just back from 2 weeks down under

Jun 21st, 2003, 11:38 AM
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Your info has been fantastic! I have been salivating. Going in November for three weeks and YOU have given me the info I really needed. Will be riveted to this site from now 'til I leave. Thankyou so much
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Jun 23rd, 2003, 08:03 AM
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darin and i live in orange county, california (the home of disneyland!) we're actually in the irvine, tustin, lake forest, mission viejo area (to be a little more specific if you've ever been here). it's not exactly "sunny california" these days as we've been experiencing some fierce june gloom. it's actually raining as i write this! so, hawaii sounds like it will be great (and much closer for you too!) although i don't think it will be as "untouched" as lizard...you'll have a beautiful holiday i'm sure! what islands are you thinking of visiting? i suggest if you go to maui to try out hana (the hana maui hotel). it's our favorite getaway and the only place in maui that doesn't seem too touristy! kauai is also very beautiful and not too overcrowded!

p.s. how far is poughkeepsie (the hudson river valley) from where you are?!
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Jun 23rd, 2003, 07:46 PM
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Hey Jules. I went to podiatry school in san francisco from 76-79 so I am very familiar with california both north and south. We live 20 minutes from poughkeepsie and do our shopping there alot. As far as hawaii is concerned I have heard alot about Maui but I will just have to start researching fodors"Hawaii and hope to meet great people and get as good advice as I recieved here. what is your email address I would love to keep in touch and maybe one day the four of us can go back to lizard together. take care bruce. Email me at [email protected]. PS we got our videos of australia today. We keep reliving it over and over again. I videod the entire lizard island trip from the entire flight to watsons bay and greg eating the ants. It is like going back over and over again.
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Jun 26th, 2003, 01:30 PM
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Dear Bruce,
Twenty five years ago I was a Rotary exchange student to Australia. I am ready to go back with my husband and bring my 9 1/2 and 12 year old. We have set aside three weeks in November. Now is the planning time. I have read over your itinerary and was wondering if you felt it was child friendly? My children are very well traveled and wish to take an active part in planning a trip. I had the luxury of spending a year in Australia, traveling with every family of my little town in Maryborough, Victoria that went on vacation so the idea of only three weeks is a bit challenging. In addition to your itinerary, I wish to spend some time in Melbourne (with one of my old host families) and then go up to Maryborough so that my family can see the town (I can do this in a daytrip from Melbourne) Do you feel that you had enough time in each place? Would you have done anything differently? I would appreciate your advice. NancySS
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Jun 26th, 2003, 02:06 PM
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Bruce-thanks for your review-our family of five is off for Oz next week-your tips were a big help.
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Jun 30th, 2003, 07:41 PM
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Dear nancy, In response to your question no we did not have enough time in each place. I would have loved to have spent at least four or five nights in each place but didn't have the time. If I could have added only one place to spend more time then without a doubt it would have been to port douglas. I felt I died and went to heaven. Yes australia is very very children friendly. they will have a blast. Enjoy yourselves. Take care Bruce I don't get onto this site to much any longer since my trip ended so you can email at [email protected]. Take care. Bruce
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Jul 6th, 2003, 07:56 PM
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hope you all have enjoyed my experiences. I have enjoyed answering the many questions from you. Please let me hear from as many of you as have questions. I found this site to be the basis for making this trip the trip of a life time. What better way to find out about places and things than from people who have experience it themselves. Keep in touch. Bruce
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Jul 6th, 2003, 11:01 PM
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looks like you had a great time in OZ.
Hope you get the chance to come back one day and see the southern part of the country. Places like Kangaroo Island, which is where we are, Tasmania and South Australia which are all known for their beauty and wildlife. By the way we also have somewhere here on KI that you can hold a koala and a kangaroo and a carpet snake as well as echidna and possums. That's Paul's Place near Stokes Bay on our northern coast. Anyone want more info just send me an email.
Happy planning for anyone looking to come to Australia. Finding the info is half the fun.
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Jul 15th, 2003, 05:00 PM
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What a fantastic post.
I love it when people have such a great experience in Australia.
Most of the highlights of this trip were based on advice from these forums. HOW COOL IS THAT?
Bruce, I am so glad you had such a nice holiday.
And Nautilus... Bill Clinton, Jerry Seinfeld, Glen Close have all eaten there.(*but not together lol)
Another great restaurant is "on the Inlet" and "Zeuss"
I bet you are saving up for another trip!

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Jul 16th, 2003, 09:05 PM
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For Jules... If you see this, do you remember me planning our trip with Greg and you told John and I to remind him he was to get you your dige honey or wax. ... don't remember. Well, we did have a wonderful trip with Greg as well. Loved those gigantic green ants, too! The weather in Cairns was torential down pour, but we went anyway, and boy, are we glad we did. The two other couples bailed because of iffie weather,so we had Greg all to ourselves for the entire trip!!! Anyone wanting a wonderful Reef adventure, definately give Daintree Air a call. Check out their web site at daintreeair.com for the scoop on the Lizard Island Day trip. Not very pricey, either. Thanks again for your input on Lizard, Jules, it is one of the reasons we didn't take one of the silly boats on a 1 1/2 hour trip to a crowded reef. We didn't have anyone else around at all when we were at the beach in Lizard!!! AmaZing, I know. Later, Deb
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Jul 17th, 2003, 08:08 AM
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Dear Deb, I too have to thank jules for without her I would have never known about daintree. Unless you have experience sitting on that beach with greg me and my wife all alone you can't imagine it. It almost felt like tom hanks in that movie when he was on that island all by himself(Castaway). Where you crazy enough to eat the green ants like jules did. I still can't believe she did that. Did you get to see the flying foxes. I only heard them when we were in cairns but greg said that on lizard they had all left for the winter. Keep in touch. Bruce
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Jul 17th, 2003, 04:58 PM
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hello deb & bruce!!

i'm so glad you guys enjoyed lizard as much as my husband darin, and i did!! deb, I DO remember you!! greg actually just e-mailed me early this week and mentioned my didgy wax! so when did you get back? and bruce, you hit the nail on the head about "castway". it's just like that, except winthout losing wilson at sea and the ice skate/tooth scene. it's castaway without the negative! hehe. bruce, you have to plan your next vacation for lizard's spring/summer (our fall/winter) so you can see the flying foxes. what a sight!

oh, continued below....
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Jul 17th, 2003, 04:59 PM
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so. i'm back...sorry!

deb, did it rain out at lizard?!? i hope the rain didn't spoil your trip too badly! greg told me that when the weather is bad on the mainland, it doesn't mean for sure that it will be bad at lizard (or at the reef). it didn't rain while we were out there in october, but it makes sense that it just pours seeing that it's so green (and the area needs it so badly with the drought and those fires they had in the summer!) anyway, i'm glad you guys loved it like we did! now, here's to keeping it a bit of a secret so we can go back in 10 years and find it just as untouched! (and let's hope greg will still take us all back out there!) take care guys!

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