Hi to all, i'm planning to travel to Australia this Dec. i going on a free and easy tour with my family for abt 2 weeks. i need some info on cheap hotels located in city centre, tourist attractions, local tour packages, cheap car rentals, and most importantly where to start from, coz i intent to visit the gold coast, sydney, melburne and perth. Your help is greatly appreciated, thanks alot mate. hope to here from anyone soon.
Sorry to be harsh, but forget Perth. Not because it isn't wonderful, but if 2 weeks is all you've got, you've got nowhere near enough time.
As it is, you are going to spend at least 3 or 4 of those days travelling and not chilling/swimming/surfing.
Your best best is to fly into Melbourne and stay a few days. You can drive or fly to Sydney, but the coach is cheapest - there is an overnighter for about $80 Aus.
Sydney is fabulous - the bridge, the opera house, darling harbour, Manly, Bondi, Taronga Zoo. And that's skimming the surface.
The TI are very helpful for finding accommodation.
If poss, stay in the CBD (Central Business District), which is walkable to the opera house. George St is the main shopping st. Off this, about 10 mins walk south of the bridge is Williams St, where all (and I mean ALL - about 8) car Rental offices are - all the big ones, plus Traveller Autobarn who do cheapies.
It will take you a couple of days to drive up to the Gold coast - but a few hours by plane if you can afford it.
Surfers Paradise is excellent - if you like it busy!
Remember - there is no way you have time to get to Perth. By TRAIN it takes 3 days, by car a few weeks! Flying across Australia is like flying London to New York!
If you can afford it, go ahead, I hear Perth is wonderful!
Since you're based in Singapore, I think you might want to check out with local travel agents who'd offer free n easy packages, instead of looking around and get confused about it. It's never easy to go on holidays with family without reservations. As far as I know, Singapore has plenty sources to above I mentioned. Best deal in Asia. You shall remember that December is summer in Australia and everything there would be fully fully booked normally.