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1. Posted by cthong85 (Budding Member, 36 posts) 15 Dec '07 07:59

Hi all

i have booked my tickets to Gold Coast , Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne next year mid June and yet i have absolutely no idea what to do...

Just heard from friends saying that Australia is a lovely place...and i hope i will leave myself a lovely memory too...

Would any 1 kindly pls suggest some "Must visit places", "Must do things" , "Must eat food" or any kind of mustn't miss stuffs or else i will hate myself for the rest of my life...

Or if you have any itinerary that can be furnished, it would be the most welcome

Further, i would like to check if i can affort to miss Adelaide, as i only have 3 weeks.

Pls help me to make this trip as fun as possible because i am really looking forward

Big thank in advance

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4358 posts) 15 Dec '07 10:21

You can definitely afford to miss Adelaide. It's a nice city, which I liked more than I'd expected... but it's absolutely not essential or really in the same class. (Do make certain to do (most of) the Great Ocean road from Melbourne, though; but just turn back around Portland instead of heading on.)

Of the cities you've booked for, Brisbane itself is the least interesting; don't spend more than a day in the city itself. Quite a few decent attractions in the immediate surroundings, though. Sydney can easily eat up an entire week, plus extra time for day trips to the Blue Mountains, and Melbourne can be seen in 3-4 days, although it has the most appealing atmosphere for just lingering around and exploring its countless restaurants and neighbourhoods. Melbourne probably has most interesting side-trips if you're interesting in nature: the aforementioned Great Ocean Road, The Grampians, Wilsons Promontory, and Lakes Entrance.

Note that visiting the Great Barrier Reef is pretty much not realistically possible from Brisbane; you need to go quite a bit further north for that. (Maybe you weren't planning on, but just in case.) If you did want to visit the reef, there should be cheap flights to Cairns from Brisbane, so you could hop up, visit the reef, and return in just three days. Similarly, there's also relatively cheap flights to Uluru from Melbourne, so if you discover you have three extra days in your itinerary, that's something I can highly recommend doing. Three weeks almost certainly won't be enough to do both those things - not without far too much time pressure and rushing about - but just to present you with some options.

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member, 430 posts) 15 Dec '07 13:45

The Gold Coast has several fun theme parks that you could spend a few days at if your into rollercoasters and thrill rides (the Superman Escape at Movieworld is a personal favourite :)). Its also a nice place to just chill out on the beach, although with only 3 weeks downtime may not be on your agenda?! Melbourne's great, but in June the weather won't be so impressive, so while you'll be wearing shorts in Brisbane/Gold Coast, for Melbourne you'll wanna pack jeans and a fleece (and probably buy an umberella lol). But despite the winter weather there's soooo much to do in Melbourne, and like Sander said above, lots of decent day-trips to take from there too (these can be taken as coach tours if you won't be hiring a car). I also enjoyed Adelaide, but it can be left out of your trip due to time. Its a nice city, smaller than the others you'll be visiting and with a more relaxed pace, but maybe you can fit it into your next Aussie trip ;)

4. Posted by Travello (Budding Member, 4 posts) 16 Dec '07 07:35

For Brisbane, try to explore the beaches north of Brisbane. Gold Coast is already too well known.

Sydney is the city itself. Hop on the tourist day buses (red and blue) and you will see the best of Sydney.

The best of Melbourne is in the out skirt. Try Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley, Ballarat, Penguin march, etc, etc

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