Sydney;Carins, Alice Springs--16 days?

Apr 18th, 2004, 12:25 PM
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Sydney;Carins, Alice Springs--16 days?

Hello Traveling Friends,

My wife and I are planning a trip to Australia for a few weeks in July. We are interested in eco-touring.

Here are our ideas:

Day 1 We arrive from Los Angeles to Sydney
Day 2 Sydney rest and touring
Day 3 Travel to Carins
Days 4-6 Take three day cruise in the Great Barrier Reef (can you recommend one? wife doesn't swim so cruise might let us see somethings)
Days 7-10 Visit Daintree for three days
Days 11-12 Travel to Alice Springs
Days 13-15 Back to tour Sydney
Day 16 home
What do you think?

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Apr 18th, 2004, 04:09 PM
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Hi KSC2003...Sounds good . I think there is a trip called Captain Cook Cruises but afraid I don't know anything about it.Ijust want to make sure you know Uluru (Ayre's Rock )is not in Alice Springs and quite a way away. If the Rock is the reason you are going there I suggest you might be better off flying straight to Ayre's Rock. Many people ( including myself previously) think they are one and the same place. Enjoy the trip sounds great!
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Apr 18th, 2004, 08:17 PM
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sounds good to me.
Peteralan's advice is sensible, too. Uluru is around 400km from Alice Springs.

Shout if you need more specific advice -we're a sad lot - we love taking over other people's holidays!
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Apr 18th, 2004, 08:49 PM
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thanks for the help

From Carins, how do you get to Uluru?

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Apr 18th, 2004, 11:16 PM
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From Sydney you fly , stopping at Alice Springs on the way. I think you probably do the same from Cairns . There are hordes of people who do Sydney-Cairns-Uluru so you shouldn't have any trouble.
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Apr 19th, 2004, 01:52 PM
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You may find planning a tad easier if you spell Cairns correctly C A I R N S !
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Apr 19th, 2004, 01:58 PM
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Qantas has a couple of flights a day from Cairns to Ayers Rock (name of airport for Uluru)

Virgin Blue doesn't seem to fly from Cairns to Uluru
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Apr 19th, 2004, 06:15 PM
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Peteralan suggested Captain Cook for your request on a 3-day cruise from Cairns...I've done this cruise and can help there if you need specifics.

As you are interested in eco-type adventures while in Oz there are a number of specific type of experiences you can take if you can provide some more detail about your interests (bird watching, Aborigine, native animals/plants, that type of thing).


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Apr 21st, 2004, 11:32 PM
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Peteralan and Melodie have already mentioned Captain Cook Cruises so I thought I would repeat the comments I made to another recent enquiry on the forumbr />
We, as 'locals', can thoroughly recommend one of the 3- or 4-day Captain Cook cruises. A few weeks ago we had a short holiday from our own small accommodation business and took the 3-day cruise on their "Reef Endeavour" and enjoyed it so much that we would recommend it to anybody who would like to combine a relaxing few days on an extremely comfortable smallish ship (only about 160 passengers) with visits to Fitzroy and Dunk Islands, a full day snorkelling/diving/glass-bottom-boating at the Outer Reef and a magical cruise through the magnificent Hinchinbrook Passage. It's also a chance to make friends with other travellers (how many do you usually get to know on an independent holiday?!) and to visit different interesting places in comfort.

Their 4-day cruise takes you to Cooktown, a small coral cay, Lizard Island and one of the outer reefs - and we look forward to the day we can do that one too. The Captain Cook Cruises website is at
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