>>> Morntington and Philip Island actually not the same iizzit? But both places famous for Penguins?
They're different. Philip island is just a small island whereas Mornington is a huge place. It's a peninsula (well, its called the Mornington Peninsula).
Philip island offers fairy penguins, a koala sanctuary and a seal centre. I personally think the koala sanctuary is more for kids, and the seals , well there's lots in San Francisco. I won't make a special trip just to see the seals.
Mornington Peninsula offers a lot of spas, winery etc. In the summer months, there's also a dolphin cruise / swim. Its called Sorrento Dolphin tours or something like that. Got to check their website.
>>>Read that photography not allowed during the Penguin Parade? wat a pity...
You're right. No photography is allowed. 3 years ago when i went, they allowed photography but no flash. however the rangers advice fell on deaf ears, esp the Japanese and Korean tourists (i assume they didn't understand english!). When the flash is too near the penguins, they get frightened and run back off to the sea again.
When you're at the penguin parade, make sure you bring sufficient warm clothing, and some plastic bags to sit on. The seats are sometimes wet from drizzles or get damp from just the night breeze.
Try to sit as near to the beach as possible. Some penguins actually walk all the way up to you. Its quite fun!
While you're there, walk around the penguin sanctuary. Look up at the sky and check out all the stars !
Excited Bride, do NOT buy the MEL - TAS air ticket from the agent in S'pore. It's damn expensive!!!
Just buy online with your credit card.
There are a few reasons to doing this:
(A) the good flights (as in first flight in the morning, or last flight at night) gets sold out very very fast.
(B) Another option is to buy at the airport counter itself, but this is risky. It may ruin your itinerary.
(C) Buying online is cheaper than buying at the counter.
(C) Online sometimes as offers at substantial discounts (esp Virgin).
There are no particular MUST SEE / MUST DO in tas, coz alot depends on what u like. But here are some of the more popular places tourists go to:
1. Salamanca market (sat 9am-3pm)
2. Mt Wellington
3. Huon Valley (very boring ... all farms which dun allow tourists to go in)
4. Port Arthur
5. Wine Glass Bay (Freycinet)
7. Cradle Mountain
8. Lavender farms ( blooms Oct - Jan. Harvest in Feb)
9. Chocolate factory, Cascade Breweries etc
There's more in the west coast of Tas, as well as some near-by islands which i can't advise on since i haven't been there yet.
Where you go also depends on how much time you have.
In Melb, at least visit the famous ones like
1. Great Ocean Road
2. Melb city - Richmond, Queen Victoria Market, Crown Casino
3. Penguin Parade
If you only have 10days, i highly recommend for you to concentrate on just one place. Getting from Mel - Tas takes time ... to travel, to check-in at the airport, etc. Spend 10 days at one place and enjoy that place thoroughly. Save the 2nd location for another trip.
Cody!!!! you've itinery to Sydney too??? I wan I wan...heeee...sorry for being so lazy..but so much easier to build ard someone's iti. Plus you seem to be very familiar with Aust, so its really good to hear fr your side.
Like if i nev hear that you've spent 3days on Great Oc Rd. I would have just taken the 1 day trip. Coz from what i've researched on the net, 1D is all that they offer.
Hey Cody, so in your opinion you think that Mornington Pen. is worth going more than Phil? I mean like if i can only choose 1 to go...
Sep 03: Richmond is in the Melb city, accessible by tram, train and bus. When you're there, shop along Bridge road and skip Swan Street. Bridge street has all the more well-known labels like Nine West, Country Road, Witchery, Espirit etc.
It's EASIEST to get to Bridge Road by tram from Flinders Street Station.
When you're there, pop by Minh Tan 2 for the seafood and crab noodles i was telling you about in my itinerary.
The shops close at about 5, but the restaurants open till late.
In May? Sorry, there's no snow in May. Skiing season only starts in July. Grampians is a huge chain of mountains. Like the Great Ocean Road, it offers breath-taking views of the mountain, the greenery etc. I haven't been there yet, but its definitely on my itinerary for my next trip.
Oh yah, if you have time to spare on 1 of your half days, go and ride the puffing billy and have Devonshire tea there. It's located in the mountian and its quite chilly, so a nice hot drink is good. BUT dun bother to take the train there ... the journey is VERY VERY long (more than an hour) whereas if you drive there, it takes less than 30mins on the freeway.
1. return ticket on Qantas-BA
2. 3 nights hotel stay
3. pick 1 out of 3 free & easy package
- Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and one more i can't remember where,
- comes with 3 day Hertz car rental
- 2 night stay in hotel or apartment
- 1 'tour' (eg. Dolphin cruise in Port stephens, wine tasting in hunter valley...)
So altogether you get:
air ticket, 5 nights hotel stay, 3 day car rental, 1 tour/cruise.... for $998.
Sep03: think half day should be enough if you take the puffing billy to the nearest stop (menzies creek). I'm not too sure abt the tour tho, coz differernt tour operators may opt to bring you on a longer journey, or maybe they may lump in the Puffing Billy with another tourist attraction...
There are quite a number of big day tour operators in Aust. Can't remember them off hand but i think APT (Austr Pacific Tours) is one of them. There's also AAT Kings, etc. Perhaps you can call the Australian Travel Commission here in singapore?
yah, they have day tours to mt dandenong (usually to ride the puffing billy). But becoz the train ride doesn't take long, tour operators usu bundle the puffing billy tour with some other tourist attraction.
if you're not driving, take the public train from Flinders Street Station. The train ride is very very very long, about 1hr 15mins i think. Can't remember .... its a journey that will definitely make you sleep.
Not sure about buses ... FYI the train to mt dandenong is the LAST stop.
Yes, i know it's out but the website is stuck!!!! sigh... kept getting connection time-out. i think everyone is trying to get in. and then when i called Qantas, it kept putting me on hold. when i finally got to speak with someone, they said that if we book through the phone will be charged $60 admin fee. adviced me to go through the internet.
sep03, just for an experience lah. After all, you dun get to sit on a coal train often, but if you're tight on time (esp if you're not driving) or if you can channel the money to a better day trip to somewhere more significant (eg Grampians), then i'd give the Puffing Billy / Mt Dandenong a skip.
jus go to any travel agency can liao....internet dun allow open jaw option, so luckily, i went to a travel agent...can customise for me, no admin fee too....but i think i got the Q class meaning no mileage accrual, and it seems that booking thru internet has...
I hv been to Melbourne last Nov for my honeymoon. Do go to great ocean road - it's beautiful. I took many pix. For Grampian, be prepared for more walking.
If u are going free & easy, u can go to aptours to book these tours. When i went there to book the tours, there are 3 different tour agencies selling for the same package. U can book with anyone of them cos u will end up in the same tour bus. Sometimes, they will try to get ur biz by giving u backpacker's pricing, which is much more cheaper than normal price.
i called qantas and booked the open jaw ticket - flying to melbourne, coming back from perth. then asked them if i still needed to pay any admin fee since the i could not book that with the internet. the lady said don't need. $598 before tax. but need to get my own ticket for melbourne - perth.
not too early to grab the deals!! as long as you know when you want to go and when you come back. what you do between can be planned later. this is the best deal that qantas gives in the year. which is why must book by TOMORROW!
hmm... don't have the reference number. booked under my friend's name. we're both going down to melbourne on the same day. my friend is going off to perth after that while i'm coming home. i booked my return ticket from the internet and the SIN-MEL, PER-SIN ticket by calling Qantas. charged me $598. but she needs to get the internal flight btw MEL-PER on her own. so maybe that's not considered open jaw???