NWR Question for Aussie Bees

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

How long will you be in Australia? Approximate budget?

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Yay! 

What do you guys like to do for fun? 

Far north Queensland is always a winner, especially in the cooler months as it still tends to be warm there (although keep in mind most of Australia has relatively mild winters anyhow) – but it can be pricey. 

Of course, I’m always happy to make a shout out for my home, good old Adelaide (South Australia) – listed in the Lonely Planets top 10 cities to visit in 2014, for what it’s worth 🙂

Look forward to helping you plan your aussie adventure! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If you’re going to Sydney, I would look at spending a few days in the Blue Mountains which is just outside Sydney. Beautiful scenery, but do bring some warm clothes as it can get pretty chilly. If you’re a foodie, there are loads a great restaurants in Sydney and i’d be happy to reccommend soMe. 

It it really depends what you’re into. If you like cities then both Sydney and Melbourne are great. If you like beaches then maybe visit Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands. 

 

Also bear in mind that Australia is a bloody big country so travelling can cost a fair bit of time and money (I’m from Ireland originally so it was a bit of a shock to realise just how big Oz is). 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Oooh, the Blue Mountains is a nice idea 🙂 

3-4 weeks is a nice stretch of time, I’d definitely hop on down to Melbourne for a few days, and from there you could do the Great Ocean Road if you’re a driving fan (famous road covering a beautiful coast line), or you could fly to Tasmania (I’ve never been, but I’ve heard its stunning – again, you might want to take a week or so and hire a car to drive around). 

Realistically, if you’re not too fussed about the beach side of things, I can’t really think of much that would be weather dependent – the winters are mild, so unless you were planning on heading to snow regions it shouldn’t impact you too much.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

LaPetiote:  If you come in August then I guess just be aware that is winter and will be quite cold/wet in places like Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney etc. Obviously not as cold as the UK and it won’t prevent sightseeing but still, relatively cold.  The more tropical locations will be better but you say you aren’t too keen on beach stuff anyway?

 

We had rellies come over from the UK recently and they just stayed in South Australia with us but they particularly enjoyed the wild life parks and wine country (Barossa Valley in particular – renting a cottage there for a few nights and doing lots of wine tasting and eating awesome food is great fun). The good thing about Adelaide is it’s close proximity to so much – wineries, outback is not far away, Flinders Ranges, coastline, Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia is also a major international tourist destination now due to the wildlife and coast line/scenery etc.

I love Melbourne – great shopping and food.  Sydney I’m a bit meh on but seeing the harbour is pretty much compulsory, lol.

 

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Busy Beekeeper

I second Lollybags: suggestion of the Barossa Valley if you are a foodie. As well as Melbourne.

I would suggest the Daintree area, the Great Barrier Reef (before it is destroyed), Kakadu and Uluru.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Restaurants in Sydney that I would recommend 

Lunch/relatively cheap places

– Mamak – really good Malaysian place, great Roti in particular. Just get there early, after midday the queue tends to stretch down the street. 

– Din Tai Fung – the xiao long bao (pork dumplings with soup inside) are incredible. Again try and get there early as the queues can get a bit crazy. 

 

 

Dinner/more expensive but worth it. 

– Cafe sydney – great food and the best view in Sydney. If you go, ask to sit on the balcony – it looks out over circular quay/the harbour bridge/the opera house. Absolutely amazing!

– Flying fish – really good seafood and a nice view of the harbour bridge too

– sushi e – very good food

 

Im not a Sydney local (living in Brisbane) but I’ve visited Sydney quite a few times and I have a pretty big soft spot for it – my FI proposed in the Botannical gardens (which should also totally visit!)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Tasmania will be very cold and wet in August, and still not warm in October (we were there Oct last year) but still beautiful.  The Blue Mountains is a great idea – it’s beautiful up there; my suggestion would be that if you’ve only got three weeks don’t try to jam too much in – stick to Sydney area (Blue Mountains are close to Syd) and then Melbourne area would be what I’d do.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

LaPetiote:  I’m from Melbourne and I LOVE this city so I would absolutely recommend it.. While I love elements of every city (we are very blessed here!) I wouldn’t live anywhere else in Aus! (but that’s a very Melbourne thing to say 😉

Granted the weather will be cooler that time of year, but I have no doubt you’d still love it. It’s also (arguably!) the foodie capital, we have a tonne of great restaurants, lots of beautiful city laneways, galleries, bars, music scenes etc. If you can fit it in, you won’t regret it! 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

It’s 800km (500 miles) from Sydney to Melbourne, and over 1000km from Sydney to Brisbane…intercity flights are pretty cheap if you book early and it’s the best way to go!

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Lollybags:  +1 for Adelaide (or RAdelaide as us locals call it). love the barossa valley (but I’m biased because I grew up there).

i would also put a vote in for Canberra. It’s the capital of Australia. The Bush Capital and it’s possibly the craziest yet most amazing capical city built in the middle of nowhere. 2 hours to the sea, 2 hours to the snow and full of some of the most amazing people you will ever meet. I’m happy to give you a tour if you want!

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