Travel plans-- Australia vs. Costa Rica

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    Jan 27, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    I'm scheduling my vacation plans for this year and I could use some help.

    I want to go to Australia and I found a great travel deal. The rub is that the trip takes place in August, which would be winter. Is August in Australia a good time to travel? Should I wait to go at a more favorable time of year?

    If I don't go to Australia this year then I'm 99% sure I'll head to Costa Rica. I haven't been to either country and will be visiting both at some point.

    Will I play with the Loggerhead or the koala this year?
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    Jan 28, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    If you want to go to northern Australia (Kakadu National Park or Far North Queensland), August is the best time - it's the dry season. It'll be warm but not scorching hot. Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is pretty good that time of year; the water is relatively clear. The beaches around Brisbane (Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast) are nice that time of year too. Sydney will be a bit chilly but not cold - but Melbourne and Tasmania will probably be colder than you'd like.
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info. I was planning on diving and spending some time up north, so now August in Australia is sounding pretty good.
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    I live in Tasmania. It's pretty miserable here in winter. It doesn't snow of course, but the days are very short. In summer it's sunny until 9:30pm. I wouldn't recommend August this far south.