Hi everyone, myself and a friend will be driving down to Nambucca Heads from the Gold Coast for a family members wedding in May. I was wondering if anyone can give us any ideas of things to do and see on the drive there or if not enough time we can see on the way back.
Do not want to do things overly expensive, but just average touristy things.
Thanks kindly :-)
im just wondering what the cheapest way would be to get to Palau from cairns, Brisbane etc. Really wherever its the cheapest from Australia. does not need to be direct to Palau.
My partner and I (both 65) are looking at our touring options for going from Broome (or Derby) to Kununurra.
I (Bryan) would like to travel the Gibb River Road and even travel back to Derby or Broome via the main highway in order to see Purnululu / Fitzroy Crossing / Geikie Gorge. I don't make a hobby of camping but I have camped "out in the sticks" in the Northern Territory many years ago and I would happily camp again in order to travel the full length of the Gibb River Road.
My partner (Elizabeth) wants to have a bit more comfort at nights but we suspect we can't afford the prices for the private accommodations along the route or pay for one of the "luxury" tours. She would compromise on a camper van but I believe most of them are not suited to travel on that road. We have heard of 4WD campers and a search reveals they are available from Broome.
I would love to hear from anyone who has travelled that route, either: -
staying at resorts along the way
budget (camping tour)
and what they thought of their choice. Would they recommend doing it differently to what they did?
Also, what is the best place to get a useful map of the area? I wouldn't want to take a wrong turn and end up lost; (with Google Maps, for example, I have to zoom in to even make the Gibb River Road show and even then it doesn't show a lot of detail about the "tourist" destinations along the route.
Is there bus service to Wairere Falls from Matamata?
hi from South Aus., I would like to use the free tram to get around the centre of Melbourne and also visit Harbour Town, is the tram easily recognisable? Does the route always go to Harbour Town or only certain ones?
Dear VT Members,
I'm planning a trip to PNG in a few weeks for a photo documentary and I'm looking for a private local guide who could show me around the tribes. Would you have any recommendation?
Thank you very much,
If you car considering coming to Australia in September 2014, then we would love for you to join us on this outback trip north of Cairns, top end of Queensland Australia. There are many things planned including countryside, wilderness, mountains, tropical rain forest, awesome beaches, Aboriginal art, stunning sunsets, Australian wildlife and of course fantastic company :o) Check it out here and sign up if you are able to join us on another great Australian adventure -
Which is the better option - guided or self-guided tour?
I will be spending 2 full days in Sunshine coast staying in Rumba Beach Resort in Caloundra.
Would like advice on how to spend the 2 full days there with total 4 Adults + 2 young children (age 6 & 4)
Was thinking Australia Zoo & Glasshouse Moutain. Any review on The Cafe at Mary Cairncross? Any suggestions how I should plan this 2 full days? By the way, Eumundi Market is not possible as I arrive only on Wednesday night and leaving on Saturday early morning!
Appreciate you all kind assistant :)
Can you please advise what you believe is the best time of year to plan a wedding in the area.
Weather needs to be a primary consideration as the ceremony will be outdoors.
No rain and not to hot or cold etc : )
My husband and I have one week to see Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Is this possible? Or should we just stick to Tahiti and Moorea? We're arriving in PPT on a Sat. and leaving the next Sat. We have never been to the South Pacific and I don't know when or if we'll ever be back again.
hello, im heading out to Australia alone at the begining of July to start my working hoilday. i fly out to Sydney and have my first few nights sorted, after that i have no other plans. is it best to travel up to Cairns to start as it will be warmer weather then work my way down, or just stay in Sydney and work my way up? i also want to do a bit of travelling and see a few sights before i get a job. any advice? thanks
Where can I buy large sea cucumbers (wet & dried) & Abalone in Perth?
Hey planning to go travelling on my own to Australia this September. Any tips on finding work preferably before I get there? Going to start in Sydney and work up the east coast. Any tips on travelling alone too a part from the obvious? I want work really that involved board but I imagine so will thousands of other travellers. Thanks
Hi Guys I'm from America but am currently living in Sydney on a Holiday Visa. I have my cousin coming visit me in 2 weeks who wants to visit Fiji while on this side of the world. He's 28 & has told me he wants to visit an island with some nightlife as he is a single young man. I want to make sure he enjoy's himself, are there any suggestions that you can give on what Island we should stay at?? We don't want to have to spend a great deal of money to enjoy our Holiday.We want to enjoy our trip without being bored & just stuck at a resort or on an island. Any information will be greatly appreciated..
We are traveling mostly by bus but I cannot find a bus that will take me to Greymouth in the late afternoon from Franz Josef so that we can take the Western Coast Shuttle back to Christchurch the next morning. Any suggestions?
Van or Minibus c/w driver for hire in Sydney - for picking up and drop off in airport, a day trip out to Hunter Valley and also another day out to Jenolan Caves and BlueMountain- the best transporter or guide tour contact. Is it cheaper to hire a whole van or minibus to go visiting these places than using tour agency? We will be staying at family home, possible for request to pick up from home instead of hotel?
Can anyone suggest what others place to visit during our 8 days holiday in Sydney?
SYD-BNE-MEL airport --> hotel public transport advice
Seeking cheaper-than-taxi to/from city center = train, bus, other?
Carry-on luggage only.
Using public transport at each 5-6 night stays.
Do airports offer multi-day passes?
(all hotel stays via award points, not cash)
Thanks in advance!
SYD: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour
BNE: Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane
MEL: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, Hilton On The Park Melbourne
We are looking for a simple cabin/cottage in the bushes of Blue Mountains area to stay. We shall only stay there for 2 nights from 10 Apr as family members are joining us. Any recommendation?
I WILL BE IN QT FOR AFEW DAYS IN JULY. I DON'T SKI BUT WOULD LIKE TO GET BUS UP AND BACK TO EITHER, HAVE A LOOK, A WALK AND ACOFFEE, THEN COME BACK. POSIBLE?
Hi Any suggestions of places to stay on Santo that are good value for money.
We are travelling to NZ with a 1 and 11 year old. Need some advice on our travel plan. Not sure if I am planning too much or how long I should stay in each area or which places to skip. Any suggestions... my plan so far 21 days both islands jan/December 2014/15 . I have booked a campervan.
Mt Cook/lake Tepako
Queenstown- all adventure stuff for 11 yr old
Te Anu / Milford Sound (boat Cruise)
Waitomo Caves(glow worms)
Bay of Islands(water activities)
Any advice would be greatful
Hi! I'm going to Brisbane in mid-October for half a year, but before this I want to see a bit more of the Australian country. Where to should I then go? I am planning for ca. two weeks. I think Western Australia is a bit out of bounds, don't you? So I was thinking Melbourne/Sydney area, but then I am absolutely up for suggestions! I want to travel around a bit, which is the best way? Train, bus, hitck-hiking? Are there any detinations that are particularly interesting? I have considered Twelve Apostels, is that worthwhile? Thanks for feedback! :)
What we can do and see this Sunday by a boat in lake macquarie? where is the good spots for fishing. Thank you!
We will be staying at the Sheraton Mirage in Main Beach but over 4 days needing to go up and back to Brisbane for meetings/dinner etc. We like to use public transit where possible but wondering if we should rent a car this time. How is the drive in the morning or at night? Will the rail work? Thank you!
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My March-April itinerary is SYD-BNE-MEL-HNL-LAX.
At each location I am looking for free observation decks
or high floor restaurants, hotels, office buildings where
I can take city views -- no window better than window.
Any advice from those "in the know" appreciated. Thanks!
(am posting to each destination's forum, no cross posting intended)
visiting 5 days in March; using public transportation; any advice on additions, corrections, appreciated! [yes] [yes] [yes]
1. cycling paths, Merri Creek Trail in northern suburbs, Yarra Trail by Yarra River east of city, Bike Share Scheme free if returned within 30 min. See www.melbournebikeshare.com.au. 2. street art, Hosier Lane cobbled pedestrian lane city centre by Flinders Street, Centre Place (btwn Flinders Lane & Collins Street), Canada Lane in Carlton, just north of city centre. 3. Royal Botanic Gardens on Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Shrine of Remembrance 4. Lentil as Anything, guests "contribute" what they feel their meal is worth, original restaurant at Abbotsford Convent, historic buildings & gardens transformed into cultural & learning centre, lentilasanything.com 5. Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth Street, City. Closed Mon, Wed, holidays. www.qvm.com.au 6. Federation Square, city centre, free events, such as live music and dance performances, free Wi-Fi, Australian Centre for the Moving Image 7. Grainger Museum, Univ of Melbourne, Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville. Open Tue-Fri, Sun, 1P-4.30P 8. City Circle Tram, circles city centre, passing attractions, incl. Flinders Street Station & Docklands 9. bus or ferry fare: St Kilda beach, city views, sunsets, Brighton colorful bathing boxes. 10. Fitzroy Gardens, SE edge city centre, picnics, weddings, ornamental lake, rotunda, band pavilion, possums, lorikeets, flying foxes, Cooks' Cottage
11. State Library of Victoria, reading rooms Monday-Thursday: 10A–9P; Friday to Sunday: 10A–6P
12. National Gallery of Victoria International, St Kilda Road, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, The Arts Centre, all within short stroll
13. Old Treasury Building Museum, Spring Street
14. ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 111 Sturt Street, Southbank
15. Yarra River Art: outdoor contemporary art gallery, sculpture, paintings, architecture, 'soundscape'
17. Footscray: Vietnamese-Ethiopian-Somalian-Sudanese presence.
a. biggest urban shopping mall-center?
b. urban street or mall popular with teens?
c. same for young adults
d. same for those showing off their taste in fashion
We are planning a trip to Australia - Sydney with our two kids - 7 years and 3 years. What are some of the must see sights for kids and what other kid friendly activities does the city offer?
Am visiting 5 days mid March, using public transportation;
Want to take pictures of shopping, dining, attractions,
culture, diversity, daily life, economy, recreation, etc.
Any additions, advice, or corrections appreciated!!:
1. New Farm Park, beautiful park on the river's edge
2. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, Hands on encounters
3. Mt Coot-tha Lookout, Breathtaking views of Brisbane & Moreton Bay
4. City Botanic Gardens, 10-minute walk from Queen St Mall in CBD
5. Brisbane Square Library, new Brisbane City Council library at end of Queen Street Mall, in Brisbane Square
6. Window shopping Queen Street Mall
7. Albert Street Literary Walk
8. Museum of Brisbane
9. Roma Street Parklands, world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre
10. Wickham Terrace at Spring Hill, oldest surviving building in Brisbane - the Old Windmill
11. free concert at Customs House by UQ School of Music every Sunday
12. Brisbane City Hall Visitor Experience Centre
13. Southbank: Parklands, riverfront Promenade, 1km long Grand Arbour, Streets Beach, galleries, museums
14. South Bank Lifestyle Markets: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
15. suburb: New Farm Park cricket, football, Powerhouse Arts Centre
16. suburb: People-watch in The Valley (Fortitude Valley) - entertainment precinct
17. Valley Markets: Brunswick St Mall, ChinaTown Mall, Brunswick Street, FortitudeValley - Sat-Sun 8A-4P
18. Kangaroo Point boats on river, abseilers & rock climbers on cliffs, bike ride base of cliffs for city views
19. suburb: Paddington Antique Centre in historic Plaza Theatre
20. suburb: Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks
21. suburb: Wynnum Wading Pool
22. Davies Park West End Markets Sat 6A-2P
23. Riverside at the Pier Markets Sunday 7A-3P at Eagle Street Pier
So a Japanese friend of mine is looking to get a work visa in Australia and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for making this possible?
She speaks English extremely well and is currently doing freelance translation work, and I imagine that's the sort of work she could do in this country. She has qualifications, etc.
We've both looked at government website which makes it sound extremely difficult to get a visa so I was hoping to here some more positive, real-world experiences and advice.