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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
I am off to Australia next year and i am after some ideas where i should go. I will be flying into Melbourne for 3 weeks and i will have a spare week to travel.
My plan at the moment.
Week 1 - Melbourne (visit family)
Week 2 - travel around
Week 3 - Melbourne (family again)

I thought about going to Sydney for 2 nights to vist a friend but then wanted to move on somewhere else but don't have any ideas where to go. I thought either about the Gold Coast or around Noosa. My friend said i could do with longer than 2 nights in Sydney. So does anyone have any experience or tips on what to do in a week but has got to take in Sydney. We will be going in April and have been told that it will not be warm in Melbourne about 16/17 degrees at tops, Sydney will be about 20/21 and Gold Coast about 24 degrees.
Thanks for any advice.
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
australia isnt expensive and certainly not double the price

may is also nearly winter
#2
dcx_badass
It was when I was there.


i think you are confused with the exchange rate being around double.....you used to get around $2.20 to the pound ....now you get about $1.60/1.70:thumbsup:

what were you paying double for?

certainly not petrol, beer or food
#3
dcx_badass
No I mean the prices not the exchange rate. Food things like crisps chocolate etc. Laptops/computers were double the price, my family liked my netbook, wanted one, we went to a few stores all were double the price. Petrol was the only thing I found much cheaper, everything else was much more.


well ive lived over there for a little over 5 years and i can 100% say its not double the price, accomodation is around the same price, petrol is cheaper, as is most other things because they dont pay 17.5% vat only 10% gst on goods and services

op 1 week isnt long at all so you need to deceide what you want to see, personally id reccomend either upto cairns and do the great barrier reef or upto the whitsundays and do a 3 day sailing tour of the whitsunday islands or just go upto byron bay and chill

get an idea of stuff to do here.......dont forget oz is massive melbourne to cairns flight is nearly 4 hours
http://www.oztravelbugs.com/
#4
spent 6 months there a couple of years ago and would say prices are comparable with the UK

the only people who pay more are naive tourists/mummys boys as they are easy prey(as in most places),only in outback type places do you pay more due to transport costs(alice springs and the small towns around the centre)

as long as you have a grain of common sense you will be fine



melbourne is a mint place btw,could easily live there permanently....didn't particularly enjoy sydney
#5
Sydney is alright. I spent a few weeks up in Manly Beach and 3 weeks in total down in Newton on the south side of the City. Newton's got a bit of a hippy feel to it. Stayed in Billabong gardens - http://www.billabonggardens.com.au/ - excellent hostel. I had a great time staying there.

The fact you are staying with family in week 1 and 3 in Melbourne, Im sure you guys will then do day trips down to Phillip Island and do part of the Great Ocean Road as well, so if I were you, id start looking at flights to Sydney or Brisbane and go spend a week there.

Go to Brisbane and stay in Fortitude Valley. Good hostel there is Bunk Backpackers. Plenty of stuff happening all around there.
#6
amny thanks guys/gals.
#7
Go to Singapore/HK for the free week, I was supposed to be in Aus for 3 months, but left after 3 weeks to go to HK, I couldn't stand the place, Its beyond me why some brits want to emigrate there.
#8
DKLS
Go to Singapore/HK for the free week, I was supposed to be in Aus for 3 months, but left after 3 weeks to go to HK, I couldn't stand the place, Its beyond me why some brits want to emigrate there.


so what is it that you couldnt stand after 3 weeks and where were you?

considering you wouldnt even have chance to have "settled in" i hated it for the first 6 months, i just didnt "get it" but i thought id give it a chance, ended up staying 5 years and m going back very shortly for good
banned#9
This might sound stupid but a lot of people don't realise just how big Australia is. It's really bloody massive

A week to travel around is great but you won't get much time to spend in each place if you go to a few. For example, if you want to pop up to Cairns to see the Reef, you're looking at a 3 hour flight each way.

Still, it's an awesome country, you'll love it. And it's NOT as expensive as some on here seem to think!
#10
again thanks for any advice. I know it is a big place, just looking for peoples ideas where i could fly to from Sydney for about 4 or 5 nights. What about surfers paradise on the gold coast, anyone been there.
#11
casparwhite
so what is it that you couldnt stand after 3 weeks and where were you?

considering you wouldnt even have chance to have "settled in" i hated it for the first 6 months, i just didnt "get it" but i thought id give it a chance, ended up staying 5 years and m going back very shortly for good


As I was changing plans I did Sydney, Adelaide to see rellies, then Alice Springs and Darwin.

I couldnt stand Australians full stop the lack of culture, the accents, pretty much everything about the place, I did Like Australia the day I left for the far east.

It is only this year that I have met a nice Australian, he is living and working in London now though.

Each to their own, If you rate the place good for you, it just wasnt for me, in fdact I have just knocked back a freebie 2 work trip to Oz next month.
banned#12
dcx_badass
It was when I was there.


OMG

Its pretty obvious if you visit a country and get an exchange rate of $3 to a £1, then revisit and its $1.60 to the £1, you are not going to have the same spending power and get far less for your money. Only a complete idiot would argue otherwise. (Say no more!)

I have to agree with you that there were several things that were expensive compared to here, but guess that will always be the case. Chocolate has always been expensive, whereas, eating out relatively cheap.

OP, if you only have a week to play with, I'd probably say you are better to either spend that time in Sydney, or as you suggested, in Noosa plus the WhitSunday Islands. (So flights from Melbourne to Sydney or Marouchydore) If it were me.... Id chose the later, but mainly because I found both those places to be the nicest parts of Oz I've been to. Melbourne is a great place too. Make sure you get down the peninsula. Sydney's harbour is just superb..... but I dont think you have enough time to do both of your options.
#13
I would think you could very easily spend the week in Sydney - loads to do and see. We were there for three days, last year, and only scratched the surface.You could do a trip to the Blue Mountains.
banned#14
chesso
I would think you could very easily spend the week in Sydney - loads to do and see. We were there for three days, last year, and only scratched the surface.You could do a trip to the Blue Mountains.


Oooh... That lovely hanging cable car and the revolving restaurant! :w00t: (Is that still there? - and the steep railway?)

Sydney is a great City.... just thought baring in mind the OP has 2 weeks in Melbourne, mixing it with Noosa and Whitsunday Islands would be a better option. That said, I'd agree it would also be a shame to get all that way and not spend some time at Circular Quay and the Harbour.
banned#15
tips....do all ya shittin before ye go....big snakes and spiders in **** in the karseys mate..;-)
banned#16
RFC
tips....do all ya shittin before ye go....big snakes and spiders in **** in the karseys mate..;-)


Indeed.... and watch out for the Kangaroos bouncing through George Street! :whistling:
banned#17
guv;8808643
Indeed.... and watch out for the Kangaroos bouncing through George Street! :whistling:

only on a saturday night though guv..:whistling:
#18
guv
Oooh... That lovely hanging cable car and the revolving restaurant! :w00t: (Is that still there? - and the steep railway?)

Sydney is a great City.... just thought baring in mind the OP has 2 weeks in Melbourne, mixing it with Noosa and Whitsunday Islands would be a better option. That said, I'd agree it would also be a shame to get all that way and not spend some time at Circular Quay and the Harbour.


Yes, it's all still there and a great day out :thumbsup:

Chinese Garden
Aquarium
The Bridge climb
#19
scoff
again thanks for any advice. I know it is a big place, just looking for peoples ideas where i could fly to from Sydney for about 4 or 5 nights. What about surfers paradise on the gold coast, anyone been there.

better off elsewhere tbh, if skyscrapers next to the beach is your thing then go for it......better places already mentioned

DKLS
As I was changing plans I did Sydney, Adelaide to see rellies, then Alice Springs and Darwin.

I couldnt stand Australians full stop the lack of culture, the accents, pretty much everything about the place, I did Like Australia the day I left for the far east.

It is only this year that I have met a nice Australian, he is living and working in London now though.

Each to their own, If you rate the place good for you, it just wasnt for me, in fdact I have just knocked back a freebie 2 work trip to Oz next month.


if you dont like australians, then australia is a pretty odd place to go for a holiday or to go explore:?


the places you mention are all a bit backward and pretty far apart, if youd stayed in melbourne or sydney and got to know some people or even travelled upto the great barrier reef , east coast islands etc then you may have a different opinion, rather than spending all your time travelling through airports or on coaches across the centre of the country. sounds like you didnt have time to think never mind to experience meeting people or taking in something as magnificent as the red centre.......you must have only seen a lot of bush from what i can gather

odd that you would tell someone to goto hk just because you didnt like it because you dont like aussies

also i thought you were self employed, how did you knock a freebie back from work?

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