Planning to get there for 2 months basically this time next year, was wondering which places you liked the most? And anything you recommend doing, i'm going to be on a bit of a budget so I can't do stupidly amazing things but I am open to suggestions.
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- 10-02-2010 19:17
- 10-02-2010 19:49
Ive only been to Sydney, so i cant tell you about the places. If youre going Sydney i would recommend the obvious touristy places to see like the rocks, harbour bridge, opera house etc. I really liked going to the Blue Mountains/Katoomba. It was a really nice day out, the views were spectacular. Which places are you thinking of going to? Have you thought about where you staying?
- 10-02-2010 21:22
Do you have any idea at all what part you want to visit?
You could fly to Sydney and travel up the coast to Cairns.
I would recommend Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands and Fraser Island. Both on the east coast.
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- 10-02-2010 22:55
The places I liked best are;
- Litchfield National Park (kangeroos, kookaburras, white cockatoos, lots of beautiful waterfalls and opportunities for freshwater swimming, magnetic termite mounds)
- Kakadu National Park (amazing Aboriginal rock art, some about 20,000 years old but still very well preserved, fabulous views over enscarpment and savannah forest, Aboriginal cultural and wildlife centre, waterfalls)
- The Great Barrier Reef (great snorkelling and scuba diving)
- The Whitsundays (fabulous snorkelling, even better than at the Barrier Reef, and the famous Whitehaven Beach - once voted as the best beach in the world, the sand is perfectly white and is unique because of a nearby volcanic fault line which produces 99% silicon sand which goes onto Whitehaven Beach alone; the sand is so fine that they used it to make the glass for the Hubble Space Telescope.)
- Byron Bay (more laid back and less commercialised & Americanised than Surfer's Paradise, has fantastic surf, and brilliant beaches)
- Uluru & The Olgas (speak for themselves really! Amazing.)
- Sydney (tons of things to do - Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Sydney Aquarium, The Royal Botanical Gardens & Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Chinatown, National Maritime Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Paddy's Markets...)
- Melbourne (I could only spend a day here but I wish I'd had far longer - there's tons of stuff to see and do)
- Canberra (if you like national museums & art galleries, and national monuments, and parks and lakes, then you will enjoy Canberra - plus despite what people say, there are lots of good shops and bars, though not pumping nightclubs admittedly. I really liked Canberra actually)
Places I didn't get to myself but heard really good things about;
- The Blue Mountains, near Sydney
- The Great Ocean Road & Adelaide
- Perth & Fremantle & Rottnest Island
- Lake Eyre
- The Bungle Bungles
- Cape Tribulation (north of Cairns - tropical rainforest meets brilliant beaches, though watch out for box jellyfish between about November - April)
- Fraser Island (biggest sand island in the world - fantastic freshwater swimming, though watch out for sharks in the sea)Last edited by FormerlyHistoryStudent; 10-02-2010 at 22:58.
- 11-02-2010 00:16
I spent 2 months there last year.
Started in Adelaide and went all the way up to Cairns. On the way spent a week in Sydney, Bryon Bay and Melbourne and did the Whitsundays and Fraser Island. Then spent about a week in Cairns before flying to Darwin and going down from Darwin to Alice Springs before flying home from Melbourne.
Amazing 2 months, although I was traveling a lot and didn't spend much time in the smaller places. I would definitely recommend Sydney and Uluru, outback etc.
- 11-02-2010 17:55
If you are on a limited budget one tip for you is this: If you find any activity you want to do, don't book it through a hostel or a travel agent. Ring them up direct and be cheeky and just ask if you can have 10 percent off for booking direct. That is the commission that most travel agents take for any bookings, so they won't be losing anything and you might be able to save yourself a lot of money. We did it loads and saved a bucketload, we never got told no ever!
As for best places, you should definitely head down the east coast - get yourself on a Scuba dive on a dive on the barrier reef - definitely go to the Whitsundays. You might not have time to go, but my favourite place in the whole of Australia was in Adelaide and up the centre, e.g. Coober Pedy and Ayers Rock.
- 11-02-2010 20:34
Port Douglas is quite small but absolutely stunning
- 11-02-2010 21:00
I had the best prawns ever in Port Douglas.
- 12-02-2010 15:23
I'm getting married in Port Douglas so yay