Subject: Suggestions for Australia
Hi Terry, You have a great trip planned in Australia. When I was on Lady Elliot Island a few years ago, I enjoyed it immensely. A friendly and family-friendly small resort (when I was there). Great diving and snorkelling. I was surprised to be so impressed by Ayers Rock and the Olgas. We've all seen pictures, but the reality is so much more impressive. We decided not to climb Ayers Rock because it is of such cultural (religious) significance to the Aboriginal people and they prefer you don't. For Melbourne, the website is very large and includes a wealth of information. The Great Ocean Road is a great trip. It is obligatory to see "The Twelve Apostles" and, we believe, another must- see is the elevated walkway through the treetops in the Otway Ranges, called "The Fly". (I just did a search of the keywords Fly Otways Twelve Apostles and turned up heaps of information but there is a specific website: . The drive from Melbourne to Sydney via the Princes Highway along the coast is long but very rewarding. Bega, as has been mentioned, is a top dairying area. Eden, Merimbula and, between them, Pambula are all interesting and picturesque. I once had a house at Pambula Beach, overlooking the Pambula River mouth and loved it. Then Bermagui, the sleepy and pretty fishing port - setting for the film "The Man who Sued God" and Central Tilba, a tiny and charming historic village, overlooked by Mount Dromedary, which was named by Captain Cook in 1770, on the voyage in which he discovered Australia. We stayed at "Green Gables" B&B at Central Tilba - small, very friendly, very charming. The whole southeast coast of New South Wales is spectacular, with long beach after beach in curves between headlands, blue water and rolling surf. Batemans Bay is popular, particularly because it is the nearest coastal town to Canberra. As you continue to head north, don't miss Kiama which is south of the bigger Wollongong. I understand that there are a couple of wonderful B&Bs in Kiama but I don't know their names. Sydney has to be one of the most beautiful cities of the world, with Harbour, the Bridge and Opera House combining to form a view which can be breathtaking. When in Canberra, don't miss the Australian War Memorial and allow it plenty of time. I don't usually go much on museums, but this has been particularly well done. I hope these notes are of some use and that we Aussies give you the right kind of welcome. Harry Gold Coast, Australia