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Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:50 pm

Hi guys !

I'm planning to go to Australia in June , could someone say me what is a must see when I'm there , I've to pay this of my own Money so i'll be pretty short of money , so I maybe could make 1 flight inside of Australia for example : FRA-SYD-Melbourne-FRA

What would you recommend me ?

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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:51 pm

Depends on what your budget is. 15 days is quite a long time, so you don't have to restrict yourself to just SYD and the surrounding areas (if your budget allows). You can see all the sights in and around SYD - Opera house, Harbor bridge etc. Doing all the touristy stuff is pretty easy.

Melbourne is just another big city...no different than any other big city. If you really want to see Australia, you should go outside the cities. Canberra is worth a visit, to see the parliament and other govt. buildings, if you're interested in that stuff. Otherwise you could head up north towards Brisbane, check out the gold coast and surrounding areas.

June is winter here, so some areas will be pretty cold. Other places like Darwin will be hot. Check out the thread by Jetblueguy, as he has also asked similar questions about visiting Oz.
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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:07 pm

The classic Australian introductory tour is known colloquially in some tourism industry circles as "Reef, Rock and Ropera House" (boom, boom).

Those three probably do form the core of what you should look to do. Do not try to fit too much in though, or you simply won't enjoy it as you should.

With all due respect to those who might suggest visiting secondary places, just go for the known highlights. You can go back and visit them later.
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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:47 am

If you end up in Melbourne, you must see an Aussie Rules match, prefreably at the MCG! Being June, the footy season will be in full swing by then. Really depends on what you're interested in really, there's loads to do here.
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Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:49 am

A place which is a must go to since you are in Oz... New Zealand  Wink
 
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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:18 am

It depends on what your interests are.

I would fly into MEL and see Melbourne and the Victoria region. There are some nice wineris you could visit. Then fly up to SYD to do the touristy Sydney stuff (which, retrospectively, is nothing special), then fly to CNS to see Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Make sure you go to the Mossman gorge aswell. I was in Cairns in June 2 years ago and the weather was perfect. Then fly to BNE to see Brisbane & the Gold Coast. While on the Gold Coast go to Surfer's Paradise (again, very touristy), Main Beach (where the Versace hotel is, and Marina Mirage... upscale shopping). In Brisbane, make sure you stay in a CBD hotel, as you have Queen Street Mall on your hands which is Australia's largest shopping strip. You've then got Eagle Street Pier (upscale eating venues), Portside Wharf (same thing), South Bank is a must. Moreton Bay if your keen for something unique.

You can also visit three of Australia's best theme parks (Dreamworld, Wet N Wild & Movieworld) from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Distance wise, it's close from the coast, but if your staying in the CBD of Brisbane, you just have to catch a train to Coomera station.

After this, you can fly to SIN from BNE, using either, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Emirates or Qantas.

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Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:20 pm

If you're staying in the BNE area, the Australian Zoo is almost a must see. I spent the better part of a full day there, and still didn't get to see all of it. Also, both SYD and BNE have bridge walk tours available ($179 in SYD, $110 in BNE last time I checked) and IIRC they both also offer harbour tours. And a guided tour of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery in Bundaberg is a fine way to spend a few hours.

As for airfare costs, you might want to look at The Qantas Aussie Airpass.

LAX to SYD, MEL, BNE, ADL, SYD, LAX with the Airpass in June would run you about $1,700.00 USD. I'm sure you could find a reasonable airfare from FRA to LAX.

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Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:20 pm



Quoting Banco (Reply 2):
The classic Australian introductory tour is known colloquially in some tourism industry circles as "Reef, Rock and Ropera House" (boom, boom).

That's basically what my family did when we went there a few years ago, albeit with a couple extra bits thrown in. We went up to Cairns first and did the reef/rainforest stuff, then flew inland to Ayers Rock/Uluru. We then drove down and spent a couple of nights at a working cattle ranch outside of Alice Springs (and had what was probably the best steak dinner I've ever had, though with a price to match). We then took the train down to Adelaide and across to Sydney. That was fun, although if you're not a fan of trains (my dad is a huge train buff) it's skippable. The jaunt out to the Red Centre might be tough to pull off on a limited budget, since everything around Uluru is expensive due to the isolation and the fact that one company has a monopoly on the one lodging complex near the park.
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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:06 am



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 6):
As for airfare costs, you might want to look at The Qantas Aussie Airpass.

LAX to SYD, MEL, BNE, ADL, SYD, LAX with the Airpass in June would run you about $1,700.00 USD. I'm sure you could find a reasonable airfare from FRA to LAX.

Yeah and you get the Piece Allowance also meaning you don't have to be real careful with what you take!

I'd say that you HAVE to go to Sydney.... its just not a visit to Oz without it.
As others have said Melbourne is just another city.... it is a nice city but yeah *yawn* unless theres an event on (F1GP etc).
If your coming in the Summer then go to the Gold Coast... great party times etc.

As also mentioned you could pop over to New Zealand too... A 3 day side trip to Queenstown is good any time of the year... (summer its just awesome down there and winter has the skiing plus everything else!).
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Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:21 am



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
As others have said Melbourne is just another city.... it is a nice city but yeah *yawn* unless theres an event on (F1GP etc).

I beg to differ. Sydney just has the harbour and Bondi Beach..... that's it. People are consistently rude. Melbourne on the other hand is the cultural and shopping capital of Australia, while Brisbane & Gold Coast are the fun capitals of Australia.
 
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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:33 am

Try this:
-whale watching at Hervey Bay in Qld (4 hours by car nth of BNE)
-Australia Zoo (1 hr nth of BNE), then Noosa for dinner.
-Reef in Cairns/Port Douglas. Peak season, plus excellent weather that time of year.
-Fraser Island for a day? Biggest sand island in the world (125 km long, highest point ca. 240m above sea level).

Around SYD: apart from what's been mentioned:
-Jenolan Caves (oldest caves in the world - 300m years old).
-Blue Mountains - easy train trip from downtown Sydney

CBR:
-War Memorial
-Old Parliament House for the Portrait Gallery
-Australia Museum (free entry)
-Telecom Tower (is that still around? Or did it burn down in the bush fires?)

MEL:
-Head to Phillip Island for the nightly Penguin Parade.

Central Australia:
-great time to visit since it is nice and cool (though frost can occur overnight).

NT: Dry season - ideal!
-Kakadu
-King's Canyon

Enjoy your trip!

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Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:46 am

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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:45 pm

Hey guys thanx for the Help !

It seems that at the end I'll have o wait a bit longer to go to Oz .. maybe in 2009 or 2010 .. money isn't cooperating  Sad

regardless thanks to all for this help !


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Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:09 pm

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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:47 pm

I can't believe that on this site no-one has suggested Longreach in QLD. My family and I drive out as far as winton last year, I thought it was great as it give you a small insight into outback Australia. You have the stockmans hall of fame, in Winton there is the waltzing matilda centre and best of all, the QANTAS museum, the birth place of the airline. I really enjoyed our few days 'out west' and will be sure to go back someday.
 
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RE: Most Important Places To Visit In Oz In 15 Days?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:36 pm



Quoting Confuscius (Reply 13):
You're very welcome. Say hello to the Wiz for me. Smile

who's wiz ?  Smile

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Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:07 pm

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