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Recommendations for specific things on an ongoing Australian vacation.

Asking on behalf of (The Rt Hon.) MP, who currently has spotty internet access while he travels around Australia. Where are the best places to 1) see an improv comedy show in Sydney, 2) see a punk/hardcore show in Melbourne, 3) get to relatively quickly from either of those cities to be able to see the outback (as opposed to the bush, which has already been seen on this trip)? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 15, 2014 - 8 answers

A big trip to Australia and Japan. Recommendations wanted.

I am planning a big trip this summer to Japan and Australia, departing from Belgium. I have 2 months to travel and this is going to be a 'once in a lifetime' experience. When I get back I know it will be a long time until I can do a trip like that. [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Jun 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Sailing from Adelaide to Hobart as a passenger

I would like to travel by sea as a passenger from Adelaide to Hobart in November, and then return to Adelaide in the same manner after a week. Is this doable? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Best things to do in Australia's Blue Mountains?

My boyfriend and I are going with my parents to Australia in June, and my parents have tasked us with finding out things to do for the portion of our trip in the Blue Mountains, which will be in early June. What are your favorite things to do there in the winter? What are some things that would be good for a group of four adults who are not particularly outdoorsy or athletic? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

What to do in Tasmania?

I need travel advice so I can plan my next trip to Australia. [more inside]
posted by special-k on Oct 17, 2013 - 12 answers

A year to plan my first international trip. Starting in Sydney. Help.

On May 31st, 2014, I'll be flying from NYC into Sydney, Australia. The group I'm going with (which is mainly family, and currently buying tickets) intend to be there for two weeks or so, and then head back into the United States. I've never really traveled outside of the United States, much less for an extended period, and want to take advantage of the opportunity to travel for 1, 2, maybe 3 months. I'm not sure where to start, and need help even wrapping my head around the options. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

What are some fun things to do in Melbourne, Australia?

What are the most fun things to do in Melbourne on holiday? I've got 4 days as a solo female traveller in my 30s. I'm not into footy but open to shopping, good places to eat (cheaply), cultural things and tourist attractions. Inspire me!
posted by EatMyHat on May 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Sydney to LA/Chicago with a layover in... China or Korea?

Why do all (or at least, the vast majority) of flights between Sydney and the U.S. this July/August have layovers in China or Korea? How can I best go about finding a budget ticket that takes a more direct route? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Traveling way Down Under

Travel tips for Tasmania? [more inside]
posted by islander on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Things to do in Melbourne and Perth.

I will soon be visiting Melbourne and Perth. Please tell me about your favourite hangouts and gin joints! [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl on Oct 23, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I buy when I am in Denmark?

Jog my memory: what do I miss from Denmark? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 1, 2012 - 13 answers

To the land of Oz we go

Going to Perth/surrounding areas, advice needed. [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Nov 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Australia!

Help my friends plan a honeymoon in Australia. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Oct 19, 2011 - 21 answers

23 days in Australia, from Melbourne to Brisbane - help me decide how to spend them!

Hey everyone. I'm going to Australia for 23 days in July, and would dearly love some advice as to how to spend them. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on May 30, 2011 - 25 answers

Sort of specific fun in Sydney

Sydney (AU) MeFites, I need some specific must-see suggestions. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Is a big trip to the big rock worth the expense and effort?

Is a trip to Uluru/Ayers Rock worth it? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Feb 11, 2011 - 35 answers

What should I know before doing a long road trip in New Zealand?

I'm going on a road trip around New Zealand and also around Australia. What should I know about before doing a long road trip like this? [more inside]
posted by Bron-Y-Aur on Jan 22, 2011 - 25 answers

Going to Australia BRB

I'm traveling with friends to Australia in March, and this will be the first time I've left North America! I'm covered on basic travel requirements (passport, ETA, etc), but what else should I bring with me? What should I know (about traveling, about Australia... anything!)? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Jan 11, 2011 - 61 answers

Can I find temporary work in Australia?

What kind of job could I, a franglo-canadian journalist/researcher/communications-type in her mid-twenties, find in Australia? [more inside]
posted by OLechat on Dec 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Where should we overnight near Adelaide?

Where should we stop overnight between Robe and the Clare Valley in South Australia? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Dec 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for travel deals way ahead of time

I'm trying to keep track of cheap tickets for a dream international flight in end July 2011. However, almost all the sites I looked at say I'm searching way too early and have no information for me. When is the best time to look, and are there any websites that will email me with details once a good price or deal shows up? (I vaguely remember hearing of such a thing but can't remember the URL) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Unexpected weekend off in Australia! What should we do?

We are in Vincentia, NSW, Australia. We have a car and an unexpected weekend off. We've already done a ton of stuff in Sydney and we'd like to see someplace else. Help us plan our weekend trip. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Nov 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Getting my Dad to Oz

My father's birthday is coming up and he's always dreamed of going to Australia (he lives in the US). I'd like to make that happen. The catch: I don't know when him and my mother will actually be free in order to take the trip. What's the best way to give him this gift? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 on Oct 21, 2010 - 4 answers

A kangaroo's pouch would probably suffice

Going to Sydney for three weeks in November. How do I find decent, affordable accommodations? [more inside]
posted by sinfony on Oct 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Can you recommend the best Australia-wide accommodation and travel online sites?

What would you recommend as the most comprehensive and helpful online site for searching for accommodation and holiday deals in Australia? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Gifts for my 20-something world-traveling motorcycling brother?

My younger brother (late 20's, American ex-pat living in Sydney) is planning a solo motorcycle trip across Australia then up through South Asia to Russia (skipping China). What should I give him for his upcoming birthday? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Aug 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for a change..Toronto to Australia..Best place to continue my career and surf

Hi all, My girlfriend and I are interested in taking advantage of the working holidaymaker visa offer by Australia to Canadians 18-30 inclusive as this is the last year it is available to me. [more inside]
posted by stealabove on Aug 12, 2010 - 23 answers

Don't knock it till you try it...

How can one brink the delishiousness of pork roll to Australia? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Jul 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Australia Travel TV...but different

What are some unusual, creative, off-beat things to do/experience in Australia that would make for good and interesting travel-documentary TV? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Save $ in flying to Australia

What is the cheapest way I can arrange the round-trip to Melbourne, Australia from Providence, RI, US? [more inside]
posted by coolnik on Mar 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Advice before I fly the coop for a year?

I (26/male) am leaving Los Angeles in January for at least one year of backpacking solo around Australia, NZ, SE Asia, and possibly some other places! Other than enjoying my remaining time before I leave (going to favorite restaurants, hanging with friends, etc.), what pre-trip activities should I be thinking about, and what preparations should I be making (especially while I have good insurance)? What do you wish someone had told you before you left for a trip of this length and scope? [more inside]
posted by adamk on Oct 7, 2009 - 11 answers

Australia travel tips…

I’m travelling to Australia in October. My first stop is Sydney and from there I’m going on a trip to Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Uluru with friends. After that, we head back to Sydney and I’ve got an 11 day gap with absolutely no plans. [more inside]
posted by emd3737 on Sep 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Where in Australia should I go next?

Where in Australia should I go next? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel on Sep 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Keeping Busy

Keep us busy in Melbourne. What to do for a few days in Victoria's Capital? [more inside]
posted by sycophant on Sep 13, 2009 - 22 answers

Sydney and Melbourne with a baby?

Sydney and Melbourne with a 10-month-old in September. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Aug 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Ordering a return ticket Melbourne to Los Angeles with V Australia; can I travel to LA and cancel the return flight for a refund?

I'm going to be flying one way from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles with V Australia. It's cheaper to book a return ticket than a one way ticket. Can I cancel the return flight and get a refund? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate on Jul 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me get the cheapest flights to New York from Australia

TravelFilter: Will the current cheap flights between Australia and New York remain into 2010? And what times of the year are considered off-peak travel to NYC? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Apr 28, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I decide if it's time to go home?

When it is time to pack up and go home? I am at a standstill trying to decide on whether it's time to go home to visit and refuel, or to keep living the Australasian dream. Family is important to me and I'm worried about my grandma. [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel on Apr 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Where to go in Australia and for how long?

I'm visiting Australia for 10 days / 9 nights, flying in and out of Sydney. How would you divide your time amongst the various cities? 3 nights each in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane?
posted by smackfu on Apr 3, 2009 - 15 answers

Will my spice mix get confiscated by Japanese customs?

Will I have trouble with customs bringing homemade Indian food spice mixes (made in Australia) into Japan? [more inside]
posted by teem on Mar 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Where best to buy tickets from Calgary to Melbourne?

What is the best way to book a cheap flight to Australia from Calgary? [more inside]
posted by burhan on Nov 3, 2008 - 7 answers

GiftFilter: must-have objects for a year-long trip

What are the must-have objects for a year-long trip in the World's south-east (India, Asia, Australia). [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Sep 18, 2008 - 26 answers

What to do in Adelaide for two evenings?

What to do in Adelaide for two evenings by myself? [more inside]
posted by tomble on Aug 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Good Toronto travel agent for Australia?

Can anyone recommend a good travel agent in Toronto specializing in travel to Australia? (Someone with access to cheap flights is particularly valuable.) [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Jul 21, 2008 - 6 answers

What to see in Australia in three weeks while on a student's budget??

What to see in Australia in three weeks while on a student's budget?? [more inside]
posted by WhaleRider on May 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Cheap .au to .uk flights with stop off in .id?

Best way to get reasonably priced flights from Sydney to Scotland and back with a stop off in Bali on the way back? [more inside]
posted by singingfish on Apr 30, 2008 - 2 answers

My head says "GO" but my budget-brain says "not yet"

Help me to figure out a budget for some fairly extravagant backpacking travel. [more inside]
posted by Planet F on Apr 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Planning 3-month getaway to Australia

Planning a 3 month backpacking trip for Australia (hopefully including New Zealand/Fiji) during September - November. Any suggestions/recommendations for locations and durations? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on Mar 30, 2008 - 18 answers

Sydney Hostels & Apartment

Sydney questions: Which Sydney hostel should i stay at for international orientation week at University of Sydney? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Jan 25, 2008 - 4 answers

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