Wanting to go to Australia over Christmas and New year this year. help needed

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Edited by:"brandlew"Found 1st Feb
HI, we are wanting to go to Australia over Christmas and the New Year. Family of 4 (2 lads aged 19 and 16). Has anyone ever planned there stay themselves or should I let a travel agent do it?
Any tips on Airlines, where to go, hotels etc would be great.
Any information would be appreciated.
The dates would be somewhere between 16th Dec to 7th Jan.
Want to see New Years Eve fireworks at Sydney if possible.

As the lads are at university and college these dates are the only time we can go or we could go 2 to 3 weeks in easter holidays, end of March 2018.
Thanks
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i believe quite a few people do not use travel agents now

few tips

dont forget to use a cashback site such as quidco/tcb

trip advisor forums for tips and reviews of hotels etc
Edited by: "mattmerch" 1st Feb
You didn't mention what part of Australia that you were planning on visiting?
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chuckiedoll5 h, 42 m ago

You didn't mention what part of Australia that you were planning on …You didn't mention what part of Australia that you were planning on visiting?

We would like to be at Sydney on New Years Eve. But anywhere really. Thanks
Expensive time of year for flights, Personally i would avoid it like the plague, I planned a 3 month trip and hated every second, and left after 5 days. Hateful place.

So much so, my last work visit, I flew to sydney for 23 hrs, went to a work meeting for two hours and went straight back to the airport to go home. Thankfully I have a colleague who likes the place so I can palm off any more work trips to that hell hole.
The flight on the way back in the start/mid january is what will make the flight expensive!
When I booked my flights you can get a reduced price on an internal flight at the same time but had to choose dates for the internal flight. First time I used a specialist company, second trip booked my own flights. Used Emirates and then Singapore airlines. There are offer deals on internal flights so good idea to sigh up with their websites in OZ. I think you may struggle to get hotel booking in Sydney around new year and they will be expensive. I loved Australia, did Sydney, Brisbane is fab and Melbourne, drove up Great Coast Road. Chris's at Apollo Bay was great place to stay.
Arjanvirdi is right, it is expensive time for flights.
DKLS9 h, 34 m ago

Expensive time of year for flights, Personally i would avoid it like the …Expensive time of year for flights, Personally i would avoid it like the plague, I planned a 3 month trip and hated every second, and left after 5 days. Hateful place.So much so, my last work visit, I flew to sydney for 23 hrs, went to a work meeting for two hours and went straight back to the airport to go home. Thankfully I have a colleague who likes the place so I can palm off any more work trips to that hell hole.


Hateful place ????

Personally I loved it when i went and will be going again soon.
Op, I have been twice and both times planned myself.

Finding flights is a case of shopping around, it takes time but is worthwhile as decent savings can be found.
Hervey Bay and Fraser Island are a must, enjoy!
I loved my 8 weeks in oz back in 2010. The weather was colder than I expected mind and it was very pricey for me as the pound was only worth $1.50 at the time.

i never use travel agents. I tend to use kayak or Skyscanner to find flights then boom them through quidco where possible. For hotels I use hotels.con via quidco. As you get cash back and a free nights after 10 stayed nights
Agoda is pretty good for booking things, you don't need a travel agent.

australia.com/en-gb has lots of helpful info
welshpiper4 h, 15 m ago

Hateful place ????Personally I loved it when i went and will be going …Hateful place ????Personally I loved it when i went and will be going again soon.


Yes that the exact term I would use for that place, but each to their own, there are plenty of folk like you who love it.
I would rather gnaw my left leg off than go back to Oz.
DKLS1 h, 18 m ago

Yes that the exact term I would use for that place, but each to their own, …Yes that the exact term I would use for that place, but each to their own, there are plenty of folk like you who love it. I would rather gnaw my left leg off than go back to Oz.


Fascinated to know what led to that conclusion. Spent 12 months there, loved every single minute, and would return in a heartbeat.

brandlew16 h, 29 m ago

We would like to be at Sydney on New Years Eve. But anywhere really. Thanks


Too many places to list, but for 3 weeks, I would decide on a state destination and not to spread yourself too thin across the continent. If wanting to do Sydney (which is a brilliant choice) - try to be there at the beginning or end of your trip, rather than in the middle. We were based in Manly, and did our long trips as and when work allowed. If I was to choose one option that would be suitable for 3 weeks (tight but achievable), I would stay in Sydney for 3 -4 days, hire the best Motorhome that you can, and head North, mainly along the coast. Lots of options along the way, but inland places such as The Blue Mountains (walking and scenery), Hunter Valley (NSW wine area) are lovely, and then plenty of coastal stops such as Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Noosa and Hervey Bay (Fraser Island is great fun for off-roading as a family). Brisbane centre itself needs no more than a day, so carry on to The Great Barrier Reef and get out on a catamaran to Michaelmas or Hayman Islands. plus Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island if possible. I don't think you will get much further than Townsville, Cairns, or the Daintree Rainforest unless you rush through places en route (which I wouldn't advise). Nice, long, straight and easy roads for eating up the miles between destinations. A lot of miles to make it this far in under 3 weeks, but well worth trying to get as far north as possible without compromising your time in each place too much. A bit of evening / night driving will help avoid the loss of too much daytime fun. Fly back home from Cairns and have an unforgettable memory.

Other alternatives are Melbourne and doing the Great Ocean Road, or doing the West Coast from Perth. Adelaide is also great if you love wine with Coonawarra, Barossa and Eden Valley, but I don't think it will hold enough interest for teenage boys.

Airlines are best chosen on current availability - can recommend Singapore Airlines, but there are lots of options available. Try and include a couple of days in an amazing Asian city on the way there or back. Would be a shame to miss out on a great opportunity for you and your children to experience Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur etc.

Happy to share if you want any more details, but part of the thrill will be sitting down and planning it all as a family. Enjoy!!
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Saturn19 m ago

Fascinated to know what led to that conclusion. Spent 12 months there, …Fascinated to know what led to that conclusion. Spent 12 months there, loved every single minute, and would return in a heartbeat.Too many places to list, but for 3 weeks, I would decide on a state destination and not to spread yourself too thin across the continent. If wanting to do Sydney (which is a brilliant choice) - try to be there at the beginning or end of your trip, rather than in the middle. We were based in Manly, and did our long trips as and when work allowed. If I was to choose one option that would be suitable for 3 weeks (tight but achievable), I would stay in Sydney for 3 -4 days, hire the best Motorhome that you can, and head North, mainly along the coast. Lots of options along the way, but inland places such as The Blue Mountains (walking and scenery), Hunter Valley (NSW wine area) are lovely, and then plenty of coastal stops such as Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Noosa and Hervey Bay (Fraser Island is great fun for off-roading as a family). Brisbane centre itself needs no more than a day, so carry on to The Great Barrier Reef and get out on a catamaran to Michaelmas or Hayman Islands. plus Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island if possible. I don't think you will get much further than Townsville, Cairns, or the Daintree Rainforest unless you rush through places en route (which I wouldn't advise). Nice, long, straight and easy roads for eating up the miles between destinations. A lot of miles to make it this far in under 3 weeks, but well worth trying to get as far north as possible without compromising your time in each place too much. A bit of evening / night driving will help avoid the loss of too much daytime fun. Fly back home from Cairns and have an unforgettable memory.Other alternatives are Melbourne and doing the Great Ocean Road, or doing the West Coast from Perth. Adelaide is also great if you love wine with Coonawarra, Barossa and Eden Valley, but I don't think it will hold enough interest for teenage boys.Airlines are best chosen on current availability - can recommend Singapore Airlines, but there are lots of options available. Try and include a couple of days in an amazing Asian city on the way there or back. Would be a shame to miss out on a great opportunity for you and your children to experience Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur etc.Happy to share if you want any more details, but part of the thrill will be sitting down and planning it all as a family. Enjoy!!


Thanks for all the information, but we would have to be at Sydney on New Years Eve for the fireworks. So need to plan around that.
I never thought of a motorhome. We were thinking of flights to different places.

The other option is going in the easter holidays. But unsure of the weather.
Your time is much appreciated.
Thanks
For our first trip we flew into Sydney stayed for 4 days and then drove through the Blue Mountains, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and up to Port Douglas and flew home from Cairns.

Second trip, we flew into Melbourne, drove along the Great Ocean Road to Alelaide, Ghan Train to Alice Springs / Ayers Rock, flew to Perth and then home after a long drive to Ningaloo Reef and back to Perth !

It is an amazing country and I would love to go back.

PS. If you are interested in cricket, the Big Bash will be on and will make a great afternoon of sport!
Saturn6 h, 2 m ago

Fascinated to know what led to that conclusion. Spent 12 months there, …Fascinated to know what led to that conclusion. Spent 12 months there, loved every single minute, and would return in a heartbeat.


Its a weird one thinking back, I had planned and wanted to go to OZ for years, but literally hated the place, the people, the food, the culture. It was one big disappointment which hasn't changed on subsequent work visits.

I have met a few people who feel the same but many more who love it, must admit I am more at home in SE asia/latin america than OZ, but no big drama plenty of other places to visit that do tick my boxes.

Sadly I heard we landed a big contract with a large Aussie Company today and I would have to go at least 3-5 times this year or stay there for a few months.

So time to polish my CV and go for a new job I reckon.
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