Will be visiting australia.....

Nov 25th, 2008, 11:33 PM
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Will be visiting australia.....

We will be visiting australia arrive on march 1 (sydney) and leaving march 7 (brisbane).... we plan to visit to Cairns

the plan is to spend march 1 and 2 in sydney
and spend either 2 or 3 days at Cairns (perhaps i could have some info on this)
and spend either 2 or 3 days in Brisbane
mainly in sydney we plan on seeing the opera house, walking across sydney harbor bridge and going to bondi beach for a few hours
cairns we plan to take the (sky train thing) through the rainforest and to also go snorkeling in the GBR (perhaps in spots where box jellies are not lurking)
and while in brisbane we want to visit Steve Irwin's zoo

i believe that's plenty of time for those activities.... anything else you see we could fit in or if you have suggestions on how to use that one fickle day... shoot me an email! thanks
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Nov 26th, 2008, 01:29 AM
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Is there any reason your including Brisbane? I live in Brisbane and generally would not consider it be a major tourist destination of Australia. The Gold Coast is about an hour away, so it maybe something to consider. Stingers generally don't drift as far south as the goldcoast , so this maybe ideal for you,if you enjoy your swimming.
If the goldcoast is not on your list, maybe 2 or 3 days in Brisbane could be utilised elsewhere. Please advise us of your thoughts.

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Nov 26th, 2008, 02:25 AM
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Just to add, carry out a search on harbour bridge for suggestions on walking the bridge in Sydney
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Nov 26th, 2008, 03:57 AM
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I think navagator, the reason for going to Brisbane is as stated to go to Australia Zoo as much as we might want to rate that or not.

Sydney btw jw0721 has a great Zoo more along traditional lines whereas Australia Zoo is sort of a cross with a theme or wildlife park with focus on crocodiles.

jw0721, your plan is workable enough to cover the places you want to see and if you have not yet booked your flight, have a look at Qantas flights for they offer an Australi Pass that is tack on off domestic flights that could offer a reasonable deal for Sydney to Cairns to Brisbane.

Alternately have a look at www.webjet.com.au to see the domestic flight options.

The main testing part of the trip could well be the North Queensland weather for it is close to if not peak cyclone possibility time of year and it will be very warm with high humidity - the skyrail btw runs over the top of the rainforest for the most part and not through it and without any shade, the gondolas could be rather warm so take plenty of water to drink while doing it.

As for the search for the Bridge Walk, navagator must have been a bit bored last couple of days for he has just posted on Bridge Walking so it ought to be close by - http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...t=0&dirtyBit=1
As for Manly, there are special buses that leave from opposite Circular Quay offering a hop on/hop off circuit out to South Head and then back via Bondi, well worth doing a wa;k out onto south head and lunch at Doyles in Watson Bay.

The other beach trip I'd recommend you do [and better in my book] is to take a ferry across to Manly, walk the Corso to the ocean beach and have lunch over there - a very relaxing way to help get over jetlag, maybe have a swim there and a walk up to north head if you desire.
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Nov 26th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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we want to go to brisbane because of "australia zoo" steve irwin's zoo.
i'm not sure about the Gold Coast idea yet, but thank you for the suggestion, i will start researching it!
i've watched the travel channel and have seen people cross the sydney harbor bridge, i think it will be awesome! Anybody done this yet?

is there something wrong with the australia zoo (besides it's not traditional??) We will think about going to sydney zoo if we have time... thank you for that suggestion!

thanks for the tip about Australi Pass ..... where do you obtain this??

we'll be sure to bring plenty of water the day we go on top of the rain forest

And sounds like a great plan for the beach! thanks so much!!!

~ Please tell me if there are any must sees in this itinerary!!! I would love to do them! Thanks

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Nov 26th, 2008, 10:23 AM
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i will definitely do the pylon but i still think the bridge is a must do because it's on top bridges and how cool to have walked on it ( i wish i could take a bridge walk on the one near my house perhaps you have seen in on the travel channel too (the Sunshine Skyway bridge), however that will never happen!! haha
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Hi jw0721,
I think you can make good use of 10 days in Australia, but really you need to establish the things that are of most interest to you and ensure you factor in the travelling times. The main attractions are, as everyone has said, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney. Personally, I wouldn't go to Brisbane just to go to Australia Zoo if I only had 10 days here.

Travelling times and distances are almost certainly going to be quite a bit longer than you think. Sydney-Cairns is about 3 hours, so by the time you add the pre-boarding time,travel to & from the airport, you've spent at least 1/2 day each way.

Sydney-Brisbane is 90 mins flying and then about 90 mins up to Australia zoo if you drive straight there.

Suggest you have a look at the various airline schedules to help with your planning.


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Nov 26th, 2008, 03:05 PM
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im sorry i won't be spending 10 days.... that was someone else's post!
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With only around 7 days, personally I would cut Brisbane out of the schedule. Australia zoo is good but I wouldn't call it great. Brisbane city centre IMHO, does not offer much for the tourist

I would spend the extra time in both Sydney and Cairns.

As mentioned before, Taronga zoo in Sydney is well worth a visit, some great panoramic photo opportunities and easy to get to, by taking the direct ferry from Circular Quay.

Everybody mentions a day trip to the Blue Mountains, but they don't do much for me, I think your time could be spent going on some the spectacular walks around Sydney

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As you can see jw0721

The Australian Zoo does not actually get rave reviews for it is much more touristy driven than a normal type of Zoo, and that's what I implied in mentioning the wildlife/theme park approach.

But flying into Sydney and out of Brisbane is a reasonable enough approach if it is not going to cost more and I would not knock off going to Brisbane for the Australia Zoo is in a lovely area of Australia - the sunshine coast and depending on what time your departure is you may even want to consider staying over at Noosa or Mooloolaba, a great beach there, far better than Bondi and an underwater world and plenty of accomodation.

You also may want to configure in a day trip to either Moreton Island - http://www.moretonventure.com/ or Fraser Island - http://fraserisland.au.com/
and with two nights for Brisbane region you could do Australia Zoo, find accomodation on Sunshine Coast for two nights - http://www.twinwatersresort.com.au/ and do a day tour of Fraser Island and then drive or get a bus to the airport for departure the following day.

To get the Australia Pass you would need to be booking your flight with Qantas - http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn...isit-australia

And re your Bridge walk - is it the walk that goes right up to the top of the bridge you want to do - the bridge climb actually - http://www.bridgeclimb.com/ ~$200, the cost varying for time of walk and again being hot in early March, I'd look to book either early morning or the evening/twilight climb.

But with arriving Mar01 and leaving Mar07 you've got some serious scheduling to do - the ten days would be far better!
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Nov 26th, 2008, 06:47 PM
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can't cut brisbane out sorry.... already bought flight in and out of australia! (i have no bought the inter flights yet)

We will make brisbane one day! my husband only request for the trip was to see steve's zoo (so i understand your telling me not to worry, but if i cut it i still have to travel to brisbane to go home and it would make my husband the happiest his only request... it would kind of make me a Beep of a wife)

thank you for your help..... we will spend extra days in cairns or the gold coast like an earlier poster suggested!

well i see i just got another post!
I really like the ideas of this post too! I dunno i am going to have to review! I will research tonight and get back in the morning !
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Ah well, take him to see some Crocs and fit in what you can, but seriously unless you like it ultra humid I would not be staying up north any longer than you have to just in case a cyclone or storm comes along.

Seeing as you've already booked and if not with Qantas you will not be able to get the Australia Pass but Sydney > cairns > Brisbane fares can be quite reasonable.

And btw, box jellyfish are not out about the reef but another the Irukandji can be but the most remote chance of that too.
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Agree with comments on Brisbane, not sure why bother?

Also, would also strongly recommend Port Douglas over Cairns. Also GBR is much closer by boat.

If you are interested in snorkeling would suggest you look for a tour that does not combine it with scuba. The best coral is viewed in around 10m of water and there are a couple of outfits that specialise in snorkeling tours. One I would recommend is Wavelength (www.wavelength-reef.com.au), they also limit their numbers so you are not battling in the water with hoards of others. Also have trained marine-biologists who take you for a tour.
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Well, jw - I'm going to back your husband here and his desire to see Australia Zoo. It seems like it is not everyone's cup of tea nor was Steve Irwin - well go figure.

I liked Australia Zoo a lot. The main thing I noticed is that their animals all seemed to be in beautiful condition. I love crocodiles, so if hubby is like me, well then, he will have a ball! There is a great range of animals including kangaroos, koalas, reptiles, birds and their beautiful elephants etc.

I don't know why people are so quick to knock the zoo - it is very successful, obviously has a lot of appeal to our overseas visitors and features beautiful Australian animals. But if it's crocs you love well, then why would you go anywhere else because Crocs Rule there and you'll help to keep Steve's dream alive.

I'm not sure but I think if you are going to be snorkelling on the GBR you may need stinger suits. I've been up there in February for the last couple of years and have always been advised to wear the stinger suit and yes we did see an irukandji but maybe someone can give you better info than I but that's just my understanding.

Hope you have a great time and let us know what you think of Australia Zoo.
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I must have been half asleep, didn't read the bit about Australia Zoo. My apologies on that one!
With respect to the replies so far, I think the main thing implied is that for most people it is not worth flying into Brisbane for the main purpose of seeing Australia Zoo.
In saying that, if this is your husbands request then I'm sure you will enjoy. I have been there myself and it is quiet relaxing with good exhibits. Considering you will be a little fatigued /jetlagged from your flight , it will make a good day out.
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Hi jw,

Just an add to from me - if you are going to spend an extra day or two here in Brisbane you might like to think about a day tour to beautiful North Stradbroke Island. There are numerous tour companies or it is very easy to get to the Stradbroke Ferry by public transport or car. If you would like further information just let me know. It is a very beautiful place.

You could also consider a day trip to Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island. It's worth thinking about having a night over there as well because they have the dolphin feeding every night - that's rather special!

So there's two days already taken care of - you could also have a lovely day combining a City Cat Ferry river tour with a few hours at Southbank Parklands, which has a lovely manmade beach and swimming.

A day trip to either the Sunshine or Gold Coasts is also very easily done.

So need to write Brisbane off altogether - you can fill a few days here but I do understand navs and others thoughts - we're not Sydney but then we don't try to be either!
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Nov 27th, 2008, 06:45 PM
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with only 6 days & visiting 3 places you don't have "1 extra day". that itinerary is already packed.
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robbieb, I must have missed something when taking our own boat from both Port Douglas and Cairns to GBR, care to elaborate on exactly how much closer PD is to reef than Cairns?? After all they're only a spit away from each other, when you consider the GBR is 2000km plus.
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We have the "world famous" zoo here in San Diego and I can tell you the Steve Irwin zoo was fantastic. We spent a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable time there last Aug. It's possible to pet and feed many of the animals, and we have pictures feeding the koalas and kangaroos. Very special.

We stayed at the LilyBank B&B in Cairns and would definately stay there again given the opportunity.
We stayed at one of the expensive Daintree Eco Lodges further north and would not recommend it.
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