Australia and Oceania Things to Do

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Australia and Oceania Things to Do

  • Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Things to Do

    I went into ecstatic raptures when I saw the Opera House for the first time. It was the same reaction I had when I saw the Great Wall of China. It can't be age I'm after; I must have a thing for iconic sites. I'll need to test this out by going to the Taj Mahal and the pyramids. They are on my very long to do list. One of the great things about...

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  • Great Ocean Road

    Melbourne Things to Do

    We took a day trip along the Great Ocean Road. This was by far the highlight of our trip. The scenery is amazing. Rocks have been eroded into a variety of spectacular shapes by the constant pounding of the ocean. The erosion of course is on-going and the scenery ever changing. There are fewer apostles now than on our visit. We saw a picture of one...

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  • Kings Park

    Perth Things to Do

    Kings Park & Botanic Garden is an area of 400 hectares of which 270 hectares is natural bush land. The Garden displays about 2000 of the State's 13000 plant species. The park is a place for recreation and celebration of the State's rich flora. Its position gives it an spectacular elevated view over Perth. The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is one...

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  • Southbank

    Brisbane Things to Do

    The site of the original settlement, this area of Brisbane was damaged in the floods of 1893. The CBD was moved to the north side of the river and the area became industrialised and run-down. It was given a new lease on life when used for the World Expo 88 site. After Expo the area was transformed into parkland. There you can find rainforest,...

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  • Theme Parks.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    I have been going to Seaworld on and off for the last 30 years. I decided to go there this holiday season to see how the place had changed. Sadly, going to Seaworld has become so expensive it is barely worth going. The animal enclosures are very good. Mind you I was only able to watch one show as waiting in ques takes up much of your time. The...

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  • Hahndorf

    Adelaide Things to Do

    We took a local bus out to this lovely German settlement outside of Adelaide. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. It is a very pretty village and my husband loved the German food - well he is half Austrian. The village is full of German bakeries, art shops, souvenir shops. I am now the proud owner of a Hahndorf hat. We...

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  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    Auckland Things to Do

    This is Auckland's premiere site. Make sure to reserve plenty of time for this great museum. It is really 3 museums in one site. A Maori/NZ cultural museum, a natural history museum and a war museum. Each museum has its own floor. The museum has no entrance fee but Maori Cultural shows (3 performances in a day) charges $25 NZD for adults. Admission...

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  • Australian War Memorial

    Canberra Things to Do

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION – March 2014 This a summary and introductory review on the Australian War Memorial. On it you will find links to more detailed reviews on aspects of the memorial that I find particularly interesting – lots!. “Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.”...

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  • City Center

    Christchurch Things to Do

    A good way of seeing Christchurch is to use the classic 1960's open top bus.You have a choice of a 1 hour or a 3 hour tour.The tour comes with an excellent commentary. We found the tour quite emotional as the amount of damage and destruction was far worse than we realised.However, the New Zealand people have big plans for Christchurch and in time...

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  • Island

    Bora-Bora Things to Do

    Eglise Evangélique de Polynésie Française: You see such signs quite a lot in French Polynesia and especially on Bora Bora, as here most people are protestant. The name of this nice church in Vaitape “Temple Ebene Ezera de Vaitape”. It is located on the mountain side of the main street, just some steps north of the shops, opposite the tender...

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  • Great Barrier Reef

    Cairns Things to Do

    We took a trip aboard the Falla while in Cairns last week and are so glad we did. It was great to have a reef experience that felt rustic and relaxing as apposed to an over-crouded frustration. We booked through bookme and got a great deal, but even at normal rate it would be a good price. Falla is a historic Pearl Lugger built in 1956, and...

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  • Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

    Queenstown Things to Do

    For the most spectacular view of Queenstown, visit the Skyline Gondola. This takes you to Bob's Peak, offering a panoramic vista over the entire town and its environs. This is the best thing to see if you have only a very short time in Queenstown, and want to make the most of it. In addition to the view, there is a restaurant (which I didn't...

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  • Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Things to Do

    Eastern beach has a beautiful hill landscape for jogging, a gated swimming area, stunning views of Corio Bay. Locals and tourists come here to spend morning walk, jogging, photo shooting, and etc. You can continue walking along the coast all the way to western beach. This is a must visit place in Geelong... not to miss the stunning views and a...

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  • Jumping Croc Cruise

    Darwin Things to Do

    DARWIN This is a worthwhile day out while in Darwin and is certainly a "close up" for anybody that has never seen crocodiles THIS CLOSE..The river cruise guarantees that you will see many large crocs and they certainly do that....The tour not only includes the river cruise but also stops at Fogg Dam "wetlands" for a look at an abundance of...

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  • Water activity

    Moorea Things to Do

    If you're going to Moorea and want to try something out of the ordinary? Paddleboard is a must! You'll be wasting your time if you look any further than Moorea Paddleboards. Their top-quality gear and helpful crew mean that you don't need to be a paddleboard pro to enjoy the ride. The tours operate out of the Intercontinental but pick-ups can be...

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  • Mountains.

    Hobart Things to Do

    Hobart sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington and many suburbs are situated in the foothills including South Hobart, Lenah Valley and Fern Tree. The mountain is easily accessible by car from the city centre but the road can be impassable during winter when snow is frequent. The Wellington Park reserve is a popular area for rock climbing, cycling...

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  • Parliament Buildings & Beehive

    Wellington Things to Do

    Take a guided tour and learn about how New Zealand's government works. You'll see how laws are passed. Bills are introduced into the democratically elected House of Representatives, who then vote on them. When a Bill is passed, it then becomes an Act. New Zealand remains a constitutional monarchy, officially under the Queen, represented by the...

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  • Waterfalls

    Tahiti Things to Do

    Tahiti Safari Expeditions has two half-day tours and one full-day tour. We did the half-day tour that included Papenoo Valley. The tour guide picked us up at the hotel and took through Papeete and across the northern part of Tahiti Nui to Papenoo Valley. We drove into the valley and stopped to look at several waterfalls, including Cascade Topatari,...

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  • Wai-O-Tapu

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias. NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

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  • West MacDonnell Ranges

    Alice Springs Things to Do

    I visited the West MacDonnell ranges with Emu Run Tours. The day-trip consisted of visits to Flynn's Grave, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Bighole, Orche Pits, Ormiston Gorge & Glen Helen for A$99 tea, lunch and park entrance fee included (circa 2003). Ellery Creek Bighole is one of Central Australia's most pristine waterholes and is...

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  • Remarkable Rocks

    Kangaroo Island Things to Do

    Remarkable Rocks are on every Postcard and every show on Kangaroo Island. I have seen their photos many times, so I was looking forward to seeing them "in the flesh," so to speak! I never realized just how huge these granite boulders were. I had to stand beside one to get the height into perspective. They really were amazing, a MUST SEE if you come...

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  • Jewel Cave

    Margaret River Things to Do

    Located at the entrance to Lake Cave is a very interesting and informative display called Caveworks and is ideal for those with a mobility disability who would otherwise be unable to enter and enjoy the caves - Jewel, Lake and Mammoth. There are over 300 steps and some are slippery with the ever constant dripping of water. Visitors need to walk...

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  • Flagstaff Hill

    Wollongong Things to Do

    Take a walk along the port of Wollongong and you will see this great light-tower next to some cannons on top of a small hill that gives you also a good panorama-view of the town and its beaches. Close to that lighttower you will find a great beach with toilets, changing facilities and even showers, totally free of charge and open all day and night.

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  • Marine Parade

    Napier Things to Do

    Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the sea front. The area is very nice. The fountain here, we only saw in the day time, but at night it is lit, I think in different colours. THE NEW NAPIER ARCH (1938) commemorates the rebuilding of the city, is not very new any more! There is a colonnade, with two smaller arches, the Veronica...

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  • Broken Hill Living Desert and Sculptures

    Broken Hill Things to Do

    This part of the park is where we arrived first. There was quite a good size car park, picnic amenities and free Toilets. 1st, I will tell you about the Flora. In April, there wasn't a lot in bloom, so it is best to come in Spring. I still did find some plants of interest, and I really like seeing them growing in the brightly coloured soil. Most...

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  • Hole in the Rock

    Paihia Things to Do

    The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind erosion. It is a popular trip for visitors to the Bay of Islands and on calm days some boats will drive through it. The weather on the day I took the...

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  • Oneroa

    Waiheke Island Things to Do

    Every Saturday morning 8.00am - 1.00pm, the Island holds a community market at the RSA in Ostend. Lots of gifts, arts and crafts, second-hand goods, and even entertainment, organic produce, books, plants, jewellery. This is a popular activity on a Saturday morning, showing typical flair of a lot of Islanders. Experience the character of Waiheke...

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  • Castle Hill

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    Look familiar? Castle Hill was the site of the battle scens in the movie 'Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. It is in a privately owned station on the road from Christchurch across Arthur's Pass. It is a popular spot for 'bouldering' - climging over the huge limestone boulders. Limestone from this region was used in the...

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  • Climb the mount

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

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  • The Big Sheep Wool Gallery.

    Tirau Things to Do

    When it comes to big sheep, I'm reminded of the one on the outskirts of Goulburn in N.S.W. but this is certainly a worthy challenger. Situated right beside the tourist centre it offers all sorts of woollen items, even ones with possum fur mixed in.

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  • Yellow-Eyed Penguins

    Oamaru Things to Do

    Bushy beach is a quiet are along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear humans. The beach is visible from high above, bringing a pair of binoculars and/or camera zooms is a very good idea! We were lucky enough to see one...

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  • Mount Yasur

    Tanna Things to Do

    You really must visit Mt Yasur Volcano if you get the chance...it is amazing!! We arrived just on sunset to find the hot lava being spewed in the air. We could also hear the huge 'booms' from a long way away...very scary when you get up close but fantastic all the same!!! Mt Yasur is on the opposite side of the island to the airport so you can...

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  • Barrington Tops National Park

    Gloucester Things to Do

    The scenic drive across the Barrington Tops between Gloucester and Scone forms a direct link between the Upper Hunter and the coast. It's a popular road for tourists but is also used by logging trucks transporting hardwood logs so watch out for them. It is unsealed a lot of the way as it is in national park. The mountain scenery, Beech Forests,...

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  • Great Ocean Road

    State of Victoria Things to Do

    A few miles further south from Portarlington around the bay is another low-key holiday resort, St Leonards. There's not a lot to it - a pub/hotel, a few shops (convenience store, fish & chip shop, pizza and the real estate), a caravan park and a number of holiday homes spread along the shoreline. But there's a long stretch of safe if...

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  • Bungle Bungle Range

    State of Western Australia Things to Do

    beside the giant trees and forestry national parks, western australia enriched by rocks formations and boulders which worth to be explored. amongst the lists are: - stirling ranges national park - the pinnacles, nambung national park - the kimberley - porongurup national park - purnululu national park or bungle bungles - karijini national park -...

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  • Hobbiton Movie Set

    Waikato Things to Do

    Waikato is the home to Matamata, the city where Peter Jackson created the Hobbiton Shire for his movie Lord of the Rings. It is located on a sheep farm just outside of the town, and tours are available to go visit the frame sets that have not been destroyed. There are still markers up where the sets once stood, and there are also story board...

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  • Beehive & Parliament Buildings

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour. Tour duration is 1hr. Weekdays commencing 10am, last tour 4pm; Saturdays and most public holidays commencing 10am, last tour 3pm; Sundays 12noon, last tour 3pm. Contact the tour desk, ground floor, Parliament House.

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  • Rotorua

    North Island Things to Do

    Just got back from NZ and Rotorua, I agree with the reply about the Sheep Shearing demo at the Agrodome being great. Just the Host's greeting to the crowd is a show in it's self. Take your video camera. Also spend some time in the Polynesian Spa, for $20 NZ you can soak in 7 pools of varying tempetures from 37 to 42 degrees with a view of the Lake....

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  • Cathedral Cove

    Coromandel Things to Do

    We had seen Cathedral Cove on many documentaries, so we had to see it for ourselves! Cathedral cove is only accessible by walking or boat and it is a MUST VISIT if you feel you can handle the walk. It is uphill and down dale, so you need to be reasonably fit without leg or knee problems. It is about 2hrs return, it seemed a lot longer than that...

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  • Waitakere Range Regional Park.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Piha Beach is situated at the end of Piha Road going through dense native bush. Suddenly the road winds down to the coast. There are wonderful views over Piha Beach, divided through the huge 100 metres high Lion Rock. There is a track to the top with a splendid view over the coastline. Piha Beach is famous for the never ending swells of the...

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  • Ninety Mile Beach...

    Northland Things to Do

    The reason why rental companies do not allow you to drive on 90 Mile Beach (which is only 90km or 55 miles long) is simple: The cars are not insured. Often cars get stuck in the sand and have to be left behind. No emergency service is close enough to save the cars from the flood. Mobile phone coverage does not exist in most parts of the area. So...

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  • Northland

    New Zealand Things to Do

    It's quite a drive to go up to Paihia, Waitangi and further north, but you'll have lots of opportunity for very scenic and curious sightseeing breaks. The top 10 things to see in Northland, according to my guidebook, included something I had to read twice to believe it: the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa. Yep, public toilets as a tourist...

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  • Canterbury

    South Island Things to Do

    There are many reasons why you may consider adding Arthur's Pass National Park to your itinerary. For some, it makes a great coffee break between Christchurch and the West Coast of the South Island. For others, there is a natural beauty about it. There are even a few adrenaline challenged people who need to hike for days on end throughout the...

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  • Blue Mountains

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located about a little over an hour out of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are nestled among plateaus and some pristine rain forest. It's home to places of interest like Flat Rock, which affords excellent views of the surrounding areas of the valleys. There's also the Scenic Tram that takes you across...

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The Queen Victoria Markets are the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850's. As well as being a tourist destination it is a great place for locals to find souvenirs, clothing,gifts, wine, specialty food items,homewares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only a...

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