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Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

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Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

Hello there, me and my good lady are coming to sydney on the 7th of feb for a 3 week holiday to stay with friends, hoping to spend a few days in sydney then possibly rent a car and see the sights we would like to see the beaches, sunbathe, try surfin n snorkelling bit a kangaroo spottin the whole australian works! Only prob is we are working class glasweignas and are on a budget :) We like the good things of course but are realistic. Any help, tips or info would be greatly appreciated!!!

Regards to all from Glasgow Scotland

See you soon.....

Scottish Scotty

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1. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

Ok hire a car, and do a drive north or South (north will be better for snorkel etc but highly unlikely you'll make the reef if you don;t take the plunge and grab a flight in the time you have.

To save on $$ have a look at cabins in van parks as these allow self cater and $$ down. Some parks have lovely facilities.

i'd suggest talking to your friends first and see what they say

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2. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

Nice one thank you for posting back! They are not long out there but will definetlt have advice for us also so we will find out more.

Fancy the gold coast surfers paradise etc would this be realistic on a weeks trip. forgive my ignorance on australia but iam trying to find out as much as possible to make the most of our trip. S

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3. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

Google maps is a really good tool for planning these types of trips as you can then work out distances etc. unless you like spending long periods of time on roads with boring scenary your best bet is to fly between major locations and day trip from there. Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast take approx 1hr and cost between $60 to $200 one way per person.

Hope this helps a little

Matty

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4. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

For a week you could drive to the GC, takes roughly 10 hours, so perhaps stop off at somewhere like Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour. Byron Bay is lovely too, but expensive to stay generally.

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5. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

www.whereis.com I find is even better than Google Maps, which only this week acknowledged they had a major problem with mapping a route along the east cost heading north.

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6. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

Staying at youth hostels is a budget way to travel. I don't know the ages of yourself and your good lady but some YHAs take people of all ages.

The Sydney YHA at the Rocks is a great place to stay as it's quite modern with private rooms and one of the best views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

There are lots of YHA's around Australia. You could rent a campervan to travel around, stay in YHA's, and also caravan parks when no YHA's are around.

http://www.yha.com.au/

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7. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

google maps is playing up at the moment. I notice there was an article about it in the Sydney Morning Herald the other day. People with no other map with them have been getting quite upset apparently.

Sydney to the Gold Coast is totally doable in the time you have and you would have time to really have a good look around.

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8. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

February would be a good time to do the Sydney - Gold Coast drive.

School holidays will be over, opening up some accommodation options that wouldn't be available or would be expensive otherwise. And the beaches won't be so full - not that overcrowding is ever a serious issue here.

One word of warning: Please DON'T surf or swim on unpatrolled beaches, or where you're the only people around.

They might look wonderful to you, but could have a rip, strong current that are traps for those who don't know our conditions.

And stay out of the ocean at dawn & dusk.

I do that drive quite frequently and here are a few of my favourite spots. (budget/reasonable priced accommodation too)

For that spot of surfing: CRESCENT HEADS

http://www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/caravanpks.htm

Cabins in the caravan park, right on the water's edge. Very popular surfing spot in a small township. About 5 hours drive from Sydney.

A little farther north: NAMBUCCA HEADS. Again, great cabins in a caravan park, right on the ocean front. White Albatross Holiday park. Bistro/pub just footsteps away. Lovely little village - great for walks, swimming etc.

http://www.whitealbatross.com.au/

http://www.nambuccatourism.com/

WOOLGOOLGA. Just north of Coffs Harbour. Another little town/village with good value accommodation right on/near the water. Very interesting Sikh history & presence.

http://woolgoolga.org.au/

From Woolgoolga, you can continue up the Coast ... I like Grafton, clarencetourism.com/about-the-clarence/…40

Lennox Heads,

Bangalow http://www.bangalow.com/

OR ... you can take the Summerland Way from Grafton and see some of the inland on the way to the Gold Coast.

Do take Snodge's advice about Google Maps. They're quite ratty at the moment. You can't beat the good old paper variety, IMHO. I use my GPS for close-in navigation, and online maps for quick checking of routes & times, but they are by no means infallible.

Have a great time ... and don't forget the sunscreen. We don't want that delicate Glaswegian hide burnt to a crisp, to we ;)

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9. Re: Help in Oz would be greatly appreciated!

Great info there Bokhara.

Scotty, also have a look at this site too - http://www.big4.com.au/

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