there was actually a popular poll conducted mid-last year asking for the top 10 destinations, here are the results:
1. The Whitsundays, QLD
2. Great Ocean Road, VIC
3. Sydney, NSW
4. Uluru / Ayers Rock, NT
5. Gold Coast, QLD
6. Kakadu, NT
7. Ningaloo Reef, WA
8. Sunshine Coast, QLD
9. Cairns, QLD
10. Margaret River, WA
seems about right....
Its the dedication to keeping green spaces like this within big capital cities one of the reasons that I love Australia so much. The Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, in Sydney and in Melbourne are simply stunning..
Australia offers best some of the best diving in the world,famous primarily or the amazing Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. As the Great Barrier Reef is so huge, there are endless places to discover..
Travel with a campervan is always something i wish to try, this is not common in Asia (or at least in my country, Malaysia). I think it is fun where you will be able to experience eat, shit, sleep all in one place:)
Sorry for my language:)
There's a reason why Sydney is always listed as one of the top tour destinations in the country: it really IS the best place to visit if you're coming here as a sightseer and want to get a balance of culture, architecture, etc. Plus the harbour is truly unique. 8).
The Gold Coast hosts the annual Quicksilver Pro event each year that draws major surfers from around the world... it's usually held at either Burleigh Heads or Duranbah depending on the conditions. Duranbah is one of the most popular surf spots on the Coast in general and is often used by local pros as the destination of choice..
i think 2000 each for 7 months is not welll enough in a country like australia. But it all depends on your choice what you want to explore in australia. if you want only explore Sydney then its enough buy only for sightseeing no shooping..
[quote]I am looking at a holiday for 2 weeks in French Polynesia. It's a toss up on Bora Bora ,Tahiti or Moorea. I only know what the tourist brochures tell me but would like hear it from someone who has been to either of these islands[/quote]
While I've never been there yet, I've been looking into traveling to FP for several months now as it is where my fiance and I plan to go for our honeymoon.
Based on everything I've read on just about every forum from experienced travelers who have been to FP many times, the answer is Bora Bora, hands down. The lagoon makes for amazingly clear water with very little of the "ick" that washes ashore other places. The opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving, viewing beautiful fish and other sea life are abundant and breathtaking.
If you want to swim with the dolphins, then I believe Moorea would be a better choice.
WA is definitely worth visiting sooner than later. At the moment it is still very remote, so I suggest you enjoy it while you can. The place has so much diversity from the coral reefs, to the outback, to Broome. It also has great history.
As well, there is a lot of money here in Perth. Lots of millionaires and lots of mining jobs, so it is only a matter of time before it gets built up. Thats what happens when you pour money into a region....
Tasmania only became a place I wanted to visit lately due to other people raving about how amazing it was. Particularly, I was at a hotel, and an Irishman also staying there had just been to Tasmania for three weeks on a tour that did a circle of the island. He said it was the best place he'd been south of the Equator... course I wonder if he'd been to Bali..
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Hi! I do agree. Tui got a very good taste! Beer only,only,only cold!!!!
I am just curious, that beer Flame - how much Alc% have ?? and how you can describe the taste? Anyway, it is possible to describe the beer's taste by words?
That could be good reason for going to Rotorua! to drink a beer there! an quickly come back, to regular schedule :D.
I have two weeks in NZ over Christmas and New Year. I'm flying in to Auckland, but want to spend most of my trip in the South Island. I'm planning to travel around by bus.
I would appreciate any itinerary suggestions!
Taupo bungy is great-- it's where I did my first bungy jump! 47m over the Waikato River. Or the Auckland Harbor Bridge has a jump that is 40m. At both you can do the water dip option, which is very refreshing/scary! I also recommend doing the "SkyJump" off the Auckland Skytower.
If you road trip to the northern tip of the island it's super lush and jungly which is cool, and the 100 mile beach up there, right by Cape Reinga has MASSIVE sand dunes you can "duneboard" down. Sounds iffy, but it's actually amazingly fast, (you rent super slick boogie boards to go down on). You can go Zorbing in Rotorua...not adrenaline inducing, but extremely fun/weird all the same. Hope this helps! HAVE FUN!.
I have a long list of fond memories from my six months in NZ but if I had to choose my favorite, favorite FAVORITE spot it would be the top of the Otago peninsula. The Royal Albatross Colony is amazing and we got to take an Argo out into the hills and down to remote beaches to see Little Blue penguins and fur seals. The scenery was just magical. Tears well up in my eyes when I think about how serene and beautiful it was. :(
Close second, also for very mystical, otherworldly qualities would be Piha beach just outside of Auckland, tucked in the Waitakeres..
so.. im going to new zealand next month, I've been looking at Kiwi Experience and it looks pretty good but a lot of mixed review :S is it worth going on?? and also I'm 22, am I going to be the oldest one on the bus??.
Im heading to NZ soon and Id like to work with disabled people for a while but I havent found much info on the net .. Id also be interested in working at a children's adventure camp and hostels. Can anybody recommend a great hostel where I can work because Ive come across lots of opportunities.
It would have to be in exchange for accommodation .. food too if possible !
Any info would be appreciated.
The only one that can give you an accurate answer here is the proper authorities in New Zealand. My guess[/i:5c5a80d5f3] is that since you've disregarded the law in the past, and haven't bothered to be there legally that you'll have proven yourself dishonest. On the upside, deportation is usually at the government's expense, so there's your free ticket home.
It appears, however that you're posting not from New Zealand, but from the Philippines, so why put UK as your location? Something smells fishy..
I've been watching the news reports and reading about the situation. So sad. :(
We lived in the North Island for a few months about a year ago but never got a chance to visit the South Island.
I really feel for the people affected by the quakes..
Hi there, whenever pple think of fishing they go to the coast but what about the marvelous fishing in the Outback of Australia? What about all those beautiful rivers and dams full of fish? So many of the rivers have had lots of water in them for the last 2 years now, the fishing is great.
You could head inland and stay at a place like "Kilcowera Station" and use it as a base for fishing in the nearby Bulloo, Paroo and Wilson rivers. You can also catch delicious yabbies very easily in the dams and waterholes. Cheers Zenonie.
We stayed at Amunuca Resort on Tokoriki Island in the Mamanuca Group.
The snorkeling was awesome. Definitely get off the main island.
If you have the money, take a chopper to save time or just a ferry boat like South Sea Cruises..
We were on the big island for 10 nights and almost always ate breakfast and dinner in the vacation rental and packed a simple lunch.
I don't think prices at the supermarket were crazy high, but it was more expensive than at home in Miami.
Our neighbor unloading a basket of bananas on us really helped though. :)
Here's what we spent at the safeway supermarket for two people for 10 nights.
SAFEWAY STORE00015QPSKAILUA-KONAHI $48.41
SAFEWAY STORE00015QPSKAILUA-KONAHI $44.61
SAFEWAY STORE00015QPSKAILUA-KONAHI $56.54
total = $148
We also bought some snacks at Target and Walmart..
[quote]I have heard that New Zealand can be a terrible place to visit but on the other hand i have been told it is great can i get some suggestions on wether it is a nice place or not thanks.[/quote]
We had a great time for the most part. We were there from January to June.
I missed having unlimited internet, but the Vodafone mobile 3g broadband worked well enough.
I'd recommend renting a car for ultimate freedom. We bought a used car for $2,700 nzd and sold it for $2100. So it cost us about $5 usd per day. Not a bad rental. :)
I did get tired of driving on the really twisty roads during our sightseeing excursions all over the North Island.
But I definitely want to go back and see the South Island some day on our way up to Oz..
So we're back from our trip.
If you can only pick one - go for Fiji.
We ended up going to Fiji twice - before and after New Zealand.
Then we did the big island of Hawaii on a budget.
The car was $109 for 10 days, the studio rental was $560 for 10 nights and we went snorkeling (free) almost every day. The car was a little Hyundai so we only spent a few hundred on gas going all over the island..
I just realized... another freedom aspect of Naked is I can figure out what I want to do, and maybe meet travel companions in my four months there and then decide rather than have to book now before I even enter the country (the Magic special ends less than a week).
The cold shouldn't be too much of a problem for me; I'm Canadian :D but very handy piece of advice for packing, thank you..