Post # 32
@ littlemissmoo- I won’t book any tours for the first day, thank you for the advice. I know I shouldn’t have even looked at NZ but it is just right there… lol. This is why I can’t go to Europe I have a “but if we are right there…” mentality and everything seems “right there” in Europe… lol Killing the NZ extension would save a good $1000 too so I will look into just staying in Australia longer and that money could go to a few more days there… this is just our first time traveling internationally so we are pumped to see all we can! 🙂
Post # 33
it is easily acheivable! i live in australia in the best little coastal town here and i can give anyone advice if you would like it 🙂 just mail me and ill be happy to give you all the info.
Post # 34
I live in Australia, if you need any advice, contact me 🙂
What I can tell you…
-Figure on $1000 each for airfaire.. it varies depending on when you buy
-EVERYTHING in Australia is more expensive (food, activities) for example, to go to the Sydney zoo, it costs about 40$ per person plus parking
-If you want to go somewhere quiet and romantic, avoid Sydney.. There are some beautiful beaches on the south coast (fly into Sydney, drive about 4 hours south) OR if you want to go to the great barrier reef, fly into Queensland–not anytime soon though, the flooding isn’t very appealing OR check out the Hunter Valley wineries, about 2 hours north of Sydney
-Consider sailing in the Witsundays, I’ve never done it but people rave about it
You can definitely do a nice trip for $7000, but remember that its a big country to you’ll have to make some decisions on what you want to see/do 🙂
Post # 35
I think that your budget is doable. If possible, see if you can book with a travel agency, as they can provide you discounts on flights and hotels.
My husbnad and i went to Bora Bora, Hamilton Ilsand, Sydney, and Melbourne for our honeymoon. We traveled for a month and stayed in overwater bungalows, a Four Seaons, a Langham, and a nice beach club. We went on a lot of trips, such as a tour of the Great Barrier Reef, the Penguin Parade near Melbourne, the Sydney Opera House (we saw “The Pirates of Penzance”), various museums (which are often free), and the Sydney Zoo (we took a ferry there and I had a coupon). Our trip cost us around 13-14K (well worth it). If we could do 3.5 weeks in nice hotels for that budget, 2 weeks in Australia for 7K is definitely doable (and yeah the Whitsundays are amazing!)
I also realized that this post is 6 months old… but maybe someone can benefit from it!
Post # 36
We actually had to bump the big honeymoon for financial reasons but are going to plan it probably a year from now so I appreciate all of the advice! 🙂