I’m planning a trip to Australia, but I don’t know a lot about the area.
I want to stay for 10 weeks, so I want to keep costs down - that means I can’t do a ton of flying around.
I want to learn to surf for a week or so, keep surfing, go skydiving, go scuba diving, but also relax, maybe see the rainforest.
I tried talking to a travel agent but I think I just annoyed her because I don’t know which cities I want to go to and I think she’s used to putting old people on boring bus tours. I want to do, if anything, hiking tours of the rainforest. I don’t want to sit in a car my whole vacation.
Any suggestions, ideas, etc?
Since writing this post citycour may have helped people, but has not within the last 4 days. citycour is a verified member, has been around for 5 years, 8 months and has 15 posts and 177 replies to their name.
Post Tags (12)
Im from Australia and I live in the capital! what did you want to know?
I live in Australia but haven’t seen all of it, Most people like to visit the east coast of Australia, there you have the infamous Byron Bay, Byron is only roughly a 1 hour drive from the Gold Coast and further up 1 hour you will find Brisbane. Byron is roughly about a 8 hour drive from Sydney however there are buses that travel between all these places and/or capital cities two or three times a day, Sydney is only a few hours drive time from Canberra and a few more hours to Melbourne.
Most tourists like to see and/or enjoy climbing Ayres Rock in the Northern Territory, Kakadu is a great tourist site if you want to see rainforest however there are lots of rainforest’s and national parks/reserves throughout Oz, The Glass House Mountains behind the Gold Coast has some beautiful scenery and walking tracks that take in waterfall views.
Adelaide is the City of Churches, beautiful city to visit, it kinda reminds me of an oversized country town. I have never been to Perth so I can’t really say much about it, except I have no interest in ever seeing it.
Melbourne in Victoria has its downfalls like all our capital cities but once you get past the smog and air pollution and the wicked hook turns to avoid a collision with trams, Melbourne can be quite beautiful. No matter where you start or end up our capital cities have a lot to offer in the way of night life and entertainment.
when my wife and i travel overseas and even in Australia we only book for a few days in a hotel then we hire a car for a period of time and of we go after that we live in cheaper hotels flying from the main airport like Sydney to cairns ,barrier reef hire a car there book in a motel for a few days go to all the little Islands around cairns go and drive to the rain forest go back to the motel see what is on for the next day after you finished with cairns go to darwin,after that see broom, Perth Adelaide hunter Vally great vines there go to Melbourne go if time permits the great rock in the middle of australia uluru go to byron bay ,the gold cost surfing have a great time ……
google is your friend
Funny you should mention that - so often I see posts on here and I think “why don’t the just check out google…” I was checking google before - the reason I went to a travel agent in the first place was because Australia is so huge and I had no idea where to start. It’s like telling someone in Thailand who wants to go to America, “Just check out google!”
I thought it would be better to get someone who knew the area who could say, “Based on your interests, you should go to this area. Here is where to go skydiving, here’s a reputable company if you want to scuba, and you wouldn’t think of this, but this place is great to go to. The best restaurants in that town are… and also, this awesome place to go if you have a couple days is…”
From talking to all of you, it sounds like the East coast is the ticket. That’s at least a better start than before.
One thing the travel agent suggested was just renting an actual apartment for a month each in two cities. If I did that, I’d want to be really careful about picking a city or two that was close enough to everything I want to do that I would be able to stay in that same city for a month and still get to do all the stuff I described above, then go to another city and finish off the “to-do” list. From what you guys wrote, I’m not sure whether that is feasible or not and how close these attractions are to the main areas. Any ideas?
One place you have to goto is GOLD COAST in Queensland!! It’s awesome :D:D It’s got really nice hotels, theme parks, casino, mega malls and yeah!! :)
Good tip on the hotel sites. Now that I have a coast that will be helpful, and perhaps narrow it down with the cities people mentioned above. I also ordered a guidebook that should be helpful and give me a better idea of where to go.
for good hotels goto wotif.com. I think Legends hotel in Gold coast is nice :)
Gold Coast is very touristy you could be anywhere much like hawaii, theme parks very ordinary compared to what you have in the States. Australia is very spread out.
Melbounre city is at least one hours drive minimum, from most tourist destinations suggestion : Apollo Bay -Great Ocean Road, Dandenong Ranges, Wilson Promentry, sqeaky beach Phillip Island for surf beaches. Back packer accomodation, quikbeds.com
some caravan parks have on site vans (mobile homes). renting seems like a waste of money when you are moving around. you might want to stay else where if you like a place. have a great time
For activities you can look here http://www.quickgetaways.com.au/ga-se…
I LIVE IN MELBOURNE CITY!
and personally i think its the best.
this is how i think of it
california - sydney
melbourne - new york city
brisbane - miami
:):) haha, x
You should try couch surfing dot com, a great (and cheap) way to travel and meet people (your hosts). Plus they’ll give you the best travel advice and tips in the area you’re in. Australia is a beautiful country to explore and also offers some of the a href=”http://www.worldsbestscubadiving.com”>best scuba diving /a> in the world :)
try to go to a href=”http://www.beachaccommodationperth.com/”>perth beach hotels /a>, its a nice place and you’ll surely have a good time there.
Invite Others to Help
A logged in and verified Help.com member has the ability to setup a Friends List and invite others to help with posts.