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Brizze August 19th, 2004 12:15 PM

G day mate's and Matilda's
 
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark



A Mate August 19th, 2004 01:29 PM

Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time. Schools
are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally shut
down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest for
the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular beaches
in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James Cook
University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted areas -
usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and strength!!
If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better - or
alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been

i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark





A Mate August 19th, 2004 01:29 PM

Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time. Schools
are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally shut
down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest for
the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular beaches
in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James Cook
University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted areas -
usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and strength!!
If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better - or
alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been

i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark





Bego Mario Garde August 19th, 2004 02:38 PM

A Mate wrote:
... Schools are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; ...


Oh, reminds me on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane. It looks like we
picked the first day of vacations and our Virginblue-flight was cramped
with "Schoolies" on their way to the Gold Coast. Quite an experience ...
:-)

Bego

--
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm
our country and our people, and neither do we."

- George W. Bush, 5.8.2004


Bego Mario Garde August 19th, 2004 02:38 PM

A Mate wrote:
... Schools are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; ...


Oh, reminds me on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane. It looks like we
picked the first day of vacations and our Virginblue-flight was cramped
with "Schoolies" on their way to the Gold Coast. Quite an experience ...
:-)

Bego

--
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm
our country and our people, and neither do we."

- George W. Bush, 5.8.2004


Julie August 20th, 2004 01:27 AM

Brian,

I agree. If you can, give December a miss. Autumn is definitely a better
time. March/April would be ideal. If you are likely to be here over Easter
it would probably be a good idea to book some accommodation for that time.

Dec, Jan & Feb are very hot north of Brisbane. September, October and
November can be very windy also.

Julie

"A Mate" wrote in message
u...
Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time.

Schools
are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally shut
down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest

for
the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular

beaches
in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James

Cook
University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted

areas -
usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and

strength!!
If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better -

or
alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation

and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have

been
i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is

some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience

by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark







Julie August 20th, 2004 01:27 AM

Brian,

I agree. If you can, give December a miss. Autumn is definitely a better
time. March/April would be ideal. If you are likely to be here over Easter
it would probably be a good idea to book some accommodation for that time.

Dec, Jan & Feb are very hot north of Brisbane. September, October and
November can be very windy also.

Julie

"A Mate" wrote in message
u...
Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time.

Schools
are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally shut
down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest

for
the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular

beaches
in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James

Cook
University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted

areas -
usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and

strength!!
If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better -

or
alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation

and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have

been
i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is

some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience

by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark







Brizze August 20th, 2004 08:32 AM

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian



"Julie" skrev i en meddelelse
...
Brian,

I agree. If you can, give December a miss. Autumn is definitely a better
time. March/April would be ideal. If you are likely to be here over

Easter
it would probably be a good idea to book some accommodation for that time.

Dec, Jan & Feb are very hot north of Brisbane. September, October and
November can be very windy also.

Julie

"A Mate" wrote in message
u...
Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time.

Schools
are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally

shut
down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest

for
the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular

beaches
in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James

Cook
University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted

areas -
usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and

strength!!
If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better -

or
alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december,

maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not

the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation

and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have

been
i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is

some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it

was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience

by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark









Brizze August 20th, 2004 08:32 AM

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian



"Julie" skrev i en meddelelse
...
Brian,

I agree. If you can, give December a miss. Autumn is definitely a better
time. March/April would be ideal. If you are likely to be here over

Easter
it would probably be a good idea to book some accommodation for that time.

Dec, Jan & Feb are very hot north of Brisbane. September, October and
November can be very windy also.

Julie

"A Mate" wrote in message
u...
Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time.

Schools
are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally

shut
down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest

for
the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular

beaches
in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James

Cook
University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted

areas -
usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and

strength!!
If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better -

or
alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december,

maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not

the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation

and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have

been
i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is

some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it

was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience

by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark









Anne Chambers August 20th, 2004 08:35 AM

Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian



"Julie" skrev i en meddelelse
...

Brian,

I agree. If you can, give December a miss. Autumn is definitely a better
time. March/April would be ideal. If you are likely to be here over


Easter

it would probably be a good idea to book some accommodation for that time.

Dec, Jan & Feb are very hot north of Brisbane. September, October and
November can be very windy also.

Julie

"A Mate" wrote in message
.au...

Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time.


Schools

are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally


shut

down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest


for

the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular


beaches

in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James


Cook

University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted


areas -

usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and


strength!!

If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better -


or

alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. dk...

Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december,


maybe

that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not


the

best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation


and

therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have


been

i

AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is


some

truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it


was

just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience


by

going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark









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Anne Chambers August 20th, 2004 08:35 AM

Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian



"Julie" skrev i en meddelelse
...

Brian,

I agree. If you can, give December a miss. Autumn is definitely a better
time. March/April would be ideal. If you are likely to be here over


Easter

it would probably be a good idea to book some accommodation for that time.

Dec, Jan & Feb are very hot north of Brisbane. September, October and
November can be very windy also.

Julie

"A Mate" wrote in message
.au...

Brian - It is true that December is super peak summer holiday time.


Schools

are enjoying their looooong summer vacation; factories are generally


shut

down - and it's fun time!!! Prices for accommodation are at the highest


for

the year - and vacancies are few!!!

Stingers are not really a problem!! They can be about!! But! Popular


beaches

in the stinger areas are netted - using special nets designed by James


Cook

University - and daily beach bulletins advise the risk in un-netted


areas -

usually low to non-existent, depending on the wind direction and


strength!!

If you want peace and relative quiet - February onwards is much better -


or

alternatively - October/November!
Australians tend to find the water too cold after Easter - but
Europeans!!! - Who Knows!! Even in mid-winter in Queensland; water
temperature rarely drops below 19C.



"Brizze" wrote in message
. dk...

Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december,


maybe

that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not


the

best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation


and

therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have


been

i

AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is


some

truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it


was

just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience


by

going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark









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Anne Chambers August 20th, 2004 08:41 AM

Sorry, I don't know how the previous one got sent before I wrote anything!

You don't want to go to the Northern Territory in December/January -
it's hot, humid and WET - really, really wet. In fact, the season is
called 'The Wet'. Roads are very often cut because of flooding and it
is almost unbearbable, especially in the Top End (Darwin & Kakadu). I
lived in the Territory for 11 years - believe me, I know!

Anne


Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


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Anne Chambers August 20th, 2004 08:41 AM

Sorry, I don't know how the previous one got sent before I wrote anything!

You don't want to go to the Northern Territory in December/January -
it's hot, humid and WET - really, really wet. In fact, the season is
called 'The Wet'. Roads are very often cut because of flooding and it
is almost unbearbable, especially in the Top End (Darwin & Kakadu). I
lived in the Territory for 11 years - believe me, I know!

Anne


Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


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Alan August 20th, 2004 09:29 AM

On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 09:32:28 +0200, "Brizze" wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


Hi Brian

Okay, you've got a month and it's December/January. Some of the other
posters may have put you off - it can be a great time to visit, you just
need to plan a little; particularly bookings in coastal holiday regions.

On itineraries, that's difficult without knowing your interests, but at
that time of year I'd look at the South-East - the coastal arc between
Adelaide and Brisbane. There is a lot of country and an enormous variety
in that arc, so give us an idea of your interests - cities, bush,
beaches, vineyards, villages or all of the above. I travel that region
for a couple of months every year at that time and enjoy it immensely.

At that time of year, it's probably better to stay south of Bundaberg.

If you post your interests there a lots of people here to help - also
whether you want to drive, fly, bus, rail or a combination. I can't
answer personally for a while (off to Fiji tomorrow) but I'll be back in
a couple of weeks.


Cheers, Alan
--

Alan August 20th, 2004 09:29 AM

On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 09:32:28 +0200, "Brizze" wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


Hi Brian

Okay, you've got a month and it's December/January. Some of the other
posters may have put you off - it can be a great time to visit, you just
need to plan a little; particularly bookings in coastal holiday regions.

On itineraries, that's difficult without knowing your interests, but at
that time of year I'd look at the South-East - the coastal arc between
Adelaide and Brisbane. There is a lot of country and an enormous variety
in that arc, so give us an idea of your interests - cities, bush,
beaches, vineyards, villages or all of the above. I travel that region
for a couple of months every year at that time and enjoy it immensely.

At that time of year, it's probably better to stay south of Bundaberg.

If you post your interests there a lots of people here to help - also
whether you want to drive, fly, bus, rail or a combination. I can't
answer personally for a while (off to Fiji tomorrow) but I'll be back in
a couple of weeks.


Cheers, Alan
--

Joseph McDonnell August 20th, 2004 11:18 AM



Anne Chambers wrote:

Sorry, I don't know how the previous one got sent before I wrote anything!

You don't want to go to the Northern Territory in December/January -
it's hot, humid and WET - really, really wet. In fact, the season is
called 'The Wet'. Roads are very often cut because of flooding and it
is almost unbearbable, especially in the Top End (Darwin & Kakadu). I
lived in the Territory for 11 years - believe me, I know!

Anne


I loved the wet. But I wouldn't recommend it to tourists. My first experience of
it was as a tourist. I went from 40 degree and 0% humidity Adelaide to 30 degree
and 99.9% humidity Darwin and felt like the temperature was around 50. Later, I
went to live there and came to like The Wet better than the dry season (just
loved the thunderstorms over the sea). Driving to Kakadu in the wet would be
torture. And Anne's comments about the roads are spot on. I'd give the Top End a
miss this trip, Brian. There's PLENTY to see and do on the east coast.

Joseph


Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


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Joseph McDonnell August 20th, 2004 11:18 AM



Anne Chambers wrote:

Sorry, I don't know how the previous one got sent before I wrote anything!

You don't want to go to the Northern Territory in December/January -
it's hot, humid and WET - really, really wet. In fact, the season is
called 'The Wet'. Roads are very often cut because of flooding and it
is almost unbearbable, especially in the Top End (Darwin & Kakadu). I
lived in the Territory for 11 years - believe me, I know!

Anne


I loved the wet. But I wouldn't recommend it to tourists. My first experience of
it was as a tourist. I went from 40 degree and 0% humidity Adelaide to 30 degree
and 99.9% humidity Darwin and felt like the temperature was around 50. Later, I
went to live there and came to like The Wet better than the dry season (just
loved the thunderstorms over the sea). Driving to Kakadu in the wet would be
torture. And Anne's comments about the roads are spot on. I'd give the Top End a
miss this trip, Brian. There's PLENTY to see and do on the east coast.

Joseph


Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


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A Mate August 20th, 2004 01:57 PM

Brian,
A bit insulting!!
Nearly all your replies are from Australians who are trying to help you!! We
all travel in December/January - but be aware that you need to book ahead -
and be prepared for crowds everywhere that's attractive or interesting!! At
risk of being repetitive - but no 'nosence' - December/January are super
peak vacation time for Australians. Beaches are crowded. Prices are high!!!
But!! Book ahead and there are places to stay - there are things to do!!!
You can have a great time!!! Be flexible - be patient!! Jellyfish never
really worry Australians for reasons already explained! You won't have a
'bad' experience - Australians all have a 'ball' - on holiday!! Why
shouldn't you??????!



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been

i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark





A Mate August 20th, 2004 01:57 PM

Brian,
A bit insulting!!
Nearly all your replies are from Australians who are trying to help you!! We
all travel in December/January - but be aware that you need to book ahead -
and be prepared for crowds everywhere that's attractive or interesting!! At
risk of being repetitive - but no 'nosence' - December/January are super
peak vacation time for Australians. Beaches are crowded. Prices are high!!!
But!! Book ahead and there are places to stay - there are things to do!!!
You can have a great time!!! Be flexible - be patient!! Jellyfish never
really worry Australians for reasons already explained! You won't have a
'bad' experience - Australians all have a 'ball' - on holiday!! Why
shouldn't you??????!



"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been

i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark





Daniel Bowen August 21st, 2004 12:36 AM

"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.


No. You might have some trouble in particular spots, eg big cities on New
Years Eve, and holiday areas (eg Gold Coast) in the 2-3 weeks after
Christmas, but if you plan ahead and book for these times, you should be
fine.

For the period before Christmas, I doubt you'd have issues. Remember that in
most states, schools run until about the 17th of December, so most families
don't go on holiday until after that (with most people taking time off only
after Christmas, as for many businesses up until Christmas time is very
busy).

2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.


Someone from that area can probably answer better than I, but I'd have
thought it was just a matter of taking heed of any local warnings, and
avoiding the beach if necessary.


Daniel
--
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Email: dbowen at custard dot net dot au
http://www.danielbowen.com/



[email protected] August 21st, 2004 12:38 AM

Anne Chambers wrote in message ...
Sorry, I don't know how the previous one got sent before I wrote anything!

You don't want to go to the Northern Territory in December/January -
it's hot, humid and WET - really, really wet. In fact, the season is
called 'The Wet'. Roads are very often cut because of flooding and it
is almost unbearbable, especially in the Top End (Darwin & Kakadu). I
lived in the Territory for 11 years - believe me, I know!

Anne

I also lived in the Top End for many years and Dec/Jan IMO is the best
time of year to be there, loved the tropical rain and lighting shows.
The worst time for humidity is during the build up, besides everything
is air-con now you will be more comfortable up there in the wet than
down south in any capital city during a heat wave.
Cheers, Ed

Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers, Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


DJ August 21st, 2004 09:15 AM

Hi there Brian,

Like everyone here says, that December Summer time is the holiday season, if
you plan and book now, you might just score good deals in accommodation.

Up in Qld, I think that you might find it way too hot and humid and the same
for Nth Coast NSW with temps often up in the late 30'sC . I lived in Grafton
Nth NSW for 9 yrs and it often gets up around the 38C with very high
humidity.

Have you possibly thought of a vacation in Tasmania during summer...ave temp
in their low to high 20's with low humidity.

Tasmania has many of Australia's most historical and oldest places of
interest and history.

You can get to Tassie from either Melbourne ferry or now a large passenger
ferry leaves from Sydney.
http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/


You might even find Victoria and the Snowy Mountains very interesting as
well.
http://www.snowymountains.com.au/

Have a look and see what you think.....there is more to Australia than
Sydney and Queensland.

Sometimes if you find accommodation in an ideal place that you think you
would enjoy or is central to everything, try contacting them directly
through email or their websites and start asking about best deals that they
can forward to you, My wife and I saved about 50% on hotel costs in Japan by
doing this......makes a difference if you wish to stay somewhere for a few
days at a time.

Good luck

DJ

"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been

i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark





DJ August 21st, 2004 09:15 AM

Hi there Brian,

Like everyone here says, that December Summer time is the holiday season, if
you plan and book now, you might just score good deals in accommodation.

Up in Qld, I think that you might find it way too hot and humid and the same
for Nth Coast NSW with temps often up in the late 30'sC . I lived in Grafton
Nth NSW for 9 yrs and it often gets up around the 38C with very high
humidity.

Have you possibly thought of a vacation in Tasmania during summer...ave temp
in their low to high 20's with low humidity.

Tasmania has many of Australia's most historical and oldest places of
interest and history.

You can get to Tassie from either Melbourne ferry or now a large passenger
ferry leaves from Sydney.
http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/


You might even find Victoria and the Snowy Mountains very interesting as
well.
http://www.snowymountains.com.au/

Have a look and see what you think.....there is more to Australia than
Sydney and Queensland.

Sometimes if you find accommodation in an ideal place that you think you
would enjoy or is central to everything, try contacting them directly
through email or their websites and start asking about best deals that they
can forward to you, My wife and I saved about 50% on hotel costs in Japan by
doing this......makes a difference if you wish to stay somewhere for a few
days at a time.

Good luck

DJ

"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been

i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark





Frank Slootweg August 21st, 2004 03:36 PM

You don't say *how* you will be traveling, i.e. what kind of
transportation, nor what *kind* of accomodation you will (mainly) use.

FWIW, in 1995/1996, we traveled from half December through end of
January by campervan from Sydney to Townsville, Darwin, Alice Springs,
Uluru/Ayers Rock and back to Alice Springs, and only *once* had a full
caravan park (in Noosa), so we took the second one. Big deal.

Have a good one.

Brizze wrote:
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark


Frank Slootweg August 21st, 2004 03:36 PM

You don't say *how* you will be traveling, i.e. what kind of
transportation, nor what *kind* of accomodation you will (mainly) use.

FWIW, in 1995/1996, we traveled from half December through end of
January by campervan from Sydney to Townsville, Darwin, Alice Springs,
Uluru/Ayers Rock and back to Alice Springs, and only *once* had a full
caravan park (in Noosa), so we took the second one. Big deal.

Have a good one.

Brizze wrote:
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark


Cactus August 22nd, 2004 01:45 AM

Anne, as you lived in NT, maybe you can assist me.
I am a Canuck and want to return to Oz and visit areas I did not see -
several of course. Big goal is the Indian Pacific to Perth.
Curious about NT - Darwin and Kakadu - maybe get an air pass of sorts.
If I picked Novemebr to go, I gather you think I should go to the NT first
and Wa last?

Ian

"Anne Chambers" wrote in message
...
Sorry, I don't know how the previous one got sent before I wrote anything!

You don't want to go to the Northern Territory in December/January -
it's hot, humid and WET - really, really wet. In fact, the season is
called 'The Wet'. Roads are very often cut because of flooding and it
is almost unbearbable, especially in the Top End (Darwin & Kakadu). I
lived in the Territory for 11 years - believe me, I know!

Anne


Brizze wrote:

Hi again,

Thanks for your answers.
We only have december and maybe the first week of january.
But is it mostly the east-coast thats crowded ?
When i first went to AU i was told that if one only has a month to see

AU
you should choose the east-coast.

But Australia is a big place :) so what about Darwin, and the south-west
coast ? is it possible to see the sights here, like kakadue, Ayers,

Uluru,
and what else? on a month without spending most of the time in a bus or

a
plane?
And if so can somebody recomend a good route ?

Thanks Brian


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Brizze August 23rd, 2004 08:57 AM

G day again...
Thanks a lot for your answers!
I certainly did not mean to insult anyone. What I mean is that this is a
trip that will set be back about 50-60000Dkr. Ca 13000 Australian dollars.
So its not something im going to take lightly. That is why I'm on this
newsgroup trying to find out if what I read on places like Lonley Planet
ect. Is a big or a small problem, a plroblem I can live with or not. And I
am very appreciative for all you Australians who can tell me what you think.
Eventhough Denmark is not as popular as Australia, we actually do have a
significant amount of tourists in summertime. And danes also have a great
time despite the cowds ect. So im sure I would have a "ball" I Australia ;0)
in fact i know it!!!

To help you good people, help me :0) I will tell you some details.
I visited Oz in march 2000 went from Sydney to Cairns by bus and lived on
hostels.

My wife and I are now thinking of going from Perth to Sydney on 1 month,
gook luck, you might say ;0)
How we travel is not important. What is important is that we see as much as
possible on the time we have.
On this trip we would like to have some fun, our age 28 and 32, see some of
the classic Australia, ofcourse as many animals as possible, kanguru,
parrots, my wife-koalas :) etc. see specktakular nature and meet some mate's
and matildas.

Now this is what I have found out so far.
In Perth ther should be a chance of wale spotting from september to
december, this we would love to do, so if anyone knows anything about this,
please write.
The Great Coastal Road, maybe we could rent a car for this..
Kangaroo Island, this is one thing we will have to see, I have seen
different offers on the web.

Tazmania, yes that would be great, but how much time shuld one spend here
???
Ayers and the Olgas we would also like to see, but I realize that we cant
have it all L

That's it I think, so any ideas of yours are most welcome !
Thanks for all your help :)
Brian



Julie August 23rd, 2004 10:01 AM

Hi Brian,

With just one month I don't think I would drive from Perth to Adelaide. By
all means spend a few days in Perth. There is lots to see there.

You could fly to Adelaide and then hire a car and drive down to catch the
ferry to Kangaroo Island. Continue driving to Melbourne along the Great
Ocean Road.

How much time you have will depend on how long you spend on the road.

If you want to go to Tassie you can get really cheap fares on the ferry and
take the car for $10.00. see: http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/

Again it depends on how long you have got. One month is not a long time.
You will have to decide on whether you want to see a lot of places for a
short time or spend a lot of time in a few places.

Julie

"Brizze" wrote in message
. ..
G day again...
Thanks a lot for your answers!
I certainly did not mean to insult anyone. What I mean is that this is a
trip that will set be back about 50-60000Dkr. Ca 13000 Australian dollars.
So its not something im going to take lightly. That is why I'm on this
newsgroup trying to find out if what I read on places like Lonley Planet
ect. Is a big or a small problem, a plroblem I can live with or not. And I
am very appreciative for all you Australians who can tell me what you

think.
Eventhough Denmark is not as popular as Australia, we actually do have a
significant amount of tourists in summertime. And danes also have a great
time despite the cowds ect. So im sure I would have a "ball" I Australia

;0)
in fact i know it!!!

To help you good people, help me :0) I will tell you some details.
I visited Oz in march 2000 went from Sydney to Cairns by bus and lived on
hostels.

My wife and I are now thinking of going from Perth to Sydney on 1 month,
gook luck, you might say ;0)
How we travel is not important. What is important is that we see as much

as
possible on the time we have.
On this trip we would like to have some fun, our age 28 and 32, see some

of
the classic Australia, ofcourse as many animals as possible, kanguru,
parrots, my wife-koalas :) etc. see specktakular nature and meet some

mate's
and matildas.

Now this is what I have found out so far.
In Perth ther should be a chance of wale spotting from september to
december, this we would love to do, so if anyone knows anything about

this,
please write.
The Great Coastal Road, maybe we could rent a car for this..
Kangaroo Island, this is one thing we will have to see, I have seen
different offers on the web.

Tazmania, yes that would be great, but how much time shuld one spend here
???
Ayers and the Olgas we would also like to see, but I realize that we cant
have it all L

That's it I think, so any ideas of yours are most welcome !
Thanks for all your help :)
Brian





Peter August 23rd, 2004 01:54 PM

In article ,
says...

Eventhough Denmark is not as popular as Australia, we actually do have a
significant amount of tourists in summertime. And danes also have a great
time despite the cowds ect. So im sure I would have a "ball" I Australia ;0)
in fact i know it!!!


Guaranteed. Denmark is very popular here after that magic royal wedding.

On this trip we would like to have some fun, our age 28 and 32, see some of
the classic Australia, ofcourse as many animals as possible, kanguru,
parrots, my wife-koalas :) etc. see specktakular nature and meet some mate's
and matildas.


You'll have no problems seeing kangaroos. They often sleep by the side
of busy highways. They are most active at dawn and dusk, and during the
heat of the day tend to loll around under trees. Koala could be tricky,
but are plentiful in some areas.

Now this is what I have found out so far.
In Perth ther should be a chance of wale spotting from september to
december, this we would love to do, so if anyone knows anything about this,
please write.


You'd be pushing it in December. The whales go down to the Antarctic for
the summer.

The Great Coastal Road, maybe we could rent a car for this..


A great drive.

Kangaroo Island, this is one thing we will have to see, I have seen
different offers on the web.


Plenty of koalas on Kangaroo Island.

Tazmania, yes that would be great, but how much time shuld one spend here
???


It's only a small place. A week is enough. Highlights are the West Coast
with a boat cruise up the Franklin River, and Port Arthur the old
convict settlement east of Hobart. Hobart itself is very busy for the
week or so after Christmas.

Ayers and the Olgas we would also like to see, but I realize that we cant
have it all L


If you have the money, fly there. You can see both the Rock and the
Olgas in one day and there are plenty of guided trips available.

That's it I think, so any ideas of yours are most welcome !
Thanks for all your help :)


Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney will give you guaranteed sightings of all
Australian animals including the platypus, very hard to see in the wild.
It's also a great view over the Harbour with the Opera House and the
Bridge in the background.

There's a revolving buffet restaurant in Sydney Tower where you get a
great view of the city and can eat kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat.

Canberra is a superb example of a planned city, even if you don't go
inside any of the museums and art galleries, you can drive around and
see how it's all put together. The view from Mount Ainslie is tremendous
as it lies at one end of the ceremonial land axis. Have dinner at Black
Mountain Tower - in the middle of summer I like to arrive in the late
afternoon and watch as the sun sets over the Brindabellas and the lights
come on.

The YHA hostel in Melbourne at Queensberry Hill is a favorite of mine.
Walk down to North Melbourne in the golden twilight and admire the
gothic town hall from one of the many restaurants opposite. Or if you
want cosmopolitan atmosphere, you can't go past Lygon Street in
Brunswick.

There are any number of great places to go in Australia. The main thing
to remember is that it's a long way between them, and apart from the
South East corner, it's all very sparsely settled.

Frank Slootweg August 23rd, 2004 03:05 PM

Julie wrote:
Hi Brian,

With just one month I don't think I would drive from Perth to Adelaide.

[deleted]

Yes, one month is somewhat short. FYI, we did this part (by campervan)
from October 27 (*leaving* Perth) to November 25 (*arriving* in Sydney)
2000. I.e. 30 days *without* time in Perth or Sydney (and without time
to fly to/from Oz).

Frank Slootweg August 23rd, 2004 03:05 PM

Julie wrote:
Hi Brian,

With just one month I don't think I would drive from Perth to Adelaide.

[deleted]

Yes, one month is somewhat short. FYI, we did this part (by campervan)
from October 27 (*leaving* Perth) to November 25 (*arriving* in Sydney)
2000. I.e. 30 days *without* time in Perth or Sydney (and without time
to fly to/from Oz).

Brizze August 24th, 2004 07:45 AM

Thanks, very usefull !!!

"Peter" skrev i en meddelelse
news:[email protected]
In article ,
says...

Eventhough Denmark is not as popular as Australia, we actually do have a
significant amount of tourists in summertime. And danes also have a

great
time despite the cowds ect. So im sure I would have a "ball" I Australia

;0)
in fact i know it!!!


Guaranteed. Denmark is very popular here after that magic royal wedding.

On this trip we would like to have some fun, our age 28 and 32, see some

of
the classic Australia, ofcourse as many animals as possible, kanguru,
parrots, my wife-koalas :) etc. see specktakular nature and meet some

mate's
and matildas.


You'll have no problems seeing kangaroos. They often sleep by the side
of busy highways. They are most active at dawn and dusk, and during the
heat of the day tend to loll around under trees. Koala could be tricky,
but are plentiful in some areas.

Now this is what I have found out so far.
In Perth ther should be a chance of wale spotting from september to
december, this we would love to do, so if anyone knows anything about

this,
please write.


You'd be pushing it in December. The whales go down to the Antarctic for
the summer.

The Great Coastal Road, maybe we could rent a car for this..


A great drive.

Kangaroo Island, this is one thing we will have to see, I have seen
different offers on the web.


Plenty of koalas on Kangaroo Island.

Tazmania, yes that would be great, but how much time shuld one spend

here
???


It's only a small place. A week is enough. Highlights are the West Coast
with a boat cruise up the Franklin River, and Port Arthur the old
convict settlement east of Hobart. Hobart itself is very busy for the
week or so after Christmas.

Ayers and the Olgas we would also like to see, but I realize that we

cant
have it all L


If you have the money, fly there. You can see both the Rock and the
Olgas in one day and there are plenty of guided trips available.

That's it I think, so any ideas of yours are most welcome !
Thanks for all your help :)


Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney will give you guaranteed sightings of all
Australian animals including the platypus, very hard to see in the wild.
It's also a great view over the Harbour with the Opera House and the
Bridge in the background.

There's a revolving buffet restaurant in Sydney Tower where you get a
great view of the city and can eat kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat.

Canberra is a superb example of a planned city, even if you don't go
inside any of the museums and art galleries, you can drive around and
see how it's all put together. The view from Mount Ainslie is tremendous
as it lies at one end of the ceremonial land axis. Have dinner at Black
Mountain Tower - in the middle of summer I like to arrive in the late
afternoon and watch as the sun sets over the Brindabellas and the lights
come on.

The YHA hostel in Melbourne at Queensberry Hill is a favorite of mine.
Walk down to North Melbourne in the golden twilight and admire the
gothic town hall from one of the many restaurants opposite. Or if you
want cosmopolitan atmosphere, you can't go past Lygon Street in
Brunswick.

There are any number of great places to go in Australia. The main thing
to remember is that it's a long way between them, and apart from the
South East corner, it's all very sparsely settled.




Brizze August 24th, 2004 07:45 AM

Thanks, very usefull !!!

"Peter" skrev i en meddelelse
news:[email protected]
In article ,
says...

Eventhough Denmark is not as popular as Australia, we actually do have a
significant amount of tourists in summertime. And danes also have a

great
time despite the cowds ect. So im sure I would have a "ball" I Australia

;0)
in fact i know it!!!


Guaranteed. Denmark is very popular here after that magic royal wedding.

On this trip we would like to have some fun, our age 28 and 32, see some

of
the classic Australia, ofcourse as many animals as possible, kanguru,
parrots, my wife-koalas :) etc. see specktakular nature and meet some

mate's
and matildas.


You'll have no problems seeing kangaroos. They often sleep by the side
of busy highways. They are most active at dawn and dusk, and during the
heat of the day tend to loll around under trees. Koala could be tricky,
but are plentiful in some areas.

Now this is what I have found out so far.
In Perth ther should be a chance of wale spotting from september to
december, this we would love to do, so if anyone knows anything about

this,
please write.


You'd be pushing it in December. The whales go down to the Antarctic for
the summer.

The Great Coastal Road, maybe we could rent a car for this..


A great drive.

Kangaroo Island, this is one thing we will have to see, I have seen
different offers on the web.


Plenty of koalas on Kangaroo Island.

Tazmania, yes that would be great, but how much time shuld one spend

here
???


It's only a small place. A week is enough. Highlights are the West Coast
with a boat cruise up the Franklin River, and Port Arthur the old
convict settlement east of Hobart. Hobart itself is very busy for the
week or so after Christmas.

Ayers and the Olgas we would also like to see, but I realize that we

cant
have it all L


If you have the money, fly there. You can see both the Rock and the
Olgas in one day and there are plenty of guided trips available.

That's it I think, so any ideas of yours are most welcome !
Thanks for all your help :)


Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney will give you guaranteed sightings of all
Australian animals including the platypus, very hard to see in the wild.
It's also a great view over the Harbour with the Opera House and the
Bridge in the background.

There's a revolving buffet restaurant in Sydney Tower where you get a
great view of the city and can eat kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat.

Canberra is a superb example of a planned city, even if you don't go
inside any of the museums and art galleries, you can drive around and
see how it's all put together. The view from Mount Ainslie is tremendous
as it lies at one end of the ceremonial land axis. Have dinner at Black
Mountain Tower - in the middle of summer I like to arrive in the late
afternoon and watch as the sun sets over the Brindabellas and the lights
come on.

The YHA hostel in Melbourne at Queensberry Hill is a favorite of mine.
Walk down to North Melbourne in the golden twilight and admire the
gothic town hall from one of the many restaurants opposite. Or if you
want cosmopolitan atmosphere, you can't go past Lygon Street in
Brunswick.

There are any number of great places to go in Australia. The main thing
to remember is that it's a long way between them, and apart from the
South East corner, it's all very sparsely settled.




Fokke Coenen August 27th, 2004 11:09 PM

Australians think december is crowded because of the school holidays. We
have been in Australia from oct to april and december is NOT crowded by
European standards. The school holidays only begin at the end of december
and Australia is soooooo large that even if they want, they cannot make the
place crowded.

We were in Queensland at that time and is was great. We traveled aroud with
a campervan. We did book every acomondation the day before, but this proved
only nessecary in one occasion.

I am sure you have a worderfull time.

Felix Cohen
Netherlands

ps. There is an advantage to have some other visitors to campings. You can
easily meet Australians. Great fun.


"Brizze" schreef in bericht
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have been

i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark





Brizze August 31st, 2004 12:19 PM

""Australia is soooooo large that even if they want, they cannot make the
place crowded.""

Yeah, i guess your right, Felix ;0)

Brian


"Fokke Coenen" skrev i en meddelelse
...
Australians think december is crowded because of the school holidays. We
have been in Australia from oct to april and december is NOT crowded by
European standards. The school holidays only begin at the end of december
and Australia is soooooo large that even if they want, they cannot make

the
place crowded.

We were in Queensland at that time and is was great. We traveled aroud

with
a campervan. We did book every acomondation the day before, but this

proved
only nessecary in one occasion.

I am sure you have a worderfull time.

Felix Cohen
Netherlands

ps. There is an advantage to have some other visitors to campings. You can
easily meet Australians. Great fun.


"Brizze" schreef in bericht
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation

and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have

been
i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is

some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience

by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark







Brizze August 31st, 2004 02:45 PM

""Australia is soooooo large that even if they want, they cannot make the
place crowded""

Yeah, i guess your right ;)
thanks for your info

Brian


"Fokke Coenen" skrev i en meddelelse
...
Australians think december is crowded because of the school holidays. We
have been in Australia from oct to april and december is NOT crowded by
European standards. The school holidays only begin at the end of december
and Australia is soooooo large that even if they want, they cannot make

the
place crowded.

We were in Queensland at that time and is was great. We traveled aroud

with
a campervan. We did book every acomondation the day before, but this

proved
only nessecary in one occasion.

I am sure you have a worderfull time.

Felix Cohen
Netherlands

ps. There is an advantage to have some other visitors to campings. You can
easily meet Australians. Great fun.


"Brizze" schreef in bericht
. ..
Hi Everyone,

My wife and i are planing a 4-5week trip to Australia in december, maybe
that is! Because i have read a couple of places that december is not the
best month to visit AU.

1. because australians themselves are on their long christmas vacation

and
therefore, making it almost impossible to find a place to sleep etc.
2. because of the huge amount of box jellyfish, that makes it
life-threatening to go bathing north of Brisbane.

So i would very much like to hear from Australians or people who have

been
i
AU in december, who can tell me if this is all nosence or if there is

some
truth in it.
I visited this beautiful country the first time in march 2000 and it was
just perfect. Therefore i would like to avoid getting a bad experience

by
going the wrong time of year, so please help me by responding here, or
direct on my email

Thanks a lot
Brian/Copenhagen/Denmark








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