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11/03/2009 12:23:22 PM · #1
Hello all,
I was wanting to get some recommendations for "must see/do" in eastern Australia for the first 2 weeks in January. I am flying into either Brisbane or Townsville and want to see at least a few "jaw dropping" landscapes within 12 driving hours north or south. I am already planning on going a little north and taking a helicopter tour of the great barrier reef but what I am more concerned about is the stuff a little more inland. I understand the coast is phenomenal almost anywhere you go so that's a no brainer. I'm going to dedicate about a few days to just driving somewhere and running up on cool stuff but I think having a few planned locations to visit during my time there is wise.

There is a lot of things I want to accomplish on this trip but two weeks doesn't seem like enough to me, so I gotta make it count.
If you could post Wikipedia links (not blocked on military work computers) that would be great so I can research my trip while I'm on shift. I appreciate your suggestions in advance.
- Cory

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11/03/2009 12:53:52 PM · #2
I suspect you'll cram quite a bit in the two weeks, Cory. Should be awesome. I have no recommendations, but I spent a couple days in Cairns way back when and it was fantastic. Can't wait to hear about it and see your pics. Enjoy.
11/03/2009 01:00:10 PM · #3
When I went to Australia I arrived in Brisbane as well. I saw some nice urban landscapes, and I went to the Koala Lone Pine, which is a must see, you get to hold koalas and pet kangaroos, it's amazing!
11/03/2009 01:27:47 PM · #4
I am about 7 hours south west of Townsville. I can certainly show you around my area if you want.
11/03/2009 05:16:47 PM · #5
The Whitsunday and Fraser islands are a real must see.
11/03/2009 09:31:09 PM · #6
Originally posted by Judi:

I am about 7 hours south west of Townsville. I can certainly show you around my area if you want.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi - does that put you anywhere near Lightning Ridge? Fascinating Place.
One of the places I visited a bunch of years ago ...

And ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Fetor, any place you find to visit in Australia is going to be fascinating and photogenic.

ETA- If I used the word 'fascinating' too much, above, it is because it was the word of choice all the time I visited that beautiful country.

Message edited by author 2009-11-03 21:32:33.
11/04/2009 03:16:03 AM · #7


Originally posted by sfalice:

Originally posted by Judi:

I am about 7 hours south west of Townsville. I can certainly show you around my area if you want.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi - does that put you anywhere near Lightning Ridge? Fascinating Place.
One of the places I visited a bunch of years ago ...

And ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Fetor, any place you find to visit in Australia is going to be fascinating and photogenic.

ETA- If I used the word 'fascinating' too much, above, it is because it was the word of choice all the time I visited that beautiful country.


No...I am no where near Lightning Ridge!
11/04/2009 10:42:15 AM · #8
Hey everyone,

The Fraser islands looks intriguing, thanks for the links.

Judi, Thanks for the offer, I'll have to take you up on that once I have my schedule more figured out. What town are you close to so i can find out if its on the way from where I was thinking about going?
11/04/2009 01:16:58 PM · #9
Originally posted by Fetor:

Hey everyone,

The Fraser islands looks intriguing, thanks for the links.

Judi, Thanks for the offer, I'll have to take you up on that once I have my schedule more figured out. What town are you close to so i can find out if its on the way from where I was thinking about going?


I live in Emerald, Central Queensland. 3 hours west of Rockhampton or 4 hours SW of Mackay.
11/04/2009 03:00:55 PM · #10
Cory,
The real beauty of Australia are the truly genuine and hospitable people. Make sure you are open to the experience.
11/05/2009 11:30:40 AM · #11
Frank,
You are absolutely right, the Aussies are remarkably kind people. Ive yet to meet one that is stingy about advice about Australia or their beer tab ;)

Judi,
That's not that far away from where I was thinking about passing through actually. I'll keep you updated, thanks in advance . :)

Message edited by author 2009-11-05 22:03:38.
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