The great thing about Tripadvisor is sharing your knowledge and experience with others.  While posters can offer advice based on their experience or knowledge to posters about their forthcoming trip, invariably each person who travels to Australia is looking for something that suits their needs and ticks the boxes on their "must do / must see" list.

Trip Reports are a fabulous way of sharing knowledge and experience and allowing the reader to see what others have seen, where they have been, what they have eaten as well as their thoughts about their travels. 

They also provide food for thought about different things to see and do on perhaps your first trip or your next trip to Australia - and perhaps places and activities that may not have been thought of before.

Below is a collection of links to Trip Reports posted  on Tripadvisor which will be updated from time to time.  Please enjoy reading them as much as the people who enjoyed there stay here !!  


Sydney and suburbs

A visitor from the USA packed a lot into her trip, loved Sydney and recommends a number of restaurants – July 2009.

Seven days in Sydney in September 2008 wasn’t enough for this reviewer from the UK who definitely wants to come back.

Mixing business and pleasure on a trip to Sydney.

Weekends in Sydney

Sydney – the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

A jam-packed weekend in Sydney.

The Blue Mountains 

The THree Sisters The Three Sisters

How to make the best of a rainy day in July 2009 on a day tour to the Blue Mountains:

Evans Lookout Evans Lookout

An enjoyable time at the Mountains Music Festival: "Folk, Roots & Blues" - March 2009. 


Short trips out of Sydney

A three day trip to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens – April 2009.

Weekend away to Port Macquarie – August 2009.



Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

A 10 day trip report Sydney/Cairns where the poster loved Sydney’s restaurants and had a wonderful time in the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef    

Ferry Daintree

A young family holidays on the Gold Coast, sampling restaurants and several theme parks.    

A family with teenage boys recommends the Gold Coast as a fun place for a holiday.    

In June 2009, a young family had a fabulous farm-stay at the Sunshine Coast ’s Hinterland, and also enjoyed their trips to Montville , Maleny, Eumundi Markets, Australia Zoo and the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains .    

Three adults and a child had a great time on the Gold Coast at the theme parks, shopping and a day trip to Byron Bay in June 2009.    

In early 2008, a young family had a fabulous time staying at the Animal Farm Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.   Exploring further, they also rode the Mary Valley Heritage Railway at Gympie, and enjoyed scenic drives and several attractions within easy drives from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.    

Cairns / Port Douglas

Taking the Sundlander (train) from Brisbane to Cairns in May 2009, this poster really enjoyed their time in Cairns, including the Reef, the Daintree, Paronella Park , Kuranda, Atherton Tablelands and some wonderful food too.    

Daintree River

This poster stayed two nights at Port Douglas and six nights at Cairns in 2009 so that they could make the most of both areas.   At PD, they enjoyed their drive to Cape Tribulation, while at Cairns they drove south to Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls.  They also enjoyed diving on the reef as well as a half day fishing adventure.    

Cape Tribulation

In May 2009, a couple had a fabulous time during their week long stay at a resort where they had apartment at Palm Cove.   They hired a car and drove to lots of sites such as Kuranda, Port Douglas, Cairns , Cape Tribulation, the Daintree, Mossman Gorge, and the Atherton Tablelands, as well as enjoying two trips to the Reef with different companies.    

Daintree Village

Staying at Trinity Beach in 2009, a family had a fabulous time at Kuranda, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Crystal Cascades, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and of course, sailing and snorkelling in the beautiful waters of Green Island .    

Daintree River

Staying in Cairns for seven days in 2009 with three children, this family enjoyed Muddies Playground, The Skyrail, the Butterfly House at Kuranda, Green Island and The Daintree.    

In June/July 2009, staying at Palm Cove, a family really enjoyed Jungle Surfing in The Daintree, as well as snorkelling, Kuranda and the night markets    

Cape Tribulation

Jet skiing, Jungle Surfing and a drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown was all part of this poster’s holiday in July 2009.    

Daintree River

A three night sail aboard the Pacific Sunrise around the Whitsundays in July 2009 – it just doesn’t get better than this according to this poster.    

Thinking of a drive to a scenic area near Brisbane?   Why not consider this one?  Said to be south east Queensland ’s most scenic national forest parks, it  has expanded to take in bushland areas around Mt Glorious, Mt Mee, D’Aguilar and north Brisbane .    


A poster from New York holidayed in Melbourne in July 2009, enjoying the sites in and around Melbourne including wineries in the Yarra Valley .   Oh, and by the way, he also thinks AFL football is OK !!    He wins fans from all over with his exciting report about attending AFL games in Melbourne with his son who really scored a “goal” when he met his football hero.    


A few days in Melbourne in 2009 for this poster saw them sampling yummy breakfasts at various places, plus some sightseeing and the football too.    

Shopping and shows for three Mums and three daughters was on the agenda for a 3 days trip to Melbourne .  

An expat returns to Melbourne for two weeks in 2009 and reports on her thoughts about some of the restaurants, hotels and bars that she sampled.    


Chocolate tastings, local produce, artworks, patchwork and a restaurant – all in one day from Melbourne to Castlemaine.    

Hot springs in winter, a winery café, warming winter food and gardens – yet another fabulous day trip from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsular    

A drive to historic Queenscliffe, Pt Lonsdale, and ferry ride in April 2009 while taking in some great views and food !!    

About 2 hours drive from Melbourne, the Bellarine Peninsular has a charm all its own says this poster - coastal holiday with beach walks, views, good food and coffee – fabulous for a weekend or day trip.    


In April 2009, a visitor from Singapore really enjoyed their time in Adelaide, taking in the sites as well as a short cruise on the Murray River and a trip to King Island .    

Victor Harbor

Travelling to remote parts in Australia by light plane in April 2009, a poster tells of their trip to a part of Australia that they’ve wanted to see for some time.    

Granite Island


Five days in Perth, Fremantle and a visit to Margaret River were highlights for this poster who loved their time in Australia in July 2009    

Bunker Bay

In May 2009, a visitor from London wrote about their self-drive holiday in Western Australia where they drove from Perth to Kalbari and Monkey Mia to see the friendly dolphins, stopping at various places along the way, then back to Perth before heading down to Margaret River and Albany .  

Monkey Mia Airport  


A “local” writes about their holiday where they went to Margaret River and the south western area of Western Australia in 2009.    

A four day visit to Broome and the Bungle Bungles with a tour company was an enjoyable experience in 2009 for this poster from Sydney .    

A visitor from Northern Ireland tells of her travels in Western Australia, of driving with “Gerry GPS”, pubs, food and observations about what she saw and experienced noting that “it will be exceedingly difficult to surpass the wonderful experience we had in this fabulous country” – a great trip report !!!  


Quay West    

Enjoying his time in Perth, a visitor from Malaysia writes about his trip in July 2009.    



A trip on the ferry across Bass Strait was how this couple started their holiday in Tasmania by motor bike.   Another great read about the diversity and fabulous sites to see in this great State.    

Russell Falls

This visitor's fourth trip to Tasmania in 2009 has not dampened their enthusiasm for holidaying here and have already planned another trip for 2010!!    

Gordon Dam

Russell Falls, Mt Nelson, Hobart, Freycinet and Wine Glass Bay lookout – it’s all here in this trip report from a Sydneysider who visited Tasmania in 2009.    


“We just had the most wonderful mini-trip of a lifetime” writes this Trip Reporter about their family holiday (Mum, Dad and two kids) at Cradle Mountain in 2008.    

A Brisbane couple holidayed in Tasmania and wrote about their self-drive trip to the Apple Isle after always wanting visit there in Autumn (Fall).    

Part business and part pleasure, below is a collection of trip reports from a stay in Tasmania over a four week period in 2008, where the poster talks about Burnie, potential Platypus sightings, the food he ate, and Cradle Mountain.    

A young family have a 12 day trip to Tasmania in 2009- with more reports to come !!    


The Ghan is a wonderful way to travel if you’re not in a hurry and like train trips.   A woman from Western Australia has provided a fabulous link in her 2009 Trip Report     -   well worth a look for those who want to travel on the Ghan.    

Stanley Chasm

Darwin in June 2009  – Mindil beach, jumping crocodiles and Kakadu !!    

One visitor’s report on a self-drive trip to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon over three nights and four days in April 2009.    


A visitor from Donnegal wishes he could have spent more than four days in this extraordinary part of Australia in 2008 and says he’ll be back to visit Kings Canyon and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park again one of these days.    


Three people take a four day self-drive trip Alice Springs to Uluru – “a truly amazing and inspiring experience”.    


One of TA's regular contributors and her   family spent a few days at Uluru before flying to Cairns, but not before enjoying the “Sounds of Silence” dinner   –  “another never to be forgotten experience made very special by the location”      

Changing colours


Lord Howe Island may be found off the eastern coast of Australia – accessible by plane - is a “favourite” spot for many Australians and after reading this fabulous report from 2006, you’ll see why – isolated, small, but completely relaxing – what a holiday!!    

Dunk Island


The West, South and Eastern Australia – a   “fantastic” three and a half weeks down under – Perth , Sydney and Adelaide in 2008/09.    

Central Markets

This excellent Trip Report by ozrookie   from Glasglow takes in the routes of Sydney / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Cairns / and Melbourne.

This trip report by  Jen1224   explores a  road trip from Cairns to Sydney , staying mostly in hostels. They put over 4300 km (2600 miles) on  their rental car. Its a brilliant honest and informative report which includes many outdoor activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling along the East Coast of Australia.

In 2008, a poster from the UK arrived in Australia to celebrate a milestone birthday.   These three trip reports are the highlights of their “trip of a lifetime”.    

A couple from Scotland makes the most of the information available on Tripadvisor to help plan their trip to Australia in 2005.   They had a great time here – and can’t wait to come back - where they took in the sites in Sydney, Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Cairns and Melbourne .    

Multiple posts from an energetic reviewer who had a particular interest in public transport not to mention walking…    

Trip reports from FawltyTowersWatch - This was his first visit to Australia which was a trip that he had dreamed about for a very long time.  He spent some two months in Australia writing comprehensive trip reports that kept readers enthralled for ages.   We were just as sad to see him go as he was to leave Australia's shores.    

With just over two weeks for their trip to Australia, Californian visitors see amazing wildlife, eat great food and see fabulous sites in Sydney, Tasmania and Melbourne in 2009    

A Tripadvisor DE for Road Trips, spends nine weeks in Australia .   Here is a collection of fantastic reports from him about his road trip in Australia in 2009.