Australia Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps
    by salisbury3933
  • Tourist Traps
    by salisbury3933
  • Tourist Traps
    by salisbury3933

Australia Tourist Traps

  • Souvenirs / Shopping

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    Watch out with souvenir shops. Some shops charge 3 times as much as other for exactly the same item. Usually the shops in the main streets and fancy shopping malls are expensive, but you really need to be careful. If you find a shop that is cheap for one item, it may well be expensive for another. Best is to keep a list with prices and after a good...

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  • Parents

    Brisbane Tourist Traps

    if your a parent and your on the gold coast well look out as there are so many things the kids will wantot see and do which will cost you heaps of cash.such as dream world,seaworld ,wet and wild and of course movie world how ever one tour I did was around the hinterland region and it was well worth a look.and for a all day trip was good value.

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  • Surfers Paradise.

    Gold Coast Tourist Traps

    "I always thought of the Gold Coast as a place of harmony, sunshine, partying and surf but while on our recent holiday there I witnessed a lot more. Sure they have the surf, the partying and the sunshine but we saw no sign of harmony in fact I put it close to disarray. The place is dirty, tacky and dated. The streets are littered with trash,...

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  • Tours

    Canberra Tourist Traps

    The Canberra Tours! This Canberra tourist bus service is what you can call a real tourist trap. All things they offer you can do by foot or by public transport. Its amazing they don't even offer you to see the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, the Canberra Deep Space Centre (also in Tidbinbilla) and not even mention the Telstra Tower; The Canberra...

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  • Bridge Climb

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    You've heard about it. You've seen the photos. You're all psyched about doing the bridge climb!! Well, it's about time you cooled off a bit. The climb, unfortunately, isn't all it's drummed up to be. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely an experience, and you learn a lot from the climb leader/tourguide. In fact, it's pretty cool to be able to say...

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  • Public Transport

    Canberra Tourist Traps

    Public Transport in Canberra looks good but can be quite difficult. We wanted to Visit Telstra Tower but without a car it was almost impossible. Either a 1 hour uphill walk or a $20 return taxi fare. No buses run to the Black Mountain lookout. National parks are also very poorly serviced by Public transport. Why not try visiting Mt Ainslee, there...

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  • Darling Harbour

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    This place was much better then the Sydney Aquarium. I think what made it more better was the fact it actually had Australian fauna to look at. The exhibits mimick their natural surroundings. There's everything from saltwater crocs to wombats to koalas. For the koalas, you're allowed to touch them briefly, but you cannot hold or pick them up, due...

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  • Transport

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    I can imagine the quality varies with each individual bus trip but, if the one I went on was anything to go by, it is probably worth a miss and may not be suited for elderly and disabled passengers (of which I am the latter). From what I can tell, the audio recordings are done in advance and not live (which almost certainly happens on some of these...

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  • Beaches

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    If you're going to be at the Beaches try to bring things you will need with you for the day. One of the biggest tourist traps are the little shops that line the beaches. true that sometimes they have unique treasures and sell neat things, but they are sometimes very overprices whereas you can get the same thing away from the beach for a portion of...

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  • Tours

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    I think it really is a waste of money to tour "3 Sisters Mountain" There aren't anything so spectacular about it as you can see in the pictures I'm going to show you. It' pretty expensive tour just to see the three tiny sisters !

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  • AMP Tower / Centerpoint.

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    O K so you have figured out the food is disgusting, not even prepared on site, the view wonderful if the clouds part and if it's race up the Sydney tower day or worse still only 1 lift is operating (which is common) you have to queue for a while but the tower does have a use after all and it is free. Whenever you are walking around Sydney and start...

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  • Opera House

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    The fourth stop was the Sydney Opera House. Because I don't give a hoot in hell about opera, I refused to go in there with resolve equal to that which I refused to have my film x-rayed in Tahiti. I did it and got away with it by feigning a severe stomach ache. The truth is the lunch I took at the zoo didn't really agree with me, therefore it wasn't...

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  • The Rocks

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    Right at this location the first Europeans settled themselves in Australia. Therefore you will see a lot of old and historical houses, churches, etc. Also the oldest building in Sydney, Cadman's Cottage (1816) is located in The Rocks. It's also the entrance to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can find this at Dawes Point Park, which is the first...

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  • Olympic Park

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    If you must see them, then be warned they are a big tourist trap......located just ouside Sydney, these stadiums must have been something when the Olympics were here in 2000, but now there just empty buildings......I passed on the tour, but my other friends didn't and when they came back they told me it was boring and there was not much to see...

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  • Kings Cross

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    KINGS CROSS: Be careful as some people (including locals) may recommend that you visit this place at night time. Some locals tend to think that King Cross is the only red light district in the whole world, as it is the largest red light district in Australia, so they think that overseas guests have never seen that sort of thing before. That is all...

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  • The Monorail

    Sydney Tourist Traps

    If you are staying at a hotel next to a station then I guess there is some point to this, but if not do yourself a favour and just take a picture of it as it passes overhead. We made the mistake of buying a Supervoucher day pass, but only because it went past our hotel and you get a book of vouchers for places we were planning on visitting. It...

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  • Visas for Australia

    It is a crime within Australia to give immigration advice or assistance unless you are registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). Never make use of non registered people if you apply for a visa for Australia as only MARA registered agents (that includes laywers) are regulated by the authority to ensure professional...

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  • Import of tobacco products

    This tip is also listed in the "Warnings and Dangers" section but I actually see it more of a tourist trap.I flew out of Melbourne a few days before Sep 1st, 2012 and saw a notice posted in the airport mentioning that, starting on that date, the allowed quantity of tobacco products introduced into the country is being reduced from 250 grams to 50...

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  • Bridge climb, Sydney

    The bridgeclimb of Sydney harbour bridge is the greatest tourist trap that I have been tricked to do. It is very expensive and not worth the money, the price needs to go down by 80% for the bridgeclimb in order for the experience of bridgeclimb being worth the money. By the way on the bridge there is a tower you can climb up for 11 Australian...

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  • Australia Money Exchange

    Comparing Malaysia Money Exchange and Australia Money Exchange, Australia Money Exchange rates are way too expensivewww.wawasanmoneychanger.com.mywww.travelex.com.au You should change your Malaysian currency to Australia currency in Malaysia.

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  • One-way car hire in Western Australia

    Just want to warn everyone about car-hire one-way in Western Australia. There is a one-way hire fee of anything from $550 to $1000 from Broome to Perth. We took the lower one, of course, but then found that there was a location fee of 11% charged in Broome. that is understandable because of the isolation and poeeible extra costs but we were not...

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  • School holidays

    If you have the option, you might care to time your visit so that it does not coincide with school holidays. At these times, beaches and the roads to them can be busier; accommodation is more likely to be fully booked and possibly more expensive; and road policing penalties are higher. In other words, there is less hassle and expense if you can...

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  • Digeridoos - Know what you're paying...

    Digeridoos are available almost everywhere in Australia and the costs vary widely. You can find them in specialty shops, tourist junk shops and even some street vendors have them for sale at the public markets. If you want to buy one ask yourself truthfully if you are buying it to hang on the wall or are you actually going to play it. If you want a...

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  • Honey Moon Bay-Killer Bay!

    This is a dangerous bay which took my friend away. There is no signpost to warn tourists and people who unaware of the danger might get into trouble once they enter the water! Moreton Island indeed is a beautiful island with a lot of wonderful and breathtaking bays. Nevertheless, there are certain dangerous part which do not suits people to get...

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  • The pub in Daly Waters can be...

    The pub in Daly Waters can be a trap, because you will like to stay there for several days! Try the menu "Beef and Barra". It is wonderful.

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  • TAKE ALOT OF WATER WITH YOU

    If traveling long distances eg Western Australia to South Australia, carry a hell of alot of water with you. While traveling from South Australia to Western Australia I was in shock of the price of a litre of bottle water. You can expect to pay up to $5.00 for a 1 litre of bottle water as the remoteness of the towns and also distances there is no...

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  • Sydney - Bridge Climb

    I can believe that climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge must be an unforgettable experience.But I believe that the fee they are asking is too much. Someone wants to get rich very quickly.They asked 185 AUS dollars that is about 110 euros.Even flying with a helicopter over some mayor landmarks is cheaper (like the Grand canyon in the US).And for that...

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  • Vic Hislops shark exhibition - Airlie...

    The entrance to this exhibition is a giant shark´s jaw which is good for a photo. The exhibition is rather gory and sickening. Vic Hislop is a former salesman turned shark hunter who had a problem with the hunting ban on sharks. He tries to prove that the number of human shark victims is probably much higher than the official numbers; his...

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  • Australiana - folklore and myths

    A koala is a marsupial with a pouch - it is not a "koala bear" although it is cute and cuddly like a little fluffy teddy bear.We do not have kangaroos in our back yards or kangaroos jumping down our main streets - most kangaroos live in the national parks or in the bush. Occasionally a kangaroo will stumble into a residential area and it will be...

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  • Expensive travel in Uluru, australia

    Bus companies will try to 'trap' you into spending huge amounts of money to travel from the resort to Ayres rock/Uluru by booking one of their various tours for anything from $60 australian dollars. If however you hang around the resorts central area a shuttle bus will take you for $8 australian dollars every 10mins one way. They like to catch you...

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  • Mining museum!

    If you are in Tennant Creek, don't bother going to the Old Mining Museum. It is a boring tour and not worth the money - though you do get to go underground which is about the highlight of the tour! You are better off going to e-mail at the local school or transit centre. Spend as long underground as possible! You are better off going to e-mail at...

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  • The Big Pineapple in Woombye Queensland

    If I had not gone on that Contiki Tour I probably would have never made to the Big Pineapple located in a small town one hour north of Brisbane. I think that is why I decided to cut out on the tour. I cannot stand this sort of tourist trap. I understand that this is considered to be one of the major attractions in Queensland but I could not...

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  • Rialto Towers is only 40 stories high

    Sydney has the Opera House, and Melbourne has the Rialto Towers. Promoted as the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the master of all it surveys, at a mere 40 stories. Do not pay $10 for an elevator ride to the top. You probably won't be impressed. Instead of looking at the city from above, go explore the city! The Melbourne...

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  • Not to my Knowledge- we're too cool for...

    As if we'd trap you we love you guys!!! Have a drink with us and chill out......Then you're 'trapped' into conversation :-) Drink more with us (Not that we're alco's).Oh and we dont smell either hehe

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  • Sydney Opera House

    From a distance it looks amazing but no need to go there cause there isn't much to see and up close it isn't very beautiful. Go to a musical...:-) Too much to mention here...see my other tips!

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  • Cairns. Sky Rai to Kuranda

    The sky rail over the 'rain forest'..it was brown. Has some nice views but basically dumps yo in a money spending village for 4 hours. We ended up taking the hiking tour around the village. (on our own) Finished up at the river and hired a kayak. We had a great time, looking for frogs and crocs. They do have a motor boat ride. But if your up for...

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  • Mystery Craters?

    The members of our group were not sure, if Mystery Craters were a highlight or a rip-off.... I liked it, but others definitely didn't!!Mystery craters are located 25 km south west of Bundaberg, Queensland (between Townsville and Brisbane). They were discovered in 1971. The 35 craters are formed in sandstone and are over 25 million years old. There...

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  • Canberra - a functional (not tourist)...

    It's not like the denizens of Canberra are out to fool you. And it's not like Canberra is a bad, horrible time. It's just that Canberra is not a "must-visit" world capital like most tourists expect. Those of you visiting Canberra expecting Rome, Paris, Washington or even Ottawa will be disappointed. But, if you do go, there are a few good things....

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  • Harbour Bridge Climb

    The Harbour Bridge is that famous coat hanger shaped brigde gracing the Sydney's harbour a stones throw from the Opera House. Well for approx $155-$175 dollars you can walk half of it. But be warned you aren't allowed to take your camera. They will however, take your photo at the top for an additional fee. A cheap equally rewarding alternative is...

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  • Great Barrier Reef?? Oh my!

    For avid divers, be warned. The best diving on the Great Barrier Reef is nowear near Cairns, QLD. If you do make it up to Cairns and still haven't dove on the Reef, then try and book a multi-day at trip that takes you far north, or south from Cairns. There are also other options too. I went on a multi-day dive trip that took us 240kms off the...

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  • Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef diving

    "The caramaran is much larger than we expected. We are a bit dissapointed. This is mass-tourism. At least 200 or more other passengers embark on this, what promisses to be a dreary day, for a 'shallow' GBR experience."Read more on Great Barrier Reef page.

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  • Hamilton island is a money making Island

    Evrything and anything costs money, so you end up spending a lot of money in a place that is a man made beach Go diving! There are apartments that you can rent. So as crazy as it may sound take food with you so you can cook your own food there.

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  • Adventure Tours is a RIP OFF

    I went on a 6 day tour from Darwin to Alice Springs (3 days) and around Ayers Rock with Adventure Tours. I paid about A$700, and I feel I didn't get my money's worth at all. On the first leg (Darwin to Alice), we sat on the bus most of the time. I think we only had one activity/tour that wasn't free, and the food was mediocre. On the second leg...

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  • One Day Rushed Trips to the Great...

    Hate to repeat myself, but you have paid hundred or thousands of dollars to come and dive at the Great Barrier Reef. Do not be a fool and do it the right way. The one-day dive trips will take you to popular reefs in the inner Great Barrier Reef. These are usually offered on boats that carry over 100 people snorkeling, diving, or just relaxing on...

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  • Resort Dives in general

    DO not get lured into doing a resort dive. These dives are quite expensive and will only allow you to go 5 meters below water. You can often see more snorkeling then diving anyway, so why spend the extra money? Save it and do a full course the next time you have some free time. On the other hand, if you get one for free with your Whitsunday Is...

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