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Our Australian itinerary

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Our Australian itinerary

Here is a rough draft of our Australian itinerary. We are big walkers, on our trips we typically cover about 15 km a day. This is why we have so many sights in one day.

Any suggestions, changes, or attractions you can recommend to make our trip more memorable are welcome. Are we missing any sights? Any we should take off?

Thanks

Itinerary:

Day 1 Thurs - Arrive in Sydney:

Arrive 615am

Taxi from airport to Harbourside Apartments

Sights to see:

Sydney Observatory

Historic rocks area

Writers Walk

Circular Quay

Harbour Bridge

Pylon Lookout

Government House

Opera House

Royal Botanic Gardens

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair

Parliament House

State Library

The Domain

El Alamein Fountain

St Mary's Cathedral

Sydney Tower

State Theatre

Queen Victoria Bldg

Hyde Park

Anzac Memorial

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Darling harbour

Darling Harbour Convention Centre (Tidal Cascade)

Anzac Bridge

Bicentennial Park

Day 2 Fri – Sydney:

Featherdale Wildlife Park (pet kangaroos and koalas)

Centennial Park

Bondi Beach

View any missed sights

Day 3 Sat - Fly Sydney to Cairns:

arrive 1050am

get rental car and go to hotel in trinity beach

spend rest of day at trinity beach and Palm Cove

Day 4 Sun - Cairns:

Drive to Kuranda Rainforest

Ride Skyrail Kuranda Rainforest Cableway

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Hike red peak and Barron Falls

Day 5 Mon - Cairns:

Drive to Port Douglas

Wavelength reef snorkeling tour

Day 6 Tues - Cairns:

Extra day, maybe Daintree Rainforest?

Day 7 Wed - Fly to Melbourne:

Arrive at 515pm

Tour Melbourne city sights

Lygon street

Westgate Bridge

Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne Museum

Day 8 Thurs - Melbourne:

Tour Melbourne city sights

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Fitzroy Garden

Botanical Gardens

Shrine of Remembrance

Flinders st station

Phillip Island

Day 9 Fri - Melbourne:

Drive to Geelong

Tour the great ocean road

Bells Beach

Point Addis

Anglesea

Aireys Inlet

Cinema Point

Mount Defiance

cape patton

Marriners

Apollo Bay

Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre

Cape Otway Lightstation

The Gable

Gibson steps

12 apostles

Grotto

London Arch

Loch Ard Gorge

Find kangaroo crossing sign

Find koala crossing sign

Day 10 Sat - Fly Melbourne to USA:

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1. Re: Our Australian itinerary

Sorry it is so long. I had it all spaced out but I guess when I pasted it, the formatting changed and I cannot edit the post.

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2. Re: Our Australian itinerary

Hi

I understand you are big walkers but you are NOT going to get in all of those sights in on your first day in Sydney, especially after being off a looong flight!!!

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3. Re: Our Australian itinerary

How would you suggest we break up Sydney then? The zoo is far which will take some time but we have to pet the animals!

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4. Re: Our Australian itinerary

Definitely take a daytrip to Daintree NP.

Your day 9 (GOR) and the places you want to visit takes longer than a daytrip imo.

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5. Re: Our Australian itinerary

My head is spinning just looking at day 1!

If you want to see most of that the only way would be to do a HOHO bus tour...It takes 2 hours if you stay on, so you could spend most of the day sopping at all the places you want to see. (Bicentennial Park & ANZAC bridge not on HOHO bus). The HOHO bus has a 2nd loop included in the price that goes to Bondi. If you still have time on that day I would go for a ferry ride to Manly, returning in the evening to take in the city lights.

Day 2 Featherdale will take more or less 1/2 the day, so you would need to decide what you haven't covered to go to..

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6. Re: Our Australian itinerary

oo when you hit reply it spaces it back out nicely!!

what time of year are you visiting?

Day 7 - Westgate Bridge...you will be travelling over this to get to Geelong on Day 9 so I'd skip it this day

Day 8 - Depending on what time of year you will be travelling the Penguin Parade (I take it that's why you are going to PI?) will give you a late finish back in Melbourne. To achieve anywhere near what you'd like to on Day 9 you will be up and need to be in Geelong or further BEFORE daybreak! You will hardly sleep.

It's a shame your flight doesnt arrive in until so late on day 7 - it seems a waste as you havent detailed anything for the morning in cairns. can you change this to arrive earlier and then do Phillip Island that evening?

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7. Re: Our Australian itinerary

Okay great we will add Daintree Rainforest day tour for sure.

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8. Re: Our Australian itinerary

On day 9 (GOR), how would you break it up into a feasible day trip.

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9. Re: Our Australian itinerary

That is good to know that Featherdale will take half a day. We are going to just pet the kangaroos and Kahluas. Bases on the reviews, this seemed like the best place for the money.

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10. Re: Our Australian itinerary

We will be there early September. Great, I will take out the Westgate Bridge since we will see it one our way to Geelong.

Nope, the fights have been set and I think this was the earliest flight available.

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