What should a yank see on a first visit to Australia?

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  1. taranaki

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    One-way flight to Melbourne touching down end December. Solo, no rush (up to 8 weeks), decent budget.

    So far considering the train to Adelaide, maybe a hired car to Alice and back, flying to Perth, Sydney, Tasmania. Carry-on bag so no ATGATT but I'd consider hiring bike & kit for up to a week. Mostly coastal zones as I guess the interior is way hot in summer.

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  2. Byah

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    Non bike stuff;

    If you go Sydney do the ferry from the Opera house to Manily Beach. Get off at Manily then walk to the Beach and hook a right up the hill, great view of the harbor on the ferry over then the beach as you trek up the hill.

    Perth beaches are beautiful in Summer here (December through till about early March). Kings park is worth a visit along with Fremantle.

    Bike stuff;

    The roads here are very straight and flat compared to what I think you would be accustom to. In Western Australia the Margret River region is really pretty. Could kick around there, Dunsborough and Augusta which are all along the coast and roughly 3 hours ride from Perth. Would be good if you can spend a few nights in the area and if adventurous you can check out the many trails in the state forests.

    I haven't been to Tassie but have heard the roads there are the best riding ones in the country.

    Its very hot this time of year so don't underestimate how much water you will need...also be weary of sand riding in summer as it can wear you out real fast.

    Would also be good to avoid riding in regional areas at sunrise and sunset, that's when the kangaroos are most active.

    I ride a dr650 and am based in Perth. If you do hire a bike I'm happy to give you a little tour round the metro area or if you are so inclined could go into the hills for a burn (would have to be weekends tho, work the weekdays)
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  3. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

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    The beaches in summer and the outback at other times.
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    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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  5. schmik

    schmik Been here awhile

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  6. Paul124ac

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    Get tickets for the Boxing Day Test. Don't care if you like or have even heard about cricket, just get the tickets. Sit with the Barmy Army. Shitcan Warney. You'll learn a lot about Aus in one day.

    Fly down to Tas, watch the finish of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and head to the Customs House hotel for a post race Cascade. Hire a bike and just pick a road, they are all twisty. Except the Midlands highway, avoid that child of Satan.

    Fly up to Albury, borrow some sort of bike from me or whoever, point it at the High Country and wonder how you'll ever top that experience.

    Avoid the middle bits, they are farkin hot this time of year. Head for QLD via the coast, avoid Sydney and Brisbane, get over to Fraser Island.

    Fly to Perth, drink beer in Freo and Northbridge, wander up to Monkey Mia and tickle a dolphin or wander down to Margaret River and tickle a bloody good red wine.

    Fly up to Darwin, wonder how the bloody hell anyone can live in this stinking heat. Go to the Mindil Market.

    Fly home, your 8 weeks are up.
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  7. Tenerrod

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    Plenty to do and see in Perth and the south west over summer.
    Beaches are to die for and the water is very warm.
    Unfortunately most of West Oz moves to the south west over summer so it's booked out and busy, but still beautiful.
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    What should a yank see on a first visit to Australia?

    Drop Bears !!
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  9. taranaki

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    You Cats are coming through with inspiration I need to reignite the wanderlust. Much appreciated!

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  10. Hay Ewe

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    First thing you should see ..... that will be the passport people who let you in! Lol

    Its gonna be real hot away from the coast and if you are in the north, hot and wet.
    There is so much and some great suggeations.

    DO make a plan now and set up bike hire / borrow / what ever so that you dont waste time but do make time to sit and enjoy.

    Check you are allowed entry without a methid of exit, they want to know hiw and when you are leaving.

    Remember that Aus is the same size as the USA (minus Alaska) but two or three of our states are bigger than Alaska and there are on 22 million people - meaning its a lomg way even just flying somewhere.
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  11. taranaki

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    Sheesh... I forgot about onward travel docs. Thanks.

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  12. Dances With Roos

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    South Australia:
    Any of the beaches around Adelaide. (Food
    fine dining, sailing, swimming, festivals, live shows, the arts, alfresco dining, Adelaide Oval, central markets, easy to get around etc)
    Fleurieu Peninsula, (riding, wine, food beaches)
    Kangaroo Island, (beaches, wild life, nature)
    Barossa Valley, (wineries, food)
    Adelaide hills, (riding, café s)
    West Coast, (Port Lincoln to Streaky Bay coastal scenery, fishing, beaches)
    Yorke Peninsula, (farming, beaches, fishing, riding)
    South Coast, (Coorong National Park, 4x4 beach, fishing, to Mount Gambier).

    Having spent 3 months driving across the USA on a road trip one thing you will notice in OZ is the distinct lack of customer service that you will be used to.
    Don't take it the wrong way, we don't hate or dislike you, its mainly due to our mostly English early history. We've mellowed a little since colonial days, and we're getting there, but still nothing like the excellent customer service ethics in the US.
    Hope you have a great trip what ever / however you decide to travel.
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  13. Warin

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    It will be ruddy hot in the centre, take to the coast bits. I'd avoid Alice and the Ayres Rock .. too hot to enjoy.

    Melb to Adelaide by Great Ocean Road - hire car cheap and easy. As another said above.
    Do some wineries around Adelaide - watch the alcohol consumption ... the 0.05 limit is enforced. Sip and spit. As Dances with roos says.
    Drive back and if you fine the weather not too hot try the Grampians - Halls Gap.
    Continue to the Victorian high country - Bright, Beachworth .. Omeo If you have time go further north to NSW Corriong, Tumbarumba, Batlow, Tumut, Adaminaby, Jindabyne, Kancoban
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  14. taranaki

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    It's just sinking in; it's a big, BIG diverse place. Getting my arms around the whole concept is the challenge. It'll take more visits in different seasons to get a good sampling of the country. Lots of possibilities for this time round. The first week will be Melbourne at a quiet airbnb in Richmond. From there I could hire a car for a couple of weeks to look around parts of Victoria and SA (the coast, wine and food country etc). The GOR is appealing but will it be swamped with tourists in the high season? Adelaide is a go for sure, as is Perth. All the Americans I talk with say I HAVE TO go to Sydney but I'm tempted to save it for another trip, possibly with points north as far as Darwin in a cooler season. I could shoot for the interior this trip but unlike Northern Europeans I hear about visiting Death Valley in summertime going for heat for heat's sake.....I'll pass. The general thrust seems to be fart around the southeast/south then fly to Perth for a good while, maybe hiring a DR and kit for week or so. At that point I'm at around 4 weeks and could jump off from Perth to Chiang Mai to hire a KLX and fart around the triangle.

    Just rambling on here. Opinions welcome.



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    Dern venomous critters everywhere.

    WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH YOU PEOPLE? :dirtdog
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  17. Dakar Dan

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    My meagre suggestions:
    Sydney: Harbour Bridge Climb, or at least walk across it for free; afternoon beers at the Lord Nelson or a few other colonial era pubs in the Rocks; Bondi to Coogee clifftop walk if you're half fit. All easy access by public transport.
    Melbourne: via the coast to Jervis Bay, Eden, Lakes Entrance then Wilson's Promontory. Beaches, wildlife, scenery all good through to Feb when anything inland is an oven. City itself is okay if you dig food, sport and live music but the High Country in any form is not to be missed: check out Mansfield, Bright and Corryong by any means. I'd rate it higher than the Great Ocean Road if you've already gone coastal. The GOR will be heaving with tourist traffic by late Dec and not much fun at all.
    Canberra: don't even bother.
    A cheap hire car and some end of year closeout camping gear should make it easy, or rent a campervan return to Sydney. One way bike rental may be doable and just stay in pubs each night.
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  18. taranaki

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    Thanks. More really helpful info - you guys are the mutt's nuts! In 24 hours this thread has produced more than enough information to make a very good plan. Also got some really helpful PMs. Truth be told while I have been to NZ I've avoided visiting OZ for decades; I fear that once I'm there a bit I won't want to leave.

    :D

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    A lot to pick from here. The Barmy Army look hooty. :freaky

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    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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