10 things Obama should do in Australia
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10 things Obama should do in Australia

In news this week it was confirmed U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Australia on November 16 and 17.

The news failed to make much dent on the public because, well, some of us are already wondering how likely it is to happen given he’s pulled out of visiting twice already last year.

The previous visits were called off in March 2010 due to domestic politics (the health reforms) and in June 2010 over the Gulf oil spill. So we’re all kind of hoping there’s no other economic, environmental or other crisis pending that might keep him away.


US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle. Picture: AFP

Anyway way way back on March 19, 2010 I listed some of the places Obama and his family should visit when they came here:

Here’s an updated version:

1. Hang out with Bindi Irwin at Australia Zoo
Tackle a croc or two in Steve Irwin fashion (Bindi’s famed dad, the late crocodile hunter) and see how tough we breed them downunder.


Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

2. Do some cleaning up
Go to north Queensland to survey the cleanup after Cyclone Yasi earlier this year – a bit of moral support would go down well Mr. President.

3. Try your hand at some cricket
We’ll even let you hit a few balls in the MCG, that hallowed of cricketing turfs. If you’re a bit mystified by cricket, and some of us are, then you can always take to the rugby field instead and take a few tackles from Darren Lockyer, minus the padding of American football.

4. Take a dive on the reef
A trip to Australia is not complete without seeing the magic under the sea.


AP Photo/Queensland Tourism.

5. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach
It’s been reported you rather like the Sydney beaches. So head down to Bondi Beach and get a lesson from the locals or check out the action with the Bondi Rescue team.


Surfers at Bondi Beach. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

6. Have a pint on the Cross
You had a pint in Irish pubs, so here you’ll have to take one or two in Kings Cross and meet a few of our colourful Sydney locals.

7. Meet some of our Australian Aboriginal people
We boast the world’s oldest continuous living culture. Take a tour with some of the elders at Uluru, learn some bush craft at the Alice Spring’s Desert Park, or wander some of our most sacred areas in the Territory like King’s Canyon, Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap.


Uluru, Northern Territory. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

8. Go for a romantic drive
Take Michelle along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria for one of the most romantic drives you’ll have during your term – guaranteed.

9. Pick a wildflower or two, or rather 12,000
If you and Michelle are still feeling amorous, we can also recommend you head over to Western Australia for the wildflower season – they’ll still be in bloom, just, in November. For six months of the year the state is carpeted in thousands of plant species so you won’t have to go far to pick something nice for your First Lady.

10. “At home with Julia
Do make sure you include dinner at The Lodge with Julia and Tim during your busy schedule – just be sure not to visit on date night.