I'm planning a three week trip up the East Coast of Oz starting from Sydney but I'm a little concerned that there may not be much to do if I don't deep sea dive and swim with the fish??
I have never tried the diving thing, but I can't swim (i know shame on me!!!) so I think this could be a problem and I'd be worried about breathing etc so dont think I'd manage it.
So are there other things to do during the days? any other tours or day trips that don't involve diving?
Also where are the best place to see on the East Coast??
I'm heading up with my brother and his girlfriend in November so any advice would be appreciated.
Cheers and happy travelling.
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 25, 2006 7:05 PM by luckyirish ]
While a lot of people go diving along the coast, mostly up in the north along the reef, it certianly isn't the only thing to do. First thing to note, you are heading up the East coast in November. When you get to northern Qld (while it will be hot) swimming in the ocean is something you will have to avoid anyway as it is stinger season. If you go out to the reef it is safe but off the main land I suggest stay out of the water. Further south you are safe (well, from the stingers anyway) but being a non-swimmer, I discourage you from heading into the surf unless it is a patrolled beach. That said, there is still plenty to do, besides hanging around the bech, depending on where you are.
The East Coast of Oz is very long and it is hard to tell you where to go / what to do unless I know which area you are heading.
From Cairns, if you don't want to do a reef trip (yawn, why would you), head to Cape Tribulation through the rain forest, or up to Kuranda Markets or go hiking in Mossman Gorge A day in the Atherton Tablelands down to Milla Milla (inland a snippet and slightly South from Cairns) is worth the trip.
Further South Townsville, Magnetic Island is popular with tourists but don't swim/paddle in the ocean in November unless there are stinger nets.
Continuing south there is a lot of road, long long roads. From Brisbane there are a zillion things to do. Day trip to Morteon Island (Tangalooma) and go sand tabogonning is fun. Lots of people go up to Fraser Island, but better to do this from the Sunshine Coast (Noosa) just north of Brisbane.
Gold Coast - as a Queenslander, I say avoid it like the plague.
Crossing into New South Wales you have some regular tourist traps such as Byron Bay full of would be surfers and nice beaches but like most of the East coast, if you go inland slighty the hinterland which is the Great Dividing Range running down the coast is stunning. It is a similar seen most of the way down the coast to Sydney.
Around Newcastle you can head to the Hunter Valley wineries
As for Sydney, see Wonderbus' suggestions on this subject.
If you go south of Sydney, a drive through Kangaroo Valley is nice.
As for diving and swimming with fish. Try snorkelling rather than a full blown diving course. If you are on the reef it is usually shallow enough that it isn't worth diving. To practice breathing, put a peg on your nose and practice breathing through your month only.
thanks for the information, appreciate it. I think I might give the snorkling a go and I have noted the other places you recommended.
cheers for that.