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Any ones have some ideas about first- time trip to Australia

Posted by ongjoel on 9/12/2013 at 06:50

Hey there
Do many search on forums and internet already, but can not give final decision for what things should do for the first-time steps on Australia

Any ones who can do a favor giving me your any ideas about this
Thanks a lot

Your recommend or suggestion will really help me out

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Posted by exacto on 10/12/2013 at 10:22

hey ongjoel,

it would depend on where you fly in and out, how long you have there, what your budget is, time of year, and what you like to do.

i only had three weeks in oz. i really enjoyed sydney and hired a car out of there to explore the blue mountains, wine country (hunter valley, if i recall) and the peninsula to the north. from there we flew to ayers rock (ulura) for a few nights, then on to far north queensland and cairnes for trips to the daintree and a liveaboard dive trip. unfortunately, we didn't make it to darwin or the alice, but we ran out of time and money. i'd still love to visit perth too.

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Posted by chinarocks on 10/12/2013 at 11:21

The Kimberley is a lovely area to explore. Cable Beach near Broome is out of this world. The Bungle Bungles are very nice and interesting as well. Crossing into the Northern Territory, Kakadu NP is also brilliant.

Oz is out of this world expensive, however. And probably very poorly ranked in the bang for your buck stakes.

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Posted by mystery007 on 17/12/2013 at 01:36

It was very good trip on holidays in Australia, all the places and city's is very good i went around Sydney ........

i enjoyed a lot

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 17/12/2013 at 03:40

Big country. Depends what u like. Ive seen much of it.

Beaches - north coast of nsw.

National parks - tasmania.

Wine - Adelaide.

Best big city - sydney

Best medium city - perth.

Is expensive though. Asia is better value.

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Posted by chinarocks on 17/12/2013 at 09:35

The beaches are nicer on the West Coast and in and around Broome.

National parks - Karijini, Purnulu and Kakadu (all in and around WA and NT, but not too far apart if you're driving, well by Oz standards anyway).

Best big city - Melbourne.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 17/12/2013 at 19:53

Broome is expensive to fly to and you have box jellyfish up north.

Perth has nice beaches but great white sharks r a problem over there.

Cabarita, Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay are better spots for beaches. Byron has a big backpacker scene.

The Gold Coast also has good beaches.

Tasi is better for nps. Coles Bay is stunning and Cradle mountain has some great walks.


Kakadu is highly spread out and overrated. All the locals laugh at the money tourists pay to see stuff all.

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Posted by chinarocks on 18/12/2013 at 03:28

Broome is actually very cheap to fly to and there is lots to do in that area.

You sound very alarmist talking about box jellyfish and sharks - the chances of being attacked by them are very small.

Why would you want a backpacker scene - don't you always slag off Khao San Road.

IMO you won't find two nicer NPs than Karijini and Purnulu.

"All the locals laugh at the money tourists pay to see stuff all."

Not sure what this means given that we've established Oz is a very expensive country all over. $7 for a coffee in a little no-mark town.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 06:25

Once again u r talking rubbish. Costs 225 to fly from perth to broome. 159 jellyfish attacks last 5 yrs there is a lot for a small town.

Northern Aust us terrible for swimmin. Crocs in rivers and stingers in ocean. Crocs are around some of the beaches too.

Byron has good pubs and they get good musicians there.

Flight from sydney to gold coast is 80.

Also hundreds of good beaches bt sydney and gc if driving.

NT and WA are very big and there is stuff all between towns and in towns. No good for single people and stuff all nightlife.

East coast has a lot more action.

Tasi nps kill the nt hyped up ones

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 06:26

Coffees cost 4 dollars.

7 lol more bs

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Posted by chinarocks on 18/12/2013 at 07:44

Given that the OP is in Singapore I don't know why you are quoting the price of a flight from Perth to Broome. Like most of your comments this is utterly useless info (my favourite is "google it").

Karijini and Purnulu are in WA, not NT.

I paid $7 for a coffee, so not bs.

That is all.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 08:23

You can't fly to Broome from Singapore.

They must have charged you double price because you looked gullible.

Average coffee prices are $3.50-5.50.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 08:31

Purnulu looks about 800km from Broome. Middle of nowhere. Better off flying to Alice and seeing Uluru. It's more interesting than the bungle bungles. If you are going to see a rock might as well see the best one.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 08:33

"Like most of your comments this is utterly useless info"

Wrong again. You claimed it was cheap to fly there. It's not. Then you talk about Singapore. What has Singapore got to do with Broome? Useless comment yet again.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 08:36

Darwin to Broome $390 LOL

So much for being cheap and these are Feb prices.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 08:38

"Broome is actually very cheap to fly to"

"I don't know why you are quoting the price of a flight from Perth to Broome"

You must write things and then forget straight away. Do you have a drinking problem?

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 08:41

"Why would you want a backpacker scene - don't you always slag off Khao San Road."

I don't but some others do. KSR is 300m long and pretty crap. Byron is a town not a 300m road lol and has world class beaches and good live music most weeks. It also has one of the best music festivals in the world in the Bluesfest.

You really don't know what you are talking about do you?

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 08:45

Cabarita Beach
http://www.coastalvisionsphotography.com.au/photo17628850.html#photo

Bluefest
http://www.bluesfest.com.au/

You won't see anything like this on KSR LOL

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 09:04

$2.50 coffees in Sydney, the most expensive city:

http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/food-news/surry-hills-cafe-protests-high-coffee-prices-20130910-2tgs0.html

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Posted by chinarocks on 18/12/2013 at 09:34

$7.25, and I'm sure there are many more examples. I have friends who live in Perth. $14 for a beer in some higher end bars.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/dollar-cup-of-coffee-are-we-paying-too-much/story-fneuz92c-1226613029204

Singapore is where the OP is located.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 09:42

Who cares where he lives. He can't fly direct to Broome from overseas.

$14 LOL. I've NEVER seen a $14 beer. Doesn't even cost that in a Hilton.

Avg beer price is $5-6 in a pub. Nightclubs charge like $7-9.

Case of premium beer in Dan Murphy's is $40-45. You can get beers like Asahi, Becks for that price so less than $2 each.

The most expensive things are hotels and tour prices. Plenty of cheap food if you eat takeover pizzas and noodles.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 09:56

I went to Teppanyaki for lunch last weekend. Cost $14 for crocodile tail, rice, veges and miso soup. Not everything is expensive. You can buy cheap pizzas for like $7 or gourmet ones for $10 at lunch.

It's really the room costs that hit you. Thailand $40 a night gets a real nice room. In Aust you pay $100+ for the same. Then if you do a 1 day tour it might cost $80-150. In Thailand a similar thing $20-40.

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Posted by exacto on 18/12/2013 at 12:30

joel,

if you are still reading, it may be better to fly directly to ayers rock than fly to alice and go overland from there. it is a long drive, maybe in the 400 km range, from the alice to ayers rock. then again, that might be pretty interesting too, depending on the time and money you have to spend.

i loved my time in oz. it is a fantastic place. and even though it is more expensive than other spots, i'd definitely recommend it as at least a once in a lifetime destination. have fun. cheers.

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Posted by chinarocks on 18/12/2013 at 18:30

Exacto knows how to work a room.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/12/2013 at 19:24

450km i think. I camped overnight at the rock. It looks a lot better close up than it does at a distance. Flies are killers out there though. Kings Canyon is unbelievable. Everyone had 30 flies on their fly nets and when you ate your sandwich lunch you had to be quick or eat 10 flies. But at night the flies disappear and camping under the stars is pretty good. Alice Springs is kind of an interesting town for a day or 2. Amazing that people would want to live there really.

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Posted by nathuy on 24/1/2014 at 20:10

Posted from within Vietnam.

im planning a trip to australisa this year, but in last month of year. thank for all your advices

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