which part of Australia do you intent to visit? Australia is a vast place and the climate can be quite different. Jan is their summer and if you are visiting the West like Perth, my advice is DON'T !!! Your friend is right, it is so hot it can kill. Not to mention the annoying fly which come out during summer. If you are visiting the East ( Melbourne/Goldcoast etc) then it is more tolerable. In fact it is advisable to bring you jacket even tough it's summer cos some coaster area can be cool when the wind is strong. Best time for Australia is spring (I think around Sept) when you get to see their wild flower.
Been to Melbourne 2 years ago for vacation during the Summer (Dec). It was quite cool initially but the weather changed drastically the following day with temperatures up to 38 degrees. It felt like oven! But I think it is warmer in Jan than Dec. Nevertheless, Melbourne is a wonderful place. Don't miss their grand Crown Casino!
It's winter now, August is the last winter month. Spring starts in September, therefore summer is Dec-Jan-Feb.
Well, as a rough guide, Tasmania, Adelaide and Melbourne are the cooler states. Followed by New South Wales (Sydney) and Brissy (Gold Coast). W. Australia (that's Perth) can be really hot in summer months.
Sun is piercing in Australia during summer months, even in the cooler states. Do use lots of sunblock and bring a hat and your shades.
But all that said and done, Melbourne is famous for its four seasons in a day So, do bring along a cardi for the sudden change in weather. If you like, you can give me your email address, I can give you a list of things to do in Melbourne.
As for Gold Coast, I've been there twice and naturally, you must go the MovieWorld and the beach. Buy your swim suits there, lots of variety! Most of what we get in Singapore are from down under anyway! And if you're into diving, wet suits are cheap here!
And for anyone doin DIY and are rather price-conscious, you might wanna consider using Autopia Tours for your day tours. There are a number of operators here, like Grayline, but Autopia is about half their prices. They use 22-seater buses, smaller but the drivers are great!
like to have the list also as i will be going australia next fri. me will be going goldcoast, sydney and melborne. Will be going f&e and book the hotels when we reach there. any advise? thanks in advance.
Am considering to go for my honeymoon in Australia...Will probably be away for 2 weeks or so in June. What should I include in my itenary?
My hubby and I were thinking of going on a free and easy tour so we could explore on our own. Would appreciate it if you could give me some suggestions. I am definitely not gonna miss Gold Coast as that is the main reason why I wanna go there for my honeymoon.
Hi eternity and jojo, perhaps you would like to refer to my experiences in Gold Coast under the topic "Holiday in Gold Coast & Sydney" ?? There I have related quite a detailed list of stuff which you gals might find useful.
I am intending going to Mel for my honeymoon during early Oct 2002. But i am not sure whether the weather will suits me anot. Btw, could u email me a list of things to dos & don'ts in Mel. And most impt of all, wat things essential to bring during my travel there. Thanks a lot.
I had been to mel last year sometime May-June. Mel itself is a business distric with lots of high rise building, shopping centre & the famous Crown Casino.
Shop there is almost the same as shopping in Singapore, nothing is cheap there. If you want something special you may visit the victoria market. As for place of interest you got to join the day tour & get out of the town.
Remenber to bring extra clothing when you are out weather chang quit fast. If it rain, don't worry they are also famous in 10mins rain.
Enjoy your trip.
Had anyone been to other part of Australia suitable for Dec weather????
Share with me ,Thanks.
when going to melbourne, it's best to go free and easy, you will enjoy life there, just spend everyday doing whatever you feel like doing for that day!
it's easy to get around in melbourne, whether driving in a rented car [btw, delta is cheaper generally], or taking the MET [which consists of trams, trains, buses]. you can try a stored value or multiple trip pass for MET.
but if you plan to go outside of melbourne [melbourne is the city of victoria state] and visit places like grampians and great ocean road, i suggest you take day tours with local operators. it's definitely more fun than joining a tour from singapore.
they have many greyhound or the bigger operators there [rather expensive tho]. but i personally suggest you go with autopia tours. they're quite a fair bit cheaper and buses are smaller and service more personalised and fun... check out www.autopiatours.com.au. they have various pickup points in the city.
- dim sum at shark's fin inn at chinatown
- steak and ribs at squires loft, toorak road, south yarra
- italian food at romeo's at toorak road
[must try the flounder, avocado seafood, banana ice cream crepes] warning: desserts very good, must save some space in your tum!
- dim sum at taipans [quite far off, can't remember where liao]
- pancakes at pancake parlour [they're everywhere! chadstone shopping centre [very big!], jam factory...]
- afternoon [devonshire] tea at fairfield boathouse
generally, the indian and thai restnts in melbourne are not bad!
as for shopping, you can try the following places:
- chadstone shopping centre [you can stay a whole day there]
- richmond factory outlets [not everytime good, but worth a look]
- brandsmart [branded goods at discount, off-seasons la] the polo not bad, the rest so-so
- prahran, many hip hip alternative shops
- toorak road, south yarra, more upmarket
- johnston street, collingwood, got nike, adidas factory outlets
I'm new to this website. Read about you gals discussing of Australia Honeymoon. It interest me a lot. My hubby and myself are planning to visit Australia for 3wks free & easy. Will be covering Brisbane, Goldcoast,Syndey and Melbourne.
Our wedding is in November, so will be going around the 3wk of Nov. We are thinking of saving up on accomodation, just go for those cheaper type or even apartments will do, anyway most to time we will be out touring, no point staying in luxury hotels and we don't get to enjoy it right?
Can anyone of you provide me on more information about these places. Tell me anything, food, shopping, places of interest, whether, lodging, day tour packages(which is the best to take), etc etc... the more the merrier.
i'm planning to go australia from late may-mid june for holiday.
It would be a diy thing.
I would like to know for domestic flights, is it alrite that i book them in aust? coz i dun wan to be constraint by the timing of the domestic flight and leave the place when i still wan to stay for a few days longer if i like the place. how is the availability of the domestic flights? or you all would advise that i book the domestic flights in SG first?
& any clean accomodation to reccomend for gold coast, sydney and melbourne? preferably under A$100.
It was on the news that "Australia's chief medical officer has warned that people coming in from affected nations could find themselves barred from entering the country."
I'm going to Melbourne next week and was pretty concerned. I gave Australian High Commission in Sinagpore a call to confirm this news. The reply from the public affairs dept was that Singaporeans travelling to Australia will be allowed into the country. We will not be quarantined or barred. So don't worry too much, can still go.
I spoke to the Aus High Com and they confirmed that Singpaore travellers are OK to go through because we already have stringent checks on our side. they said that the media did not report that. sigh... i think they're banning people from places like HK, Hanoi & Guandong.
hi tigerlily...thanks for the assurance...can't imagine being quarantined jus becoz we arrived from S'pore...but sure do hope everyone on flight is coorperative...dun travel if they are sick...else there is a risk that other passengers get infected...
If they are barring anyone, it will be in these websites. So far, nobody's getting barred from visiting Australia.
I've also given Qantas a call. same thing, no flights affected, Singaporeans travelling to Australia are allowed entry into Australian airports. Tighter airport controls - they will check you if you look sick.