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OZ here we come....

Old Dec 31st, 2001, 04:32 AM
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OZ here we come....

Hi, Please help with our itenary.
We a family with 2 boys ages (10& 5)are visiting Australia in June'02 and will be there for approx. 4 weeks.
We are planning
1.Melbourne 4 days-Museum,aquarium,zoo,then the Ballarat and sovereign hill, atrip to the Yarra valley with Healsville.
2.Canberra 7 days- (got friends there)plan to do Thredbo for 2 days .(the kids have never seen snow).Will it be snowing in the first week of July).
3. Sydney 5 days- would love to show the boys an outback/farm for 1-2 days.(Blue Mountains)
4. Brisbane-3 days -Lone Pine , Aust. zoo(boys wanna meet Steve Irvin), Anything else?
5.Cairns- 3 days.WE do a trip with either Quicksilver or Big Cat (Green Island).Not looking at diving ...just a day out to the corals.And A trip to Kuranda.

We return to Sydney to take our flight out.
Any suggestions re. sight seeing and hotel will be highly appreciated. Looking at Acc. at AUD 150 per nite.
THanx alot.
Old Jan 1st, 2002, 09:02 PM
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Some comments - in Melbourne, the boys would enjoy Scienceworks - you can take a ferry down the river to it, and then go onto Williamstown - lots of little shops and eating places.
Definitely go to Sovereign Hill - our family have been visiting there for many years and always enjoy it. The sound and light show in the evening is excellent - you can have dinner and then do the show, or get show only tickets. Opposite Sovereign Hill is the gold museum - worth visiting and I think you can get combined tickets.
Go into Melbourne Central (shopping centre) and check out the animated clock - chimes on the hour. The Queen Victoria market is excellent - great place to buy T-shirts and souvenirs, also good for clothes, food etc. If time is short and you can't get to Healesville, the Melbourne Zoo has a great collection of animals and is only a few minutes by tram from the CBD. Incidentally look out for the free city tram which runs around the CBD - brown vintage trams - you can just hop on and off. The new museum has an Imax cinema.
Canberra also has a new museum but I'm sure your friends will tell you all the good places to visit there.
We holidayed in Cairns last year and did a trip to Green Island which we really enjoyed - you can do either half or full days there, the difference is only in the length of time you spend on the island. This trip may be better for the boys than going on the Quicksilver - Quicksilver tours go to a pontoon moored in the sea, so there are limitations on where and what children can do. On Green Island, you can go on a glass-bottom boat or a semi-submersible, or go snorkeling. The beach looked really clean and the water relatively shallow so safe for children. There are eating places there, plus it's only about 45 minutes from Cairns.
In Cairns, a good place to eat is Charlies at the Acacia Hotel on the Esplanade - we went there last July and paid about $18 each for all you can eat seafood, meats, salads, desserts etc.
If you miss out on Steve Irvin (relatively unknown here in Australia), you can see a crocodile show just north of Cairns. Incidentally, Cairns doesn't have a beach - just mudflats, so if you want to stay in a beach environment, consider Trinity Beach or Palm Cove. Both are north of Cairns, connected by busline. Palm Cove is worth visiting anyway - pretty little village and nice beach.
You can take the trip to Kuranda by taking the vintage train one way and returning by Skytrain.
Port Douglas is a nice place to visit - lots of eating places both in town and on the marina. If you are there on Sunday, the market is good.
Hope you have a great holiday.
Old Jan 2nd, 2002, 01:15 AM
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you cannot possibly deprive your sons of the penguin parade- just an hour and half outside melbourne- either do a tour (no late night driving) or go yourselves- it is unforgettable and fun for the whole family...

as for green island- forget it- we just returned and the snorkelling is horrible- allthe corral is dead- i mean it was ok as a beach resort for a depsrate day trip- but you would be better off swimming off of the beach at palm cove or port douglas...and i trip to the reef is a must...
Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:36 PM
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Yes take out the 3 days in Brisbane because you will have seen koalas by there and it is not worth staying at just for Lone Pine. Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is about 1 hour drive north from Brisbane, taking the Glasshouse road which branches off from the Pacific Hwy (Bruce Highway) 5 klms north of the Caboulture turn off. Its a nice road and he is in Beerwah. After that drive 8 minutes north and you are in Landsborough - left then up to Malany and Montville which has wonderful views over the Sunshine Coast. At Monville you can take the road down the hills again, through Palmwoods -over to Buderim and up and over to Mooloolaba. This is a lovely place to stay and you can get somewhere right on the beach. There is a particularly good walk under( through) aquarium there and they also have seal shows etc.
Although it will be winter the water is still quite warm.
There is a nice deer park at the foot of Buderim which has kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and a nice little nocturnal house so you can play with the koalas again. On the Sunshine Coast there is also "the Big Bee" The Big Pineapple so the children will have a lot to do.
Everyone else has given you a lot of good ideas too so I just thought that I would fill in this little bit for you.
Have a nice holiday
Old Jan 5th, 2002, 10:48 PM
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Thank you so much, Marg and LizF for the great tips.Will give the Penguin parade a serious thought as one of the Post suggested.

How expensive would it be to get a chauffer driven car in Brisbane?
Old Jan 6th, 2002, 12:10 AM
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No idea about the cost of a driver for Brisbane actually. I would assume that the best way would be to search the net for a company as ask for a special rate for xxxx hours.
perhaps someone who has recently got married and had a car could tell us.
Old Jan 6th, 2002, 08:09 PM
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To give you an idea of some tours and prices in Sydney, see:

I don't know about being able to stay in an "outback" farm situation so close to Sydney. Farm type accom. is available a bit further away, such as the Hunter Valley, Kangaroo Valley, north coast etc. See:

By the way, there should be snow at Thredbo in the first week of July, but there may not be much of it.


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