@sienna76 – I had to google “Fjord” AMAZING!
I am with you on the landscape. I found another post on here from a fellow WB, who listed some GREAT info. I will post below in hopes it may be of some use to you as well.
posted originally from @aloweha
ok I am back and hopefully armed with helpful info!
Airlines: JetStar, VirginBlue, Qantas (Qantas is usually more expensive than the other 2) If you are not a flyer or can’t stomach the thought of more flying after getting here, Greyhound busses go all over. But as I have said before, Australia is huge and its best to fly so that you aren’t wasting your honeymoon on long drives.
Victoria Melbourne: there are 2 airports, Avalon is about a 45 min drive to the city so would be an expensive cab ride, but you can hire your own car from there. The wine region is called Yarra Valley. Melbourne is known for good food (the top restaurants are in Melbourne, not Sydney) and good shopping (Chapel St – it’s SO long!). I haven’t spent a lot of not work-related time in Melbourne so I don’t have tons of info but my girlfriends and I are planning a trip in the coming months so I’ll post more after that. Definately drive the “Great Ocean Road” (I still haven’t done it but everyone says its a must do). http://www.greatoceanroad.org
New South Wales Sydney: there’s a pretty good bus system in Sydney http://www.sydneybuses.info It goes all over the city and out to all the beaches. Train info can be found at http://www.cityrail.com.au but for getting around the city and surrounding area, the busses are better. Areas in the city are: The Rocks http://www.therocks.com, a historical area right underneath the Harbour Bridge. Very cool to wander around in. Turns out the markets are fri, sat and suns. I recommend the Bridge Climb, I did it at night and it was so pretty with the city all lit up. http://www.bridgeclimb.com Circular Quay, where all the ferrys are that go for harbour cruises and you can take ones to Manly Beach (which is on the North side of the Bridge). This is also where the Opera House is. Right next to the Opera House is the Royal Botanical Gardens, home of ‘Mrs. MacQuaries Chair’ which is the place with ‘the best view’ of the bridge, opera house, city. The Museum of New South Wales is next to another park call The Domain. If you are into art, its a pretty good museum, that has a variety of artwork, including aboriginal art. On the other side of the CBD is Darling Harbour. There are tons of restaurants. Very active nightlife here! Another big market, Paddo’s market is in Chinatown. Not to be confused with Paddington Market, which is on Oxford St (big shopping st in Syd, where all the Aussie designers have their stores). Outside of the city, some places to go are Watson’s Bay, climb up the Gap (big cliffs), have lunch at Doyle’s on the water. Obviously Bondi Beach. Have breakfast at Icebergs http://www.icebergs.com.au Lots of other restaurants and shopping on Campbell Pde (the st that is on the beach). There is a walk along the coast that connects the Eastern Suburbs Beaches. It starts in Bondi by Icebergs, goes to Tamarama, Bronte a couple nice cafes here for breakfast/lunch, Clovelly (good for snorkling), and Coogee (they call this a backpackers beach because along with Bondi it is popular for tourists). Lots of cafes and shops here too. The wine region is called Hunter Valley. You can do a day trip out from Sydney and they will tour you around a few vineyards. (this is prob true for all the wine regions in the other states) Same with the Blue Mountains, I did a day trip with http://www.oztrails.com.au which was really nice.
Queensland Brisbane is a nice city. You can take a train out to Australia Zoo from here. http://www.australiazoo.com.au where you can get your fill of Aussie animals. Up the coast is Byron Bay, a hippie kind of town. Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast which includes various beaches and is home to Dreamworld (which I think is what an above poster was talking about). It is a cheesy amusement park but I held a Koala here and got to hang out in a pen and pat wallabies. Noosa is nice, beautiful beach. You can do a sailing trip throught the Whitsunday Islands, leaving from Airlie Beach. On Fraser Island you can do a 4WD Jeep day trip either from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. http://www.fraserisland.net The next city, Cairns, I didn’t think was crash hot but I was only there a couple days so I can’t really judge. Unfortunately I haven’t made it any further north but have heard Port Douglas and Daintree are amazing. There is a train ride through the Daintree rainforests.
Western Australia Perth and the city right next to it Fremantle are pretty cool. I liked Fremantle because it was a bit more historic and lively. The wine region to the South of Perth is called Margaret River. Haven’t been but I here Broome (north of Perth) is beautiful.
The rest of the places I haven’t been to but I’ll will tell you what I have heard.
South Australia Adelaide, wine region (the best in Australia) is the Barossa Valley. Kangaroo Island.
Northern Territoy Darwin, is the most outback of all the states. But honestly, once you are away from the coast, every state is ‘outback’
Uluru, Alice Springs… the big red rock. It’s smack bang in the middle of the country and expensive to get to. I have heard its beautiful but not necessarily worth the trip and money. Also you are not supposed to climb it because it’s offensive to the Aboriginals.
Whew, I think thats all for now folks. Let me know if you have any more questions or are looking for a specific type of experience I didn’t mention (sports, etc.). Also if you want specific recommendations for restaurants or anything in Sydney!