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Old 01-17-2018, 12:54 PM
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Help me plan a trip to Australia & NZ

Hi there, Aussie friends! After a LOT of finagling, I will be taking a good portion of Jan 2019 - March 2019 of to visit Australia & New Zealand. I am just now beginning the planning for this trip, and I am looking for guidance, tips, and awesome suggestions as to what I absolutely must see and do while I am there.

Let's cover a few bases:
1. I am clearly a water fanatic, so anything involving water is where my heart lies.
2. I expect to visit a friend in Sydney, but staying the city for long is not my intention.
3. I hear that there are some amazing lakes, beaches, hikes etc and would like to know more about these.
4. There will likely be about six to eight of us traveling together at any given time.

So hit me up! What should I add to my "must do" list??

Thanks in advance, and I'm counting on you guys!

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Old 01-17-2018, 02:36 PM
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Any kids included? That will determine activities too.

We did that trip quite some time ago, so this is probably not that appropriate now... but explains my username on TT.
Here's a link to our travel log on
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:56 PM
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I've been thinking about this some more since the first post.

The highlights for us were surfing in Byron Bay, one of the kids becoming a certified diver in Cairns... and all the wildlife. There really are some pretty cool things in Australia. You should really read Bill Bryson's "In a sunburnt country" - its one of the funniest yet informative travel books I've read. The book may go by a different title in the US.

New Zealand is much more relaxed that Australia, and we enjoyed everything. Swimming with dolphins was right up there on things to do. If we were going back now, we'd spend more time 'tramping' (hiking) into the back country.
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Any kids included? That will determine activities too.

We did that trip quite some time ago, so this is probably not that appropriate now... but explains my username on TT.
Here's a link to our travel log on
New Zealand
and
Australia
Thanks! No kids included this time around. Adults only. I'll take a look at the travel logs tonight, and I really appreciate the feedback!
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Old 01-17-2018, 05:11 PM
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If you scuba, you need to hit Cairns and go diving on the GBR
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Old 01-17-2018, 05:21 PM
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Old 01-17-2018, 07:48 PM
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Be ready to break out the checkbook. It's expensive. Surf and great barrier reef are musts.

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Old 01-18-2018, 06:36 AM
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If your going to be in Sydney and happy to travel inland a few hours I’d be happy to play your guide around the blue mountains. And we have a lake 5 mins from our house if you want a few lake days I’ll supply a boat


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My daughter and SIL went to both for their 5 year anniversary and had a blast. They were gone about 4 weeks. I will see if my daughter can get me information on their highlights and any must see/do things. I do know they did a 4-5 day boat trip diving the Great Barrier Reef that was one of their highlights, lived on the boat.
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It will depend a lot on where you want to go, Australia is as big as the US so flying all around our country can end up expensive and sitting in airports is a bit of a waste of vacation time. If your going to be in Sydney, you can travel up the coast (North) through Newcastle and Northern NSW and then continue into QLD, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and then up to the Great Barrier Reef.

If you want to go South, you could end up in Melbourne for The Moomba Masters in March 2019.
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