Going for Australia for holiday..need help!!

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1. Posted by kkworks (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys, I am planning to go on my honeymoon this September for like 14 days. I was hoping to visit gold coast/ Melbourne and Sydney as my last stop.

Here are some advise I need...
How long should I stay in each place?
What Hotels can I stay in these places?
How do I travel from each area to another ie. Gold Coast - Melbourne - Sdney and how long is the travel.?
Wat are the good places I have to visit?

Sorry, its alot of info required here..hope you guys can help me here abit...Thanks!!

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6854 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi kkworks and welcome to Travellerspoint! Congrats in advance for your upcoming wedding

The places you mentioned are definately worth a visit. Your order doesn't seem quite right to me though. Both the gold coast and sydney are on the east coast, while melbourne is right down south (which is where I live incidentally). To go from Gold Coast to melbourne is a long trip (a few hours by plane). The plane trip from Mel - Syd is about an hour and a half I believe or 12 hours driving if you wanted to go that way. If I were you I would reconsider the order and maybe go Gold Coast - Syd - Mel as that way you're not going backwards and forwards too much. Unless you have a specific reason of course..

I'll leave some answers for others, but when in Melbourne, you should consider visiting the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles (about a four hour drive from here). There are many restaurants in Melbourne also, and you should make the most of the variety of cuisine available here. To get the latest events information for melbourne, visit melbourne.citysearch.com.au (and for sydney I believe you just replace the city name). It has more information on there than I could ever provide and will give you a good idea of what to see around town.


3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kkworks and congrats from Norway as well! I just got engaged and am still trying to plan everything as well....

Pete is right, I would either do gc, syd, mel or reverse that. As far as how to get from place to place, what about something like a campervan? This obviously depends on what you see to be a great honeymoon, but if you are talking about two weeks, driving would be a great way to see these three areas. Even though distances are substantial, two weeks gives you enough time to drive it and a campervan allows the added benefit of sleeping anywhere you like. Of course it might not be your ideal method of travelling on your honeymoon, but I think driving would be a good option either way.

I would definitely recommend Fraser Island if you can get up that far north on the east coast in the time frame you are looking at. Another very cool little place is Byron Bay, home to surfers, hippies and backpackers, they don't allow anything to be built higher than the tallest tree and there are no traffic lights. Quite different to say Surfers Paradise which is basically a huge tourist city, although it is also fun to spend time here because luxury is everywhere...



4. Posted by dreamvacat (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi I'm new to this Forum, but I would love to help... let me know if i can help you with
anything Good Luck ;)

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5. Posted by gahbilly (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

My wife and i spent over a year in Melbourne and I'm glad to see your including it. Many people just stick to the east coast, but Mel-bun is a fabulous city.

places to stay: there's the nunnery in Fitzroy. It's quite central and even though it's a hostel it has reasonably priced double rooms. book ahead though. there's a number of excellent pubs and restaurants in fitzroy and i recommend it as an area to stay in. very close to downtown too.

I agree with the 12 apostles - quite breathtaking, but there's no shrtage of that in the whole country. Other stops might include the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Be sure to catch a footy match if there's any on. Third best sport in the world after hockey and that thing the afghans play on horseback with the goat carcass.

Make sure you stop in Nimbin while you're up towards Byron Bay. Granny's is a good place to camp or stay, though i found it much easier getting to Nimbin then it was leaving :)

In Sydney I highly recommend checking out the Priscilla Drag Show at the Imperial. It's free and a whole lot of fun. Just stick close to your wife ;)

That's it for me. Best of luck and congratulations!


6. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


I'm not a huge expert on Australia, spent about 2 weeks there a couple of years ago.

We started in Sydney, spent quite a long time there, rented a car drove to Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and a few detours and then on to the coast - unfortunately we never made it to Nimbin, but was very close on our way to Byron Bay. From there along the coast to Brisbane. The trip from Sydney took us 5 days, gave us a lot of time to see lots of this small area of Australia, so I'd be in favour of renting a car as well, in 2 weeks you can cover quite a bit. But if you're not interested in the area from Brisbane and to Sydney why not fly, Virginblue should be quite cheap as far as I know.

As for hotels, check the links page, we booked hotels through Wotif, very good value.

Have a great honeymoon.


7. Posted by kkworks (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for those help and well wishes guys..
I will just be dropping by Sydney and Gold Coast and...will be drving in Sydney for 3 days to Blue Mountain and Port Stephen planning to have 1 night in both places...Before I am off to Gold Coast...I guess Ive got to plan Melbourne on another trip....Hmm...wondering if the roads there would be too difficult for me....

8. Posted by aussieguy (Budding Member 11 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

it depends what sort of people you are and what you like to do to decide where to
ive travelled around australia all my life and i will catagorise the cities like this
first of all i would start in adelaide where i live
i wouldnt stay here more than a night but i would hire a car and drive to melbourne
via the great ocean road
Stay at a resort called the nepean country club(its awesome)
melbourne is a cultural city and i dont really find much to do there either unless you
like looking at museums and buildings
sydney is the worst city in australia as far as im concerned and i moved from there
as soon as i had kids
its too busy,dirty and hectic for me
gold coast is busy as hell as well with about 500,000 people on the strip at any one
time even though there are only 70000 residents but the weather is good and its
always great party atmosphere
if you want to just relax go further north to airlie beach or whitsundays and lie on the
beach all day and night
temperature never goes below about 22c at night and ive found thats the best place
to end a holiday
heaps of resorts there if you want to party as well
if yopu want some prices on accomodation let me know and i can get some great
deals for you

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