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1. Posted by tiff23 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hiya, am travelling to oz in april for a month and was hoping to fit in as much as i can from melbourne to cairns.whats places should defo not be missed and where do you think i shouldnt bother with as havent got much time! also can you apply for a working visa in oz?thanks :D xx

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 5y

Quoting tiff23

also can you apply for a working visa in oz?

If you mean a working holiday visa, then no.

The 1st WHV has to be applied for outside Australia - if you become eligible for a 2nd, then this one can be applied for either in or out of Australia.

3. Posted by miss bump (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

Theres heaps to see.. I loved
Byron Bay
Nimbin
Noosa everglades
Whitsundays
Daintree Rainforest (bit past Cairns but worth a visit)
Johnstone River Crocodile Farm
to name just a few ;)

4. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 5y

Melbourne is a really enjoyable city itself, make sure you take a tram out to St Kilda and have coffee and cake at one of the European bakeries ;) Sydney also has some very iconic things to see and do, but it has just officially been named as the most expensive city for tourists in Aussie - we all knew that before it became "official" anyway lol. Theres the Blue Mountains near Sydney too. Byron Bay is a pretty cool little town to visit - has a bit of an alt/folksey kind of feel to it. My husband and I are currently living on the Gold Coast as part of a RTW trip, we're here til June, so I can offer you plenty of advice on this area. On the don't-bother-about list I'd have to put Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's zoo). It's super expensive for what it is. So if you'd like any Gold Coast info, feel free to PM me :)

5. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 5y

Quoting hey_monkee

On the don't-bother-about list I'd have to put Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's zoo). It's super expensive for what it is. So if you'd like any Gold Coast info, feel free to PM me :)

Yep I agree, I was expecting more. One of the good features when I went was Terri and Bindi Irwin giving a live show, but other than that I'd give it a miss.

From Melbourne my highlights were:
- Snowy Mountains without snow, the hiking is beautiful
- Blue Mountains, hiking again will be too cold for swimming in April
- Byron Bay, very relaxing
- Fraser Island, awesome camping and swimming
- Mackay and Eungella National Park
- Whitsunday Islands, great sailing, snorkelling and relaxing
- Paluma NP, good swimming and camping
- Mission Beach, although might not be as beautiful after Cyclone Yasi
- Cairns, Port Douglas area, the Daintree, Atherton Tablelands and Great Barrier Reef are all close, beautiful scenery, great diving and snorkelling

6. Posted by ashodasho (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Whle in Port DOuglas, go cane toad racing in the local pub it fantastic! also take a trip out to the reef, its expensive but well worth it. Mossman falls are great, and if its not flooded then its also geat the swim in the water holes.

Sydney, i would recommend taking a walk from manly beach along the heads its a great viw, there is also little cafe everywhere. Also manly markets are great to pick up small trinckets etc there saturday snd sunday most weeks.

Melbourne, Well there are loads of little shops and eveything down lanes and alleyways and they are so much better than the mai streets, if you feel like window shopping head out to richmond, but other than that melbourne is very busy make sure to take a tram ride, on the old trams! but not during peaks :-)

7. Posted by ruby25 (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y

I loved Moreton Island~it is so overshadowed by Fraser. Fraser Island is worth a visit, but it is probably best to just go for the day, unless of course you plan to do-it-yourself. We travelled up from Brisbane on an organised tour and were left hanging around waiting for buses and the eco-resort that is the Kingfisher~just forget it. In the UK their "bistro" would be called a tin shed! And I loved the Lamington National Park too; it is just so unexpected. O.K. it's pricey to stay over, but the views are stunning and there are a number of walks through the rainforest. If you manage to get up to the north, I loved Cape Tribulation too. That too is worth jumping on an organised trip if you are short of time as you get to see so much in a short time, and if it's all too much, you catch a few zzzz's whilst you're rattling through the forests!