My boyfriend and I are off to Oz in August this year.
Unfortunately we can only get a month off work. We would love to see as much as possible in the time.
Flying into Sydney. We are currently thinking of Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru, Whitsundays and maybe Adelaide and Darwin as places we want to see.
Which would you recommend most and how long should we spend in each area?
Hoping all you experienced travellers can help! Thanks!
Im sure you will get to do all you want in a month.
The only place that seems on a different route from the rest is the Whitsundays - but i guess if you have the right internal flights itll be possible.
Sydney - depending on what you want to do here - but if you just want to check out the City and beaches probably 3 or 4 days is good (including jet lag recovery!). I'd suggest a day doing Darling Harbour, jumping on a ferry/water taxi round to Circular Quay to walk round to the Botanical Gardens (past the Opera House) to Mrs Macquaries Chair (best pic of Opera House and Bridge) and then walking back past Circular Quay Wharf through to the Rocks - if you are lucky enough to do this on a weekend the Rocks Market 10am-5pm is not to be missed. Maybe finish of the day with a dinner cruise from the Quay or Dinner in the revolving restaurant in the Sky Tower or even a Bridge Climb $155 - a must if not done before - i prefer the night climb to the day.
Beaches - spend a day checking out the northern beaches - either hire car or the bus runs all the way to Palm Beach (home and away beach) could jump on and off at the others - whale beach, bilgoa beach on the way or back?
Alternatively Id suggest doing the Coogee to Bondi Walk to experience the syndey beaches - encompassing about 5 different little beaches and coves - takes about 2 hours each way.
Other stuff in Sydney is the shopping, Taronga Zoo, Manly beach and Oceanworld?
Head down to Melbourne, I'd spend about 4 days here, could check out Phillip Island (2hr drive) and the penguin parade which takes place every night as dusk - hilarious! Suggest staying in St Kilda. If you're into the cheesy stuff- check out the tour to Ramsey Street www.backpackerking.com.au or something. Neighbours party at the local British Pub every monday night and you meet and have photos with about 3 of the stars! Quiz n stuff too. Maybe check out a footy game at the Telstra Dome - depeding on whats happening in August. The Casinos worth a night out too? oh and the one in Sydney - nr Darling Harbour.
Try to do the Great Ocean Drive - hire car or coach tour... maybe spend a few days doing this, stopping off overnight somewhere - aparently some good surf spots along here if your interested in that. Seeing the 12 apostles was pretty amazing too.. then through to Adelaide.
Adelaide is great for Vineyards! Just make sure someone else drives there! haha a 2 hour trip south takes you to Victor Harbour which is a nice little town - the whales may be in in August/Sept - thats when i saw them there - amazing!
From there im not too sure to be honest... haven't got to the outback yet - but i hear Uluru - although an amazing spectacular can be done on a 24hour trip - typically the sunset, sunrise trips which include a walk - as without meaning to put it down - it is simply a rock.
There is a cool camping trip you can do at Kakadu 3day or 5day i think, a real experience apparently, my friend swam (guided) in a billabong with crocs and you go on a boat to see the 'jumping crocs' leaping out the water for their dinner - ahha hopefully not you!
Not sure on Whitsundays at all im afraid.
Hope this helps and is not too confusing - feel free to email if you have any other questions!
All the best and good luck with your planning.
Wow! Thanks for all the advice. Is great to hear from someone who's actually do it as reading the guide books and looking at websites can only tell you so much.