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I'm thinking of visitng Australia next year,want to know more about the places I should visit as a tourist.

Which cities should I stay in? I don't want to travel too much inside australia,so would be better if I stayed in 2-3 cities and visted all places from there. How should I travel? Any hop on hop off buses for sightseeing? Anything else I should know before going to Aus?

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I think you should stick to the east Coast if you dont want to do much travelling.Sydney is a visually beautiful city especially if you take a habour cruise.You could drive up the coast and stop and see gems like Byron bay and if you were really adventerous keep going until the Gold Coast, beautfull weather, theme parks and wonderful beaches. It is a very long drive however, if you were not up to that better that you should fly. Melbourne is also worth while more of a cultural English influence there, the city is very lovely. Lots of wonderful choices here in Australia
As Australia is such a large continent, there are many varied things to see in different parts of the country. Depending on whether you want to spend time on the beaches, see the Great Barrier Reef, or visit Aboriginal sites, will detemine which is the best city to start your tour. You can fly into Cairns, visit the Great Barrier Reef, spend some time on the beaches, then get an "Aussie Pass" which allows you to get on get off the Greyhound buses, over a period of days. This allows you to select an itinerary which suits your own personal likes and dislikes. Please let me know if yopu want more information.
Hi, thanks for the question
it really depends on your entry and exit point into Australia, we have a lot to offer and or show you and also depends on the number of days you are staying here in Australia

The East coast has a lot to ffer you by way of sighseeing and or tourist spots, and the western and norrthern side will give you a real rugged outback tour - each offers you their own unique blend of charm to enjoy, but it also depends on what you are wanting to do and or see and or takes your interests - are you wanting rainforest type tours, and or beachy type tours and or scenery, or just general city walks, or a nice rugged outback, land continent tour like seeing Uluru and Kata Jtuta ( formally known as Ayers rock and the Olgas ), If I can be of some assistance to you in touring to some of these places - I would most welcome an opportunity to show you and your partners / friends around and can provide you with some links for inexpensive domestic flights in between cities of your choice and or choosing to experience all we have to offer - via plane, nothing is too far away to allow you to experience most of Australia

let me know if I can be of any service or assistance to you

Cassandra
Hi, thanks once again for the question. I hope you have had a good Easter..

Just adding a little to what has already been answered for you, probably the East Coast sounds like it would be the best for you in this instance. Depending your time and budget constraints, there are a couple of suggestions I would make in terms of multiple city visits:-

1. Sydney - Brisbane / Gold Coast - Cairns
2. Sydney - Red Centre (Alice Springs / Uluru) - Cairns
3. Melbourne - Sydney - Cairns
4. Melbourne - Gold Coast - Cairns

Or a combination of the above. Here's a couple of highlights of things to do in each city / region:-

Sydney - One of Australia's major tourist drawcards.
Sydney Harbour - The Opera House - The Harbour Bridge - Bondi Beach. Must do: Harbour Cruise / Bridge Climb / Bondi Beach / Blue Mountains Day Trip / Toronga Zoo / Centrepoint Tower

Melbourne - Possibly Australia's most cultural city. Great shopping, great dining, always something to see and do. Must do: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Victoria Markets, Phllip Island, Great Ocean Road (if you have the time and get the chance!), Yarra Valley wineries, or just soak up the great restaurants and culture found in and around this great city!

The Gold Cost - Australia's Holiday Playground
Pretty much every Aussie at some stage has gone to the Gold Coast. Sitting just over the NSW border in South Eastern Queensland, Queensland is Australia's answer to the holiday resorts of Cancun.
Must do: At least one theme park - there's Movieworld, Seaworld, Dreamworld, Wet 'n Wild, Whitewater World, Australian Outback Experience & more to choose from, walk along the kilometres of sandy beach (make it a morning, afternoon or evening ritual), check out the hundreds of great restaurants, take a ride on the "duckbus" - an amphibious vehicle that takes you around the streets and gold coast waterways, parasailing, aerobatics, bungy jumping, jetskis, great resort shopping, take a day trip to check out the markets and scenery of the gold coast hinterland... Did I mention the area is Australia's favourite holiday playground?

Alice Springs / Uluru - Australia's Red Centre
Experience the awesome scenery at the very heart of Australia. From the haunting majesty of Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Olgas and Canyon to the history and culture of Australia's original inhabitants, the Aboriginal people. Must do: Uluru base tour, Uluru sunset, dinner under the stars, camel ride, Kings Canyon, Aboriginal experience, Alice Springs city tour, McDonnell Ranges flightseeing. It's all truly awesome!

Cairns - Australia's Tropical North.
Home to the rainforest and the reef, Cairns has a tropical ambience all it's own. There are a myriad of activities and tours available, with a wide variety of things to see, do and experience! Popular with travellers worldwide, Cairns maintiains a charm and cultural atmosphere all its own. It's amazing the people you will meet here!
Must do: Outer reef cruise, Kuranda rainforest & Atherton Tablelands, Skyrail, Port Douglas, introductury scuba dive (or a full scuba course!), island hopping, helicopter or seaplane flight to the reef, rainforest habitat for breakfast with the birds, crocodile farm. Dine on local cuisine, including Kangaroo steaks or crocodile....

In terms of getting around, your travel agent over there should be able to organise flights taking in 2 or 3 cities as a part of your airfare getting here. I know Qantas do have deals where you can fly into one Australian city, fly out of another, and have a couple of flights in between.

Other than that, Greyhound also have unlimited bus passes that allow you to hop on / hop off as you travel around the country (they have probably the most extensive coach network right around the country). The other alternative is Oz Experience, who aim a little more at the backpacker market, but they also have some great passes available as well.

The only downside to bus passes is that the distances between cities and destinations within Australia can be quite large, and road transport can sometimes take up to 24 hours or more in travelling time (depending on where you want to go to).

Anyhow, I hope this helps. If I can be of further assistance in helping you with your travel plans, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Matt Halloran
personal travel manager

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