It's the laid back culturist seperatism that keeps Australia away from the US and the UK, and I truly mean that. It hasn't yet got the influential and political shadows of the Northern Hemisphere superpowers, and it's truly a haven for backpackers.
Coff's Harbour beachfront
Newcastle is arguably the music capital of Australia. Nobby's is one of the best beaches in the world for surfing, and the people here/there are great. I spent a couple of weeks there cleaning hostel rooms, before they asked me to start co-ordinating evening events. In effect I was getting free beer money and accomodation for organsing pool competitions and karaoke contests.
I've currently moved on to Coffs Harbour, and I'm actually working on reception in the YHA here (YHA is the safest hostel company around worldwide). Again, free accomodation. No free beer unfortunately but hey, I've saved enough money up to this point.
The beaches so far have been great. Been riding a shortboard a fair amount, and met some brilliant people (okay, female's mainly). Watch out for more pics.