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1. Posted by topdealman (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

My dad is planning a trip for my mums birthday and he was planning to take her to Australia.

She loves the outdoors and wildlife but they also both enjoy a big city too. Any top tips or places that they should not miss, any advice welcome.




2. Posted by rach6083 (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I loved the West Coast, you've got Perth as your big city and lots and lots of wildlife as you head up the coast towards Broome. A lot less commercialised than the East Coast too.
Kangaroo Island (off the coast of Adelaide) has tonnes of wildlife and then you could drive the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne, its got loads of stop offs and the scenery is fab!
If you want ask anymore I'd be happy to help...

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Can't go far wrong. We only visited Sydney and Melbourne and liked them both. My partner doesn't particualrly like cities, but found Sydney particularly good.

4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Melbourne is a great city with lots of day or overnight trips close at hand - either rent a car and do them at your leisure or join one of the many guided trips that leave the city almost daily. Adelaide is also nice, but is a much smaller city than some of the of the other main centre. Good if you'd like a more relaxed pace, and as has been mentioned, Kangaroo Island is close by, or head into the centre to reach Alice Springs (scorching at this time of year, reaching at least 40 degrees celcius most days lately!!).

6. Posted by Carl_1970 (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Visit Tasmania! It has everything in a small area, so your parents won't wast time traveling around.

7. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jason,
Can you adivse when they plan to do this , for how long, is expense an issue for them and how active are they?
This will give a better idea of which areas would suite best.

Distance and seasons are imoprtant considerations here as Oz is a big country 3700 Km (2300Miles) North to South and 4000Km (2500Miles) East to West. Travel is sometimes better quoted in hours than distance. Have a scan through this government site -

. Distance because it may be better to combine road, rail and flying, depending on which parts they plan to visit.
. Seasons because December to March (Summer) is the wet season in the North and not really suitable for travel, unless that is what you want to experience. and Winter can be unpredictable (not necessarily cold) due to wind and rain down south.

Do they want to experience The Northern Territory and Central Australia? - which is my favourite place but, not readily accessible unless you have time to drive. Alternatively they can rail on 'The Ghan' this is a legendary trip of several days.

Western Australia is awesome and has a lot to offer as mentioned in the previous post but to some extent isolated but certainly a great destination which could be incorporating it in the experience by say flying in here!. They could take the Indian Pacific train eastwards - now that a unique experience.

South Australia certainly has lots to offer also (wineries come to mind) around Adelaide, their city beaches and to the North, the Flinders Ranges and opal at Coober Pedy (opal Capital of the world).

Then there are the Eastern States which are relitavely more populated (most Aussies live along the coast line).

Victoria is a compact state and will give an appreciation of australian flora and fauna, scenery (both high country and costal and all in between), regional cities, towns and of course cosmopolitan and cultured Melbourne. Don't miss Ballarat's Sovereign Hill or an AFL footbal match.

Tasmania - is easy to get around by car and is unique with some of the oldest settled history to be seen.

New South Wales - Has Sydney as it's icon and what a magnificent city that is for beauty, you cant beat the harbour and water related activities. Nearby are the Blue Mountains - the Central Coast as you head North has some wonderful beaches.

Australian capital Territory This is where Canberra - our National Capital is located several hundres Km's from Sydney. Woth a visit if interested in politics, the War memorial and other national icons.

Queensland is the tourist state as far as most Aussies are concerned. The Gold and Sunshine coast attracts tourists from all over the world and Oz, particularly the Southern States. Yes, this caters for tourists and is commercialised but has some great theme parks. The costline to Cairns and beyond to Cooktown is very popular with Fraser Island a must see as mentioned in a previous post. Of course as you head North, you have the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

Northern Territory Covers Central Australia with Alice Springs and of course Uluru (Ayres Rock) & Kata Juta (The Olgas) which is the 'red centre' of Oz. I love this area with the starry skys at night and the blue skys during the days (during Winter May - October). The colours here are vivid and the earth, vegitation and sky contrast beautifully aginst each other. Darwin up north is a unique mix of european and asian nationalities and our gateway to Asia, check out the magnetic anthills. Of course you cant miss Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks if you go to this area.

Thanks for the opportunity to brag a little about OZ. Your parents will enjoy their experienec but, they should not try to do or see too much, select the area/s and do justice to them by absorbing things without rushing from place to place - travel slowly. They can always come back again.

Cheers Mario

8. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well........... I was going to have my say on this post........... BUT I cannot go past Maba's reply!!

Very well written and also very informative.

I give up and will retire to the backblocks! LOL

I truly hope your parents have a wonderful time over here and tell your Dad I think he is amazing - what an amazing gift!

BTW........ if they turn up in Western Australia and want to meet an "older" person tell them to contact me. I am all for showing off/telling them about my wonderful state and country! LOL

with regards


9. Posted by topdealman (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone for taking time to provide some really great help and advice. :)