Hi everyone, I planning to spend 3mths in Australia (from Oct'05) & am currently reading up on places to visit (there is so many places to visit it will be by far impossible to get to see all). As it will be my first time in the Country I’d like to know what places THAT I should definitely visit (PLACE NOT BE MISSED).
I'd really appreciate if someone can guide me to the attractions that MUST be seen during my visit to Australia.
All tourists tend to go to Sydney, Cairns, Queensland etc
I am from Adelaide and it is a nice smaller city!!!
Read lots of books and check out websites to see what kinds of places or activities you are interested in!
have a good time
I'd definately go to Sydney and check out the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House which can both be seen by going to Circular Quay. I lived in Sydney two years ago and everytime I drove past or over the Harbour bridge I was still amazed at the fact that I was actually in Sydney. They are icons of Australia, the kinds of things you see on TV all the time, and I'm awestruck everytime I see them.
It's kind of hard to say what you MUST see Smiley. Here's some I've seen that I'd recommend (there's others I still haven't seen after 7 years that probably should be on a 'must' see list - like Uluru).
- Great Ocean Road
- Tasmania (Wine Glass Bay for instance)
- Sydney Harbour
- The Barossa Valley (if you like drinking, there's quite a few other wine areas I could point you to!)
- Wilson's Promontory
- Grampians National Park
That's something to get you started.. there's many places I haven't been yet (Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Western Australia), that I'm sure would be well worth your time. But I don't believe in panicking too much about missing something. It's a big country, you're bound to miss something.
So far I have only been here 2 months and already know there are somethings that I will miss out on seeing. But I would definately recommend Sydney for the fact that the Harbour is amazing. You see it so often on travel programmes etc that it feels so surreal when you actually get to stand by the opera house/bridge! And if you have it in your budget definately climb the bridge! It is one of those things that you just can't describe but it is awesome! Also just out of Sydney that is worth visiting are the Blue Mountains, if only for the fantastic views. It's only about 2 hours by train from Sydney and there's lots to do there in a weekend
Other things I want to visit, and feel I would be missing out if didn't get to see are the Great Ocean Road, Uluru and Great Barrier Reef - mainly because they are to me iconic Australian sights!
Mainly, just enjoy what you see! There's lots! And if you don't see it all it's an excuse to come back!
where does one begin, the place is so big. Having lived in Brisvegas, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and visited Tassie and SA, I'll start in Qld.
1. Queensland - Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise, Noosa, Cairns, Daintree National Park and of course the Great Barrier Reef
2. New South Wales - Bryon Bay(most eastily point of Australia), Sydney - musts are Harbour Bridge and the Harbour Bridge climb, Opera House, seafood at Doyles', Bondi Beach
3. Victoria - 90 mile beach in Gippsland, Melbourne (shops, theatre, cafe's and restaurants) Aussie rules football at the MCG - nothing like it - go the Bombers!, Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley winery's
4. Tasmania - Hobart, the west coast - Queenstown, Cradle Mountain, oysters (hope you like them)
5. Sth Australia - Barossa Valley Winerys, Victor Harbour, take the Gran train to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon
6. Wst Australia - Perth, the Swan River (more water than Sydney harbour), Swan Valley winerys, Margaret River Winery region, Walpole for the rainforest, Esperance for the coast line and clear water, Broome and the north west
7. Darwin - one place I have not been to, but plenty to see and experince.
Here are some of my suggestions;
NSW - Might seem like a broken record, but Sydney is a must, specially Circular Quay, with the Bridge and the Opera House. Also in Sydney, try to get to the Blue Mountains area - many great walks etc...and are about 2 hrs out of Sydney from memory (might be more)
QLD - You must go to Noosa. Ive been here twice and cant get enough of it. The main street, cant remeber its name (might even be Main Street??) is full of excitement and the boardwalk along the beach is nice also. The Goldcoast and Sunshine Coasts are brilliant, great atmospehere - get to Surfers Paradise. If you have the money, take a crusie through the Great Barrier reef area, up near Brisbane, through the Whitsundays and surrounding areas. An Amazing Experience.
VIC - Havent been to Melbourne specifcally so cant help there, but you must go to the Grampians National Park. Like the Blue Mountains, there are plenty of lovely bushwalks, ending up at spectacular lookouts. Go to the waterfalls, where you can tube down the "rapids" (not really rapids, close enough to) when there is enough water in the system.
SA - The Barrosa Valley is great. I recommend that you stay at the Novotel Resort there(if your budget allows). Also, you must make a trip down South, to Vicotr Harbour and Goolwa, both of which are great surf beaches.
Also, try to get to Mount Gambier, home of the blue lakes (i think they were originally volcanoes??? that are now dorment and have become lakes)
TAS - Cant remember much from here, only because i was so young when i went, but visit Port Arthur, an old convict establishment. you may have heard about this place on the news about 6-10 years ago, when there was a physco that murdered 10 or more people here. Dont let that put you off tho, lol. There are many amazing rainforests throughout Tassie though, all of which are not let downs.
Hope some of this helps,