Thanks for all the suggestions guys. It was a pretty fun and interesting trip to Australia.
Some things I learned on the Trip:
1. Victoria Bitter is a pretty good beer, much better than Fosters. Fosters is kinda the Budweiser of Australia - a beer that isn't that good but proclaims to the be a national beer.
2. Kangaroos are a menace to Australia as the locals don't seem to like them eating all the grass that's meant for horses and sheep. They have no natural predators and are breeding out of control. I bought a Kangaroo skin for AUS30 (US$~25)
3. 70%+ of the TV programs in Australia are actually US programs (e.g. David Letterman, Fox News, McLehrer News Hour, Simpsons, Eliminadate, etc.) It was interesting that an Aussie co-worker mentioned it was weird hearing an Australian speak among Americans because he thinks "gee, is that what we sound like?"
4. Radio music is pretty much all US music. There's some Kylie Minogue played but radio stations there prefer to play US music, to the disappointment of the locals there.
5. Australian food is pretty similar to American food. The thing that's unique to Australian food is a lot of BBQ (e.g. Shrimp on the Barbi). It's also not as rich and fatty as American food.
6. Australia pretty much tags along with the US in all the wars (e.g. Vietnam, Korean, Iraq) because it views the US as a strategic ally. The government seems to be concerned with the possibility that Indonesia will invade Australia (i.e. the AUS embassy was just bombed in Jakarta last week) and it hopes it is building a credit with the US armed forces. Many locals disagree with AUS military actions because it see the AUS gov't treating the country like the 51st US state.
7. The most popular sports there is Footy, Rugby and Cricket. Nobody there has ever heard of the Australian baseball player Geoff Jenkins
8. They don't really like Steve Irwin from The Crocodile Hunter because nobody really says "Criky!" over there and they feel it's sending the wrong image of Australia to the rest of the world.
9. Melbourne seems pretty conservative. It a lot more similar to Europe than it is to the US.
10. People there are very friendly. Everybody was just real kind and generous.
Thanks everybody for your suggestions to me on what to do there. To all Australians and those who visited Australia, I hope I painted a pretty accurate picture of this wonderful country. I wish I had more time to visit Sydney or Brisbane but I had a great experience in Melbourne.
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