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  #21  
Old August 21st, 2004, 12:38 AM
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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

  #22  
Old August 21st, 2004, 09:15 AM
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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




  #23  
Old August 21st, 2004, 09:15 AM
DJ
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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




  #24  
Old August 21st, 2004, 03:36 PM
Frank Slootweg
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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

  #25  
Old August 21st, 2004, 03:36 PM
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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

  #26  
Old August 22nd, 2004, 01:45 AM
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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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  #27  
Old August 23rd, 2004, 08:57 AM
Brizze
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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


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Old August 23rd, 2004, 10:01 AM
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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




  #29  
Old August 23rd, 2004, 01:54 PM
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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.
  #30  
Old August 23rd, 2004, 03:05 PM
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Julie wrote:
Hi Brian,

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

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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).
 




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