Post # 1
I would be grateful for any/all advice you Bees have! FI and I are spending 3 weeks in Australia for our honeymoon (May 2017) and we are debating our itinerary:
Choice 1: Sydney – Alice Springs – Port Douglas – Whitsundays – Home
Choice 2: Sydney – Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat and Noosa/Fraser Island – Whitsundays – Port Douglas – Home
Choice 3: Sydney – Alice Springs -Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat/Noosa/Fraser Island – Whitsundays – Home
So I guess I was wanting to know if Alice Springs/Uluru a ‘must see?’ for our time there? I know this is subjective, we like the outdoors and I’d say the outback is interesting but it is crazy expensive!! So not sure if it’s worth it.
Also, do you have a preference between Port Douglas area vs Numinbah rainforest/Noosa/Fraser Island if you could only go to one? We will be able to experience the GBR in the Whitsundays, we aren’t divers or anything so mostly we would wander around, do day tours and lay on the beach, so both choices are appealing to us.
Thanks so much for your help and advice!
Post # 2
I’ve never been to Uluru, but neither have most Aussies I know. As you mentioned, its quite expensive! It looks beautiful, but you can still have a fantastic trip without going there.
If you’re going to see the Whitsundays either way, y preference is Fraser over Port Douglas. Fraser is just so unique, and everyone loves renting an AWD and being a bit adventurous. There are also heaps of wild dingos which are cool to see.
Port Douglas is beautiful but I didn’t find it overly interesting. More somewhere to just relax – so it depends on your holiday preferences.
Post # 3
I have no idea where some of those places are, but I was so excited someone was honeymooning in Australia so I had to pop in! We are pre-wedding honeymooning in Australia and our itinerary is PDX to Honolulu to Sydney to Cairns (so I can cuddle some koalas) back down to Sydney (staying in Bondi Beach)! We are going in December since it is their summer!
Post # 4
I’ve been the Uluru and it’s pretty breathtaking. There is an amazingly calm and spiritual atmosphere there. Definitely one of my top domestic trips around Australia and I’ve been to most of the must-see places (and live in Sydney). Would I go again though? Maybe if in the Fiance wanted to go but not any time soon.
Post # 5
Uluru would be something a bit different! I get that is expensive and out of the way though. My brother worked as a tour guide there and it looks wonderful. There’s also King’s Canyon, Ellery creek etc. Note that Uluru and Alice Springs aren’t the same thing, it’s actually over 400km away. If you book a tour though they’ll get you out to see everything. I would LOVE to go to Fraser Island, I would definitely pick that and the rainforest over Port Douglas (granted i know nothing about Port Douglas but it didn’t sound as cool as the largest sand island in the world)
Post # 6
I voted choice 2, as I don’t think Alice Springs is a must see, but it is very popular. As you said it is very expensive, I haven’t been there, it depends on your budget and your interests. Noosa is absolutely wonderful, I have been a few times and I love it!
Post # 7
I can’t choose between 1 and 3 but I would definitely recommend Uluru. (And the nearby Olgas).
Take note that it is something like a 5-6 hour bus trip from Alice Springs to Uluru. You may want to consider doing a direct flight from Sydney to Uluru. (I just looked up a random day and it was $189 pp each way on Jetstar). Alice Springs and the surrounding area has some beautiful rock formations of its own if you have the time. But on a limited visit, I’d fly direct to Uluru (even though I’ve never done that myself).
Post # 8
Alice Springs is awful, don’t bother. Just get a direct flight from Sydney to Yulara (the town near Uluru) and see Uluru and Kata Tjuta (which is far more spectacular IMO).
For the other poster who said they want to go to Cairns to cuddle a koala, you can do that in Lone Pine in Brisbane 🙂
Post # 9
I live in Australia and Noosa, Whitsundays and port Douglas are a must. Forget the outback I think itinerary 2 is a lot more enjoyable.
Post # 10
as an Aussie I’m just saying bondi beach isn’t the loveliest beach in the world…. Its famous but I much prefer a beach that is less busy. The laid back beachiness of bondi is cool though. The lifeguards are pretty spunky too…. so you may want to pretend you got caught in a rip!!! 😉
Post # 11
Aussie here. Have been to all these places in Oz and then some.
Uluru is unforgettable. The place just has an absolute magical aura which I cannot describe and which I have rarely, if ever, come across in my extensive world travels. It’s a must in my opinion. Do not plan to spend any time in Alice Springs though, just do Uluru and Kata Djuta national park – also a must.
I’m afraid you’re going to get a skewed result because lots of people haven’t had the chance or thought to go there. Do take that into account
I pick choice 3 but would skip Port Douglas and fly straight to Uluru effectively skipping Alice Springs as well. If you’re set on Port you won’t be disappointed, it’s quite a nice town and often there are dolphins close to shore – but it is a town, not anything too exciting or a must see so to speak
Post # 12
I’m Australian & I would def say Whitsundays. Maybe you would consider Tasmania instead of Alice Springs / Uluru? It’s insanely beautiful & you would experience three completely different parts of our country if you did Tasmania – Sydney – Whitsundays.
Post # 13
Thank you for your advice! We were going to skip Fraser Island originally but driving the AWD sounds like loads of fun!
I’m thinking it’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ type of holiday. You’re glad you’ve seen it, but maybe don’t need to rush back. Realistically, we’ll prob never be in Australia again, hence my dilemma!
Oh so fun! Have a lovely time!
Fraser Island seems to be getting a lot of recommendation! So if we do end up making the journey to Uluru, looks like we’ll go there over Port Douglas!
Eeek! I think we were are staying in Alice Springs for 2 days after Uluru. If there’s really nothing there maybe we’ll fly out of Yulara (we are flying in there). Thanks for the suggestion!
george8181 : Jacqui90 :
Thank you for your advice! Going all the way to Uluru is so time consuming, so if not a must see, I’d rather spend that time on a beach!
Thanks for your recommendation! A few others have also commented that Uluru is absolutely amazing so I’d really love to see it.
Post # 14
Thanks so much for your input! I never even thought about Tasmania! Will have to look that up now!
Post # 15
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Tasmania is gorgeous – much more like New Zealand than it is like mainland Australia. Cradle Mountain National Park and Port Arthur would be my two absolute must-sees there – but they’re not very close to each other unfortunately! Oh and MONA in Hobart – it’s a private art museum and while some of the art is controversial for controversy’s sake, a lot of it is amazing. We spent a week there and it was great. Renting a car is probably the way to go there.