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rasco44 Oct 14th, 2018 09:19 AM

Australia travel
hello, I come from France and I plan to travel in Australia. I love animals, sports and restaurants. In which city thoses qualities are presents. Normaly i'm in Australia for two months beetween july and august. See you soon and thank you for your answers.


CounterClifton Oct 18th, 2018 09:44 AM

I can't speak for all your wishes but it's fairly well established that Melbourne is the sports center of Australia, with the majority of AFL (Australian Rules Football) teams based in the immediate area. There's also the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Grand Prix, the Melbourne Cup (horse racing) and of course, the Australian Open in tennis.

Melbourne area also has two of the Top 100 restaurants in the world (Attica and Brae) along with a strong cafe/coffee culture and just about any type of international cuisine you may want (Sydney is good for the latter as well, I've found)

Not sure if you mean wild animal viewing or captive viewing at parks and zoos. Pretty much all areas of Australia have decent zoos.

Melbourne has 3 zoos - a main city zoo, a "safari" style one in Werribee where you ride through in a bus for African animals and then an Australian native animal reserve in Healesville. Taronga Zoo in Sydney is a pretty spectacular spot to see animals. For wild viewing, koalas can be pretty common down the Great Ocean Road, wombats and lyrebirds in the Blue Mountains, sizable populations of kangaroos in various areas

rasco44 Oct 19th, 2018 07:07 AM

Thank you for you answer CounterClifon

Diamantina Oct 21st, 2018 04:44 AM

Rasco, if you go to Melbourne, I recommend taking a tour to Phillip Island, which is about a 2-hour drive from Melbourne. Many Melbourne-based companies offer such tours. I went on one wth Bunyip Tours that featured night time viewing of penguins on Phillip Island, a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and to the Nobbies.
Because I also booked a Great Ocean Road sunset tour with them, they also gave me complimentary passes for SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium & Eureka Skydeck.
There's a lot of great food in Melbourne.

Kakadu National Park, near the city of Darwin, is a wonderful place for viewing wildlife. The dry season for the Kakadu is from May to October, so your timing of July-August would work out.

Kangaroo Island, not too far from the city of Adelaide in South Australia, is also great for wildlife. But the weather will be colder in July-August.

margo_oz Oct 22nd, 2018 10:22 PM


If you're planning to be here for two months or so, then surely you'd want to get away from Melbourne in the middle of winter?!

There's sport in every state and every city, and some of them are more liveable than wintry Melbourne. Anything north will be warmer.

CounterClifton Oct 23rd, 2018 08:01 AM

That is a fair point about the time of the year. Though do keep in mind too that winter in Melbourne isn't anything like winter in most of Europe or America. Australians from warmer climes would feel it more so than we did when we moved from a truly cold country.

Not the best time for a beach, mind you, as it's often grey and damp around July and August. But never really bitter cold or anything like that. Melburnians do still get out and do things at that time of year and I don't even own anything heavier than a jacket.

Bokhara2 Oct 28th, 2018 12:24 PM

Hello Rasco,
Two months in our winter is a great time to be here. Australia’s a big place, with different climate zones, unique landscapes & ideal times to visit. Most visitors only have two or three weeks, and having two months gives you time to see a broad range of our beautiful country.

You now have time to research what you would like to see & do. I suggest you start with websites like, which will give you some ideas of what makes Australia unique, where those things are.
This map is good to help you locate different places within their States & Territories.

You will find sport & restaurants in all of our capital cities - and each of those capitals has its own distinct character, architecture & lifestyle. It’s worth getting out of the cities too - to see our spectacular landscapes, charming little towns and, of course, our native animals.

This is just a few:

Weekend Notes is useful to see some of what is on in the various capital cities. I have it set for my home city, Sydney - but you can recalibrate for others.

You will need a visa to visit Australia. Apply here before you book anything non-cancellable:

That is a start for you. I will post some more links later about Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Hopefully, some other Fodorites will see this thread and chip in with some suggestions, too.

Something to keep in mind: Australia’s size means travelling from, for example Melbourne to Cairns, or Perth to Sydney, is best done by air. We have four good domestic airlines.
Qantas & Virgin are full service carriers.
Jetstar & Tiger * are low cost carriers.
* Tiger has fewer aircraft & flies more limited routes than the others.

With two months though, you can certainly do some good road trips, whether by basing yourself in a city or regional centre and doing overnight trips - or longer trips to cover some of the fascinating inland.

rasco44 Oct 30th, 2018 03:34 AM

I'm very happy about your answers Diamantina, margo_oz, CounterClifon and Bokhara2
I can't choose the dates but I can choose the locations in Australia

thanks to your posts I would like to go in Melbourne during a month but I look for an other place Do you have A good idea ?

Thank you again

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