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

I've wanted to go to Australia since I was 10. Well, my mom supprised me today and told me that were going next June! We haven't picked any city to travel to yet, so I figured I would come on here and ask some experts! I've always wanted to go to Sydney, but after reading I'm leaning a little bit towards Melbourne. I just want to go somewhere where I can get a good experience, and have fun. Im 16 years old, by the way. So if anyone has some advice on which city to choose and stuff to do there? Thanks for all the advice!

P.S.- I also plan on studying abroad in Australia once I get to college, so hopefully this will help me narrow down what city I want to study in.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 5y

You have a nice mom :) How long will you be in Australia? If you have enough time, I'd suggest visiting both cities.

If you don't have enough time, as much as I hate to say it as a Melburnian, I think you should visit Sydney. It has the classic attractions that people associate with Australia (beaches, opera house, harbour bridge) and is generally a little warmer than Melbourne, particularly in winter. Since you've always wanted to go there, it makes sense to visit there first. Considering it's winter, if you have enough time, you might consider heading north a bit after Sydney - towards Brisbane where the temperatures are a bit nicer around then ;)

When it comes to studying abroad though, I think Melbourne is a very good option for you. It's a very liveable city and a good place to stay for an extended period. Guess it depends on what you want to study as well of course. Maybe there are better options for you in Sydney. And Sydney certainly wouldn't be a bad place to study.

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

You don't mention what kind of experience or fun you're after or how long you're staying, in June though it will be cold in both Sydney and Melbourne, if I had to pick one of the two at that time of year I'd put a vote in for Sydney. It still has the iconic places to visit like the harbour and opera house etc and you can daytrip to the Blue Mountains.

I think you'd be better off going somewhere up north like Cairns, it will be warm enough to swim and you can take a trip out to the reef for snorkelling. There's the Daintree and Atherton tablelands in the area which you can day trip to aswell. There won't be any waves for surfing though, the reef protects the coast from Cairns down to about Gladstone.

4. Posted by chris111 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

I agree with timtravels, dont forget about Queensland.. Brisbane, Gold coast and Sunshine coast are all wonderful places, bit less busy then Melbourne and Sydney.

From Brisbane you can catch a two hour flight to Townsville and work your way up to Cairns and head out to the reefs or Daintree.

If you are soley after a city for the Study aspect, then you cant beat Melbourne for options.

:)

5. Posted by JagNation (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Quoting timtravels

You don't mention what kind of experience or fun you're after or how long you're staying, in June though it will be cold in both Sydney and Melbourne, if I had to pick one of the two at that time of year I'd put a vote in for Sydney. It still has the iconic places to visit like the harbour and opera house etc and you can daytrip to the Blue Mountains.

I think you'd be better off going somewhere up north like Cairns, it will be warm enough to swim and you can take a trip out to the reef for snorkelling. There's the Daintree and Atherton tablelands in the area which you can day trip to aswell. There won't be any waves for surfing though, the reef protects the coast from Cairns down to about Gladstone.

Sirry aboyt that, I will be there for 3 weeks! And thanks for reminding me about Bris amd the gold coast! Do you guys have any suggestions about stuff do do while in these cities (any of the ones mentioned so dar)? Thanks again guys!