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Top 5 Aussie experiences to have overseas

Published January 26th, 2015

Maybe you’re on a gap year - working overseas? Or maybe you’re travelling around Europe or the USA in January? If you find yourself away from home this Australia Day, there’s plenty of top Aussie experiences you can have overseas, so gather your mates and stream the Triple J Hottest 100 in these Aussie-fied locations.

 

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey

All Australians know the story of the Anzac Corps landing on the west coast of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 during World War I. With the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli this year, a visit to the Anzac battlefield is all the more poignant and you can expect a huge number of Aussies visiting the site in 2015. Do the Anzac Walk from North Beach to Anzac Cove, Brighton Beach, Lone Pine and the Turkish Memorial.

 

The motorcycle seats at Camden Lock Markets in London.

London, UK

Used to be you couldn’t throw a thong without hitting an Antipodean in London, or walk into a pub without hearing a familiar twang. Now Australians are a little less noticeable on the ground but UK working holidays are still a rite of passage and you’ll find some Aussie compatriots in popular stomping grounds like Clapham and Shepherd’s Bush in the southwest and west of London. And The Church. Obvs.

 

Trekking the Kokoda Track.

Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

Another story that’s familiar to Australians is the Kokoda Track where the Japanese landed near Gona on July 21, 1942, forcing Australians and their Papua allies back over the mountains and towards Port Moresby during World War II. The arduous 96-kilometre hike is not for the unfit with many who attempt the trail training for months. If you’re keen to tackle the Kokoda Track, opt for a guided tour to ensure safety and to get the most out of your trek.

 

Villiers-Bretonneux, France

Other famous Anzac sites can be found near Villiers-Bretonneux in the Somme region of France. Here you’ll find the Battlefields of the Somme sites like Pozières; the National Australian Memorial in Villiers-Bretonneux; and the Australian Memorial of Le Hamel; Péronne, which was liberated by Australian troops in 1918.

 

Mulberry Street sign in Nolita, NYC.

NYC, USA

The ski fields of Canada, like Banff and Whistler, are obvious spots to find Aussies to celebrate Australia Day with you – especially in January, but New York also has an Aussie enclave.  Dubbed ‘Little Australia’ for the proliferation of Aussie boutiques, cafes, eateries and even pubs (Eight Mile Creek on Mulberry Street), Manhattan’s Nolita is a comfort zone for homesick Australians after a decent flat white.

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.