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    Vanuatu: The cruiseport of Port Vila

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    In Port Vila even the largest cruiseships on earth are able to dock and so you will save a lot of your precious time ashore, and you will not be forced to queue up and waste your time with the tenderservice.
    Just go to the gangway, and the gate of the port-area is just a few meters from your ship. There is a control again for your boarding-pass, when you are leaving the port-area, but that is done very fast and all the officials are very riendly.
    When arriving on a large ship like the Dawn Princess with about 2000 passengers onboard there will be hundreds of taxis waiting for customers and there are hundreds of stands offering massages, souvenirs etc.

    There will be hundreds of small cars waiting for customers on the pier, the ordinary price for a taxi to town is around 15 AUS and I also saw a good taxi that was hired by some of our passengers for 100 AUS for the full day.
    Unfortunately many of these taxis are just tiny Suzuki-cars and the drivers try to get in as many people as possible, and that is the reason why I did not take any of them, but rather walked into town.
    click here for a prereserved taxi & minibus

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    Sydney: take the Hop on&off Buses !

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    This was my favorite way of public transport In Sydney: the Hop-on & Hopp-off-bus is in my personal opinion a perfect way to explore the city and get a first overview of what might be worth to hop off for and take a closer look at another day. These buses with a hight of about 4 meters above the ground will also give you a totally different and sometimes unique angle to see the sights of a town.
    And at the end of my stay in Sydney I even took the hop-on & off-bus from my hotel in Kings Cross to Darling Harbour and from there I took an easy and scenic walk to my cruiseship, WHERE else in
    the world can you do that ?
    Forprices, timetables etc. please take a look on the link below !

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    The Monorail of Sydney is gone forever !

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    I am glad I saw the Monorail still in operation when I visited Sydney in 2011 ! Somewhere I have read that the Monorail was a " public transport ride without a purpose "
    I enjoyed my rides anyway and I also think that it fitted perfectly into the scenery of the city !
    What a shame the Monorail in Sydney does not exist anymore !!!
    It was built in 1988 and first it was called TNT Harbourlink, lateron: Metro Monorail and as I read now it went out of service in June 30th, 2013 in order to build another convention-centre there !
    The Sydney Monorail was mainly a way of transport for tourists, who wanted to enjoy a great view from above over Darling Harbour and some parts of the towncentre as well.
    In my pictures here you see some of the great constructions that were built in the centre of town in order to make the Monorail run through it. I think these constructions added some great and interesting features to a grown city, it even looked a bit "futuristic" !
    Maybe it did not bring enough money, maybe it did not get enough passangers, BUT I enjoyed seeing and riding it and I think it is a pity it is gone !!!
    The total length of the circuit was just 3,5km and it had 8 stations. The train could just go with 33km/h, as some of the bends were quite sharp and that is also the reason for the short trains that could take just 170 passangers on the total with 56 seats and the rest for standingplaces. The monorail was mostly built in a hight of 5,5 meters or more

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    travel by train in Australia ?

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    Did you plan to travel by train in Australia? When you live in Europe you might be disappointed to learn about this: Trains are in Australia not really an important means of transport for local people or tourists and you will find a lot of trainlines that are used only for transportation of goods and there are only a few trains per day or week. Lots of trainstations are un-manned, and you just might find a ticket-machine and a place, where you can speak with a supervisor over the telephone.
    Dungog was one of the few places that I have seen, that has its own trainstation also ment for the transport of people !
    Below you will find a link to the railaustralia-webpage and more Infos about the main Train-lines in Australia !
    Taking an airplane between the big cities is mostly less expensive and there are quite a lot of flights every day between the big cities ! Flying is the way the Australian normally travel these distances !

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    I rented a "spacecamper" in Australia

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    SPACECAMPER: yes, that was obviously ment as a joke, But I gave it a try anyway ! When you want to explore Australia in an easy way renting a motorhome is the best way you can do and you will also save a lot of Money against an ordinary car plus the expenses for Hotels.!
    I rented a so-called "Spacecamper"
    it was a funny experience with some disadvantages of that type of car:
    1) NO moskito-nets at the windows, although their brochures told me something like that in advance. The only part of the car that has moscito-nets is the extra "Rucksack" that you can fix at the rear of the car to gain some extra-space. BUT what is the sense of these nets, when at the same time there is enough space for moscitoes to find a way between the moscitonet and the car to slip in ?
    2) large windows around the car plus 2 large windows on top are a kind of craziness in a hot climate like there: while driving you might have an AC, as soon as you stand you live like in an oven, much too hot to sleep there inside. At around 03.00am it cooles down a bit. Open the windows and you will have the moscitoes inside, keep the windows closed and you cannot sleep because of the heat.
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    Cooking in that car ? YES, BUT you have to do it with the doors open and then you have the moskitos in the car !
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    The best I can say about this car is : the price is about half of the amount you have to calculate for a real motorhome: I payed 950 Euros for 14 days, an ALL-inclusive Insurance included !
    And I did park that car mainly on public parkinglots IN towns,and sometimes also on highway-parkings etc.

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    DRIVING IN WINTER in the MTNS: CAUTIONS

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    During winter, many roads in the mountains are closed, particularly at Kosciusko National Park and other parts of Australia.

    To ensure a safe journey by road, check for closures with visitor centres which are usually located at major town centres. It is also a good idea to prepare for the cold by carrying snow chains, which are recommended for most vehicles. A winter blend in diesel engines are also wise.

    It is also safer to check the level of your anti-freeze in your vehicle's radiator.

    Most of all, be cautious in driving especially at night as many animals are feeding close to the roads. A number of them get killed by passing motor vehicles and big ones can damage your car and can endanger lives as well!

    This poor wombat seemed to have been run over.
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  • Dont care when or where

    by virtualthere Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are flexible about travel date, you can give Impulsifly a try. http://www.impulsifly.com.au

    In particular when you just wanna go away, but don't care about when or where.
    I use it to plan holiday around cheap flights.

    cheers,
    v

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    Across Sydney Harbour by boat or road

    by unravelau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    So near and yet so far. The city of Sydney seems to be a long way off from here and while the city is busy looking, within sight across the water is this beautiful park. You can get from one to the other in about half an hour (boat) or five minutes (road) because this photo was taken from under/near the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons on the northern side of the harbour. So from a thriving metropolis to and peaceful haven in next to no time at all.

    The Beautiful Sydney Harbour
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    Air conditioned busses were the go in Fiji

    by unravelau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I don't remember the cost of travelling by bus in Fiji, I think that it was probably included in the tour price but as it was about 35 or so years ago I can be excused for not remembering.

    What I do remember though is that there wasn't any glass in the windows, rather they were roll up canvas type..........pretty dusty really because at the time there weren't very many tarred roads either.

    Busses in Fiji.
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    Road Map for Australia

    by pepples46 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    klick on the map and see what distances you have to expect, generally the country has a very good road system, especially in the Cities, Countryside is a little different as everywhere else..outback trips should be very well planned for, service stations are few and far ... often 150miles apart. boy this is a big country
    one wonderful means of transportation are the trains, I must admit not that cheap, but you travel in style, peace and comfort..and it is cool.
    you can cross the Nullarbor by train, travel to the Alice on the Ghan or from Sydney to Melbourne also from Brissy to Sydney
    check out Australia's Railways

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    Brisbane to Melbourne on Train

    by npamo Written Apr 21, 2010

    If you're not in a hurry and wish to see the countryside, you may wish try the Backtracker Pass (http://www.countrylink.info/travel_passes/backtracker_pass) which provides you with unlimited travel on the entire CountryLink network from Brisbane to Melbourne. They have 14-day and 1-month passes. We've tried it 4 years ago, and were able to go from Brisbane to Sydney to Blue Mountains to Canberra to Melbourne and back to Brisbane where I was studying at the time. If you're into theme parks, do not miss the Gold Coast.

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    Jetstar

    by skatzcatz Written Nov 10, 2009

    Jetstar is a budget airline servicing Australia, New Zealand and some South Asian destinations. Very much a buidget airline but in some places there is no option. recently caught flights between Darwin and Singapore with jetstar.

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    Free car transportation

    by naomikl Written Oct 13, 2008

    Use Transfercar (www.transfercar.co.nz) to find free relocations in NZ
    So far Transfercar has been great! I am about to pick up a campervan from Christchurch tomorrow and drive it to Auckland. They gave me 7 days to drive it and they include the ferry cost and insurance as well.. I'll keep you posted.

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    FOUR-WHEEL DRIVING in the SNOW/MTS

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 6, 2008

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    There are several rules in Australia related to four-wheel driving in the snow or going up the mountains.

    As there is a high incidence of four-wheel drive car vehicle accidents in Kosciusko National Park, the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) now recommends ALL vehicles carry SNOW CHAINS from June to the October long weekend especially if drivers have little or no experience in snow conditions.

    We have driven in New Zealand's South Island going to Queenstown in the snow season, which have harsher terrains (we didn't need to install the snow chains which are at the back of our rented 4 wheel drive then, despite the tricky Mt. Hutt and Coronet Peak snowy terrains). Hence, we knew, upon assessing the roads and surfing for weather info, etc, re the NSW Aussie Alps area, that we didn't need them after all.

    However, we were still legally driving our car as four-wheel drives are exempt from fitting chains under the current legislation. But safety is still ensured as our car has a proper center/mid diff (differential). Drivers are also urged not to drive faster than 40 kilometres per hour when fitted with chains.

    Some other driving tips:

    Keep a steady momentum going uphill, don't start and stop.
    Keep to correct side of roadway, sometimes there is just room for one vehicle at a time so be alert and look out for the road signs/traffic lights in some areas.
    Carry correct fitting snow chains if need to (there are lots of places to hire snow chains and fitting stations to/from the snowy mountains).
    Don't brake hard.
    Don't overtake on double lines, crests or curves.
    Don't use sharp steering movements.

    As in any driving elsewhere, caution and practical sense are always essential to have a safe trip! (It must be noted that for this trip we have driven our less than four month old SX4 which is more fuel-efficient than our old beloved Grand Vitara.)

    We swapped this old 4X4 for a fuel efficient SX4
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    Qantas Airlines - Australia's Red Tail

    by ATXtraveler Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    If you are headed to Australia and Oceania, chances are some portion of your air trip will be on Qantas. They also own Australian Airlines, Jetstar and JetStar Asia.

    Qantas is also a member of the One world Alliance, which means it codeshares most of its flights with American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and LANChile, as well as many others.

    Qantas also offers some great deals, under their Red E-deals, which you can sign up for on their website.

    Overall, the airline has been great to fly.

    Qantas Airlines
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