Re: Anyone go to Bali, Australia, New Zealand?
posted at 7/14/2009 11:25 AM EDT
I went to Australia in late November - early December of 2007 with my family and had an absolutely amazing experience! This was a great time to visit because the Australian summer was just getting started.
Needless to say, Australia is huge. It's impossible to see it all on one trip. If you're looking for a "sit, plunk, and relax" honeymoon, this might not be the best location simply because there is so much to see (although, of course, there are plenty of beautiful, relaxing resorts). I'm not sure what types of activities you enjoy, but here are some of my recommendations:
--Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You must do it. Make reservations in advance and try to do a climb at dusk, that way you'll get to see a fabulous sunset from atop the bridge. Even if you're afraid of heights, consider trying the climb. My mother is very acrophobic and figured she'd have to turn around and go back but she was fine, mainly because, the way the bridge is structured, it is IMPOSSIBLE to peer down over the edge. You are always 5-6 feet away from the edge, so you are quite safe.
--Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef. If you don't dive, try snorkeling.
--Go to Cairns and explore the Daintree (rainforest).
--Go to Kangaroo Island. We toured the island with a company called Exceptional Kangaroo Island. It was just my family (4 people) plus one other couple in a jeep for two days. We were able to determine our schedule because of the small numbers, plus the guides are also amazing cooks and gourmet lunches with excellent Australian wine are included.
--Drive the Great Ocean Road (near Melbourne). The views are spectacular, and you can stop along the way to see the magnificent rock formations.
--If you go to Melbourne, eat dinner one night on the Melbourne Colonial Tramcar Reservations are essential. I know it sounds like a cheesy attraction, but honestly this was the best meal we ate in Australia and you are on a restored, elegant tram. http://www.tramrestaurant.com.au/
--If you enjoy wine, there are some lovely vineyards in Tasmania.
I could go on and on. If you have any specific questions, please reply and I'll try to answer them as best as I can. My mother made all of the arrangements through Garber Travel's Beverly office, which is located in the Cummings Center. Bon voyage!