Holiday to Australia - deals?

    We have just booked flights to Oz for a dream family holiday next year. Now we need to book accommodation, car hire, trips etc. We will be visiting Sydney, Melbourne & Perth.

    Does anyone have any information on deals or good websites for booking :

    1) holiday homes in these areas
    2) car hire
    3) internal flights
    4) trips

    We need to keep our costs down as much as possible so any information gratfully recvd as we are novices at this type of holiday!!


    Lucky you I love Australia can't wait until my next visit.

    For internal flights we found [url][/url] very good value [url][/url] is the low cost airline owned and operated by Qantas.

    Take a look at [url][/url] for trips etc

    If you are looking to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge [url][/url]

    For car hire take a look at [url][/url] it is an Austalian price comparison site for car hire

    Hope this is of some help, have a fab time when you go

    try for accomodation. we try to book houses / aprtments instead of hotels - more convenient with a family, more space and usually cheaper. plus they're usually in great locations.

    we stayed in villa blue in the summer (Cairns) - absolutely stunning house - for a lot less than a hotel

    Hi there, my wife and I travelled parts of Oz this time last year, it is a fantastic place.

    For internal flights we booked through either virgin blue or jetstar, bu it is wise to book erly as there are only some seats at the really cheap prices. When in melbourne some jetsar flights fly out of Avalon airport and not tullamarrine. Avalon is about 30 to 40 minutes outside melbourne centre. In melbourne , the Great Ocean Road is only an hour away. It starts at Torquay and it takes about 4 hours to drive it. There a load of small holiday towns along the road. We drove this road on the way to adelaide and stayed at various towns along the way. Most of the towns have good campsite facilities with either caravans fot rent or spaces to pitch tents safely. There are a load of fantastic beaches all along this road and the twelve apostles is a main attraction. The trip to ramsay st is a opular day trip and one compay runs mini buses, but there is a tram which takes you within a 3 to 4 minute walk of the actual st for a lot less than the tour company. the tram takes about 35 minutes though as it is a bit out of the city. A day out to watch the international cricket match is a great day out and good value for money but again book early for the cheaper tickets in general admission. In melbourne the is a company called half tix which
    offer half price tickets to shows and tours at short notice e.g. that day or next day, good savings. A good day out in melbourne is a trip to St kildas, There is a dcent beach there and a load of cafes and bars but the most famous attraction is the old fashioned theme park calle Luna Park.

    Melbourne is probably the most european of the cities in terms of the look of of it and the climate. Sydney and perth are both modern cities, with sydney in particular having a major facelift due to the olympics a few years back. The opera house and darling harbour are the main attractions. The bridge climb looks pretty good but it is expensive to do it.

    a good trip is a visit to ayers rock or uluru as it is now known. a three day trip is more than enough. Some of the flight prices are a rip off but at certain days amd times of the week they are pretty reasonable. The hotels there are a total rip off but there is some family cabins which are cheap but again these get snapped up. We flew direct from Tullamarine to Ayers Rock (it has its own Airport) and stayed in the campsite, which had some good facilities. We bought a three man tent before we went which cost us £10. Flights where about £100 each. The tours are fantastic. We done a tour to the olgas and to Uluru they were both great.

    A good idea would be to invest in a lonely planet book for australia. It has a load of local knowledge of cheap places to stay and places of interest to visit.

    A good website for last minute hotels is . If you are booking the hotel within 28 days of your visit you can get some great savings, Student flights we found to be the cheapest website for booking flights internally in Oz. We hired a car for a week and found most of the companies to be much the same give or take, the main difference was the way they worked their insurance, the actual hir is cheap for some but they dont include collision damage waiver which if you dont have and you have an accident the excess is something like £1200. One company I think they where called(funnily enough) rent-a-car had a budget option with limited miles if you where driving in and around the city, but it hardly seemed worth it as public transport is pretty reasonable.

    We also went to the gold coast, brisbane, sunshine coast over the space of a week which was fantastic. In the goldcoast, which is where all the theme parks are, I found broadbeach a better area to stay than surfers paradise. They are five minutes apart by bus but I thought surfrers resembled a mix between benidorm and Ibiza. We went to a couple of parks and they where all pretty good. They hotel we where in was the aruba sands which was cheap but pretty decent and offered family living quarters. We then went to brisbane for three days travelling by train. One of the days there we got the public bus (about one hour) to the australia zoo(steve irwins zoo) It was probably one of the hoghlights of our holiday , a fantastic day out.

    Another place we visited was tasmania. it was ok, Port arthur was pretty good as was the Tahune air walk but not sure how much interest for kids in tasmania unless they have an interest in history or hill climbing. Hiring a car here is a must and the island is a lot bigger than you think. there is a overnight ferry from melbourne, but it is cheaper to fly andonly takes an hour.

    Hope some of this helps and you have a fantastic holiday and like everyone else you will end up wanting to move there
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