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User currently offline9V-SPI From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 59 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 868 times:

Hiya

I'm coming over to Australia in 2 weeks time for a 3 week holiday. I'll be in Sydney from Jan 31st until 7th Feb. Can anyone tell me the stuff that I MUST do while I'm over there for my holiday to be a success?

Also I'll be on my own over in Sydney so if anyone fancies meeting up for a drink let me know as I think I might need some sanity after been in Tassie for 2 weeks before that.

Let me know your ideas

Thanks

Mark

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User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 845 times:

Mark,

There are a tonne of things to do in Sydney. Depends on what you like and what you are into. The must do are the following:

"Bridge Climb"
"Ferry to Manly"
"Bondi Beach" [just to say you went there]
"Jet Boat ride on the harbour"
"Trip to the Blue Mountains"

I could go on but it's easier to *know* what you like then I can point you in the right direction.

Also it might be a good thing to join the *Sydney Airports Message Board* which is the local version of a.net - the guys on there are very friendly and would be happy to take a non-local for a spotting day at our airport which is pretty amazing - we can still get exceptionally close at various vantage points.

Let me know.

mb

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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 842 times:

Well, from what I have been told, you'd better be careful of the dangerous spiders and snakes...

signed
a very nervous AWspicious


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 838 times:

AWspicious,

Well, from what I have been told, you'd better be careful of the dangerous spiders and snakes

Well, you have been told wrong. Never in all of my life as an Australian have I EVER encountered a dangerous snake/spider outside of a zoo.

I gather you probably think that Kangaroos hop down the main streets of Sydney and Lions prowl the CBD of Johannesburg.

QANTASforever


User currently offlineQantasAirways From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 829 times:

I totally agree, QANTASforever
Well said.

No, I have never encountered a "dangerous" spider or snake in Australia in my whole life here... Or maybe my impression of dangerous is very different from yours  Nuts

On the topic, I think you MUST visit Centrepoint tower including that virtual reality ride thing. Another place is Sydney opera house and harbour bridge climb... Spectacular.

I wouldn't recommend Taronga Zoo or Wonderland

Best of Regards and enjoy your trip, you'll love it
QantasAirways




Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 816 times:

" gather you probably think that Kangaroos hop down the main streets of Sydney and Lions prowl the CBD of Johannesburg."

What?!?!?! That's it I am canceling my trip then. I wanted to see the Kangaroos hoping down Main street. Deooh!!! hahahaha J/K! I will also be in Australia as well for an undetermined time. I bought a working visa so that entitles me to work there for a year. I wonder if I can get a job working with Steve Erwin and his wife Terry at the Australia Zoo!!


User currently offlineGoodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 913 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 809 times:

Wow, you've *never* encountered a dangerous spider or snake where you live? That's amazing, even where I am, which is somewhat suburban I have seen redback spiders, and quite a few snakes. Do you live in a concrete bunker or something?

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 806 times:

Goodbye,

I must make a correction. I once saw a dead red-back at a friends house in 1994.

QANTASforever


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 798 times:

Umm,

I have to be honest I have seen a few of those really deadly spiders in the bottom of the pool... Funnel Webs. Ugh. And red backs are in suburbia..

And growing up on an Island in rural Queensland it was nothing to have to use a big stick with a hook to take the Red Bellied black snakes out of the pool skimmer box.

In suburban Sydney it's rare to find snakes and deadly animals unless you live near a bush reserve. But they are still there. They tend to leave us alone if we keep an eye out for them.

But I don't think you are going to find creepy crawlies in the city.. Maybe rats.. LOL

mb


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 789 times:

Mx5_boy,

..........or John Brogden. eewww.

QANTASforever


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 781 times:

Never in all of my life as an Australian have I EVER encountered a dangerous snake/spider outside of a zoo.

Well, in my 5 years living in Adelaide as a child I got;

- Bitten by a Wolf Spider - painful but not too severe
- Bitten by a Red Back Spider - had to go to hospital, f*cking hurt after a few hours
- Stung by a DEAD Blue Bottle (Box Jellyfish), the most painful thing I have experienced in my life and this includes having a wisdom tooth extraction with no anaesthetic.

Maybe you live a charmed life!



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 776 times:

Apology accepted  Wink/being sarcastic

AW


User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 755 times:

Spent a month in Australia last August -- most of it in Queensland, but a couple of days in Sydney.

GREAT country! I'll go back anytime. Spent most of my spare cash on the reef around Cairns and Port Douglas. Saw crocs, but no snakes, no spiders (well, one snake from the croc boat -- but I only count that stuff if it's a real threat -- like running into grizzly bears which I've done here several times).

Sydney is great -- but I passed on the bridge climb. It's $100 for crying out loud -- just to walk up a bridge. They suit you up and tie you down to make sure you don't fall off. I've climbed mountains with less gear than that. Climb up one of the towers at the south end -- that's free -- and you can watch all the suckers walking single file up the bridge span. Do the arithmetic -- Sydney must be using the proceeds from the bridge climb to pay off the Olympics.

Otherwise you can walk for miles around the botanical gardens, opera house, Darlington -- fantastic city, fantastic waterfront.



Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 742 times:

The bridge climb might be boring for some, but do it! It's an amazing experience and the views are amazing. Sydney has so much eye candy and where else in the world can you climb a major bridge?

I love Sydney and live in the most stunning city in the world.

*yay*

mb


User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 727 times:

Well, if things go accordingly, I hope to visit Australia one day. I'm becoming more intrigued by the land down under and I've been doing some preliminary research on the place. Tried out an online booking with AC and saw one schedule where I could fly on three different aircraft types on the way down (767,737,747) and three types on the way back (747,737,343) - An aviation enthusiasts dream  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

AW


User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 726 times:

I'm looking forward to Australia....2 years ago I finally decided to make a trip troughout the country....hopefully for something like a year Big grin...I will be there on a working holiday visa......I'm gonna buy my ticket at the end of this month, and will leave the Netherlands during the European summer peak...somewhere in July.....I will make a coastal route with a few stops in the major cities to work somewhere.....




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User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 721 times:

KL713, I am doing the something as you. I bought the Holiday Visa already it was 160 AUD. I plan on going next month as well. I would like to work for the AUSTRALIA ZOO whilst I am down there. I wanna go Qantas or Air Canada down there.

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 717 times:
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I used www.frommers.com to get an idea of what to do.

Then I went to the local library and took out the Frommers Book: Australia from $50 a day.-----It was a great book to have on hand.

OK, Syndey has Excellent food in Darling Harbour-> right in the Harbour overlooking this lil pond, there was this funny pizza place with an open front. Check it out.
Great walks in the Harbor area itself. The Syndey Explorer Bus was a sweet deal. Look into it.

See if you can book a show at the Opera house. Check DATES NOW. This was the only thing we did not get to do.

Take a day trip (if you are into Hiking) into the Blue Mountains. You will see some magnificient scenery and maybe even a few roos. We went with Oztrek.

Take a day trip to the wineries. Red Carpet Wines was the BEST one we took and our driver's name was Mike. The trip was 150% better with him as our driver!!! And we've done many wine trips.  Big thumbs up

The day that we went to the wineries with Red Carpet was my birthday. Turns out the driver Mike had the same birthday as well. If you go, ask if he remembers a guy in summer of 2001 who shared his birthday.


Fell free to email me. We kept a daily journal of our activities throughout the 3 week trip we took. So I have good detailed info.

peace, mirrodie



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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 706 times:

Cool! Sounds like it was a blast. Seems like anyone who visits Australia has only good things to say about their trip.
I hear it's pretty hot there now-a-days, though... Not much rain, neither. Although, that may be somewhat trying at times for the residents.... As a visitor, the dry warm weather would be very much appreciated :-]
I've been told the blue Mountains are pretty nice. I would have posted pics, but, I've already deleted them.

Signed
(lookin for 3Gs) AWspicious


User currently offlineSenliture From Australia, joined May 2000, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 701 times:

walk around the city and you will discover a lot, I've been to Sydney 2 times last year, everytime I walk, from North Sydney to Town Hall via Harbour Bridge, from Chinatown to Casino via Darling Harbour. I walked a lot.

Senliture


User currently offlineAduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 699 times:

I have walked the bridge... and to tell you the truth it was not the most 'amazing ' thing I could have done that day.

The most exciting part about it was coming back down when we had to go down the ladder between the trains. There is no sheer drop on the climb, theres sort of a meter or so of metal first so don't be expecting a thrill. The view was ok, but being a cessna pilot I see better all of the time I suppose.

Not degrading the climb, but if you are bored one day with $100 do it, if you are looking for a thrill though hmm maybe go elsewhere.


User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 686 times:

Boeing747-700,

I'm gonna fly Cathay Pacific to Oz, we have to pay the exact amount of money (in euros ofcourse) for the holiday visa in the Netherlands, and ofcourse the big amount of money that has to be on your bank account (3500 euros according to the embassy in the Hague), so you're leaving next month....I still have to wait until july....financial capacity is little bit too low at the moment.....how long will you be staying over there? Maybe we'll see each other over there in some kind of old, dusty backpacker hostel Big grin



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User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 676 times:

KL713, I would like to stay for a year, I will see how things go. I might have some interviews with some airlines because I met a friend who flys 777s for a major US airline and he said that he could get me an interview. So I will wait now and see what is to happen, but I would like to go for One year and work and back pack through.

User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 677 times:

A Question for the Aussies here, What is Australia's major Gym? I would like to work out while I am down in Australia and I was wondering which gym is the most accessible through out Australia. I know here in Canada I would say its the GOOD LIFE.

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