Australasia & Pacific - Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica
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Can anyone recommend any day treks around Fiordland or Mt Cook in July/Aug? I've done Torres del Paine, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo etc but the girlfriend is a novice so will need something not too challenging that's likely to still be accessible in winter. I know most of the big famous trails will be closed at that time of year.
Thanks for any suggestions
When we travelled to NZ in 2004, we rented a small hatchback that could be converted to a "camper" It was very basic, with a canvas cover that fit over the hatchback to provide the shelter. The back seat folded out and a fold up mattress or pad was provided. Also, it had a bucket with dishwashing soap, a few pans, utensils. I believe it was referred to as a kiwi camper. I've tried to find their website, with no luck. We'd like to return to NZ in Nov and really enjoyed the little car, although it was definitely on the budget side, which suits us. We mostly stayed in backpackers but liked the option to camp fairly comfortably when necessary. Thanks. Nicole
I know commercial accommodation in Port Hedland is grossly overpriced and even campsites can cost around $40 per night, but does anyone know of private homestays in the area (short term, single rooms) these days ?
When I was living there in the 70's and there was virtually no commercial accommodation, I had a government house at the time and regularly let out one of my spare rooms to people travelling through.
My wife and I are in Sydney right now. We will be in Australia until the 21st of July. We would like to visit those places:
- Great Ocean Road
- Alice Springs
- Cairns and Queensland
- Great Barrier of Reef down to Sidney again
What is the best way to travel around wiith all those distances? Campvan, bus, plane?
What do you think?
For example I just saw now that a plane from Alice Springs to Cairns is really expensive or for the buses you have hop on and hop of that looks good but. they don't go through Great Ocean Road.
Please send us some tips!!!
I just signed up and I'd like to have some input from fellow travellers around OZ's eastcoast.
I ll visit Australia in April 2014.
Planned to drive up north from Noosa to Townsville.
Are there places in that route which really are "must see's"?
After Noosa I ll stay in Hervey bay,Rockhampton ( just a sleep over because of the distance or is there something I really should see in that area?) Mackay ( same story as Rockhampton ) Airlie beach and Townsville.
I am travelling/driving alone and because of being a dutch citizen not used to drive those long distances.
Thanks for your input!
I am a 62 year old guy who has tried to take as much time as I can every year to travel. I have never been to Australia, but am especially curious about Tasmania, because I don't know anyone who has ever visited the place. If some people who look at this post can provide me with some links where I can read about the place, I'd appreciate it.
I don't see much on the LP site to this end, and this way, I can get a preliminary idea of what the place is like, and what might interest me.
When I visit a new place, I don't have a "bucket list" of things to see. I like to get a feel for the place, interact with the people there, etc. Often times, that has involved learning bits and pieces of new languages, and eating weird foods, and to me, that's part of the experience. This would be one of the few trips I've taken where I can speak / communicate my native language (if I can unde... more »
My wife and I have put together the following rough itinerary for a week on the South Island in early September 2013. We are from Washington, DC, USA, and will have spent six days in Sydney prior to going to NZ.
I have a few specific questions below, but I would also appreciate general reactions/feedback for the trip. The most important factor is that my wife will be 5.5 months pregnant at the time, so we will need to be mindful of (1) limits on physical activity, and (2) the need for bathroom breaks when traveling. (We are comfortable with the flights, having discussed it with her doctor.) We love natural beauty and hiking, great food, and wine (even if she can’t drink much/any of it). This is our “babymoon,” so budget is unlimited, within reason. We’d love to have more time in NZ, but unfortunately this is all our schedule allows.
August 31: Morning flight... more »
I will be driving from Townsville to Gold Coast in the last week of June if anyone would like to share the driving / petrol. I am a 36 yr old female travelling with 2 dogs to get down there over 2 - 3 days.
Hi..., today i just got 6 weeks leave agreed with work for February 2014 - so now comes the exciting and nervous part of planning my trip and booking my flights.
I want to spend the majority of my time in East Austraila travelling up the East Coast (Starting in Sydney and finishing in Cairns). I will be travelling alone (im a 31 year old female), but am really up for meeting people and just going with the flow. I have a rough idea of what i would like to do whilst i'm out there.
Or if anyone will be going out there at the same times ....
Does anyone have any tips on where the best place to start.
Also as i want to try and book my main flights soon, so i need to think about a possible route home to London, and was thinking of having a more chilled last week, possibly in either Bali, Fiji or Cook Islands... it will be near end of March by this point, not sure if anyone h... more »
Two seats available for a trip out to Kakadu National Park and back.
We are going to hire a 4-wheel drive for three days and drive out to Kakadu to see the sights and have a good time. We are two young guys (Australian, German) looking for two more people to fill up the SUV. :) We don't have any camping gear, so we will probably be staying at the Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda both nights. But if you have camping gear, that's great!
We are leaving on Tuesday morning (18 June) and staying two nights, returning Thursday evening to Darwin.
Looking forward to hearing from you! (Leave a phone message if we are not available).
Kres and Dennis :)
I am currently trying to book flights from London to Australia. I initially thought about starting in Brisbane and working my way down to Sydney and then on to Melbourne. However, upon seeking advice most people have said it would be good to start in Cairns and work my way down from there.
I plan to leave the UK at the end of Sept and I am booking a one way ticket. Current prices from London to Cairns are just shy of £800 onwards!! Does this seem quite steep? Would I be best waiting a little longer incase the prices of flights go down or should I just suck it up and book now for fear of the price going through the roof??
I am going to be travelling by myself and unfortunately I am having one of those weeks where I feel like I am crazy for planning something like this by myself. It is probably also because I have a had a great year job opportunity wise and h... more »
We have a short 4 nights to enjoy the North Island after a conference, starting and ending in Wellington. The plan is to spend the middle 2 nights at Okahune to squeeze a day of skiing in. The drive from Wellington to Okahune is about 4 hours, I gather.
Can anyone give any suggestions of places to visit between Wellington and Okahune? (We're a couple, aged 40 but enjoy a combination of relaxing and adventure).
- most scenic route
- nice spots for keen photographers (outlooks, waterfalls, buildings, landscapes, etc)
- interesting little towns to visit
- impressive National Parks
Also, apart from the snow, are there any other interesting things to see/do around Okahune and Wellington specifically? I'm talking about things that I might not necessarily find on a standard internet search of attractions. I'm already aware of those. Maybe you know of some h... more »
Does anyone know how the recovery work is progressing in this area following the January 2013 tornado?
Hello, I am heading to New Zealand with my wife and our 10-month-old baby. We intend to stay 10 days there. I guess most of the adventurous trails/sports won't be possible of course, but besides the obvious less risky stays in Auckland, Wellington, etc, which sights and activities do you think are actually also suitable ? - but remember, we are in June...and I have to carry my 10-month baby :) Thanks a lot for the suggestions!
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