HELP! CHANGING THAI HM TO OZ LAST MINUTE

Nov 29th, 2008, 06:55 AM
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HELP! CHANGING THAI HM TO OZ LAST MINUTE

so my fiance and I were supposed to go to thailand in a week for our honeymoon but decided it wasnt worth the risk! its our honeymoon!

so we were able to get flights on miles to Australia.

we are flying into Melbourne. so far i know im going to spend a day in melbourne, do phillips island, and spend a few days in Sydney (blue mountain, opera house). other than that I have no clue what to do!

we like nature, animals, and the outdoors and quaint towns. we really just want to see what australia and no where else has to offer (the outback, nature etc). i was looking into the GOR but some fodorites suggest going to queensland instead. so i am not sure.

we are also spending some days in NZ, flying into the south i believe and probably going to south island, and then ending our trip in tahiti for a few days. flying auckland to papeete

any suggestions would be great! we are landing the 11th of december and leaving tahiti the 26th of dec. that gives us 14 full days to work with.

we dont mind having a lot on our plate. my fiance needs to be active ! but minimize the flying would be great.

please help, planning a honeymoon a week before the wedding is insanity! but better than the stress of going to thailand at the moment.
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Nov 29th, 2008, 02:59 PM
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Spending a few days in NZ, lets say 4 and then having a couple of days in Tahiti[maybe make it 3+3] along with airports and flying is going to leave you barely a week for Australia and with flying into Melbourne and then a couple of days in Sydney, getting anywhere much else is going to mean another couple of days flying there and back - not the best way to relax for a lot of people.

"we like nature, animals, and the outdoors and quaint towns. we really just want to see what australia and no where else has to offer (the outback, nature etc)"

And even getting to the outback and back would mean a few hours flying there and same back and then you would need 2-3 days to do it justice and it is getting into a hotter time of the year, so I'd seriously consider saving it for another time.

Seeing as you've mentioned Phillip Island [for the penguins I imagine] and it is a late night finish for down there, what I woukld consider doing is:
Have a couple of days in Melbourne [getting over jetlag too] and then instead of a day tour to Phillip Island, think of hiring a vehicle for four days and doing a tour of Yarra Valley wineries area, the Dandenong Ranges with a walk in Sherbrooke Forest and heading down to Phillip Island after lunch to see the Koalas, book into a B&B, http://www.about-australia.com/trave...bed-breakfast/ typical of some here:http://www.about-australia.com/trave...bed-breakfast/
and then take the coast drive via The Prom - http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_...y.cfm?park=217
[The ParkWeb site being a good guide for other natural surrounds too] and then on to another B&B/Motel/Spa Resort at Lakes Entrance [try and fit in time for a beach walk] - http://www.visitlakesentrance.com/
The next day I'd head as far as Cann River to turn inland for Bombala and then head on back down to the coastal Princess Hwy via Snowy Mountain Hwy to at least get a glimpse of country life/surrounds if not the outback and miss some possible coastal traffic on windier sections of the Princess.
Get to Central Tilba for lunch - http://www.tilba.com.au/ and Mogo for an afternoon stop - http://www.oldmogotown.com.au/ before overnighting at http://www.murramarangresort.com.au/The next day is about 4 hours drive to Sydney via Lawrence Hargreaves Drive from Wollongon and Royal National Park instead of sticking with the Motorway.

You would need to obviously check on booking places and I had started out with it being a three day car hire but that would just be too rushed, and look in all seriousness you're going to kill your honeymoon in trying to fit too much in and I'd be giving myself extra days in Oz/Sydney and not bothering with a stay in NZ for this trip as just 3-4 days there is madness.

On getting to Sydney, instead of driving straight into the traffic mayhem, you could bypass a bit of it by taking route 7 at Heatcote and following it all around the southwest to the M4 or Great Western Highway for the Blue Mountains and stay a couple of nights at http://www.jenolancaves.org.au/ and maybe even an extra day/night at Murramarang as there are some great beach/forest walks, parrots and kangaroos about in abundance.

There are so many other great places you miss out on that fit your listed likes but with limited time, "that's life", but if you opt for something like above, I'm sure we'll be able to offer more detail.

www.travelmate.com.au is typical of travel guides that can help you find your way, or allocate time and a good map is essential for any touring.

My tip for a quaint stay in Sydney is http://www.australianheritagehotel.com/ - should be on the National Trust, and OK, no ensuite but the traditional heritage style of pioneer days more than makes up for it, and the price!!!, a bargain - just book a room away from bridge side, that's if you can get a booking.
If not, then try the Russell, listed here http://www.therocks.com/sydney-Educa...s_Pub_Tour.htm
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Dec 1st, 2008, 05:55 PM
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If I had only a week in Australia I certainly wouldn't waste it driving all over the countryside. I would fly to Sydney after you have seen the sights around Melbourne.

If you want to see things that only Australia has, you would definitely want to spend some time around Sydney Harbour, climbing the bridge, see the opera house, if you like wildlife try the zoo and / or the aquarium. The Blue Mountains are a must if you like rugged mountain scenery - also some quaint old-fashioned villages up there.

Have a great honeymoon!
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Dec 1st, 2008, 07:32 PM
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The honeymooner says
"we like nature, animals, and the outdoors and quaint towns. we really just want to see what australia and no where else has to offer (the outback, nature etc)."

and Ozgal, whilst they hardly have time for appreciating the outback, a lot of cities have bridges, though perhaps not as large, still plenty of significant size about, and yes, still some other stuff to do about there.
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Dec 9th, 2008, 09:40 AM
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Hey, we just did 11 days in Australia and we are somewhat like you - spent five days doing Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road to McLaren Vale then flew from Adelaide to Sydney.

Check my posts to see our itinerary and I am happy to answer any questions! Hope you have better weather than we did, but we still had a lot of fun. if you can swing it, you must try the Great Ocean Ecolodge in Otway area, especially if you love animals - they've recreated the native setting there and koalas and kangaroos abound!!!
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