Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2016 - Hunter Valley
Depends what type of holiday you like. The Whitsundays and Port Douglas are a must! Palm cove is my favourite place to go! I’ve been to Uluru and Alice springs and while it was nice to see it was far from my favourite holiday. As others have said Tasmania is great or Melbourne or Sydney if you like bigger cities.
Post # 17
I second luxelove! Tassie is so amazing I kind of want to go there for my own honeymoon because I am dying to go back.
Post # 18
- Wedding: May 2017 - Northern Territory, Australia
I live in the NT and honestly Uluru is a must see. The culture and scenery is breathtaking. Also in May the weather is nice – summer but not too hot as the dry season is coming in.
Post # 19
Port Douglas itself may not be all that interesting – though it is beautiful – but you get access to a number of wonderful places in North Queensland eg babinda boulders, Mossman gorge, Josephine falls… If you love the rainforest and the opportunity to wild swim, there are loads of tours.
Having said that, the Whitsundays are spectacular and Uluru is not to be missed, just sticking up for port Douglas! I know it’s not much help but honestly, everywhere is Australia is amazing. You can’t go wrong!
Post # 20
shrillerbee : KiwiDerbyBride
: would May be an ok time of year to go to Tasmania? We live in Ireland where it is cold/damp most of the year so we would like to go somewhere with warmish weather (like tshirt weather) and not raining all the time if at all possible. We have enough rain at home lol!
That’s exactly the appeal for us. It is so different than elsewhere in the country. Ok maybe not as luxurious as the whitsundays, but still an amazing/unique experience
roletta : aussie_25 :
We like to just chill and relax so Port Douglas does sound perfect for that, plus there’s loads of possibilies for trips/exploring around
Post # 21
I’m Australian, and i honestly think number 2 for sure. 🙂
Post # 22
I also agree with luxelove, Tasmania is beautiful and overlooked by most tourists. Try to include Tasmania.
Post # 23
I’m Australian and recommend visiting the Whitsundays and skipping Alice Springs. Noosa is nice but very popular. I like the smaller islands off far North Queensland like Fitzroy Island.
Post # 24
I love Fraser Island! I Found Port Douglas boring.. There isnt all that much to do beside eat and drink coffee..
Post # 25
Another Aussie here.
Uluru is gorgeous, but Kata Tjuta, 50km further out, is even better. Kings Canyon is also amazing – try and get yourself there on your way to / from Alice. You’ll need a full day there to get around it. Alice Springs itself doesn’t have a whole lot to see (trust me, I lived there!), it’s more of a base where you pick up your 4WD and gear to head out exploring. In that area Rainbow Valley and Palm Valley are also both incredible and not accessed at all by tour bus groups.
If you can possibly do both Fraser Island and the Whitsundays I would try and get them both in. They’re both completely unique and totally different. If you’re going to drive on Fraser be careful of the huge washouts from the creek entrances all along the beach, they’re difficult to see, and many a tourist has destroyed their hire 4WD by hitting one at speed and flipping the car.
Port Douglas is ok – lots of lying by the pool and eating places. You need to actually travel out to the reef from there, as it’s not just off the beach.
I would also highly recommend Tasmania. The whole Bay of Fires area is stunning, as is Wineglass Bay. Plus there’s soooo much good food and wine to sample!!!!
So many places, so little time…..
Post # 26
I went to Tasmania in an April and it was just like the UK weather! Maybe it’s a bit better in May but I wouldn’t bank on it. It is stunning and unspoilt but if you’re after warmth look elsewhere that time of year!
Post # 27
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
we were in Tassie in October and it wasn’t really t-shirt weather – jeans and hoodies. I do remember needing layers the day we went to Port Arthur as it was four seasons in one day that day! It looks like average temperatures in May range between 12-22 degrees Celsius, so not all that warm…
Post # 28
misskate18 : sandy87 : emeraldmay :
Thanks for your feedback!
Thanks for the tip about the driving! I’m sure Port Douglas is stunning but it is getting some ‘meh’ type comments so I think Fraser is winning out!
roletta : KiwiDerbyBride :
We will definitely look at Tasmania over the weekend. The coolish weather would still be ok as long as it was still nice to walk around! It looks beautiful from what I’ve googled!
Post # 29
Contact Downunder Travel for the best advice (http://www.downunder-travel.com/
). They are Australian experts. Helped me out a lot too (I’m going to Cook Islands, Australia and New Zealand for our honeymoon). Good luck 🙂 🙂
Post # 30
Just fly in and out of Yulara. You could do a Wayoutback tour, my brother works for them lol and his tours sound really good.