Without going into TOO much personal detail (weasels like their anonymity), I will say that my brother is leaving next week to be with the love of his life in Australia, and they're getting married early this summer. Bro & the new SIL will be living in Australia and I won't get to see them much from now on. My mom was afraid to travel alone so she asked if the Wee Weasel (age 13) would accompany her to the wedding. Just tonight Mom talked me into going too.
By the way I'm married and also have another child (18), but it's just me and the Wee going with Mom... partly due to finances, plus Mister doesn't like to travel. I've never been out of the states except barely into Canada a couple times. I've always wanted to travel, and have had a severe "vacation itch" for the last year or so, but between Mister's travelphobia and raising kids and working and paying bills, it's just never really happened. Til now!
So we're going to fly into Sydney and then go on to Perth. Any suggestions for things to do? Things NOT to do? We aren't certain on the dates yet, I mean we know when the wedding is, but we're not sure when we're traveling. We're planning on 10-14 days around the wedding date. Rumor has it it's cheaper to fly during the week than on a weekend, but I'm still looking into that.
Specifically, here are some things I've got my eye on and am wondering about. The "Underground Motel" in White Cliffs NSW, the Indian Pacific train ride (3 days) from Sydney to Perth, camel rides @ The Stables Yanchep north of Perth, and
Mom wants to "sea kayak" but my brother says Australia is known for sharks so that's silly (???). We'll definitely hit the zoo and beach around Perth.
Anything else? We obviously can't afford to go jetting around all over Australia, but is there something TRULY fabulous we shouldn't miss? What is there to do in Sydney besides an as-yet-unchosen harbor cruise? Since I wasn't planning on going, I haven't done much research yet. All advice is welcome!
And what to do about this terrorism fear that is lurking in my chest? I *really* want to go on this trip, but I admit to being afraid. Not that that's going to stop me, but I wanted to say it.
Thank you all.