Post # 17
Thank you for all the recommendations! I couldn’t be more excited for this trip! My fiance and I have been traveling for years and saving up our frequent flyer miles, so we could afford the airfare from NYC! This is our dream trip so I really appreciate all the help!!
@Edelweiss: The Ultimate Penguin tour and driving the Great Ocean Road sounds amazing! They are definitely going on our “must do” list!
@MsVoyageur: Sounds like you’ve got an amazing trip planned! What time of year are you going?
@jennicole01: thanks for the link! We definitely want to go to the reef, but would love to do it in a more intimate way!
@ticatica: That resort looks amazing! I think I’m going to have a tough time making myself leave! haha
Any advice about how many days we should spend in each place? Sydney? Melbourne? Cairnes? Thanks again!
Post # 18
Yeah we can’t wait!!! We’re going at the end of November of this year!
Post # 19
Hit up Noosa – and learn to surf! It has one of the best long rolling waves in Australia. Also, beautiful beach restaurants and one of the only places I have seen Koalas in the wild. Also head to Byron Bay, it’s gorgeous!
Post # 20
Have a wonderful trip! Be sure to post pictures when you return 🙂
Post # 21
In Sydney, spend at least ine night at the Quay Grand Hotel. Get a harbourview room. Stunning!
Take a trip to the Jenolan Caves whilst in the Blue Mountains, and a day trip or overnight trip to the Hunter Valley to visit the wineries.
One dinner at the top of Sydney Tower is a must. Like most revolving restaurants, the food is a bit over-priced (you’re paying for the view) but still very delicious, and nice service too.
Post # 22
@worldtravelingbee: Old Sydney girl here. I agree Bondi is over rated, full of tourists. Try Tamarama Beach – same area or some of the other smaller beaches around.
Cairns has NO beach as such. Just thought I would let you know. But agree the trips you can do from Cairns are great. I also think the Gold Coast is over rated, full of party goers, young ones at that. Sure the beaches are great by international standards, but in Australia we are used to great beaches but love the really empty ones. Only your footprints in the sand. So you need to drive.
Everything said about Melbourne and surrounding trips, Great Ocean Road, Dandenongs, Phillip Island is spot on! Love Melbourne, it’s easy to get around with the trams. And so is Port Douglas. I would pick Port Douglas ahead of Cairns any day. Get onto Tripadvisor.com
Australia is just so big it is difficult to get around. Driving is the way but it takes a long time.
Queenstown is just stunningly beautiful.
Good luck planning the honeymoon.
Post # 23
In Sydney – you must visit the Opera Bar, just by teh Opera House. Enjoy a cocktail, sit outside, you will not regret it.
In terms of getting around Oz, whilst driving is beautiful, those places youmetioned are very far apart – seeing as you have 2.5 hours, i would suggest catching flights to save on time, & if you book in advance, they are cheap. Try webjet.com.au
Hope you love it!!
Post # 24
We just bot back from our June/July honeymoon in QSD! (We flew in and out of Cairns and drove). I agree with PP that Cairns is nice for a few days – def. dive the GBR, but then head north to the Daintree! We stayed at the Thorton Beach Bungalos – amazing place! Very quiet (just 3 cabins on the property), and it was across the stree from this place that had amazing breakfast! i am still trying to recreate the sausage rolls 🙂
Also, if you get a change, check out the Innott Hot Springs (west of Cairns a few hours by car)- very isolated, but they have hot springs! We spent 2 days just lounging in the pools and …umm…”honeymooning” 🙂
Post # 25
Tree house sounds awesome ! I’d totally do that. Given you only have 2 1/2 weeks, I would avoid driving between places. Aus really is massive. I think you’ve planned it really well so far choosing Melb, Syd and Cairns. I think you could just spend like 4 days Syd, 4 days Melb and the rest in Cairns (and surrounds) to be honest. Snorkelling the reef is amazing and I’d try get out there as much as possible. At the end of the day, Syd and Melb are just 2 more big cities.
Post # 26
i agree that the Gold Coast Surfers Paradise area is full of party goers, but Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay are more families 🙂 (but i am biased – I go there every year with family) Snapper Rocks is there, and if you continue round on the boardwalk you can see a smaller beach which rarely has people on it, and there is a rock in the shape of and painted like a frog 🙂 fondly called Froggy Rock and Froggy Rock beach 🙂 definitely recommend it, if you have time
Post # 28
@Nic01 , @Aussiemum , @KellyLouise: Thank you again for all your help! I’m hearing that we should be flying between Sydney, Melbourne, and the Cairns area to maximaize our time…which places would be worth it to rent a car for day trips?
@Rock Hugger: Sounds like an amazing trip! We will definitely have to check out the hot springs! Congratulations on your wedding..glad you had such a wonderful honeymoon!
Post # 29
Definetly fly between states. You’ll be wasting too my time driving, I think. Plus it’s crazy cheap to fly at the moment. Melbourne girl here 🙂 Chapel street is over rated these days. Walk through the CBD and hit up any laneway, filled with tiny coffee shops and the like. Lygon street, st Kilda beach. We were recently on the great ocean road, only went as far as Apollo Bay. If you go, reccomend Lorne or Angelsea to stay.
Phillip island is amazing for the penguins, but haven’t been in years. Werribee Open Range Zoo is incredible too. Needing to go back for the gorillas!
Spent a couple of nights in Sydney this year. Another poster said go to the Opera Bar, I’ll +1 that advice! We chilled out to have a beer and it was the best. You can do the bridge climb, but the whole idea scared the crap out of me! We went to Toronga Zoo and it was best! I would avoid Bondi beach like the plague too!
This post got a bit long :/
Post # 30
Oh my goodness I could go on and on.
Definitely agree with flying between them – it’s still going to knock out half a day what with check out, travel, fly etc but you’d need longer to drive.
some Sydney suggestions:
If you have the budget to spurge on a nice restaurant I recommend booking one with a view of the sydney harbour. It’s expensive but it’s so romantic and the view is incredible. PM me if you want a (very long) list of recommendations.
The Sydney Opera House tour is pretty good.
Ferry to Manly and have lunch on the beach.
Walk ‘the Gap’ followed by fish & chips at watsons bay is a gorgeous way to see the harbour on a nice day.
Walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte (and keep an eye out for whales! You can actually see them off the coast it’s phenomenal)
In fact, you’re going during whale season if you want to go whale watching.
Blue mountains – check!
Either the zoo or Wildlife park in darling harbour (this is great because it’s so central and you can get your photo with a koala and get very close to the animals)
Sydney Tower – it has a “4d” cinema which my Fiance took my in laws to when then came over for xmas and they said it was amazing.
Brunch at Bills cafe has been a hit with just about every visitor I’ve ever taken there. Followed by shopping in Paddington (on a Saturday if possible to go to Paddington markets).
I could go on but I won’t make this a novel!
Do you know, in Melbourne I honestly don’t think I’ve done much more than eaten a ridiculous amount, gone to more bars in a night than I can even count, and spent a LOT of money. Best food, bars and shopping in Australia imo 😉
Post # 31
All of those tips are so helpful!!! Which neighborhood of Sydney would you recommend staying in? That’s affordable (rooms ~$200/night or less)?