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Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:42 pm

Hi all.

I shall soon be in Australia and this time I've got three weeks there, Ive seen most of Sydney so this time round I want to be more adventurous! and also use and abuse my staff travel.

So Im thinking about visiting MEL for the day, where else can I go, what else can I do?

Has anyone been to MEL/SYD recently will there be any special events around end of Feb beginning of March?

  

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Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:57 pm

You will find both cities are covered in ashes. Some of these come from the bushfires but most from the England cricket team - alas!!
Try this
http://www.whitehat.com.au/Melbourne/Events/Calendar.asp
For restaurants, Carlton. And yes, from NSW we think one day is about enough for Melbourne!
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:05 am

There's also Mardi Gras at the end of February and the beginning of March in Sydney, which is supposed to be a gay and lesbian festival, but everyone in the city uses it as an excuse to party.

Not that they need ANY excuse to party in Sydney!

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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:10 am

Quoting Baroque (Reply 1):
And yes, from NSW we think one day is about enough for Melbourne!

Seriously, there are some things NEAR Melbourne that need a bit more than a day. For example the monster trees of the Otway Ra are spectacular - arguably the largest living things. Not as tall as the Cal redwoods, but more tonnage. Many other things.

And yes Mardi Gras is about all the things suggested and a few more.
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:56 am

uh oh.. better call customs and tell them to tighten boarder control.
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:15 am

You could drive or fly to NSW's North Coast, rainforests, mountains, the Big Banana, Islands, awesome views to be seen everywhere.Depending on how much of a budget you have, you could fly up to Coffs Harbour (where I live), then hire a car and drive up to Byron Bay or the Gold Coast and fly back to Sydney.

Or if you want to see even more, you can fly up to somewhere along the coast, then drive back stopping to look at things along the way, you could keep driving to Melbourne and see some of country Victoria.

If you have a spare $750 you could fly up to Cairns for a weekend and see the Great Barrier Reef. In this case, fly up on a Friday, on the Saturday go out on the Reef, on the Sunday go see the Daintree and if you have enought time, the Cascades too. DJ, JQ and QF all have flights to Sydney leaving at about 8pm so you can have the Monday somewhere.

There are too many things to do in Australia really, all depends on what you want to see and your budget.
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:12 am

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
fly up to Coffs Harbour (where I live),

Bet you were cafeful to admit that when bananas were $10 a kilo! Big grin
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:18 am

Quoting Baroque (Reply 6):

Well, I hate them and I live on the opposite side of town to where they're grown. Down near Bellingen (if you know where that is).
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:44 am

If you have 3 weeks time, probably you would want to stay in Melbourne and Victoria for about 4 to 5 days at least. One day for Melbourne CBD area, one day for great ocean road and Otway range, one day for Ballarat/Bendigo and one day for Melbourne suburbs (I wouldn't really recommand Philip Island, a bit boring actually...). And yes, would recommend you to go to Northern NSW or even up to Carins in QLD, but it all depends on what you like and how much are you willing to spend.

Since you said you have staff travel, I'd say it wouldn't cost much for you on air travel, but most of the places that I suggested for Victoria requires a car instead of a plane. But going to Coffs Harbour and Carins, you can fly and enjoy your staff discount.
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:45 am

Most of the tourist attractions in Victoria are outside Melbourne. The city itself has enough museums etc. for one day (and enough good restaurants for a month, maybe start with Italian food in Lygon Street), but after that you'd do best to plan day tours by car.

Things not to be missed include a drive down the Bayside to Portsea (don't miss lunch at the Portsea Pub) and then round to Phillip Island to see the penguins come ashore in the evening; a drive along the very scenic Great Ocean Road (surfing coast) at least as far as Apollo Bay; Ballarat, which has an excellent reconstruction of a goldmining town called Sovereign Hill; and the Yarra Valley wineries.
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:03 am

Hey guys thanks for the replies, its given me a few ideas.

Ive done a harbour cruise, been to manly, bondi, done the zoo and darling harbour is there anything else I can do in Sydney?

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):
uh oh.. better call customs and tell them to tighten boarder control.

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Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:25 am

LGW, in Sydney, you can:

Go to the Glebe. Find a pub called the Nag's Head. Have several Guinness.

Grab a backpack and a tent, take a train west and go to the Blue Mountains. Camp for a night.

Go see the Three Sisters, a rock formation. Pretty cool.

Find the Hunter Valley, many vinyards and tons of good wines to sample.

Go to http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/W...tom/2199-sydney-event-calendar.asp

It will tell you every major event being held in Sydney anytime soon.

Have fun. I'm jealous!
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:57 am

You could come to Canberra, go for a 5 - 10 walk, yes a walk, around the CBD where there are no sites of interest to see.
 
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:43 pm

I'll be going to Melbourne again in March after visiting over Christmas. The Rialto Tower has an observation deck with 360 degree views over Melbourne and is well worth a visit. There are helicopter flights available for around $140 which I will be doing in March I hope. The main reason I am going is for the Formula One, the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on 18th March.

Melbourne Zoo was fantastic, Healesville Sanctuary was good too and I'll be doing Werribee wildlife park too. There's plenty to see and do.

In Sydney, if you've done most of it then you know what to expect. There's lots of things I still want to do here. The Bridge Climb, Koala Park, Sydney Tower, Taronga Zoo, the Blue Mountains again (hopefully this time in the sunshine).... and many more things. But it sort of depends what you are really interested in........
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:54 pm

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 13):
I'll be doing Werribee wildlife park too.

I went there in 2003, absolutely awesome, its probably better now.
 
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:09 pm

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 10):
Hey guys thanks for the replies, its given me a few ideas.

Ive done a harbour cruise, been to manly, bondi, done the zoo and darling harbour is there anything else I can do in Sydney?

Try Oxford Street & Darlinghurst Road - that will open your eyes  Wow!

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 12):
You could come to Canberra, go for a 5 - 10 walk, yes a walk, around the CBD where there are no sites of interest to see.

Yeah......... walk on the same ground Janni did this last week.... its now an historic zone !!!  Smile

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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:33 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 12):
You could come to Canberra, go for a 5 - 10 walk, yes a walk, around the CBD where there are no sites of interest to see.

Sacrelige!!

Canberra is a BEAUTIFUL city. It's quite a bit like Washington DC. Wide streets, beautiful buildings, completely planned. If you have an interest in government or Australian history - go to Canberra! Great museums, art gallery, tours, war memorial etc.

Quoting KiwiTEAL (Reply 15):
Try Oxford Street & Darlinghurst Road - that will open your eyes

Amongst other things.

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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:34 pm

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 11):
LGW, in Sydney, you can:

Go to the Glebe. Find a pub called the Nag's Head. Have several Guinness.

I live just up the road from the Nags Head, I never knew it was a world famous pub!

Guinness is a bit gross though, too thick for my tastes.

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Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:49 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 16):
Sacrelige!!

Canberra is a BEAUTIFUL city. It's quite a bit like Washington DC. Wide streets, beautiful buildings, completely planned. If you have an interest in government or Australian history - go to Canberra! Great museums, art gallery, tours, war memorial etc.

You're forgetting that I'm a born and bread Canberran aren't you?  wink 
 
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:50 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 16):
Canberra is a BEAUTIFUL city. It's quite a bit like Washington DC. Wide streets, beautiful buildings, completely planned. If you have an interest in government or Australian history - go to Canberra! Great museums, art gallery, tours, war memorial etc.

Some parts are beautiful... And don't forget Anzac Parade, my favourite street in the entire world (not that I've seen many).
 
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:06 pm

Get on a plane to New Zealand
 
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:32 pm

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 20):
Get on a plane to New Zealand

Thats next years plan!

Does anyone know if they still do the airport tour in SYD? If anyone wanted to meet up just PM me.

Thanks again guys. only 39 days (not that im counting or anything) till I arrive!  cheerful 
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:38 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 16):
Sacrelige!!

Canberra is a BEAUTIFUL city. It's quite a bit like Washington DC. Wide streets, beautiful buildings, completely planned. If you have an interest in government or Australian history - go to Canberra! Great museums, art gallery, tours, war memorial etc.

Canberra used to be a beautiful city, but the last time I went (6 months ago) the place was a complete shambles. What a dump! It's any wonder that our Prime Ministers primary residence is here in Sydney rather than the nations capitol. Crumbling roads, no road signs until you are at an exit, speed cameras everywhere and the CBD has never looked so bad.

As for museums in Canberra? The ones in Sydney still beat any others in the country. If you must go to Canberra drive through it then head back up the Hume Freeway back to Sydneytown. LOL

Did someone mention Marvellous Melbourne?

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Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:39 pm

Airport tour does still exist i think.....
 
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:46 pm

Are you a sports fan? SYD and MEL you should catch one of the early AFL games, or maybe some Super14 rugby??

The great thing about both of those cities is that you actually don't need to plan what to do. It's amazing what sort of fun you can stumble into in these cities
 
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:53 pm

AFL is that aussie rules football?? Id love to see a match,

Canberra wasnt too lively when I was there last and plus it was flippin freezing!! Ive been to the War museum and to Parliament house, and seen the big lake. Is that about it in Canberra?

Am going to get a travel pass in sydney can I use it on both the buses and the ferrys?
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:15 pm

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 25):
AFL is that aussie rules football?? Id love to see a match,

Canberra wasnt too lively when I was there last and plus it was flippin freezing!! Ive been to the War museum and to Parliament house, and seen the big lake. Is that about it in Canberra?

Am going to get a travel pass in sydney can I use it on both the buses and the ferrys?

If you like watching men with small tight shorts and tight shirts on run around chasing a ball like a lost dog than AFL AKA Aerial Ping Pong is sport or if you like to see some Cheerleaders,hard tackling,skillful playing entertainment than rugby League is your sport.

Canberra Zoo(Australian Zoo) is pretty good with some nice different Animals there that you dont see at others.

Sydney Has the aqauriam,new wildlife sanctuary near Aqauriam and Taronga Zoo,

Should still be hot around Feb/March so beaches like Bondi,Brighton Cronulla(my 3 favs and very popular ones among tourists) are good to check out.

Nightlife is Sydney is pretty good,good clubs in City Central,Kings X and West as far as Parramatta are good to check out.

Canberra is couple hours from Sydney so day drive visit would be sufficient.

Theirs a Pass for all Public Transport Trains,Buses and Ferries which will get you to basically any place throughout Sydney.
 
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:44 pm

As for Melbourne........ You have to check out a footy match!. If not at the G, Telstra Dome adjacent to the CBD also has games on. The pre-season competition will be on when you're here, so you should be able to catch a game. The MCG also has guided tours. You've also got the Casino here (one of the world's biggest) as well as StKilda on the bay, and shopping, both in the City & on Chapel Street. On another note, The CUB brewries (brewer of Foster's) also run brewery tours!

http://www.mcg.org.au/
http://www.telstradome.com.au/
http://www.crowncasino.com.au/
http://www.visitfostersvenues.com/tours/carlton_abbotsford_tourism.pdf
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RE: Calling All Aussie A.nutters!

Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:45 pm

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 21):
Does anyone know if they still do the airport tour in SYD? If anyone wanted to meet up just PM me.

We emailed ya many times but you didnt reply back. Yes, SYD airport tour is available but we arent not allowed to bring camera to film/take photos of the planes. It's expensive...about $40 per person and also it's hard to book it if you want to go there next week cos it's fully booked and you have to wait for more than three weeks to get there.

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