Tips for trip to Australia

  1. My daughter and her boyfriend are planning a three week trip to Australia in November. They'll be attending a friend's wedding in Sydney and then were thinking of going up to the Barrier Reef.They are reading travel guides and talking with people here but would love to hear from Aussies or those who have been there on what is really worth their time and money (short on this!) to see.Any tips would be appreciated :-)
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  3. by   sjb2005
    I have always been facinated by Australia. I would like some tips on visiting Perth. I have an internet friend there. She has come to the states twice.
  4. by   talaxandra
    Hi weetziebat
    November's a great time to travel - it's not too hot, and most of the days are fine.
    In Sydney I guess all the typical tourist spots - the opera house (free), climbing the harbour bridge (not free!), a ferry to Tooronga Park Zoo, perhaps.
    The reef's further out, and further north, than most overseas visitors realise. In fact, although they have probably already heard this, most visitors underestimate the size of the country, and think it'll be faster travelling than it is.
    If that makes any sense at all! I think I may come back and repost after I've had some sleep
  5. by   weetziebat
    Quote from talaxandra
    Hi weetziebat
    November's a great time to travel - it's not too hot, and most of the days are fine.
    In Sydney I guess all the typical tourist spots - the opera house (free), climbing the harbour bridge (not free!), a ferry to Tooronga Park Zoo, perhaps.
    The reef's further out, and further north, than most overseas visitors realise. In fact, although they have probably already heard this, most visitors underestimate the size of the country, and think it'll be faster travelling than it is.
    If that makes any sense at all! I think I may come back and repost after I've had some sleep
    Thanks Talaxandra - I hadn't heard that about Australia but know many tourists underestimate the size of the U.S. - things look so much closer on the map.

    Have you climbed the Harbour bridge? They read about it but wondered if it was worth the money. Not trying to ask you the impossible - LOL - just your opinion.

    Any info is greatly appreciated :-)
    Last edit by weetziebat on Oct 11, '05
  6. by   talaxandra
    I haven't climbed it, but everyone I've spoken to who did it said it was a fantastic experience.
    On the geography front - as long as they keep in mind that Australia's about the same size as the contiguous US they should be fine.
  7. by   weetziebat
    Quote from talaxandra
    i haven't climbed it, but everyone i've spoken to who did it said it was a fantastic experience.
    on the geography front - as long as they keep in mind that australia's about the same size as the contiguous us they should be fine.
    thanks for the info. :kiss i spoke with dd last evening and let her know what you said. will pass this along also.
  8. by   talaxandra
    You're welcome
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    I just want to wish your daughter and boyfriend a wonderful and safe trip. I bet they will enjoy it very much.
  10. by   weetziebat
    Quote from future_rn_jess
    i just want to wish your daughter and boyfriend a wonderful and safe trip. i bet they will enjoy it very much.
    thanks jess - will pass that along also they sure are excited!
  11. by   Roy Fokker
    Oh and mind them native critters.... some of them tend to be on the 'dangerously poisonous' side
  12. by   weetziebat
    Yeah, Roy - they've been hearing lots about the critters! Enough to scare the pants off ya. I've worked with Australian nurses and they've discussed those critters that float in swimming pools, looking like a dead leaf. Only they're definately not dead........ nor leaves - just deadly critters.


    Yikes!!

    BTW, Shelly - my unit manager in Riyadh is from Perth. Originally from Melbourne, but she adores Perth. Also loves to camp in the Outback. Tells me Perth is much more relaxed and, as she describes, the "real" Australia. Whole country sounds wonderful - well, except for the critters.
    Last edit by weetziebat on Oct 14, '05
  13. by   gwenith
    :roll: Just DON'T touch the spiders - especially around Sydney. Talaxandra is right - it is a LOT futher to the Great Barrier reef from Sydney than most people think. The Southern most part of the reef is south of Gladstone in Queensland. But one of the most accessable places is Rockhampton From there is an easy ferry ride to Great Kepple Island - there is a national park there where you can camp or a backpackers hotel.

    It is accessable by rail as well - but the journey will take a couple of days. It is 1,000 Km to Brisbane from Sydney and a further 600+ Kilometers to Rockhampton.

    http://www.railpage.org.au/railmaps/

    http://www.you.com.au/backpackers/rocky.html

    Though if you are travelling anywhere in Australia you might need this map (I can't believe our Goverment has researched and published this!)

    http://www.toiletmap.gov.au/

    This looks like a decent site for information http://www.auinfo.com/sydney.htm


    Just looking around NSW will be fun though - there is plenty to see from Hopping the bus or the train is a good way of getting around.

    http://www.buslines.com.au/
  14. by   weetziebat
    Wa!! Gwenith, what a wealth of information.

    They'd discussed taking the train from Sydney to Cairns, but really don't have the time for that.
    That is one thing Dh and I would love to do - take a train trip from say Sydney to Perth. Watched a public television special on that last year and it looked fantastic.

    Just loved the toilet map :chuckle Was sitting here laughing out loud when I saw it. Of course not so funny when you need one and don't have a clue where it may be.

    Think I'll e-mail this thread to them. Thanks so much - :icon_hug:

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