Australia really is VERY provincial and outside Sydney and Melbourne it is BACKWARD. About 6 weeks ago I was in Sydney and was very impressed by how modern and relaxed and cosmopolitan it felt. I was staying in the centre. Well I took a 3 day trip to Katoomba - a village in the Blue Mountains. On my 2nd evening there I took a walk to Echo Point to see the sun set over the Blue Mountains - very beautiful. Afterwards I was walking back to my hotel alone (at about 9pm) minding my own business when a beercan narrowly missed my head, and slammed into the wall. It had been thrown by a group of yobs from a car who roared 'You big faggot' at me. 2 weeks later while I was in Perth with a female friend having a walk in Kings Park in the evening. A similar thing happened - a busload of teenagers drove past and they were all screaming 'FAGS'at us. I might not be the butchest in the world, but on neither occasion was I doing anything more extreme than walking. I had a great holiday but I thought to myself 'People would not behave like that in Europe, that type of behaviour is way too backward and uncivilise, even if people may be thinking it.'