My boyfriend and I are going to Oz for three weeks at the end of January.
Even though we have a full and mixed itinerary from an agent here in Canada, we’d love any advice as to ‘must sees’ in the various areas we’re going to! Also, if there are things that aren’t worth doing, let me know too! We want to make the most of our time! Restaurants, shopping, little unknown gems – any help will be sooooo appreciated!
Cities we’re visitng: Sydney, Kangaroo Island, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Douglas, and Brisbane
Thanks very much,
Sydney? Well if you like a drink with the locals then check out the Clock Hotel in Crown St Surry Hills or the Dolphin bar on the same strip. The Paddington pubs on Oxford such as the Paddington Inn also make for great people watching spots. Good food along there as well. If you want to try Crocodile, Kangaroo or Emu pizzas then hop along to the Cargo Bar in Darling Harbour or the Australian Hotel on Cumberland St at the Rocks. If you want to mix it with the good looking people of Sydney go to the Establishment in George St. If you want the best-views-from-a-cocktail-bar in Sydney put some smart clothes on and go to the Blu Horizon bar on the top floor of the Shangri la hotel at the Rocks. For great walks and stunning harbour views you can't beat catching a Ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay then walking to South Head to the Dunbar light. Stop at Camp Cove for a swim on the way back then go to the Watsons Bay hotel for a cold beer and seafood. The Bondi Beach to Bronte (or Coogee Beach) walk is one of the finest coastal walks in the world. You might see whales (if the Japanese haven't killed them all). Paddington markets on a Saturday are also good for buying "stuff." An overnight trip to the Hunter Valley staying at the Hunter Valley YHA then doing the wine tour is the best way to drink wine and see the vineyards. The restaurants of Victoria St, Darlinghurst are good for cheap, but quality eats. Arthurs Pizza on Oxford st, Paddington, is an institution for great Pizza. If you want a beer by the beach go to the North End of Bondi to the North Bondi RSL Club: great beach views, cheap food, cheap beer, occasionally a band and very laid back. Don't wear your hats inside though. At South Bondi is the Icebergs ocean pool and bar. Also good. Goes off on a Sunday night, but get there early as it fills up and members get priority. If you want to pick and choose your seafood and then get it cooked go to the Fishmarkets in Pyrmont(a very short walk from the city). To avoid the crowds go during the week. If meat and ribs are more your thing go to Hurricanes Bar and Grill at Bondi Beach - but book ahead, its full nearly every night. Another popular Bondi eatery is Thai Terrific on Curlewis st. Great value for money Thai food. A great outdoor bar is Pier 26 next to Pyrmont Bridge on Darling Harbour. Take your sunglasses, everywhere.
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When in Port Douglas try to do the Kuranda Skyrail. It leaves from Cairns and you climb up the mountain in a train, spend the day in a lovely mountain town (Kuranda) where there is markets, a butterfly house etc. and then descend in a cable car. You can also swap the trip around I think and do the cable car first but the views are much more spectacular when you descend down the mountain, stopping in the middle of the rainforest where you can get out and walk around.
Enjoy your trip,