Subject: Trip to Australia in November

Please forgive me if any of my questions have been addressed lately; I haven't had computer access for the last two months, so have missed a lot.

I am visiting cousins in Melbourne mid-November, and wish to spend some time snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as visit Sydney and Ayers Rock. Realizing how great the distances are between these destinations, I know I will have to fly, given that I have just one month in the country.

Does anyone know whether a non-resident of Australia can purchase airline tickets at the same price as residents, while in the country? Would the prices be less than the current Qantas Boomerang Pass, which, for these destinations, would be about $325 per segment, adding up to about $1000 Australian?

I have checked the websites of both Qantas and Virgin Air, and found that the webfares for flights to these places are considerably lower than the Qantas Pass, which must be purchased outside Australia. I am not clear from reading the websites, whether I can purchase at these fares while in Australia.

In addition, if anyone has special memories and recommendations to share about Sydney, Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island or any other Great Barrier Reef destination, I would be grateful to hear them!

Appreciatively. Terry in Vancouver. B.C.