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Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:02 pm

I just found out I will be going to Australia for a study abroad program and I have a few questions... It seems as if Qantas is the way to go on this flight, correct me if I am wrong.

I will be in cattle class and I am not an elite member for any airline, but I am wondering if there is any place at LAX where I can shower or relax before my flight departs for Australia? Also, if booking my ticket online, can I select my seats at the time of booking or not?

Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:30 pm

It all depends on where your going in terms of which airline. UA also fly to SYD and then MEL. If your flying on either UA or QF and your not an elite member, frequent flyer etc then basically forget about a refreshing shower or a place to relax away from everything
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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:38 pm

I'll be flying to PER from LAX...So I'm guessing QF would be the airline to take. Is it difficult to get from terminal 4 to terminal 6 at LAX?
 
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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:51 pm

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 2):
Is it difficult to get from terminal 4 to terminal 6 at LAX?

Interterminal buses do operate and I think a train also operates.

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 2):
I'll be flying to PER from LAX...So I'm guessing QF would be the airline to take

UA code-share on DJ flights in Australia also
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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:14 pm

Will I be able to select the seats I want at the time of booking my ticket with QF? If not, when and how can I do this?

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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:49 pm

Quoting Slovacek747 (Thread starter):
Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry no idea about LAX... but i have a few for PER: do not miss Frematle with its great pubs/clubs (Harbourside, Metropolis and Newport)!

Sorry off topic but could not resisit!

Have a nice stay in down-under!

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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:53 pm

i think you can select seats on Qantas.com. if not you can easily call them after you made your reservation and they can help you with selecting a specific seat.
After flying on both United and QANTAS i would prefer QANTAS.You will get great service.Also you should get a frequent flyer card, because that would earn you tons of miles.also flying domestic in Australia isnt that expensive.so you can add up miles quickly.i think QANTAS FF is pretty good.
Congrats for choosing Australia. You will love it there.
btw, when in Perth , dont miss a trip to Rottnest Island.You can go there by ferry from Fremantle.Its a great place.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:10 pm

You will get a much cheaper ticket if you use a travel agent or a discounted ticket website.
Funnily enough I just recommended sta travel to someone on another thread, and I feel like I should get some commission!!
www.statravel.com
This is just an example, as there are lots of agents and websites, try doing a search for discounted air tickets.
I don't think you can pre book your seat if you are not a QF frequent flyer although I may be wrong. Give Qantas a call, if you can book seats, they will do it for you over the phone.
As mentioned above, you should think about joining Qantas Frequent Flyer club. Distances are large and the miles can clock up quickly.
You might want to think about flying NZ and having a stop in beautiful New Zealand en route!

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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:00 pm

For my trip to America in June on NZ and UA I'm using Travel Cafe and I'm receiving a very nice discount on the normal fares, then what other travel agents or NZ and UA can offer me. Travel Cafe is used by heaps of cash strapped travellers looking for excellent bargains.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:15 pm

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 2):
I'll be flying to PER from LAX...So I'm guessing QF would be the airline to take. Is it difficult to get from terminal 4 to terminal 6 at LAX?

NZ fly LAX/AKL/PER & SFO/AKL/PER. Flight might not connect at AKL in both directions, but sure beats awful SYD airport where you'd have ot change terminals & even MEL or BNE (QF fly LAX/SYD, LAX/MEL, LAX/BNE all nonstop, the latter only 5/week at present).

QF start SFO/SYD shortly 3/week I believe.

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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:04 pm

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 2):
I'll be flying to PER from LAX...So I'm guessing QF would be the airline to take. Is it difficult to get from terminal 4 to terminal 6 at LAX?

Why???

QF PER - N Am connections are lousy.

See what Air New Zealand have on offer.

In the past I've found the best though, in terms of both price and connections, have been SQ and MH. That way you bypass Sydney so not tainting your first impressions of Australia.  Big grin

CX may also be an option one stop LAX-HKG-PER, not daily though and I don't know about the fare.

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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:24 pm

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 2):
I'll be flying to PER from LAX...So I'm guessing QF would be the airline to take.

Could take CX, MH, NZ, SQ, QF, UA

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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:44 pm

If it was me i would fly NZ has best leg room and easy transfers at AKL ...Much easier than SYD which is aweful for transfering especially to a domestic flight..
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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:34 pm

I suggest Air New Zealand as well. You will get more legroom and still get a PTV on the LAX-AKL leg. There is no PTV and the legroom isn't as good on the flight to Perth.

One thing that you enjoy upon arrival is that you spend a day in AKL. It will cost you $100, but you can relax and have a shower and maybe even walk around the city a bit. It could break up your trip a bit since flying that far in economy is hard on everyone.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:20 pm

Like someone suggested earlier, you may want to consider joining a frequent flyer program for this trip, probably UA's MPP for Star Alliance or American's AAdvantage for oneworld. Miles do not expire and since you're still young, you will continue collecting them over the years and really rack up.  Smile

Please have fun in Perth and, if possible, post a trip report  Smile

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:31 am

Thanks for the help everyone... I'm looking for all the advice I can get. I will definitely be checking out Rottnest Island. Any suggestions as to what else I should do in my 4 months down there?

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:26 am

If you're not a member of a frequent flyer, forget any of the things you mentioned. There is nothing in the Int'l terminal at LAX that I could find or be bothered with in my last 7hr layover in terms of a shower etc. If you have the choice (and I'm not sure you do flying from the US), flying via Asia is the best way to get to the antipodes! (at least from Europe)).

As for requesting seats in advance - I tried last time I flew with QF months, then weeks then days in advance. No go. Only if you're a QF frequent flyer (I was One World which didn't make any difference). I think they're doing the Lufthansa trick of blocking out bulkhead, front/aisle and other desirable seats for premium pax, although I may be wrong.

I used to remember the days when I loved flying Qantas, but after the last epic, I'm not sure I'll bother: cranky FAs, seat pitch which was excruciating after a few hours and generally a not so hot attitude. They don't seem quite as good as they used to be and I hear their bus product is definitely below par compared to many others. Personally I would fly ANZ, they seem to be on a bit of an upswing at the moment - excellent service last time I flew them. Great food and good legroom.

Enjoy oz, you'll love it. Don't listen to what people say about Sydney, it might not be everyones cup of tea, but it is one of the most beautiful cities around and worth checking out. Melbourne is worth a look too and if you can swing a stopover in New Zealand, you'll see why kiwis think their country is a little different! Anyway, enjoy your trip and remember to drink *lots* of water inflight. I also recommend su doku, I chewed up about 7hrs doing it last time I flew AKL-LAX.
 
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:43 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 15):
Any suggestions as to what else I should do in my 4 months down there?

Depending on how much money you have and how often you expect to be back in this part of the world, you should try to get up north from Perth, to the real outback.

Monkey Mia is a good one, to swim with dolphins:

http://www.monkeymia.com.au/

But I'd go further north, to Broome:

http://www.breakloose.com.au/html/ad...s/regional/wa/northwest/broome.php

It has one of the greatest beaches - Cable Beach - in the world.

http://www.australianexplorer.com/broome.htm

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:00 am

I will be flying into MEL from LAX... not SYD... How is MEL for transferring from an international flight to a domestic flight? Are there any other places I should visit while in Australia?

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Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:59 am

NZ is the way to go...try and fly out of SFO is possible and have a night stopover in AKL if you can afford it as the trip from the US to Perth is very long.

Since I live in Sydney i have never had to endure the transfer from international to domestic and vv but it would be pretty awful first thing of a morning - worse still if you were flying DJ SYD PER.
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:04 am

Melbourne is quite an easy airport to transfer and negotiate. You can check it out on: http://www.melair.com.au/
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:14 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Thread starter):
is any place at LAX where I can shower or relax before my flight departs for Australia?

If you are flying from Tom Bradley- no! I have often transferred here and there are no showers. I'm not sure about the AA terminal that has showers in the Qantas Club, where I normally hang out.

If you are going to PER, may I suggest you also look at the likes of SQ, MH or another Asian airline. The flights are only a few hours longer, but you might get the chance to have an interesting stopover. You could always investigate the chance of a circle Pacific fare, that might give you more options as well, such as domestic fligts in Australia or stopovers in the Pacific Islands.

Re the NZ recommendation, true the transfers are easier than in SYD, but the transfer times are horrendous. ie arrive at 5-6am in AKL, and not depart for an 8 hour flight until after lunch. Coming back, you could have all day in AKL after an overnight horror before departing on a overnight horror. Might as well visit NZ as a stopover instead. It's a great place. (No faint praise coming from an Aussie.)

The best advantage of SYD is the great bus ride through all the jumbos at the international terminal and past the QF maintainence base. The transfer process is a bit of a hassle, but for me, the bus trip is compensation.

There is plenty to do in WA, but it is a huge place. (It's 3 hour flight up to the northwest corner.) Do try and visit the outback. The Kimberly and Pilbara are wonderful- my dad used to do remote teaching up there- and the likes of Nigaloo Reef are not to be missed.

Perth is a nice city, Margaret River wineries & Rotnest Island neaby and just generally chilling.

Enjoy your time there!
 
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:30 am

Quoting Hb88 (Reply 16):
If you have the choice (and I'm not sure you do flying from the US), flying via Asia is the best way to get to the antipodes! (at least from Europe)).

Agreed! When I flew to Australia (BNE) for the first time, I went on SQ from LAX, via NRT and SIN.
As it turned out, it was cheaper to go this route, than non-stop. I enjoyed the service of SQ, and got to check out NRT and SIN. Ended up toding SQ stop over holiday for a couple of days. It was a great way to see Singapore. Then it's not even a 5 hour flight to Perth!
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:06 pm

I went LAX-AKL-MEL two years ago, and it was a good experience.
AKL has good day rooms where you can catch up on sleep and take a shower. After MEL I went on to PER but Melbourne's a great place to spend a day (or a few)...very good restaurants, museums, clubs as far as I know.

Which US college are you at? Are you going to UWA? Kinda off topic but since I'm from Perth I'm interested.
Down South (Busselton, Margaret River) is scenic and not too crowded
Albany is a long way but also a nice town
Within Perth, Subiaco and Fremantle are the most lively parts. King's Park is a very close in 'escape' from the city. And you can always catch a ferry to see the city from South Perth.
 
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:26 pm

Quoting Mariner (Reply 17):
Depending on how much money you have and how often you expect to be back in this part of the world, you should try to get up north from Perth, to the real outback.

Monkey Mia is a good one, to swim with dolphins:

http://www.monkeymia.com.au/

But I'd go further north, to Broome:

http://www.breakloose.com.au/html/ad...s/regional/wa/northwest/broome.php

It has one of the greatest beaches - Cable Beach - in the world.

http://www.australianexplorer.com/broome.htm

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thanks for the info, I saved them in my bookmarks......as I will be traveling to Australia sometime during December....... Smile
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:46 pm

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Interterminal buses do operate and I think a train also operates.

There is no train at LAX, only the buses. As far as getting from T6 to T4 is concerned, you are better off just walking.
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:49 pm

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.as I will be traveling to Australia sometime during December....... 

Ahhhh - be aware that December/January is the hottest time of the year - especially "up north".

You can't swim in the sea on an arc from Darwin to the southern end of the reef, because of the deadly jelly fish, and it is so hot and humid that cops in Darwin refer to it as "the escort season" (or "silly season") - the time when they have to "escort" people who have gone doollally form the heat to the (slightly) cooler - or less oppressive - south.

But it is still wonderful.

North Western Australia is very hot, but there are very few tourists, so you get to spend time with the locals, and that's the real fun.

If the heat gets too much, you could always jump on a plane to New Zealand, which has a much more temperate climate.

Have fun.  Smile

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:55 pm

Forget NZ or QF. Easily most pleasant way to travel LAX-PER would be by SQ via SIN. Have a day's stopover in SIN to rest your bones. Arrive in PER nice and fresh. Mariner is right about the heat in mid-summer. A nice place to go instead is south of Perth: S.W. W.A., around Denmark, is much cooler, even than Perth. Beautiful part of the world. Compared to New Zealand, the weather is much more reliable. W.A. sort of doesn't have "weather" as such - more changes of season... I wouldn't go anywhere north of Perth in mid-summer, or into the outback. Do both those options in the southern winter. Then it is heaven - whilst the south of the country is suffering...

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:06 pm

EddieIAH

I am currently attending the University of Texas (National Champs) and I will be studying at the University of Western Australia.

I've heard several times on here that Fremantle is the place to be...so it looks like I will have to check that out while I'm down there. Thanks for the advice everyone.. Keep it coming!

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:14 pm

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 18):
I will be flying into MEL from LAX... not SYD... How is MEL for transferring from an international flight to a domestic flight?

MEL is an excellent airport for transferring from International to Domestic etc as its all in the same building.

Quoting Mariner (Reply 26):
Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 24):
.as I will be traveling to Australia sometime during December.......

Ahhhh - be aware that December/January is the hottest time of the year - especially "up north".

When I was in Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast) in December last year the temp was around 34-36 degrees each day I was there.........air conditioned buildings were like heaven.
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:49 pm

Quoting Mariner (Reply 26):
Ahhhh - be aware that December/January is the hottest time of the year - especially "up north".

You can't swim in the sea on an arc from Darwin to the southern end of the reef, because of the deadly jelly fish, and it is so hot and humid that cops in Darwin refer to it as "the escort season" (or "silly season") - the time when they have to "escort" people who have gone doollally form the heat to the (slightly) cooler - or less oppressive - south.

that's exactly why I'm going actually, as I would like to go to Australia during the summer season........

I'm used to being in Pakistan and Dubai during the summer where it easily gets to 40-45 celcius......no problems..(being Pakistani helps)..... Smile

a couple of summers ago in Pakistan, it was close to 50 celcius a couple of times and my grandmother doesn't have a/c in the house, but we manage..not too big of a deal....its 35 celcius right now, and not even spring...

thanks for the tip about the jelly fish, as Darwin was certainly one of my destinations....maybe I'll travel no further than Cairns.....

I figured with air fare so cheap, might as well "jump around" the various cities while I have the opportunity to do so.....

My great uncle (mother's uncle) is a retired physics professor from University of Sydney, and he's always been inviting me to come down, so I figured I should take advantage of it while he's "young"..... Smile

Quoting Mariner (Reply 26):
If the heat gets too much, you could always jump on a plane to New Zealand, which has a much more temperate climate.

New Zealand was going to be a stop, regardless... Wink

...going to be spending 10-14 days in the southern hemisphere, so I'm quite excited.......

once again, thanks for the info.... Smile
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:18 pm

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 30):
thanks for the tip about the jelly fish, as Darwin was certainly one of my destinations....maybe I'll travel no further than Cairns.....

Well, Cairns is terrific, but if you can stand the heat you describe - remember it is "wet" heat, humid - Darwin is remarkable.

It is the jumping off point to Asia - in Darwin you are closer to Bali than to Sydney. In the seventies, it was the great way station on the hippie trail.

But, for all that, if you can get to Broome, do it. There are some round Australia fares that could give you Brisbane (for Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay), Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Howsumever, in "southern" Australia and in New Zealand, remember you would be there in the great vacation season - book hotels/motels in advance.

Christmas Day on the beach.  Smile

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Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:27 pm

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 30):
that's exactly why I'm going actually, as I would like to go to Australia during the summer season........

I used to live up north, so here is a bit of a local's take on travelling at that time of year.

If you are going to head up north, it might be a difficult time to travel. It's the wet season in the tropics, with monsoonal weather, flooding and cyclones. Many of the most dramatic natural areas are cut off at this time of year and roads- including the major highways- can be closed.

The box jellyfish extend to all the tropical areas from Western Australia to Queensland. Swimming in coastal waters is unsafe in the summer for large parts of Oz. It's safer on the offshore reefs however. There are also the crocs to watch out for. Don't let the "dangers" put you off- seek local advice.
 
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:48 pm

Quoting Mariner (Reply 31):

Well, Cairns is terrific, but if you can stand the heat you describe - remember it is "wet" heat, humid - Darwin is remarkable.

It is the jumping off point to Asia - in Darwin you are closer to Bali than to Sydney. In the seventies, it was the great way station on the hippie trail.

But, for all that, if you can get to Broome, do it. There are some round Australia fares that could give you Brisbane (for Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay), Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Howsumever, in "southern" Australia and in New Zealand, remember you would be there in the great vacation season - book hotels/motels in advance.

Christmas Day on the beach. Smile

as usual, thank you very much for the very insightful information..... Smile

Quoting Broocy (Reply 32):

If you are going to head up north, it might be a difficult time to travel. It's the wet season in the tropics, with monsoonal weather, flooding and cyclones. Many of the most dramatic natural areas are cut off at this time of year and roads- including the major highways- can be closed.



Quoting Broocy (Reply 32):
The box jellyfish extend to all the tropical areas from Western Australia to Queensland. Swimming in coastal waters is unsafe in the summer for large parts of Oz. It's safer on the offshore reefs however. There are also the crocs to watch out for. Don't let the "dangers" put you off- seek local advice.

yikes.....sounds like I'll have to cancel my for that period..... Sad


judging form your and Mariner's posts, it doesn't seem as if December is a good time to go to check out all of Australia in one trip.....

when would be a good time to go? Fortunately, I'm a bit flexible....
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:18 pm

Going to perth I would suggest NZ via LAX/AKL, LAX-AKL flights will have 34" seat pitch... trust me makes a BIG difference on looooooong flight, unlike QF/UA with 31" and 32" respectfully. But my hometown SQ is not a bad choice from LAX/NYC specially on the 345.

For all those goin from other parts of US to Australia. I would suggest the following:

JFK-SYD take Air Tahiti, good service, no connection in PPT only 50 min layover, and if wanted free layover in PPT I believe.

But QF/UA both have flight directly to SYD via LAX. Suggest QF but UA's PS is not bad JFK-LAX also.

LAX-SYD take whatever hourly flight they have next or when time comes take AC

HNL-SYD Air Canada

SFO-SYD if time is of concern QF definitely over UA but NZ is better product than both of them but have to connect thru AKL.


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Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:38 pm

I would also suggest flying via Asia, you can try MH via LAX-TPE-KUL-PER check out: http://www.emalaysiatravel.com/
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:08 pm

If you want a unique (albiet longer flight) experience, there's always LAX - SIN - PER.
 
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:42 am

Are those box jelly fish present around Perth from July to November? I watched a show on tv about them recently and I sure dont wanna be around them.

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Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:05 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 37):
Are those box jelly fish present around Perth from July to November?

No. They are only in the far northern waters, and only in the (southern) summer months.

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:17 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Thread starter):
I will be in cattle class and I am not an elite member for any airline, but I am wondering if there is any place at LAX where I can shower or relax before my flight departs for Australia? Also, if booking my ticket online, can I select my seats at the time of booking or not?

The last time I flew to Australia I had quite a lenghty layover in LAX, so I just bought a day pass to AA's Admiral's Club. It's $50, but a pretty damn good value if you're going to be there longer than 4 hours. Nice comfortable seats, flat screen TV rooms, bar, a good view of T4 and TBIT etc. Beats spending hours down in T4.

Also, as has been said, if you fly QF, do join up AA's AAdvantage program. There's no reason really not to.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:31 am

First off, congrats on going to the Land Down Under! Fosters beer? Nope. Gotta try XXXX! Be sure to pack good sunblock! SPF 30 or better at minimum!

Last time I went to Australia, I went MH from LAX via TPE and KUL. The TPE stop was minor, while the KUL was a 21 hour layover (hotel and meals provided). The flights were awesome, IFE top notch, and as uneventful as could be, save for the F/A almost pouring orange juice down your throat every time you blinked. The only down side to the adventure were the meals in Kuala Lumpur at the hotel. Being a Muslim country, there was no beef or pork to be had, and the idea of chicken sausage and turkey ham was very unappealing. On the upside, there was a huge selection of fresh fruits, and the coffee was to die for (especially if you like it strong)!

As for ideas while in Australia, I would suggest a trip to the Australian Zoo in Beerwah (North of Brisbane). Plan to spend the better part of a day there, and if you have the chance, take the guided tour of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery in Bundaberg. The tour is fantastic, and you get to sample the finished product (care required. my recollections of the ride back "home" are somewhat fuzzy  drunk  ).

Next time I go to Australia (this October Big grin) I'm saving some serious $$$ by going through SFO on UA/QF. $1886 CDN (approx $1500 US) from YWG to BNE via ORD, SFO, SYD and BNE there, and BNE SYD, LAX DEN and YWG home. As a side trip, I'm taking a 4 days all inclusive trip to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock from BNE from APT tours. A bit pricy, but considering the area is one of Australia's top tourist attractions, I can live with it.

Have fun, and remember to look after yourself. Being from the Americas, chances are you'll burn easily and fast under the Aussie sun.

Look for a trip report with pics and videos (I hope) when I return.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:51 am

I'll definitely have to check out the Run Distillery and the Australian Zoo. Does anyone know where I can swim with dolphins and see kangaroos up close? Also, what is the weather like in Perth from July to November?

Yes I burn easily so I will be packin plenty of sun screen. Anymore sites to see would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:55 am

Seeing a Roo in Oz is as easy as falling out of a tree. You'll have no problems seeing them. I believe they outnumber the citizens.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:01 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 41):
Does anyone know where I can swim with dolphins

Um - Money Mia:

http://www.monkeymia.com.au/

as in reply #17:

Quoting Mariner (Reply 17):
Monkey Mia is a good one, to swim with dolphins:

http://www.monkeymia.com.au/

???

cheers

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:20 am

I'm a big beer drinker... What is the legal drinkin age down there and is Foster's the best beer?

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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:27 am

A very good friend of mine from Australia says Foster's is not really a good beer. Check this ad out: www.bigad.com.au

It seems Carlton is quite popular. I have to go to Australia next year to see for myself.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:30 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 44):
I'm a big beer drinker... What is the legal drinkin age down there and is Foster's the best beer?

18 and Aussies wouldn't drink Fosters if it were found to contain the fountain of youth
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:34 am

Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 44):
Foster's the best beer?

I was told XXXX was the beer of choice, but it could've been a personal favourite, or an area favourite (I was in Queensland)

I personally prefered Bundy and coke in a can, or on tap. Yes, rum and coke on tap, or in a can. What a country!
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:54 am

Quoting 767ER (Reply 19):
NZ is the way to go...try and fly out of SFO is possible

While SFO has a much nicer airport since the international terminal is beautiful, the 777s aren't as good as the 747s in economy. There is a good chance of getting on a reconfigured 747 between LAX and AKL (especially if you fly on flight NZ1/NZ2). You will get two extra inches of legroom. The reconfigured 747s have PTVs, and the best legroom in standard economy. Also if you can spend a little extra, premium economy is available on both the 777s and reconfigured 747s.

LAX does suck, but the airplanes flying their for NZ are nicer.
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RE: Flying To Australia

Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:27 am

Have a great trip to Australia. I've been to Australia 2 times its awesome down there but never been out west to Perth. I always fly with AC. I can't wait to go back to Australia when AC introduce YYZ-LAX-SYD on B777.

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