8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 7, 2012 1:55 PM by anadyr RSS

Australia

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Planning a journey to OZ and NZ next Spring, and I've been, so in the spirit of David Letterman, please list the top ten (or more) things one must do and see?

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    jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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    I am visiting Australia and New Zealand in January/February and here is my 10 top list based on my trip itinerary and having lived in Australia:

     

    10. Canberra - Capital of Australia

    9. Melbourne, Australia

    8. Christchurch, New Zealand

    7. Auckland, New Zealand

    6. Sydney, Australia (Sydney Opera House)

    5. Marlbourough Sound, New Zealand

    4. Wellington, New Zealand

    3. Queenstown, New Zealand

    2. Ayers Rock (Alice Springs)

     

    and the beating of the drums....number 1

    1. Great Barrier Reef (Brisbane/Cairns)

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      Thanks the bugs have been planted for your hotel stays (not bed bugs, you know, the eavesdropping kind)

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    chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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    We were there in 2009.  It is a struggle to limit it to 10, but here goes ...

     

    10.  Melbourne (OZ) - especially the Mornington Peninsula ... wineries are here!

    9.  Christchurch (NZ) - lots around the area ... I hope they have recovered from the earthquake though

    8. Sydney (OZ) - Opera House / Harbour Bridge / Suzannah's House (original tenement block) / Hyde Park Barracks Museum (convict history) ...

    7. Martinborough (NZ) - many wineries

    6. Ferry crossing between North Is and South Is (NZ)

    5. Great Barrier Reef (OZ) - be careful which trip to the reef that you book, we were disappointed - Cairns itself was very touristy

    4. Mossman Gorge (OZ) - near Cairns - great rainforest walk

    3. Milford Sound (NZ) - you can do an overnight cruise through the fiords - apparently it is very tranquil (we could't get a booking for the overnight but did a daytime cruise)

    2. Abel Tasman Reserve (NZ) - near Nelson - only accessible by boat - no cars - great walk

    1. Fox Glacier (NZ) - walk through the rainforest and step out onto a glacier

     

    We didn't get to Ayers Rock, but I plan to have that in my top 3 'must do's' for our next visit.  We spent 6 weeks travelling the region and it wasn't enough!

     

    If you want any pics or info on interesting accommodation / places to eat, let me know.  I am sure it will be a memorable trip.

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      Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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      Thanks and will do

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    jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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    Are you still planning on this Australia/New Zealand trip???

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      Yes but I need March eye surgery and then have to manage book signings for the summer--but in the fall?  Most likely. I will ask for help once we know.

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        jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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        Wait a minute..you did not sign the book (Stepping Stones) that I bought. I feel cheated!!!

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        • Re: Australia
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          buy another copy and I will

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