We have just returned from a wonderful 28 day holiday to Australia.
What an incredible part of the world! If it wasn't so far away we
would return often.
The first 3 weeks we were part of a group tour and the last week we
went off on our own to Tasmania, where we hired a car and explored.
The Tour ( with a UK based company called Travelsphere----no
affiliation etc-------who we can highly recommend) was air/coach
We started off flying from London Heathrow via Singapore to Perth,
Western Australia and finished off 3 weeks later in Melbourne.
Our itinerary was
Perth 4 nights, Uluru ( Ayres Rock) 1 night, Alice Springs 2 Nights,
Cairns 4 nights, Sydney 3 nights, Canberra 1 night, Albury 1 night
and melbourne 3 nights. So you can see it was a pretty
comprehensive tour .Then our final 6 nights In Tassie.
We have been asked since our return what was the highlight of the
tour and I have found that an almost impossible question to answer,
suffice it to say we just loved Tassie!
Ayres Rock is magical and does have that special feeling----we did
the sunset and sunrise thing and although surrounded by dozens
of other tourists it did feel other-worldly.
Of the two major cities we visited ( Sydney and Melbourne) I did
prefer Sydney------though maybe that is because I come from
Glasgow and they say Sydney is like Glasgow and Melbourne like
Edinburgh Apologies to Perth in not awarding it Major city
status! It is a lovely City and seems more compact than the others.
What struck us most was the entirely alien ( to us) flora and fauna.
Our first morning in Perth we were taken on a city tour and one of
the places we visited was Kingspark which is a lovely park
overlooking the city and that was when it was brought home to us
we were in another hemisphere and continent when looking around
none of the plants and trees were at all familiar-------cockatoos of
brilliant hues flying from tree to tree-------my goodness Australian
birds are very vocal !!!!!
The trip was one of such great contrasts ------ red deserts,tropical
rainforests, high mountain snow covered peaks------we saw it all!
Things I would recommend to do?
Perth------take the local train out to a charmimg suburb called
Cottesloe, Go to the Aquarium in Freemantle and come back to
Perth by boat up the Swan river.
Alice Springs-------visit the Flying Doctor service and School of the
Air, Go to the McDonnell mountain range.
Cairns--------take the Skyrail gondola ride over the top of the rain
forest, go on the Deightree river cruise and see wild life ( crocs) in
their natural setting.
Sydney-----------go to the Blue mountains, go to the Featherdale
Wild life park. Go to the Queen Victoria Buildings, pop your head
into the foyer of the State Theatre-----amazing!
Canberra---------go to the war memorial and Museum.
Melbourne---------take the local train out to Canterbury and have
lunch---charming suburb. Go to Ballarat Gold mining township---
great fun. Have a wonderful Italian dinner on Lygon St
Tasmania---------walk around Launceston, walk round Dove Lake at
Cradle Mountain, Stay a night at the Franklin Manor in Strahan, Go
to Port Arthur, have a seafood meal on the docks in Hobart.
Hope I have not bored you all? Get to Oz, I just wish we could get
back again soon, but the journey is long from the UK :-(
Glasgow, Scotland, UK