OMG I'm going to AUSTRALIA!

  1. 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.
    Last edit by NurseWeasel on Mar 29, '03
  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   rreed
    AUSTRALIA, you will love it.
    I just got back 2 weeks ago from being in Sydney for 2 weeks.
    I have been a total of 8 times and the first time was for 1 month.
    love it love it love it.
    When in Perth, ride the train down to Fremantle (locals call it Freo). You might want to get a day trip to the Pennicles (north of Perth). Go to Kings Park at night. Ride the ferry over to Rottnest Island. Go to Burswood Casino. Eat a meat pie at the bakery upstairs on the mail platform in the Perth trainstation in town. So much to see and do in Perth.
    When in Sydney, ride the ferry over to Mainly. Go to Bondi Beach (ride train to Bondi junction, then bus to beach). Go to the Rocks area. Oh, you can't miss Kings Cross. Pattington Market is a big indoor flea market with great bargins.
    Any other que's just ask.
  4. by   Grace Oz
    Greetings from "Down under". So, you're coming for a visit aye? You'll LOVE it here! Don't you go worrying about terrorisim & such, ours is about THE safest country in the world! Just get on that plane, come on over/down & have yourself a ball.
    A pity you aren't coming to South Australia as I'd make it my duty to welcome you & be a good hostess.
    I was over in Sydney late last year & one thing I'd reccommend is the walk on the harbour Bridge!
    It's not cheap, but hey, you'll only ever do it once, right?! The guided tour takes you all the way to the TOP of the bridge, the view is unsurpassed. Definately go on a horbour cruise, that's a must. Make sure you also visit THE ROCKS.
    THE ROCKS is full of history, is right in the heart of the city, on the shores of the harbour & there's a tourist information centre there that will provide you with everything you need to know.
    You'll be laughing girl! You'll almost DOUBLE your
    US dollar here, thereby increasing your spending power! I think the prsent exchange rate is that the A$ is worth only about US 57 cents. You can check that out for sure. Either way, you'll increase your money in the exchange & have MORE to play with while here! See, aren't we Aussies GREAT people to our visitors??!! LOL
    Forget about the Perth zoo, it doesn't hold a candle to the sydney Zoo. If you must visit a zoo while here, go to TORONGA PARK zoo in Sydney. An easy ferry ride across the harbour from the CIRCULAR QUAY, the main terminal in Sydney harbour. The zoo is great & the views across the harbour from it are wonderful.Be sure to catch another ferry around to DARLING HARBOUR & visit the wonderful shopping precint, cafes & restaurants there, you'll LOVE DARLING HARBOUR.
    Ok I've given you some ideas for Sydney, can I convince you to come by Adelaide on your way to Perth? :-) You'd LOVE Adelaide too.See if you could manage a stopover & message me & we could communicate via email.
    Keep in touch, look forward to this wonderful adventure with much happiness & remember your sunscreen & a hat! LOL Though,I'm guessing you're coming during our winter months, right?
    In advance..... WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA!.......
    Grace :kiss
  5. by   jnette
    You lucky weasel, you !

    Enjoy and be safe. Most people I've talked to say they never want to come back from there.

    Have a wonderful time ! Let us know how you're liking it !
  6. by   cindyln
    Do you need to get a passport? If so I would start working on that. They usually take awhile to get.
  7. by   jnette
    6 weeks. You can apply for an "expidited" one but they cost a good bit ! Better get moving, Girl !
  8. by   NurseWeasel
    WOOT! This is EXACTLY the kind of info I wanted. I will be PM-ing Rachel and Grace with some specifics. I think it would be ever so delightful if I could hook up with Grace for a visit.

    Got the passport thing under control, the hard part is going to be leaving my best friend (Mister) behind - but lol, I've got firsthand knowledge of exactly how much he doesn't travel well, and (shhh) I already know I'll be having more fun without him.

    I think I've got the fear monster under control. Finally sat myself down and said: Listen. What would you do if you knew you only had 1 year to live? (Go) What have you always wanted to do? (Go) Will you kick yourself for the rest of your life if you don't go? (Yes) How will you feel when Wee and Mom come back all glowy and ecstatic, if you don't go? (Like poo) And are you really going to let freaking terrorists keep you home? (Heck NO)
  9. by   rreed
    The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.
    Saint Augustine

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
    - Mark Twain

    "There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign."
    - Robert Louis Stevenson

    NOT I - NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.
    - Walt Whitman

    "Always there has been an adventure around the next corner --- and the world is still full of corners." Roy Chapman Andrews

    * There are no strangers in the world-only friends you have yet to meet. *

    looks like to me, you HAVE to go
  10. by   jnette
    Originally posted by rreed
    The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.
    Saint Augustine

    "There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign."
    - Robert Louis Stevenson

    * There are no strangers in the world-only friends you have yet to meet. *
    AMEN to that !!!

    You're GOING... you have DECIDED ! Good for you !

    I can relate to your fears/concerns, though. For the first time in my life I have had doubts about flying.. not even so much the flying, as being around the airport itself. My sis sent me a ticket to fly out to Tucson in June as my graduation gift.. do nothing but laze around her pool,, drink, and be pampered and treated like a queen. Do nothing but PLAY for a whole week, and with my favorite person in the world ! And now the doubts have crept in... "let's see how the war goes", etc. But I also know this: If I do NOT go, then SHE will surely kill me, so I die either way ! So I may as well just go, right? And your post gave me that little boost of encouragement I needed.
    Thanx, Weasel.

    Have a MARVELOUS time !!!
  11. by   rreed
    this is the way I look at things.......

    I think that somewheres up there in the big book in the sky my name is already written down on how and when it is my time to go

    so, if you have the chance to go or do something, then you better do it no questions ask (and don't listen to people who try to talk you out of it because they are to chicken to get out and experience life).

  12. by   renerian
    I am so jealous!!!!!!!! Have a ball!

  13. by   rreed
    oh yeah, if you go to Australia, you can't come home without a pair of "UGG" boots

  14. by   Grace Oz
    Don't worry folks, if Weasel comes to Adelaide, we'll ensure she relaxes & has a ball! AND, Rachel, I'll make sure she buys some "UGG" boots!! LOL... We've made contact via PM & am hoping to convince her & her Mum & Wee Weasel to visit here on their way to Perth.
    * There are no strangers in the world, only friends you have yet to meet* EXACTLY! So true.