2 weeks in Australa

Nov 14th, 2007, 07:59 AM
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2 weeks in Australa

Have an opportunity to spend 2 weeks in June in Australia. 3 adults and a 17 year old son. How best to experience Australia, and where to concentrate our time? Need to decide soon if we should travel somewhere else instead.
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Nov 14th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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What do you like to do? Two weeks isn't a lot to spend if you want to go to lots of places, so you might consider just two or three. Most people fly into Sydney and then go to other places. June will be their winter, so I would go north. We went in July of 2004 and had 3 weeks and this is what we did: Fly into Sydney and drive to Jenolan Caves (and see the tourist stops in the Blue Mountains); then fly to Yalara, which is the town/airport of Uluru formerly called Ayers Rock, the icon of Australia. We then flew to Darwin and drove to Kakadu National Park, then flew to Cairns and explored the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest. Some people like to go to Alice Springs and take a tour or drive the long distance to Uluru to have the opportunity to stop at Kings Canyon on the way. Some people like to go to the other park outside of Darwin, Litchfield. Sydney is a great city and has lots of things to do, so plan at least 3 or 4 days there. We went back for our second time there and spent 5 nights. Melbourne and Tasmania will be cold in June, but many people also love to go there. At least I have given you a few places to start your search. You might want to check out the book by the American Automobile Association which is titled Australia and is one of their sprial guides. It gives the highlights of each area of Australia and can give you some starting points for your research. This forum has a wealth of information if you use the search function. Lots of trip reports and responses from people who live in Australia. There are also lots of tours from the basic to the luxury but Australia is easy to plan yourself and easy to get around yourself if you are comfortable driving on the left. Happy searching! Come back here when you have an idea of where you'd like to go and what you'd like to do and there will be lots of advice for you in regards to things not to miss and day tours to take.
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Nov 14th, 2007, 02:16 PM
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We spent time in Australia with teenagers in August, and had a wonderful time. Our week in Cairns included a day on "Reef Magic" snorkelling and diving, a day driving up to Cape Tribulation and seeing the Daintree Rainforest Park, Bungy Jumping, Cable skiing, Go-Karting, Kuranda Rainforest Park (we didn't bother the Skyrail - too expensive for 9)Tjukapi Centre, and a trip to Lake Eachem. We also looked around Cairns, and had a great dinner out at the Night Markets. Flew to Darwin, and spent Tuesday getting to Kakadu National Park (to Cooinda), river cruise at dawn, ended up in Katherine on Wednesday, and back in Darwin on Thursday to the Mindle Beach night markets (not to be missed).Went to Crocodile Farm and Berry Springs and Aquascene (don't bother with Aquascene - it's fish feeding, and for younger children), had a look at the Museum and a walk about the town then headed for Melbourne. You could skip that, and head for Sydney - spend your last few days there - our kids loved the Jet Boating and the Aquarium, and were happy to see the other main tourist things.They also loved the shopping centres in Harbourside and Victoria Buildings. We didn't have time to climb the Bridge. That should fill a fortnight for you, and you will have a wonderful time. Since we were with under-age teenagers, we had no night life (we were wrecked tired every night anyway) so I have no advice to offer adults on eating out and clubs etc.
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Nov 15th, 2007, 08:32 AM
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Thanks for giving me a start in my search. I will definitely check out the AAA book!
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Nov 15th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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We spent a little over two weeks in Australia this past June with our teenager and had a great time. Our trip report and photos might provide some ideas:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...3&tid=35028342
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Nov 15th, 2007, 06:12 PM
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Hmmmmm!! A son with 3 parents??
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