Australia and Oceania Tourist Traps

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

Australia and Oceania 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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  • Willowbank Wildlife Park

    Christchurch Tourist Traps

    ...almost good enough to be under 'attractions'...but to me, not quite.. Address: www.willowbank.co.nz/ 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch We wanted to see at least 1 wildlife Park during our 9 day stay in New Zealand, and by half way through the trip we hadn't seen really any birds in the wild at all, which was disappointing, so we resorted to going to...

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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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  • HEARD OF DROP BEARS ? re Aussie sense of...

    Well this is mostly related to Australians having that outrageous sense of humour. Someone might look very serious in warning you of "drop bears"dropping on your laps in the bush, and that these creatures especially at night will suddenly appear and drop on ya, etc. To which naturally you will say, "Thanks, I'll have to watch out for them!" But...

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  • it can be a trap

    the enourmes distances in Australia is what tourists often succumb to. on highways, running out of petrol, driving for to many hours and dehydrate through the high temperature, not taking enough fluids in check your rental car of tyres, how much the tank capacity is and count 12% for your air-condition in, that show much she guzzel, buy enough...

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  • Avoid anything like oversized...

    Avoid anything like oversized bananas and the like. You will know when you see them! If you think it's a tourist trap, it is. Also don't waste money on Green Island. Many in Cairns, backpacker hostels included, try to sell you this day trip. The place has a private resort and lousy coral rubble beaches. Instead, DO GO to Fitzroy Island, and stay at...

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  • Australians speak English... with a...

    Australians speak English. But we also have our own special words and phrases referred to as 'Strine.' Here's a couple of samples with explainations... Barbie = BBQRoo = KangarooMozzie = MosquitoChook = ChickenDunny = ToiletLollie = CandyShe'll be right! = Don't worryGrouse = FantasticThongs = Flip FlopsTellie = TVYobbo = Uncouth ManBludger = Lazy...

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  • Canberra- Boring.

    The Capital City of Canberra- I Personally dislike. It lacks any personality, is a sleepy town, and is only for political people. Make most by visitng Parliament House. Avoid Canberra- Unless you have some business there.

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  • You can get caught up in too...

    You can get caught up in too much souvenir buying. When trying to buy Authentic Aboriginal souvenirs it is best to buy from the Cultural Centres rather than the shops!Cultural Centres also show you more of the way of life and are more likely to demonstrate the use of what you're buying, ie a digeridoo or boomerang, just to name a couple. Paintings...

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  • Try to go out to local bars...

    Try to go out to local bars and not all the hostel and touristy places. I think I was in Cairns for 2 weeks before I actualy met an aussie. Trust me if your out to learn about Australia talk to the aussies. They are very knowledgable about their home.

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  • Avoid the name resorts in...

    Avoid the name resorts in French Polynesia (probably elsewhere). I actually stayed in a nice locally owned hotel on Moorea, but I went to Club Med for their dolphin experience--what a waste of money. The dolphins were in captivity. Sure you got to touch them, and they did tricks, but it was not the thrill of seeing them in the wild. They were most...

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  • This roo was over six foot and...

    This roo was over six foot and unlike many of the more tame ones we found in more touristy places, this one in Tassie was not letting us get any closer.

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  • Don't buy expensive...

    Don't buy expensive Australiana gimicks such as acubra hats, and fluffy koalas. They are a big rip off from the traditional souvenir sellers, and you never look at them again once you get home. If you really want to buy souvenirs shop from large markets such as the Victoria market in Melbourne(great on sunday mornings)and don't be afraid to bargain...

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