Paladin Down Under

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  1. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    I just pulled the trigger on plane tickets. In October, I'm headed to Australia to (belatedly) celebrate my 50th trip around the Sun. The big bonus? My best friend (turned 50 the week after me) is coming along!

    There are a few must-see things:
    1. Sydney
    2. Uluru
    3. Cairns/Great Barrier Reef

    I'm also toying with a visit to Melbourne and a drive along the Great Ocean Road. But nothing is set in stone just yet.

    I spent a couple of days in Sydney in 2008 and really enjoyed it. Like a smaller, cleaner San Francisco. Probably going to stay in the Rocks area again.

    Anybody got suggestions?
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  2. Marso

    Marso High speed, low drag.

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    Fuck Sydney. If you're going that far, go all the way. Perth, the North West Cape (Exmouth- stomping grounds of my youth), and the Pilbara. That's the REAL Australia!!!!
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  3. ed629

    ed629 Morally Inept Banned

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    Every where you go, yell out "Throw some shrimp on the barbee!", in the worst Australian accent you can do.
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  4. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    My understanding is that it would be more authentically Australian to say "Throw some prawns on the barbie."
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  5. We Are Borg

    We Are Borg Rey of sunshine

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    You should visit New Zealand. It's a lot nicer.
  6. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Well, I sorta am.

    I'm flying Air New Zealand and my flight has an extended stopover (7 hours!) in Auckland, probably enough time to go to town and see/do one thing. So, maybe...
  7. We Are Borg

    We Are Borg Rey of sunshine

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    That doesn't count.

    For example, I've never actually visited Chicago but I've actually been there about 30 times thanks to connecting flights out of O'Hare...
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    Is it possible to literally box a kangaroo? Please find out. :yes:

    I hope to make a run for Australia and NZ from China this coming (Northern Hemisphere) winter.
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  9. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    I won't count it if I stay inside the airport, but if I make it to town, I'm checking that New Zealand box. :diacanu:
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    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    The 5 things I aim to hit:

    Sydney
    The Great Ocean Road
    Uluru
    The Great Barrier Reef
    Fraser Island

    It's a bit of a hustle--and my travelling companion may have other ideas--but I'd be hugely satisfied with those.
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  12. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    "There seems to be a...marsupial...in his carry-on luggage..."
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  13. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    what about literally waltzing with Mathilda? The closest I've even been to doing anything Australian is going to a big kangaroo range right here in Georgia!
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    Shirogayne The Gay Collective(tm) Formerly Important

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    Sydney is ridiculously expensive, and I say that having lived my entirely life in goddamned CA. :lol: But then, I visited in '11 when the dollar was pretty weak and I didn't believe we'd actually hit port there, so I paid off some bills with the money I could've spent on an Uggs purse and some diggeridoos (I know I didn't spell that right). :P

    Still, it was fun and I got a kick from the flock of cockatoos in that garden near the Opera House. The locals consider them pests and knew we were not from 'Stalya before any of us opened our Murican traps to speak :lol:

    @Bailey any suggestions?
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    Stallion Team Euro!

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    Completed it :techman:
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  16. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    I think the American dollar is relatively strong there now. It was when I was there in 2008 and things were pretty inexpensive.
    I had that same experience in that same park. The trees were full of--what to me were--exotic birds!
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    Shirogayne The Gay Collective(tm) Formerly Important

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    I was wearing a wig the day we hit port and I caught a side pic of one little birdie trying to eat the hair :lol:
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  18. Bailey

    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    If you're doing Great Ocean Road then you may as well spend at least one night in Melbourne. I recommend a couple of days for doing a one way drive along the Great Ocean Road if you don't want to be rushed stopping off at sights.

    With Uluru be aware that as of October climbing is no longer going to be allowed and while you might get there before that kicks into effect climbing it is still considered pretty tasteless.

    Can't comment much on northern Queensland, I haven't done the barrier reef myself.

    The Rocks in Sydney is a great place to stay as you'd already know.

    Sydney is also a great base for a trip to the Blue Mountains.
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  19. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    I thought we might drive Melbourne to Port Campbell in one day, seeing the 12 Apostles near sunset, then driving back to Melbourne early the next day and seeing a bit of the city. We'd fly to Ayers Rock early the next day.
    My understanding is that the natives don't like people climbing it and, in any event, there's not much to see at the top, so I wasn't going to climb it.
    Yes, gonna day trip out there one of the days in Sydney.
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    Just be mindful of the drop bears.
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  21. His Grace Faceman the Duke of Wordforge

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    Don’t forget to play a game of knifey spooney at each bar.
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    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    carry a small pocket knife going through airport security when you fly out of Australia for your return trip. When they say "he has a knife!"
    reach in your carry-on and pull out a whooper of a blade and say "that's not a knife....this is a knife!" :lol:
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    The Blue Bar in the Shangri La hotel in Sydney is a pretty great place to get a drink if you like nice views:

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    It's right in The Rocks, can't miss it

    I'd go earlier, like before dinner because late at night it fills up with those damn youngsters
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  24. Bailey

    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    My parents stayed here for a family get together with some visitors from the UK, they couldn't rave about this bar enough. The hotel is also apparently stunning, although staying there was definitely a once-off price wise. :lol:
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  25. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    In a week, I'll be on my way there.

    Here's the final itinerary:


    10/11 Depart

    10/12 Airborne

    10/13 Arrive Sydney

    10/14 Sydney - Darling Harbor
    SEA Life Aquarium
    Endeavor
    Powerhouse
    Madame Tussauds
    Harbor Cruise

    10/15 Sydney
    Bridge Climb
    Jet Boats
    Taronga Zoo
    Observatory

    10/16 Sydney
    Blue Mountains

    10/17 to Melbourne
    Hanging Rock (morning)
    Melbourne sights (afternoon)

    10/18 - road
    Great Ocean Road

    10/19 to Ayers Rock
    Uluru 4wd Camping day 1

    10/20 - Outback
    Uluru 4wd Camping day 2

    10/21 - Outback
    Uluru 4wd Camping day 3

    10/22 fly Alice Springs to Cairns

    10/23 - Cairns
    Great Barrier Reef snorkeling

    10/24 - Cairns
    Kuranda / Skyrail
    to Brisbane/Hervey Bay

    10/25 Hervey Bay
    Fraser Island 4wd day trip

    10/26 to Sydney
    ???

    10/27 Return

    Hotels and flights are all booked, as is the 3 day camping trip. Since a lot of these have 100% penalty for cancellation, I'm waiting to book them.

    @Bailey since I'm an American with tipping anxiety, does this sound right to you?
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    bring me back some of those roo steaks.
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    Dinner 2012 & 2014 Master Prognosticator

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    I haven’t made it to NZ but everyone says it is great.
  28. Marso

    Marso High speed, low drag.

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    Loser. I do not see Perth, the Kimberly, or the Pilbara on that itinerary.
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  29. Bailey

    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    That site looks pretty accurate to me. I'll leave a tip at a restaurant if its been great service (although it isn't expected) and in a taxi.

    Looking at your schedule it looks great but packed. Are you really trying to do the Great Ocean Road in one day?
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  30. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Yes. And I know that's very sub-optimal; some people take days to a week to do it. But we can start early from Melbourne (we'll already have a car) and, ideally, finish at sunset at the 12 Apostles. The drive should be quite doable, but the schedule will limit how many stops we can make and for how long.