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The most important thing about travelling in the Australian outback, is to
make sure you let people know where you are going and when you think you will arrive at
Sent in by Ben Wilks - Holiday
Coolangatta and Kingscliff
If you like golf, good food, kangaroes, lovely scenery, and mountain
walks then number one on your list should be the area around Coolangatta and Kingscliff
in SW Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
From here you can spend an easy week exploring some of the best
sceneries in Australia and miles after miles of ocean beach walks.
Enjoy great food in small towns like Bangalow; climb Mount Warning (a ten
hour return walk); play golf at some of Australia's best resort courses; or just try a
local club and pay less - with some local characters and natives kangaroes thrown in for
But the number one tip for visitors to Australia is - we don't tip.
Please don't feel obliged to tip.
Sent in by Hans Sander - Australian
Great Barrier Reef
A boat trip out to the Great
Barrier Reef means more intense exposure to the sun than on the land. Please take
suitable precautions and don't let sunburn ruin your Reef experience!
Sent in by Pete Carpenter - The Great Barrier Reef Experience.
Kangaroo Island is
Australia's third largest island stretching 155 kilometres long and spanning 55 kilometres
Having been separated from the mainland during the last ice age,
Kangaroo Island is a true wilderness, and 30% of the island is protected as conservation
and National Parks. Many plants and animals existing on the Island are no longer found
The high season for Kangaroo Island is between October to May.
To explore the island, plan to stay three days, or if possible a week.
You will be able to:
- See wildlife in their natural surroundings by day and night.
- Learn about the turbulent history of Kangaroo Island.
- Explore caves.
- Taste local produce.
- Relax and revitalise.
If you're pushed for time, you could even experience Kangaroo
Island in a Day, from Adelaide. It's probably more of an experience to do the Kangaroo
Island 2-Day Camping Safari though.
Self-drive is also popular option, though many prefer to gain a deeper
understanding of the Island's history and ecology by joining a 4WD tour.
The accommodation options on Kangaroo Island include hotels,
self-contained accommodation, farm stays, and bed and breakfast establishments.
Sent in by Georgia - Best
of the Kimberley.
Karijini National Park - Australia's North West
Go down the Hancock
Gorge via the spider walk and get to Kermit's pool. Then climb the right wall and go
down using the metallic anchors. Then it's an easy walk to the center of the earth, the
most amazing place I've been.
Sent in by David.
Much of Australia's Northern Territory require a permit to visit which
tour operators usually arrange, unless otherwise advised. For self-drive travellers,
permits should be arranged on arrival to ensure a smooth journey.
Sent in by Camilo - Travel NT.
Planning a Visit to Australia
As a general rule visit southern Australia in summer and northern
Australia in winter. If you have 2 or 4 months available this is enough time to travel
half of Australia either the Eastern half or Western half, but is more suited to three to
four months. The extra month allows more time for sightseeing.
When travelling around or part of Australia your main costs are fuel,
accommodation, food and activities. The distances and the time required travelling
Australia can vary because of a lot of factors like what vehicle used, are you towing an
RV or trailer, type of roads or terrain, and how long you stay at each destination.
Sent in by Tina:Travel Planning Australia.
When visiting Sydney, be sure to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, and take a high speed
ride with Ocean Extreme - the fastest
commercially operated vessel on Sydney Harbour.
Sent in by David Siebert - Short
Sydney is a vibrant multi-cultural city where almost every country is
represented in either food, entertainment or demographic. There is always something to do
and see. We recommend visiting the inner City suburbs of Newtown and Enmore where dining
of all tastes are available and entertainment is buzzing on every corner.
Sent in by Iain Phillips - Cambridge
Sydney - Visit Manly
The best way to visit Manly is by taking a leasurely half-hour ferry
ride from Sydney.
House at Dusk, from an interesting perspective.
The ferry passes the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. At certain times
of the year you may even be lucky enough to spot whales and dolphins on the journey.
Sent in by Mike Carr.
Tasmania - East Coast
Don't miss the East Coast of Tasmania; especially Coles Bay, Wineglassbay
and Freycinet National Park.
Sent in by Marie-Paule Leroux - A Frog in The Billabong.
Tim Tam Cookies
Make sure you eat a Tim Tam when
visiting Australia. It is by far the best cookie out there!
Sent in by Sandra O'Connell - Your Australia Guide.
Tropical North Queensland
Dressing for the North Queensland tropical regions can be a bit
daunting for those who are from colder parts of the world.
Locals in Cairns
wear very few clothes; shorts, t-shirts, swimwear and sarongs are acceptable everyday
attire. Natural fabrics such as cotton are very popular because of their ability to allow
your skin to breathe.
Dress codes are very flexible here, most people you see on the street
are on holiday and so attire is very informal. It is not strange to see people in their
swimwear sitting at an Esplanade cafe.
At dinner, most men will not feel uncomfortable in a button up shirt
and ladies should consider smart casual as their best option. Dinner jackets, ties and
stockings are formalities which Cairns locals avoid (passionately).
Many activities in Cairns are based around the water - snorkelling and
diving on the Great Barrier Reef, swimming at beaches, swimming in waterfalls and natural
water holes - so it's important your skin is protected while you're in the sun.
Be sure to buy plenty of sunscreen and keep applying regularly.
Sent in by Nicky Jurd - Cairns
When travelling in Victoria the Macedon Ranges and Spa
Country have some of Australia's award-winning wineries so don't forget to visit them
Sent in by Shaun Stenning - What's
Visit The Kimberley
Kimberley is one of the world's last great wilderness areas. The region covers nearly
423,000 sq. Kilometres with a population of about 30,000 people.
Its immense and magnificent landscape encompasses spectacular gorges
and waterfalls, pockets of lush rainforest, magnificent pristine beaches and a huge
variety of wildlife.
Open space, vast distances and a distinct lack of crowds are a
pleasure when supported by excellent accommodation and tours.
Linking the two major townships of Broome and Kununurra is the sealed Great Northern Highway
and the rugged Gibb River Road. Both of these routes offer adventure, however 4WD vehicles
are required on unsealed roads.
The Kimberley experiences two distinct seasons; characterised by a
warm, dry winter (May to October) and a hot, wet tropical summer (November to April) when
unsealed roads can become impassable.
Sent in by Georgia - Best
of the Kimberley.
When in Perth
When in Perth be sure to visit the Maritime Museum located at Victoria
Quay, Fremantle. While in Fremantle be sure to spend an afternoon at the renowned
'Fremantle Markets' - open Friday to Sunday.
Sent in by: City West
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