Please advise-Sydney, Melbourne

Nov 29th, 2005, 12:14 PM
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Please advise-Sydney, Melbourne

We've just secured reservations. Melbourne (Grand Hyatt) 22-24 Dec. Back to Sydney (Hilton) for dinner 24th until 1 January with a side stay in Hunter Valley (Tower Lodge). Any ideas, tips..what to see, do, tours. We're open to renting a car as we will do so for Hunter Valley. Blue Mtns. better car or tour? Also restaurants espe. for 24, 25, 31. I've been told many places close. Would prefer a la carte and would love a BBQ. Please advise. Thanks.
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Nov 29th, 2005, 05:24 PM
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We really liked Hunter Valley more than we thought we would when we were there a year ago.
The Hunter Valley Gardens are quite spectacular if you're into gardens.
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Nov 29th, 2005, 11:57 PM
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Can I suggest spending some time on the NSW central coast - Terrigal is a nice beach spot with shops and lots of places to eat. Woy Woy & Ettalong Beach area are also nice.

http://www.cctourism.com.au/
http://www.visitnsw.com.au/

Not many places are open on Christmas day apart from a few hotels/Pub and clubs and there food is not known to be good.

If your open to driving, I would say drive over a tour anyday. You have so much freedom when you drive yourself and you will get to see more places.

My suggestion for Xmas day would be to arrange a picnic basket with the hotel and head to the beach or a national park and relax.

Cheers
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Nov 30th, 2005, 04:38 AM
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Hi Debsie !!
I have some ideas but none are better for Sydney then a recent post that Alan contributed to.
Here it is hope it helps.
And hope the link works
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...ame=Alan&fid=3


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Dec 4th, 2005, 06:10 PM
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When in Melbourne you should take a day trip to the Great Ocean Road. It is a beautiful spot, and home to the famous Bells Beach. Spend some time wondering the cafes and shops in the laneways of the city, or go down to St Kilda for a meal at the many restaurants there.
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