Two weeks, how to spend it?

Sep 25th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Two weeks, how to spend it?

I have looked back over several topics, but seeing how Australia is so vast, many of the questions didn't pertain to me. So, I decided to put my own travel plans out there and get some feed back. My husband and I are going to Australia for our ten year anniversary. We are able to go two weeks, and this is generally what we are thinking about:
First week- rent a car and drive along the east coast (I know it is vast, our main goal is to see the area and stop when we want) Some questions regarding that plan:
1) Are there camping areas like we have in the US where you can camp a night, then go on.
2) If we did camp, are there any special laws we need to know about.

The second week we are planning to stay in Sydney to explore that area, we would plan of having a car still, so we could drive somewhere if we wanted to get out of the city.

Areas of interest to consider: we are moderately active (we are not doing any marathons), we want to experience the country, not just do the tourist things, but are not opposed to some touristy things. Any recommendations on things we MUST see and ideas on how to do it. We wouldn't mind taking a tour into the "bush" (am I showing my inexperience here?) How would I go about finding an overnight excersion and from where? I hope that my questions are specific enough to get some insight.
Oh, last detail, we are going to be there from June 6 (arriving) to June 21st (departing)
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Sep 25th, 2007, 02:10 PM
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At that time of year ( winter ) do youself a favour and fly to Cairns, rent a car there and have a great time, plenty of places to camp and the weather should be wonderful. Stay for at least 8 days. Do not rent a car in Sydney but spend it going around the city on ferries, bus and trains. Take tours, by train, to other areas.
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Sep 25th, 2007, 05:01 PM
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Hi Fiesty1!

Assume you're coming from the US, and does that 2 weeks mean that's your total travel time? Because if it is, that means you really only have 12 days in Australia, as you need to discount the first and last day as "travel days".

You'll fly into Sydney and then you want to rent a car and drive along the East Coast, correct? You don't say where you're driving TO, but perhaps you don't have anything planned, which is ok, but if you were thinking of say...driving to Cairns, GBR reef area -to give you an idea...that's 1300 miles. So yes, "vast".

You definately don't want or need a car in Sydney.

Must See's? Well, that really depends on what you like to do / and, or, want to see. It differs for every person. I think the main thing to think about is what your interests are.

Hope this is helpful!


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Sep 25th, 2007, 07:44 PM
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To answer the questions (while agreeing with LizzyF and Melodie), yes, there are many caravan (trailer) parks which will charge you a smallish fee to camp and use their facilities for the night - or you can rent a cabin at most of them. No problem.

It's been many a year since I used one, but my strongest memory is that park owners seem to have an unbreakable addiction to putting up signs forbidding most activities that the human mind can devise. Don't be put off by that, though, they're OK places.

I can't think of any special regulations you have to take notice of, but rest assured the park owners will make sure you know of them if there are (see above para). There are frequent bans on open fires during bushfire season, but you shouldn't have to worry about that at that time of the year.
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Sep 26th, 2007, 10:14 AM
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Thanks for the info on camping. I think our biggest interests are to just see the country. We were thinking about renting in Sydney and leaving straight out and taking a week to drive up to Brisbane and back, then based on advice here, return the car and spend the second week exploring sydney and the area surrounding it. We are coming from the states, the dates a gave were our landing and take off days, however, they are moveable. We had thought about extending to the 23rd, to give us another weekend and a coupld more days. It depends on how long I can coax my sister to keep the two kids.
With that area in mind, still realizing that is a huge area, what are some must sees to see between sydney and brisbane? I definitely have to go to Australia Zoo and we had thought about some of the preserves/park to go to. At that time of year and that area, is there anything worth snorkeling for, or would that need to be all the way up to the Reef, I guess I don't know how far down it extends.
I am picturing for the camping like the State's KOA's on the west coast, where I live. Where tents are that the right picture?
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Sep 26th, 2007, 01:25 PM
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I think you will find the Big 4 campground organisation very similar to KOA.

why not fly to Brisbane and get a car there.Do a 8 day circuit from Brisbane.

Mt Warning rainforest.great campground at mt Warning with wildlife.
sunshine coast
fraser island
visit one of the coral islands off the southern queensland coast for snorkelling.
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Sep 26th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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Going up the coast from Sydney in the middle of winter would not be my ideal way to spend my time. Either fly to Brisbane ( slightly warmer) and rent a car there or fly to Cairns ( nice and warm with lots of interesting places to see) and rent one there.
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Sep 26th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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johhj_au -
I wanted to make sure I was understaning you, are you saying stay in Brisbane, but drive down to Sydney and back in eight days?

We would like to see Sydney, and we have planned on staying about a week in a nice resort, so we thought to stay there because it seems like there is more to do that would be indoor and out and from what we have heard, camping down that direction is not avisable.

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Thanks for the ideas of places to go. I will check out that website. Seeing as how my husband and I are both originally from Southeast Alaska, a bit of rain shouldn't dampen our spirits too much...please just tell me we aren't camping during monsoon season.
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Sep 26th, 2007, 02:14 PM
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June in south east queensland will be like high summer in alaska.(with less mosquitos)It is not rainy season.

I am saying take a budget flight to Brisbane from sydney (virgin blue or jetstar airways) ,rent a car and do a driving circuit around southern queensland.Australia zoo is on the sunshine coast about an hours drive north of brisbane.Spend about 8 days there.

Spend the rest of your time in sydney.

You will find travelling in australia not that much different from the west coast of the USA. The roads are worse and we drive on the other side of the road.But we are a pretty friendly lot and you will find people are very helpful.

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Sep 26th, 2007, 02:42 PM
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Thanks, that sounds good. I have checked out flights in-be-tween and I seem to be getting about 79-99 per leg, is that about as good as I can get, or should I hold out for some incredibly low price. I am trying to figure out what time it is here when it is AEST so that I can log on to virginblue. If we were to take the eight days around Bribane, and about the same around Sydney, what would be some DO NOT MISS items. I am assuming that Mt. Warning is around the Brisbane area and we would hit that rainforest area during our time up there? I do have my maps out, so I am becoming better acquainted with the area, but it is large! I like the idea of going to the coral island, any other places that are great to visit?
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Sep 26th, 2007, 03:20 PM
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about $80 is a good budget rate.The airlines are very similar to south west.You could chase a lower rate on virgin blue midday will find $79 fares commonly available out of holiday periods.To confuse the issue you could also fly to
fraser coast
sunshine coast
these are smaller airports.

the area around brisbane is not that would be similar to flying into seattle and doing a driving vacation around the pacific north west.

you should see...
coral island
australia zoo and other wildlife places
craft markets
off the beaten path country towns
meet some real aussies.
fraser island

look at
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Sep 27th, 2007, 06:44 AM
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Thank You! That is exactly what I was looking for. I will check out those places on line. I am a bit obsesive about planning our this gives me some great ideas of what to do, and it sounds totally our style. Thanks again to all who have contributed. I am open to any additional suggestions, but this definitely gets me started. Thanks again!
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