We are going to Australia at the end of july, places to visit..!?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. bilkar

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    Ricky,
    We have been down in Melbourne for the past couple of years.
    A bit cooler here in the winter when you are coming down...

    My son and I have ridden up the NSW coast twice now.

    With a 19-month old you may want to just find a nice beach and hang around Sydney though...Palm Beach, Manly and of course Bondi are famous and not going to be as crowed in the "Winter"...

    For a quick day trip I would suggest a nice driveup M1 to Gosford and head East to Bouddi Nat Park - some nice quiet beaches in that area.

    You can even catch a ferry out of Palm Beach up to the park and bounce around for a bit.

    Getting to the GBR is a haul and as stated earlier it would be best to catch a Jet Star jumper to Cairns and hire a car to see it.

    (About ten hours to Brisbane alone and another twenty or more beyond that to the GBR).

    Australia is HUGE.
    You can eat up some kms cruising around.

    My first advice is take a day to get used to the driving.
    Both on the right hand side of the car and left hand side of the road.

    Our biggest lesson was waiting at roundabouts for WAY TOO long while yielding to ALL the folks in line to the right.

    We just wanted to jump in the gaps and take turns.

    Got a few honks for our style until a mate told me of the protocol...

    Good Luck and enjoy it !!
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  2. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    This is a good site for discounted hotel rooms mate

    wotif.com

    You can alos try booking.com and/or asiarooms.com

    I have used all of the above many times but in Aus tend to use Wotif. Trip Advisor is a good place for hotel reviews although can be biased so look for properties with MANY reviews for a more honest view.
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  3. Tenerrod

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    Cains would be your best option for warmth. Daintree is just an amazing place
    Sydney does have a lot to offer but it will be cold and wet. You will love the blue mountains and walking around Sydney Harbour near the Opera House.
    Where ever you end up hope you have a great time.
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  4. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Next week we will be on the way, i don't look forward for the long fight but for sure i'm exited about your country, so far we have not select a hotel is Cains for some reason but we are renting a car at least.
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  5. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Valium and Vodka for the long flight.

    Book your accom when you get here. Being mobile could be a great thing.
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  6. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Mate - depends on your level of required 'luxury' - Cairns is ok fro what Cairns is - a sprawling tourist driven eyesore these days, but is the jumping off point for your reef etc.

    Id aim for maybe a little north of there seeing you already have a vehicle booked - Port Douglas is a mini Cairns, but has various levels of accom.

    Maybe look at Mosman - easy drive to Cairns and also the Daintree World Heritage areas Cape Tribulation etc ...

    http://www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com.au/

    Also a doable day trip to Cooktown via the bitumen .. I dont think they would appreciate you taken the hire vehicle on the Bloomfield Track

    But Cairns - not much different to any other regional place on the coast, just bigger and more Tourist yobs ...

    www.wotif.com.au

    www.ratestogo.com.au
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  7. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Okay by this time tomorrow we will be on a plane heading your way, Look forward to experience you pretty country..
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  9. rossguzzi

    rossguzzi 990 Adv.

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    I worked on the wharf complex building it. Long time ago now. Was on a R80GS.
    Rode it to Cape Trib. Now that was a party place. Dam, memories :)
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  10. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    How honest are taxi cab drivers in Sydney...??

    We are staying in the haymarket area and don't want to get riff off with the taxi ride, how much money is soppose to cost from the airport...??
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  11. oodeano

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    About $25-35 depending on traffic and timing
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  12. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Man you guys are lucky, even your money is pretty, awesome city so far, we took the ferry to the Taronga zoo, great overview of the city, very clean and nice but very few motorcycle on the road (I count 18 so far on the two hours we spend outside) I was surprise I was thinking more like Barcelona with a hundred scooters at every stop light..

    In any case I congratulate you for such a awesome place to live, other than the ridiculous price of coke we really like it here..
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  13. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    Wait until you start paying out. I reckon London was cheaper than Sydney ( last time was 2 years ago )
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  14. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    If you like Sydney you're going to love the rest of the place.Hope you and your family have a great time Ricardo.
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  15. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Tell me about it, everything is ultra expensive, well we got a free shuttle bus and the ferry/zoo was not so bad, but overall the food is very expensive, way more than San Francisco at least..
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  16. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Thanks senor, I'm pretty sure we are going to love it
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  17. ditchwitch650

    ditchwitch650 Long timer

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    keepus updated with your plans for heading north i am on the sunshine coast near fraser island, noosa, and sub tropical hinterland
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  18. Matt

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    Don't forget you are in the most touristy part of Sydney. I don't reckon the prices are that much off US - when I was in SF a few years ago I was surprised at how expensive it was compared to my previous trip to the US.
    If you want a cheap night out and lots of choices for restaurants come and see me in Newtown, just down the road from where you are staying. We could even get a few of the local inmates together.
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  19. Rider 101

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    Hope you guys don't drink JD. I love it and can't get enough. Problem is cost. Currently $49 in local bottle-o. I couldn't believe it was $16 in a supermarket in Hawaii ( Ocean view on the Big Island ). I don't think I bothered drinking water :freaky
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  20. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Okay we when to "Coles" for groceries and the prices where a little more reasonable, but man food on a restaurant is crazy expensive..

    Maybe we can do that, look like the transportation is great, the main problem is the Baby...

    View from the zoo tram.
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