of beer. $8 – $12 for a Corona, need I say more!!!

    Yes, we don’t really have long history, only becoming a federation country just over 100 years ago.

    Yes, it gets dark early in the evening. I am from Western Australia (where lots of backwards people live) and most West Aussies rejected daylight savings which sucks.

    Yes, it is isolated, especially my city of Perth.

    BUT in saying that if you are lucky enough to have the TIME & resources to explore outback Australia you will see that what is has to offer makes up for the reasons you mentioned above. Unfortunately, it is really hard to get those experiences without a 4WD, time and money on your side.

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a lovely detailed comment.

      Perhaps if I get to experience the outback like you said I would change my mind. I definitely would love to explore the outback anyway. One day!

      Enjoy the rest of your travels through Oz :)

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    Australia Sucks !!! It has no Cultures No freedom No Vibes whatsoever … Living in Perth WA from Edinburgh Scotland I constantly feel Trapped and Exiled from culturally Vibrant Europe …

    • Emma Gray

      Those are some pretty strong views you have there, Hassan! Why do you stay there if you don’t like it so much?

  10. Aaron Aardvark

    Q: What’s the difference between Australia and yoghurt?
    A: Yoghurt has culture!

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