we are going to Australia in October for the month. We will start of in Sydney then take the train to Tamworth. I have friends there I like to see again.
Our plan then is to find a way to Brisbane as we like to see Australia Zoo, feed the dolphins (we have two young boys). We were then thinking maybe Ayers Rock if possible to make a quick trip there or maybe up to Cairns before back to Denmark.
Does any of you know if this is really out of the way (the part after Tamworth).
Any suggestions, ideas, solution are well heard.
If you want to head to Ayers rock it isn't just a quick trip out and back.
You would have to fly most likely out from sydeny, it would be a minium 2-3 day turn around.
Flights are ristricted by two carrries , qantas and virgin blue and are quite expensive.
Cairns is about a 2.5 /3 our flight north of Brisbane.
hope that helps, and yes head to australia zoo thirty minutes north of Brisbane, really worthe it.
Australia Zoo is on the Sunshine Coast, which is about an hour north of Brisbane. Feeding the dolphins is often done at Tangalooma Island Resort where you can handfeed a pod of wild dolphins that come and visit the resort. It's not that cheap (in my opinion), just as a forewarner.
As Bevan said Ayers Rock is a bit out of the way, you need half a week at least to do it justice. Qantas flies to Uluru, but Virgin Blue does not.
Yeah, me and my family spent 9 weeks in Oz a few years ago but didn't get to see Uluru - partly because of the time, and also cost. The flights would have used up too much of our budget (because we were staying 9 weeks!)
Australia is bigger than everybody realises until they get there
Hi pistorr, which city will you be departing from? And what is your budget, will you be staying in hostels or hotels and are you looking at hiring a car during your stay? If you want to see Ayers Rock/Uluru, I would recommend you visit Tamworth toward the end of your trip, for convenience. A suggested itinerary would be Sydney>Ayers Rock>Brisbane>Sydney>Tamworth>Sydney. The "classic" route is Sydney>Ayers Rock>Cairns>Sydney.
The Country Link Northern Tablelands Explorer departs daily from Sydney at 10.05am and arrives in Tamworth at 4.17pm. The train splits into two along the way at Werris Creek, the other half takes a more westerly route up to Moree - so make sure you stay in the right part of the train which continues on to Armidale. The train departs Tamworth 10.46am and arrives Sydney at 17.05pm. Here's a Rail map.
There is no direct link from Tamworth to Brisbane - you would either have to catch buses going via Grafton and link up with another bus then train, or get the train from Tamworth at 10.40am get off at Maitland at 2.16pm then wait for a train to take you to Brisbane which departs at 7.15pm and arrives the following morning a 5.30am.
Qantas have a monopoly and are the only airline to fly to/from Uluru. Should you choose to fly to Ayers Rock, then I would suggest you book your flights asap because the later you leave it the higher the cost of airfare. I put in a random date (15 October) and the cheapest fare was showing AUD$263 and given there are four of you, that's AUD$1052. And that's only one way. Airfare from Ayers Rock to Brisbane on 20 October is starting from AUD$319. times that by four and you're looking at a of $1276, making a total of AUD$2,326 - and that's if you were to book today. Should you decide to go there, I would suggest you hire a car and do the loop Uluru>Kata Tjuta,>King's Canyon.
Depending on the age of your boys, I should think they'd enjoy Cairns more than the Alice. I've been to both places and FNQ has much more attractions/activities especially for children.
It's a pity you weren't going to Melbourne instead of Brissie, because Tiger Airways fly from Melbourne (and Adelaide) to/from Ayers Rock for around $98. You could then hire a car and drive there.
Jetstar flights Sydney to Brissie start at around AUD$79 and a jetsaver fare Sydney to Cairns is currently $189. On Fridays, Jetstar currently have "Friday Frenzy" - between 4.00pm and 8.00pm AEST cheap fares to various locations - each week they are different and are only for certain dates.
Hope this helps. Cheers.
Here's some info you may find helpful Cairns, the Esplanade, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Tropical Zoo & Wildlife Park; Jungle Surfing - this is absolutely fantastic, you swing among the trees in the Daintree rainforest 40 metres above he ground and it's awesome! Cairns Tropical Night Zoo
Alice Springs, Ayer's Rock/Uluru; King's Creek Station at King's Canyon; Toursim Central Australia.
[ Edit: Edited on 15-Mar-2009, at 00:05 by Whistler 2 ]
Hi everyone thank you so much for your great answers.
the boys are just 6 and 11.
I will have a closer look at all your answers. It has given me some ideas and to work on.
unfortunately we only have 3½ weeks as I have to get back to work.
I have been to Ayers Rock many years ago, just thought it would be fun for the boys.
but it looks like we have to skip it this time, then maybe next time.