Help me plan a three-week trip to Australia!
June 16, 2014 7:15 AM Subscribe
My husband and I have our plane tickets booked, but not a lot else planned and I'm starting to panic slightly. We've scheduled 20 days on the ground, from the end of August to the beginning of September.
posted by cndelia to Travel & Transportation around Gympie, Australia (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've searched around for similar questions, but I feel like we're working with more time than others, so we can afford a little more time spent in transit.
We have a rough outline--we're flying in and out of Sydney, and would like to visit Melbourne (driving the Great Ocean Road), Cairns, and Tasmania, along with a side trip to New Zealand.
I've been reading through my guidebooks, but it gets overwhelming quickly and I start to worry I'll miss out on something awesome.
Our US trips usually revolve around visiting National Parks, eating good (but not necessarily expensive or fancy) food, beer more than wine, museums or learning something new, and a break at some point to sit around a pool/on a beach and relax. I also love zoos and aquariums. We live in Orlando, so we prefer to avoid large groups of tourists unless something is completely worth it.
I realize that flying over to New Zealand will eat up a chunk of time, but we don't expect to have another chance to visit this part of the world again anytime soon. It seems like you have to choose one island or the other, so please offer your recommendations!
I'm excited about visiting the Great Barrier Reef, but my husband is hasn't gone diving in a long time and I have zero experience. I'd love to hear your recommendations for snorkling-type trips. Our goal is to stay put for a few days and relax; so far we're looking at staying Cairns, but I'm not sure if there's a better option.
So basically, I need confirmation that we've chosen the right places to visit, help deciding how much time to spend in each place, how to be most efficient traveling place to place, and a few can't miss items.
Thank you so much!