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Australia for our honeymoon October 2008

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1. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 8y

We're both very keen on taking our honeymoon in Australia next year. But already have a few doubts, one is that we only have 3 weeks and we're not sure whether we should just book flights or book an organised tour. We're both used to doing the travel thing i.e. not having a set itinerary. But as it's our honeymoon we'd like it to be as smooth as possible.

Can anyone provide any tips and information? We have a rough idea of places to visit. Starting off in Sydney and making our way up to Queensland passing the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. Would love to see the East as well, but considering the size of Australia, it's not feasible.

Thanks.

2. Posted by aks.gup (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi Laura

First of all, I wish you all happiness for your married life and congratulations for finding your mate....

I would suggest you should plan your trip according to your needs... Australia is too big to be covered in 3 weeks. i will say you just decide 2-3 places/destinations and spend some good time there.... GOLD COAST, Great BArrier Riff, Sydney, Brisane are really palces not to be missed....

Anyways i am living in melbourne... if you need some particular info or help, just contact me...

cheers
Aks

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

Australia's so easy to travel round that its not necessary to book a tour, even when you have time restricitons. If you can hire a car when you get there, you'll be able to have a very enjoyable, stress-free 3 weeks I should think I've travelled Aussie a bit myself so if you'd like any specific info PM me and I'll see what I can do to help!

4. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

Congratulations on your marriage. Travelling is an interesting way to test/confirm compatibility.
I live in Oz but have seen a lot of it. 2 years ago my daughter played backpacker by buying a flexible package deal in Sydney. She flew from Sydney to Mackay & arrived back in Sydney using an open ended bus ticket after 2 weeks - a very fast trip. Included were 2 nights on a yacht cruising the Whitsundays & 2 nights 4-wheel driving/camping on Fraser Island. She stayed in the prolific hostels in Airlie Beach, Byron Bay, Rainbow Beach, Coffs Harbour, Mackay for a total cost of $A1,000 - unbelievable value.
With an extra 2 weeks you could stay longer in each place, extend to Cairns to take in the reef & Cape tribulation, etc and/or use planes to visit icons like Uluru, Kakadu, Kangaroo Island

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 8y

Quoting Steve_ell

Congratulations on your marriage. Travelling is an interesting way to test/confirm compatibility.
I live in Oz but have seen a lot of it. 2 years ago my daughter played backpacker by buying a flexible package deal in Sydney. She flew from Sydney to Mackay & arrived back in Sydney using an open ended bus ticket after 2 weeks - a very fast trip. Included were 2 nights on a yacht cruising the Whitsundays & 2 nights 4-wheel driving/camping on Fraser Island. She stayed in the prolific hostels in Airlie Beach, Byron Bay, Rainbow Beach, Coffs Harbour, Mackay for a total cost of $A1,000 - unbelievable value.
With an extra 2 weeks you could stay longer in each place, extend to Cairns to take in the reef & Cape tribulation, etc and/or use planes to visit icons like Uluru, Kakadu, Kangaroo Island

This sounds like my kind of thing! I will look into these hotels. Do you know whether the trips to Whitsundays & Fraser Island were included in the package deal, or did you daughter book them seperate?

We spend 3 months travelling in SE Asia in 2006, so that did test & confirm our compatibility ;) We really wanted to go to Australia and NZ as well, but we only had 3 months off work :(

Thanks for the tips!

6. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

They were part of the package (of which there were many of all shapes & lengths) - I don't think you could get this value otherwise.
The packages typically included open bus ticket, accommodation in participating hostels and some side trips - like the boat, Fraser Island, white-water rafting , etc.
You will have a ball.
My wife, 2 kids and I leave for a month back-packing in Vietnam next week. Life is good.