Hi Anna, my name is Linda, while you are in Sydney make sure you go to the Blue Mountains, you will obviously spend time on the beautiful beaches around Sydney.
Do a harbour cruise (these can be lot's of fun)You can travel about 1 hour north to the Central Coast, New South Wales, and go to the Reptile Park to see snakes, spider milking for the venum, and a huge crocodile, Kangaroos that you can feed and pet. Lot's to see, I recently took my German visitors to the park and they loved it.
Now in relation to Darwin (this is in the Northern Territory) This is a huge place to visit and absolutely worth the experience. Catch a cheap flight (you will arrive about 1.30am) and spend a week there. Join a tour and go in a 4 wheel drive with a group of young people or if you have comapny you can hire a mobile home and drive yourself. www.northernterritory.com.au will help organise a tour.
Personally I would recomend a tour as you will miss out on the expanations about the area (very ancient) Darwin is heaps of fun with Kakado the highlight, do not miss the Yellow Waters boat trip very beautiful and full of crocodiles, if time Catherine Gorge, and Litchfield National Park. I think you should not miss Darwin it will be the highlight of your trip.YOU DO KNOW YOU MUST!!! NEVER SWIM ANYWHERE AROUND DARWIN AS THERE ARE CROCODILES EVERYWHERE.
You then could fly back to the Gold Coast and spend 4 days on the best beaches you will ever see, then fly back to Sydney (book early flights can be as cheap as $49) www.virginblue.com.au for your flight home to Germany.
I have been myself and can't wait to go back again.
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It never ceases to amaze me. The Atherton Tablelands, over 2,000 kilometres away up north, are listed by VT as a "Things to do" title. Obviously they're catering for those with private Lear jets.
In the same vein, though considerably closer, is Versace Palazzo, adjacent to which is a small shopping centre in the same vein. The sort of places that don't bother to display prices.
In other words, not where you're bound to find backpackers.
There's also a bridge across the road that leads to the Sheraton Mirage Resort, not quite as good as Versace but up there nonetheless.Related to:
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From memory, VT member RobertGaz covers these things far better than I ever would hope to (or want to) but, suffice it to say, if you get bored in Surfers perhaps you should try moving off your sofa.
Yes, it's a world world alright; Dreamworld, Seaworld, Warner Bros World, Water World and probably many others I've failed to mention. Whether you choose to be active or just sit and watch, there's more entertainment during the day than any other place I know of in Oz.
Somewhat surprisingly, some of these attractions, notably Warner Bros and Dreamworld, are nowhere near the Gold Coast but many kilometres north on the way to Brisbane.
Not to worry, there'll be some sort of bus travelling by your very door at least once an hour to get you up there. Peoples' jobs depend on it!
I still have lovely memories when I was a young dad and my eldest son and I decided we were going to go 20 times on the then-relatively-new roller coaster at Seaworld. Those were the days as they say. Not sated, we then went to Dreamworld and I'll never forget the slow clunk-clunk as the roller coaster slow ascended. First the roof tops, then you could see for kilometres, then you could see all of Surfers, then, was that New Zealand I spotted? Wow, it was a long gut wrenching ride down. We only did that once.
There's much more to these places than that and, if you have a family, you will spend a lot worse days than going to any of them. It will hit your hip pocket, sure, but, remember it's a full day out and you'd have to be pretty hard to please not to have a good day.Related to:
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Australia is the best planet on the world!
Someone told me there's 2 girls for every guy in Brisbane and I it's prevelant here I'd say. Walking around the city, I couldn't believe how many women there were. Fashion seems very important, especially for the young crowd, they really seem to go all out.
If you are around in October, check out the Indy, Champ cars, and V8 super cars race that goes through the city, right next to the beach. Also, the Australia Zoo was a great experience. They've got the Roo Heaven where you are in the "wild" with kangaroos, you can walk right up to them and pet them or whatever. There's also a Koala place like this. They've got some great shows, showing off their selection of Bengal tigers (only 2000 left in the world I think), Crocidiles, snakes, birds, etc. Great experience!
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