What to do?

Old Dec 13th, 2004, 11:01 PM
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HELP!!!! Leaving for Australia in a few days. Need a list of things we MUST do in Sydney (6 days), Byron Bay and environs (6 days), Brisbane (2 days) and should we spend the money and go to Cairns/Great Barrier Reef? Where to stay? Where to eat? What sights NOT to miss - what's off the beaten path in those cities? We're in our 60's and not athletic. We'll also be spending some time with our grandchildren (2-8 years). Wonderful restaurants? beaches? Tours? Places? Zoos? Parks?Museums? Shopping? Ethnic neighborhoods? Theatres? Visit from Dec. 18-Jan.8. Thank you SO much - we're so busy packing, there's little time to read the travel books.
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Old Dec 14th, 2004, 12:46 AM
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Suzinkee248, the one good thing about that long flight to Australia is that it does give one a golden opportunity to read a guidebook.

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Old Dec 14th, 2004, 01:29 AM
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suzinkee248, take Judy's advice - there's only so much you can expect from a site like this, and the answers to your questions would fill a book. So buy one. I presume your trip to Australia has come as something of a last-minute surprise, leaving you no time for research, but all is not lost. A Fodors, Frommers or Lonely Planet guide will help no end.

And there's a search facility on this board, too. The answers to many of your questions will be found there, but not on a plate, so there's no escape - you're going to have to do some homework. Judy's idea is sounding better all the time.

BTW, if it's taking you several days to pack for a 3-week trip there are websites that can help with that too! One day should be ample. Enjoy your time in Australia.
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HI Suzinkee248
There is the Taronga zoo in Sydney a must see is the Sydney Sky Tower restaurant on the corner of pitt and market street and the Blue Mountains if you look up
http://www.viator .com
they give lots of trips to go on in most places you are going to
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suzinkee - you're making it hard, Australia has about 10,000 good beaches - where do we start? Where in the country are your grandchildren? There's many thousands of restaurants -and tours only mean something if you tell us where and what interests you. What type of ethnic neighbourhoods, do you mean Aboriginal?? Don't worry so much about packing, please read what you can before you arrive, if you don't have enough clothes,we do have shops.
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If your stopping at one of teh major hotels nip down to the hotel concierge and ask for ideas or at least get a few tour brochures from him or her to give you some inspiration.

Some things I've enjoyed in Sydneybr />
The Bridge Climb (do able even for the non athletic - believe me!)

The Opera House

The botanical Gardens

An extended cruise of the harbour (we enjoy the 2 hour tea and cake afternoon tour)

The crafts fair at the weekend in the Rocks - fantastic!

Manley by Ferry

A trip to the blue Mountains (go on one of the 12 person Eco tours instead of the 70 seat jumbo bus tours)

The AMP Tower (think that's the name ).

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Bondi beach, but in good weather it's a pleasant enough detour to say you've done it.
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Hi Suzinkee,
We loved the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast. When in Byron Bay, pay the $5.00 to drive up to the Lighthouse. The views are incredible. We loved Cairns and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, it was the highlight of our trip. We were there about 3 weeks ago. I brought a couple of the travel books with me. It was great to have information readily available. Have a great time!
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You are at the wedding at Byron right?
Victorias at Ewingsdale...pretty classy!

In byron you will need a car.
-go up to the lighthouse
-have a swim and a glass of wine and watch the sun set at Wategoes beach.
-have lunch at ruby's restaurant at Lennox head hotel.
-walk up and down the main street of bangalow
-drive out to minyon falls ,have a picnic lunch at Rummerys park and then complete the rainforest drive.
-have a beer at the quintessential aussie country pub at Eltham..check out the antique place next door.
-go to the craft markets on sunday morning Bangalow and Channon are best.
-have a seafood picnic with purchases from the Brunswick Heads fish cooperative.
-steer clear of nimbin.
-have a morning swim at clarks beach..one morning breakfast at the beach cafe.
-if you have a $ have dinner at Finns at the Beach hotel in byron.
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In Sydney, the Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach cliff walk is beautiful and is pretty easy to do.
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