I found Bill Bryson's book about Australia to be great reading about Australia (I am from the US, so who knows). He is so funny, and lots of cool history etc. Called "In a Sunburned Country." I have been dying to go there since I was a kid, NZ too. Someday maybe, need a full two weeks off to get there and spend time with the long flight.
I too have a view of Aus much like the first poster. Seems like paradise.
Started Whole30 December 31, 2011
Integrated Leptin Reset/Jack Kruse plan Jan 13, 2012
Starting Weight: 174.8