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    • Geelong or sorrento and rosebud

      Melbourne Jan 5, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      We are going to be in melbourne for 6 days before heading to perth we arrive in geelong mid afternoon and was going to stay the night there then go by ferry to sorrento next day. Then drive back to city. Was wondering if we should stay 2 nights there and not go to sorrento is there a lot to do around geelong and surrounding area. Have done ocean rd previously. This will be in feb. Thanks

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      Michaelmas Cay or Green Island?

      Cairns Dec 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Which is a better Cairns day tour, to Michaelmas Cay or to Green Island? We are interested in going to the outer reef, swimming and snorkeling and not so much interested in tropical rain forest.

      Thank you for your reply.


    • Gorge Wildlife Park

      Adelaide 10 hours ago

      How do you get to the park from Adelaide?

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      PADI Open Water Divers Cert. Where to get one?!?!

      Gold Coast Jan 19, 2015 at 10:31 AM


      I'm moving to Brisbane/Gold Coast for Uni in July, for a year. Want to have my PADI so that I can do lots of diving with ease whilst I'm there. Does anyone know the best way to go about getting a PADI? I heard it was expensive in Australia, so planned to nip across the ocean... somewhere... for a week and check out another island whilst getting my PADI certificate. Anyone got any recommendations of places to go that are both affordable (flights, hostel + cost of course), and really worth visiting?


    • Aussie rules

      Melbourne Jan 18, 2015 at 3:56 AM

      Hi I will be in melbourne from 9th to 15th feb was wondering if any games on like pre nab cup warm ups. I know season is later starting this year cause of the cricket. But wouldn't mind catching a game even if it was a vfl game. Coming from scotland. Thanks. Used to stay in hawthorn when I was younger so was brought up playing footy Still watch it every week on TV here and follow it online

    • jobs and housing

      Rockhampton Jan 3, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      Hi all how we all doing me and girlfriend are moving to rockhampton and like to know a few thinks
      Like rental properties how hard to get or how many.?
      Jobs availability?
      And uni like ?
      Thankyou for your help hope to see y soon 

    • South or North of Wilsons Prom

      Wilsons Promontory National Park Dec 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Looking for recommendations for a suitable circuit over night hike at Wilsons Prom form End --dec-early Jan. (circuit so to access car at the end again)
      Im planning this for my daughter 16years and myself.
      we have both done short over night hikes separately - but never one together.
      Would love recommendations for good hikes that incorporate beach and not too many hills, and wind protection in the camp sites.
      ps: -Im not the fittest at the moment, but my daughter is :) so a moderate hike at the max.

    • Different towns

      Melbourne Jan 18, 2015 at 3:47 AM

      Hi have been on before we are going to be in melbourne for 6 days in feb Initial plans were going to geelong overnight then getting ferry to queens liff coming back to hawthorn via rose bud and mornington peninsula then onto hawthorn as I stayed there when I was younger. Have done ocean rd on previous trips. But was wondering if it would be better going from geelong to yarraville then on to toorak village then brighton. before hawthorn also never stopped in pahran If I stuck to origional route. Are yarraville toorak village. Brighton and pahran worth going to see. On another day. We like wandering around small towns and shopping or sitting with a coffee and watch the world go by will be doing ferry to williamstown on another day. Thanks for any advise I get

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      Slow dancing restaurant in Perth?

      Perth Jan 10, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      Hi, I'm visiting Perth with my fiancee in February. Could anyone advise of a romantic restaurant in Perth that has a dance floor for slow dancing? I'm not into bars with loud music, would like a more quiet, intimate and romantic kind of night. Thank you!

    • tour transport in perth

      Perth Jan 4, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      can any of u give information bout transport service for 4 day 3 night in perth?

    • From Perth to Broom end April ?

      Perth Jan 3, 2015 at 4:07 AM

      We would like to travel from Perth to Broome in a Maui platinum beach campervan end of April. For 3 weeks.
      Is this the best time to travel ? ( we also would like te see the whale sharks. ) Nellie

    • Donuts anyone?

      Perth Dec 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      I'm returning to Perth this afternoon and my sister in law has asked me to bring her donuts from the airport. Am I allowed to do this? Won't customs confiscate my donuts?

    • 2.5 Weeks in Australia!

      Australia Jan 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      2.5 week holiday
      Jan 13, 2015, 12:14 PM
      We will be spending a total of 2.5 weeks in Australia. We own a timeshare, with resorts in these areas. Now I know nothing about Aulstralia, all we know is that we want to see the the best, and or hidden parts of it. We do not want to do all touristy stuff but a few would be nice. I know for sure I want to see the Great Barrier Reef! A boat tour? We do not dive! We love to hike, but do not want to spend all of our holiday doing it. We want to see more than Just Sydney. So if Aulstralia is your home and or favorite vacation destination, or just anyone with some itinerary suggestions please chime in. We could use some good advise. I'll put the link at bottom of the page to the Australia division of our time share. As so you can see exactly what areas we have available to us. We plan on visiting in Sept or Oct of 2015. No flights have been booked yet, so I am open to advice on that as well. We will be flying from Atlanta Ga. USA!

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      Short term accomodation

      Sydney Jan 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM

      Any recommendation for good website for short term accomodation (1-2 weeks) besides


    • Where to stay in Surfers Paradise?

      Gold Coast Jan 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

      Hey there! I really hope someone could help me out. Been doing my research, but unable to come to a conclusion. Can someone give me a list of hotels that I can stay in Surfers Paradise, where I can have a good view of the ocean and are near to halal restaurants?

      Really appreciate if someone could help me out.

      Many thanks!!

    • Mandurah. Overnight

      Perth Jan 5, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      Hi will be in perth for 4 nights part of trip around australia. Was wondering if it would be worth while staying in mandurah overnight or just travel down from perth for the day. Is there a lot happening aroun mandurah and surrounding areas to see. Thanks

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      Cairns in February

      Cairns Dec 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      We will be in Cairns, Australia on February 8 - 11, 2015. Has anyone experienced bad weather or cyclone in Cairns in February? What do you suggest that we do in 3 days in Cairns? Is there any specific tour or island we need to visit. We mainly would like to experience the Great Barrier Reef and do some snorkeling.

      Thank you.

    • Travelling to Brisbane for 3 months

      Australia Jan 3, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      My step sister lives in Brisbane and I want to visit her for 3 months. Accommodation will be free as she is family but I will need money for food and activities. 1st it possible to get a visa to work for 3 months? 2nd do I get one if I can? 3rd question... What jobs would take someone in my situation? Last question.. Roughly how much would it cost me per week on food, day trips etc? Just a rough estimate would be great. Thanks in advance :)

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      Info needed!

      Australia Dec 31, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Hey me and my partner are planning on travelling next year. My partner would like to go to Australia but doesn't really know alof about It, I went when I was little. We are 24 and like animals, nice weather and just generLly interesting things 

      Questions : best time to go/ best places to go/ costs and travelling from place to place nd how. Things to see etc etc help!! X

    • Need help on great barrier reef tours

      Whitsunday Islands Jan 18, 2015 at 8:10 AM

      I'm going to snorkel in gbr on 3rd may 2015 and in a dilemma to choose the best tour.
      I'm looking at outer reef and its between quicksilver tour or Whitsunday tour.
      Please enlighten me!


    • Cairns & Port Douglas

      Port Douglas Jan 8, 2015 at 6:30 AM

      I am visiting Australia for the first time in March and will be spending 4 days in Port Douglas and 3 in Cairns. Is it more cost effective for me as a solo traveller to hire a car for a week or is public transport good enough? I would like to avoid expensive tours if possible. Thanks

    • getting to Britz from airport

      by pysifr Online Now May 11, 2014 at 3:32 AM

      What is the best was to get from the airport to the Britz depot, on a Sunday afternoon - approx. 12:45. I have read that you can do it by bus, but the article did not say which bus, or what day?

      1 Answer May 11, 2014 at 12:26 PM
    • schooling in alice

      by reubon Online Now Dec 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      We are a family with 3 kids 11, 10 & 5. We are moving to alice for a year or two and living in a caravan. Being white, I am just wondering about the right schooling options for my kids. Any suggestions? We both plan on working so distance ed or home schooling would not really suit us. I just want to know about the best schools etc. Thanks in advance

      3 Answers Dec 28, 2013 at 5:14 AM
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      Campervan Hire

      by KoalaB Online Now Aug 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      My husband and are looking at hiring a campervan in Alice Springs and driving to Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Olgas and Kings Canyon and would like some feedback from other couples who have done the same and perhaps some do's and don'ts!! From a female point of view I would love to hire one with a shower/toilet however am wondering if it's worth the extra $400 as we will probably be staying at caravan parks overnight anyway.

      3 Answers Aug 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM
    • Has anyone done tours with Groovy Grape travels in Adelaide/Alice Springs.

      by n_83 Online Now Feb 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Am considering them for tours in and around the Aldelaide/Alice Springs area. Especially this one - If anyone has reccos for trips starting from Adelaide and ending in Alice Springs, that would be great too.. I am looking forward to do the Uluru, Kings Canyon and maybe Kangaroo Island. Realised pretty late that my tickets have to be booked that way!! Thank You!!!

      4 Answers Feb 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM
    • A five day itinerary in Alice Spring

      by n_83 Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      I am going to be in Alice Springs for five days between March 20th and 25th, after which I am planning to board the Ghan and go to Darwin. I am planning to do Uluru and King Canyon while I am in Alice Spring. Maybe do coach tours. Does anyone have good reccomendations for this. Also, what else do you think I should be doing while I am there - I can think of Larapinta Trail, has anyone else done it - is it really as awesome as everyone else is making it out to be.

      Additional Details: I am going to be travelling alone, so no driving for me. Planning to stay in the YHA hostels everywhere. I am an Indian, female living in Australia for the last three years. I am getting back home in a few months time and am doing a three week see as much as you can trip before I leave. Thanks!!

      16 Answers Feb 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM
    • Alice Springs - Henbury - Giles - Ernest

      by JanHegarty Online Now Feb 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      I posted the question re roads - ***um or gravel yesterday and received some answers - I was sent an email with the info VT Forum temporarily unavailable - & one from - I was informed nothing matched this command - I made sure I copied and pasted the commands so I dont know what I have done wrong
      This time I have taken careful note of the location etc - woould u please sent me your answers again - many thanks Jan

      9 Answers Feb 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM
    • Finke Gorge or West Macdonnell Ranges

      by AmyLeeGee Online Now Jul 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      Hi all!

      We're picking up a 4WD camper in Alice Springs and heading to Kings Canyon (staying the night there). We're trying to decide whether to take Namatjira Drive then Mereenie Loop to see the Macdonnell ranges along the way, or to go the Larapinta Drive through Hermannsburg.

      Any advice on which would be more interesting/scenic for first time visitors to the NT?


      6 Answers Dec 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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      Scuba diving in Alice Springs?

      by leon.partsi Online Now Jul 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM


      A Google search has come up empty, so I am hoping someone on the VT forum might know of any possible scuba diving spots near or around Alice Springs.

      I understand that's not normally the first thing that comes to mind when you think the middle of Australia, but that is exactly why I want to find a place to make it happen. I'm thinking that there have to be freshwater lakes or caverns around.

      Ones without crocodiles.

      Thank you very much in advance.

      13 Answers Jul 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM
    • Looking for travelbuddies from Melbourne to Alice springs onto Darwin

      by baskeman Online Now Jun 16, 2011 at 5:12 AM

      My previous travelbuddy had to go home due to family reasons. I am therefore looking for someone to maybe split a car or just travel together with. Plans are to go to Alice Springs around the 15th of july and then head up to Darwin after that. A detour to Cairns isnt totally off the map either ;)


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      Train from Darwin to Alice

      by poepat Online Now Jun 7, 2011 at 1:54 AM

      Hi, just planning second part of our 2012 hols.
      We will be spending a couple of weks in Darwin in March 2012 and plan to go to Alice for a few days.
      We are thinking about the GHAN train. Can anyone advise the best and cheapest way to book.
      Also thoughts of taking Cairns in some time during the hol, whats the easiest way to travel is it from Darwin - Cairns, or Alice _ Cairns.
      Many thanks

      3 Answers Jun 7, 2011 at 6:32 AM
    • One Week Red Centre Itinerary

      by peiGuy Online Now May 18, 2011 at 3:40 AM

      I am planning a one week trip mid-March 2012 to The Red Centre with return flight from Sydney.
      I wish to travel independently but would need to take advantage of bus tours for day trips since I do not plan to drive.
      We will fly to Alice Springs and then move on to Kings Canyon and a finale in Uluru with return flight to Sydney ...
      your suggestions for a more detailed daily itinerary, day trips and overnight hotel stops
      would be much appreciated ...
      thanks from Atlantic Canada!

      6 Answers May 25, 2011 at 1:47 AM
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      Backpacker Nomad Campervan

      by limledi Online Now Mar 28, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      Hi. Am thinking of hiring a Backpacker Nomad Campervan to bring down the cost385 for 5 days. Is a camper better than 2WD for my Alice Springs to Uluru trip via Kings Canyon with a day to West McDonnell & another day in Alice Springs? Am having doubts coz it has minimal hire of 5 days & has no drop off in Uluru which I prefer. Am also concern about flies going inside the van. Does Backpacker Camper have positive reviews? Do you advise campervan in Sept?

      This is my rough itinerary (arriving 10:35am day 1 & leaving 5:20pm day 5):

      Day 1 - West McDonnell to Glen Helen (Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm etc.)

      2 - Kings Canyon Rim Walk

      3 - Uluru Cultural Centre, Mala Walk, Base Walk, Sunset

      4 - Uluru Sunrise, Olgas Walpa Gorge Walk or Valley of the Winds

      5 - Back to Alice Springs. Town tour.

      Please suggest caravan parks from day 1-5.


      18 Answers Apr 3, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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      Trip Inquiries

      by limledi Online Now Mar 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM

      Hi. Which is better value between hop on hop off in Alice Springs & car hire? We will arrive past 9am. So is it a good idea to devote our day 1 of 5 in Alice & not skip it? Thanks

      10 Answers Mar 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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      by stanrubin Online Now Aug 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM

      We will be in Alice Springs for two days after spending two days at Ayers Rock and then taking the AATKINGS Tour to Alice. There are not many too choose from, however we would like one that is centrally located as we will not have a car.
      My instinct is The Crowne Plaza...Does that make sense...??....convenience and comfort are the primary factors, not$$...Thanks!! Stan

      2 Answers Aug 19, 2010 at 8:06 PM
    • Caves

      by littlegod Online Now Jun 1, 2010 at 3:25 AM

      Hi all.

      I plan to take my family to Alice Springs for a holiday and would like to know if there are many underground caves in the area to visit while we are there.
      We really enjoyed the Blue Mountains caves and hope to see some in the Alice if there are some.
      Could you help?

      2 Answers Jun 1, 2010 at 5:43 PM
    • Alice Springs - how long should we stay?

      by bel1979 Online Now May 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM

      Hello. we'll be flying to Alice Springs from Melbourne on 5th Dec (our plane arrives around 11am so we'll have time to explore Alice for the rest of that day). The next day we're planning to do one day tour to Uluru, back late evening (we've ruled out overnight tours or staying in Uluru for various reasons - mostly cost - and definitely want to do a day tour). After that, we're not sure whether to stay another day in Alice or to catch a flight to Sydney.

      We were thinking of perhaps taking a day tour to Palm Valley or simply seeing more of Alice. What's your advice? I know it will be very very hot then, so perhaps staying longer or doing another tour isn't going to be that enjoyable. I realise it's also not peak season so some tours might not get minimum numbers anyway. Your thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you.

      3 Answers May 27, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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      Train to Alice Springs

      by AlbuqRay Online Now Mar 27, 2010 at 7:56 PM

      I am planning on attending the VT survivor camp in Alice Springs in Aug 2010. Has anyone taken the train to Alice Springs? If so, which city is the better place to start?

      7 Answers May 29, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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      Visit to Uluru

      by hsm Online Now Jan 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

      My friend and I are planning to visit the Uluru geological site.
      We have 2 choices of flying from Sydney to Ayres Rock or Sydney to Alice Springs. GRAY LINE has 2 tours to ULURU. The first one starts from Ayres Rock at 12:30 pm and finishes at 7:30 pm. The second one starts from Alice Springs at 6:30 am and finishes at 11:30 pm; its such a long trip. Is the first trip better than the second one considering that our main interest is the Uluru geological site?

      3 Answers Jan 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM
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      What to do in Alice Springs city area?

      by idy Online Now Dec 13, 2009 at 6:55 AM

      Greetings forum folks!

      I'll have 2 days free in the Alice Springs city area in Janaury, as part of a tour.

      What should I do there? I'll not have my own transport. I am interested in finding places like op shops, 2nd-hand bookshops and parks/gardens to wallow in. And maybe some cheap but good eats!

      Your recommendations are much appreciated!

      4 Answers Feb 19, 2010 at 2:30 AM
    • alice to ayers rock and back in a day?

      by aserafic Online Now Aug 19, 2009 at 3:04 AM

      i with 2 mates are attending a wedding in alice on the 1st october. my mates and i have decided to spend a day to see the rock if possible the following day 2nd october. We're all flying back to sydney and melbourne on the 3rd october, late morning and midday. Is this doable or does anyone recommend seeing other sites instead. I think this is our only chance to see uluru ever. we have booked an intermediate car for 3 days when we are there (although we can cancel if it's not needed and we are all staying in voyages alice springs resort. is there an art gallery that can be recommended for up and coming indigenous artists?
      appreciate any advice on these 3 clueless city boys.

      2 Answers Aug 20, 2009 at 1:03 AM
    • Campervan Rental

      by oliver99701 Online Now May 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

      I am arriving in Alice Springs on Saturday May 30th at 3:20pm and leaving on June 3rd at 5:20pm. I will be traveling with my 3 children (16, 14, 5) and think a campervan would be the most economical way to go. But since I arrive so late I am finding a lot of the rental offices will be closed and if I don't pick it up on the 30th then I would only be renting it for 4 days not a minimum of 5 days.

      I would also like to drive to King's Canyon. It seems that I would need a 4x4 if I took the unsealed road but is there a sealed road that I would be allowed to drive on without a 4x4?

      My departure date is rapidly approaching any help would be greatly appreciated!!

      5 Answers May 24, 2009 at 4:58 PM
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      Too Hot for Camping Tours in January?

      by Sniarch Online Now Mar 26, 2009 at 4:57 PM

      I'm headed to Australia from LA to watch tennis (Melbourne) in January but want to see Uluru. So far I have a flight to Alice arriving early January 2010. I enjoy camping and the outdoors but it sounds like the hiking tours would be unpleasantly hot. Even an un-airconditioned 4WD sounds scorching.

      The most appealing of the tours is a 3 day small van tour with hiking and outdoor camping.

      Is it just too hot?


      4 Answers Mar 27, 2009 at 9:53 PM
    • travel from central coast to Alice Springs

      by kevlene Online Now Jan 1, 2009 at 12:12 AM

      Hi, I have just purchased a 4wd, (Jackaroo 1999), and will be travelling from the Central Coast, (Nrth of Sydney), directly to alice springs, (with loads of gear as I will be moving!! I'm not sure about the best route. Can I take short cuts on the dirt, or do you recommend I travel on the main roads. The Aust. travel map recommends i go to broken hill, port austusta, coober pedy, etc. Is this the best route or should I travel to Charlaville and across that way? Any ideas welcome.

      Cheers, Wendy

      6 Answers Feb 27, 2009 at 6:53 PM
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      by yasminruth Online Now Oct 27, 2008 at 10:19 PM

      Hi. My hubby and I (early 30s)have this following itenary

      22nd Dec - make our way to Uluru for 2 nights
      24th Dec - Kings's Canyon
      25 - 27/28th Dec -travel from Kings' Canyon - Katherine (flexible stops)
      28/29th - 1st Jan - Kakadu National Park
      1st - 3rd Jan - Darwin

      We've hired a Nissan X Trail for this part of our journey
      The cost per couple will be1300 (per pax650) which icludes the following - 1. car rental, 2.Petrol, 3. hubby driving the whole journey.

      If these dates fall into your plans and budget, pls do email me at
      We are easy going, love nature, and very flexible. We plan to camp at safe camping grounds. And sorry but you have to be a non smoker.

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      Recommended sights and activites not to miss while in Alice Springs?

      by swdke Online Now Oct 27, 2008 at 7:01 AM

      What are some of the sights and activites not to miss while visiting Alice Springs?

      How about recommended restaurants, or shops?

      7 Answers Jan 15, 2009 at 8:11 AM
    • Campervan question

      by catcall Online Now Aug 18, 2008 at 12:44 AM

      My better half and I are planning to rent a campervan in Melbourne and drive it to Darwin over about 3 weeks in October. There's a company called Wicked campervans who seem to offer great value internet deals. Has anyone had any experience with them? More generally, I'm a campervan renting virgin and would like to know if there are any common ripoffs, things to watch out for in this business? Also, what are the food shopping opportunities along the way like for availability and prices? Only the more expensive campers have fridges while the cheapies have eskies - is it feasible to buy groceries every few days or better to splash out on a van with a fridge and buy lots of food in Melbourne?
      And finally, what is the price differential for petrol between Melbourne and NT roadhouses?
      So many questions, but thank you much in advance!

      12 Answers Aug 26, 2008 at 2:16 AM
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      Flies in April

      by ggquincy Online Now Jul 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

      Ive heard that the flies are bad in April. Are they really that bad and how's the weather then?

      3 Answers Jul 30, 2008 at 2:32 AM

      by rachelbeames Online Now Jun 18, 2008 at 3:44 AM

      i was just wondering if i could get a cheep deal as i would like organise a hjot air ballon flight aroung the area of Alice Springs.
      If we d participate which we are really considuring would ypu be able to give us any special deals with 3 children and 2 adluts,
      thanks Rachel Beames

      1 Answer Jun 20, 2008 at 8:05 PM
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      Drive time between Alice Springs and Kings Canyon

      by swdke Online Now May 1, 2008 at 6:56 AM

      What is the drive time between Alice Springs and Kings Canyon, using the paved roads. I'll have a rental car, not a 4x4, just a regular car, and need to stay on paved roads. Given this, what is the drive time from Alice Springs airport and Kings Canyon? Thank you.

      4 Answers May 2, 2008 at 9:23 PM
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      Drive time between Alice Springs and Uluru

      by swdke Online Now May 1, 2008 at 6:54 AM

      What is the drive time between Alice Springs and Uluru? Thank you.

      2 Answers Nov 2, 2008 at 1:56 PM