As the closest and cheapest entry point for Aussies, Los Angeles is the logical starting point for your SoCal sojourn.
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Welcome to La La Land
As the closest and cheapest entry point for Aussies, Los Angeles is the logical starting point for your SoCal sojourn. Our La La Land highlights included the Hollywood Farmers’ Market (the kids loved the different vegetable colours – hello purple carrots!), the breathtaking views from Griffith Observatory atop Mount Hollywood, and the delicious (but cheap) burgers at In-N-Out, which we may or may not have sampled a few times.
Lowlights for the kids were Hollywood’s slightly unsavoury streets and peak-hour traffic that took ‘are we there yet?’ to a torturous new level.
But far more exciting rides awaited at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is a must for thrill-seeking families. State-of-theart attractions like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (you really feel like you’re flying!), Transformers 3D and the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem had us rushing back for more, while the park’s life-size recreations of Harry’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (pictured right) and the Diagon Alley shops are truly magical. You can even drink Butterbeer!
Even my three-year-old daughter managed to find some fun at the park’s Super Silly Fun Land, the animal show and exploring The Simpsons’ Springfield area, complete with a fully functional Krusty Burger and Moe’s Tavern. Just ensure you get there early, before the tour groups start pouring in mid-morning.