Subject: Re: Trip to Australia in November
Hi Terry and other Ziners.

I believe non-residents of Australia get a better deal on air fares than residents for flights planned in advance.

I think Sydney, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef as well as Melbourne are great destinations.

Ayers Rock and the centre will be hot. November is not the preferred time for the Reef - you will probably want to be further south than north. Sydney and Melbourne should be fine in November.

We have driven several times between Alice Springs and Yulara (Ayers Rock). It is a long drive but you do get to experience the vastness, the big horizons ... it is slow travel with the benefits that can bring.

Alice Springs is a good contrast to Yulara and similar. If you choose to go there, I would be happy to wax lyrical on things to see and to suggest you eat at the Red Ochre Grill. I really like Yulara also.

My husband and I together with my parents took a boomerang type of air ticket around Australia in 1987 just before the bicentenary. Within the limits we got from Sydney to Hamilton Island (Great Barrier Reef) then to Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Darwin, Alice Springs. We drove to Yulara then flew back to Canberra. We had very few kilometers to spare. We also drove to Kakadu and Katherine and we spent a terrific week sailing in the Whitsunday Islands.

I had been lucky enough to fly to Alice Springs, Darwin, Port Augusta, Katherine and Kununurra for work and managed to persuade the rest of the family that the rest of the country's landscape was different to the south-east of Australia.

I think we spent 3 weeks away - saw a lot of country and tremendous variety in landscape.

Regards Anne Canberra, Australia