Traveling alone to Oz in Jan (Australia/New zealand)

  • dawgdude2008

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    Oct 14, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm taking a tour through Australia and New Zealand for 5 weeks to kick off the new year. I'll be spending New Years in Sydney, but other than that I have no clue what to do!

    - Thinking of renting a motorcycle and touring some in New Zealand (figured Aus is too big). Anyone know Of a place to rent from?

    - any must do gay beaches or anything?

    - I read on the other topic that doing the Great Barrier Reef is best done from Cairns and to just show up and boom an overnight tour there, so I'm going to do that

    - thinking of hitting up Melbourne, Phillip island, cairns and sydney (3 domestic flights).

    - also, thinking of trying Couch Surfing....when do you usually ask people if you can surf their couch? Night before? Week before? Month before?

    Any suggestions or must do things are really appreciated! And of course, hit me up if you're in Australia or New Zealand and would like to grab a drink and whatever local food you have (as long as its not veggimite!).
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    Oct 15, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    Visit Virgin Blue's website for affordable air transportation in Australia. Two years ago $ 500 bought a circuit from Sydney to Melbourne to Perth to Brisbane and back to Sydney. http://www.virginaustraliaairpass.com/

    The one adventure missed due to cancellation was a tour by the Aborigines into the hinterlands around Sydney to show what the area was like before the settlers arrived.

    If you are into swimming, go by Boy Charlton Pool near the Botanical Gardens. The pool is salt water [extra buoyancy] and was built into a cliff hanging over Wooloomooloo Bay. There are several naval vessels parked in the bay.

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    Oct 15, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    You're not going to Alice Springs? icon_eek.gif
  • dawgdude2008

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    Oct 15, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    Thanks for the tip! I'll look into that and yeah I love swimming so ill have to get a workout in there.

    Haven't planned on Alice Springs...but haven't ruled it out...what's there to see? Is it scenic?
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    Oct 15, 2012 6:16 AM GMT
    dawgdude2008 saidHey guys, I'm taking a tour through Australia and New Zealand for 5 weeks to kick off the new year. I'll be spending New Years in Sydney, but other than that I have no clue what to do!

    - Thinking of renting a motorcycle and touring some in New Zealand (figured Aus is too big). Anyone know Of a place to rent from?

    - any must do gay beaches or anything?

    - I read on the other topic that doing the Great Barrier Reef is best done from Cairns and to just show up and boom an overnight tour there, so I'm going to do that

    - thinking of hitting up Melbourne, Phillip island, cairns and sydney (3 domestic flights).

    - also, thinking of trying Couch Surfing....when do you usually ask people if you can surf their couch? Night before? Week before? Month before?

    Any suggestions or must do things are really appreciated! And of course, hit me up if you're in Australia or New Zealand and would like to grab a drink and whatever local food you have (as long as its not veggimite!).


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    - if you have time and $ for more domestic flights you should visit Perth and Broome and Alice Springs. Perth is another beachy city, but the water should be different bc it's westcoast water. you can use that as a hub to go to Broome (ride camels in the Australian desert). i think you can ride camels in Alice Springs also, thats the hub to go to the big red rock [Ayers Rock / Uluru]. you can have the traditional "Aboriginal" experience there too (Aboriginal = natives of Australia). I know people who have gone the Adelaide route to go to Ayers Rock so it depends on time and money for you but Adelaide is super boring I heard so eh, skip unless if you have ample time. For Cairns if you are into animals you could visit butterfly farms, parrot places, etc. you can play with these animals and it's really fun. Dont forget to eat kangaroo

    -for East coast, if you are road tripping then dont forget sexy trashy Gold Coast, lovely Brisbane, and north of Cairns (Port Douglas). Cairns is actually a yucky city, it's just a hub to go everywhere else. For Great Barrier Reef, i went through here: http://www.cairnsdive.com.au/ I really liked it, it's a smaller company and it was the most inexpensive for me. I'd recommend it. I do not think you should book it when you're there in case everything is sold out. You are going during Summer time down under so I am sure there will be tons of packed tourists. I think you should book it beforehand/online.

    -For Sydney my favorite place is the Beresford Hotel (it's gay on Sundays). Super clean cut, klassy, sexy. For beaches, just goin to the main beach (Bondi beach) is pretty gay. Everyone is gay in Sydney! The other beaches are for families so unless if you are looking to surf some real waves then no need to make a trip to Manly Beach. Bondi beach also has that ocean/real tidal wave pool at The Icebergs...i dont think you should do this unless if you are so passionate about it. There are so many other things in Sydney to do...to see...to meet. One thing most tourists won't do is the Bondi-Coogee walk. this is really pretty , it starts in Bondi, are you writing this down? ha. also, best view from air to see the opera house is from the pylon of the habour bridge (i dont think the bridge climb is worth it for that amount of $). same view. Another best view of opera house is taking the ferry to Watson's Bay (final destination), you'll pass the opera house's front view by boat, stunning views of everything! North Sydney from Luna Park is also really pretty as you look towards the city (not a lot of people do this)

    -For Melbourne, there is a "secret" rooftop bar/lounge that usually only locals know about. It's above a shop called 'Cookie' on 252 Swanston Street in City Circle. You'd like it, it's pretty (very new york-esque) and sexy as you get to look over Melbourne from up top. Do not miss out on the Great Ocean Road bc that's pretty too (if you are into driving/motorcycling then dont do the tour but do it yourself)

    -New Zealand is backpacking/hitchhiking territory so no matter where you go you'd be able to find transportation. If you are flying into Auckland or Wellington or Queenstown or Christchurch you will be fine. Each city is packed with options to travel within. South island is packed so you won't be clueless on what to do (everything is well advertised). A lot of people miss out North Island, which I think you should do if you have time. I really liked Wellington, it's incredibly pretty. Also Zorbing only exists in North Island. Auckland- didn't leave the airport, heard it's a mini version of Sydney. You can definitely scurry through north island and then focus on south island (including glaciers, milford sound, everything around queenstown etc). remember to do your homework beforehand to prevent from getting everything sold out/booked since dec/jan is primetime (aussies also going on break)

    -for Couchsurfing, i'd recommend it. Australia and NZ are known for couchsurfing since it's backpacking capital. You should request 2 weeks in advance. However, remember that you are going during prime time (summer lovin) so you should request 1 month before. Backpackers are on this shizzle so you should maybe go on CS Forums for Australia and NZ to discover what to do, where to go, who to talk to , etc. maybe develop rapport with people beforehand. There are gay groups for these cities/countries so you'll be fine. If you are still unsure read CS guidelines on how to write a request, what to do when you're getting started, etc. too easy to get a couch/bed/guestroom if the host is gay too ;- P
  • offshore

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    Oct 15, 2012 6:35 AM GMT
    dawgdude2008 saidHey guys, I'm taking a tour through Australia and New Zealand for 5 weeks to kick off the new year. I'll be spending New Years in Sydney, but other than that I have no clue what to do!

    - I read on the other topic that doing the Great Barrier Reef is best done from Cairns and to just show up and boom an overnight tour there, so I'm going to do that


    Wrong time. wrong place
    - It's the middle of rainy season, expect bad visibilities, marine stingers & cyclones. Possible floods too.
    - Cairns is far from the best place to visit the GBR...

    Philips Island is okay - if you want to view penguins and don't want to spend any $$$,
    there's a secret spot right in Melbourne itself. (No, not the zoo).
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    Oct 15, 2012 7:04 AM GMT
    Let me know if you are coming to the Gold Coast
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    Oct 15, 2012 7:42 AM GMT
    I hope you have an amazing time in both australia and new zealand! Both countries are amazing, don't discount NZ just because its smaller ha ha. I found the people in both countries to be amazingly friendly. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif I visited NZ for 1 week and Aus for 2 weeks on a People to People Student Ambassador trip during the summer of 2002.

    Australia: Sydney Aquatic Center/ stadium is an awesome place to visit. The pools from the swimming and diving are still used. Also you can take a tour of the stadium and they sell the pins there too.

    Sydney harbor is beautiful especially at nite. There is a ferry that goes through at nite and they also serve dinner on there too. Great barrier reef is cool to go and see. There is a cool place called Tangalooma Dolphin Resort, where they actually filmed part of the 1st Scooby Doo movie. You can get in the water and feed the dolphins, makes for an amazing and memorable experience.

    Of course the Sydney opera house is cool to stop by and check out. The only thing that stinks is they don't allow you to take photos in the rooms where concerts take place.

    NZ: There is a train you can take from Auckland all the way done to the bottom of the northern island. Mind you the ride will be about 11-12 hours, but you get to see the country. Unfortunately when I was there during the summer of 2002, I didn't get down to the southern island where Christchurch is located.

    It's quite late now but if you have any questions for me, please feel free to inbox me. I have more I could tell you from my personal trip and the names of more cool places to possibly visit too.

  • dawgdude2008

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    Oct 15, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    Thanks so much guys for the tips! Y'all are great! I'm definitely going to try couch surfing for the first time. Also heard that the equivalent of pride is going on in Melbourne so ill have to check that out (my first one...gulp)
  • calibro

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    Oct 15, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    go the south island if you're going to venture. the north is for civilized, non-sheep folk.
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    Oct 16, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    dawgdude2008 saidThanks so much guys for the tips! Y'all are great! I'm definitely going to try couch surfing for the first time. Also heard that the equivalent of pride is going on in Melbourne so ill have to check that out (my first one...gulp)


    lots of leather in melb. go hard or go home!
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    Oct 18, 2012 12:17 AM GMT
    Someone mentioned Virgin airways . They may be cheap but beware. They have extreme limitations on baggage allowance , and substantial fees if you are overweight.
  • gbc59

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    Oct 18, 2012 9:14 PM GMT
    head to Adelaide it may be a sleepy big city but its the gateway to the outback a ferry ride across to unspoilt Kangaroo Island, a trip up to the Flinders rangers then head up the the Red centre,
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    Oct 18, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    You'll get warm to hot weather in the South of Australia and the north (tropics) will be hot and wet. Overall, still a great time to come down!

    Sandridge beach (Port Melbourne) is a definite gay beach. It's along the bay near the city. Philip Island is great to see the penguins. The "12 apostles" is a spectacular tour in the opposite direction, again along the coast.

    Hope it's a great trip!
  • Koaa2

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    Oct 19, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    I am going on the Atlantis Cruise from Auckland to Sydney, 20 Feb-3 March 2013, can use many of these tips. Thanks for the infor. Staying in Auckland for 1 week prior and 1 week in Sydney post cruise.
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    Oct 22, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    Say hi when you get down here.
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    Oct 22, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    It really depends what you want to do!

    In the South Island - places like Milfors Sounds, and Queenstown (a bungee jump is a must if you are a thrill seeker) great hiking tracks - but the weater is bit variable so make sure you bring decent gear.

    The train from Auckland to Wellington, across the Cook Strait on the Ferry and then train down to Christchurch is a great way to travel.

    Despite the earthquake - Christchurch still has a few attractions - and the rebuild (hopefully we will be a bit further along) seems to attract quite a few people, and after 13,000 quakes in two years- they seem to have stopped now!

    Blenheim, waipara and central Otago have great wine trails, Dunedin has the speights brewery.

    Seals, penguins and wildlife throughout the catlains - and many other areas

    Hanmer Springs thermal pools is a great place to relax!

    North Island - Rotorua is a thermal wonderland, Wellington is a cultural mecca - weta workshops have a great display there.

    All throughout NZ there are places to visit from the Lord of the Rings and the hobbit icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 22, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    arrg MILFORD sound! LOL
  • massaggee

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    Jan 19, 2013 4:47 AM GMT
    normally ask a couch a week or more in advance.