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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Jan 20, 2023 6:56 pm

Planning a trip to see ma family in NZ.
A stop over in Aussie but where Melbourne or Sydney.
Maybe Rohan can give me info on this.
It will be first visit in Aussie.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Jan 20, 2023 10:37 pm

I have always said Sydney is the place to visit as a tourist but Melbourne is the place to live long term. But it reslly depends on how long you stopover and at what time of the year and what would you like to do

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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Sat Jan 21, 2023 12:43 am

If you like food, wine and culture Melbourne has the edge over Sydney. There's no denying though that in terms of the visuals Sydney city with it's beautiful harbour has the edge over Melbourne city. As Rohan said it depends on your interests and what time of year you are planning to visit. You might even be able to tie it in with a few car related events. If you come to Melbourne there's some great areas such as Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine Peninsula in the west and Mornington Peninsula, Philip Island and Wilson's Promontory in the east. Healsville Sanctuary which is a reasonably short drive out of Melbourne is great if you want to see some native animals. Take the route through Chum Creek - some excellent driver roads through there.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Sat Jan 21, 2023 6:14 am

Sydney on both accounts, but Melbourne has its claim as well. Alan if you decide on Sydney do let me know, we live in Manly, one of Sydney’s iconic beach suburbs reached by 20 minute ferry from the city. Love to meet up and grab a bite.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Jan 21, 2023 6:59 am

Many thanks Boys,
Nice to get first hand knowledge.
The plan looks like 7/8 days first week in Dec 2023 Aus. Then flight to Christchurch followed by Train to Greymouth.
Sydney seems the likely one for the Harbour. A bit like here in France with Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
Will be booking Flight to go during the week. Since the Covid usual Flight plans have changed. Via Hong Kong with a Peking Duck downtown is now a no no.
Return Flight to be booked later.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Sun Jan 22, 2023 4:50 am

Keep us posted Alan, once dates are confirmed we can see what’s in or arrange a get together if not
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:53 pm

Hi Vaughan,
We just need to wait untill first week in Feb to confirm for return flight. Max you can book in advance is 1 year.
The flight to Sydney has been blocked but NOT confirmed arrive 2nd Dec and leave for Christchurch 10th Dec.
When all flights have been confirmed i will let you know.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:58 am

alan.barker wrote:Many thanks Boys,
Nice to get first hand knowledge.
The plan looks like 7/8 days first week in Dec 2023 Aus. Then flight to Christchurch followed by Train to Greymouth.
Sydney seems the likely one for the Harbour. A bit like here in France with Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
Will be booking Flight to go during the week. Since the Covid usual Flight plans have changed. Via Hong Kong with a Peking Duck downtown is now a no no.
Return Flight to be booked later.
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Alan,
I have had a couple of great holiday trips 'down under'. Would definitely recommend Sydney as the first port of call, perhaps Melbourne for your next trip, particularly if you are a foodie. Worth getting a guidebook or similar if you want to hit all the main sights in a week or so and spend a bit of time planning beforehand, but is very worthwhile.

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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 12:43 pm

The beauty of Melbourne is not so much the city itself but the state it is in. Lot's of things to see and do in Victoria and Tasmania is just short sea trip away. You can take your car on the boat too.

Certainly plenty of good driving roads in Victoria (and Tasmania for that matter) if you know where to look!
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PostPost by: bulfin » Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:42 pm

BOTH

Visited a few years ago. We did Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. All three were great.
Highlights
Sydney play at the Opera House, lunch with Vaughan
Melbourne local friend tour guide, wild animal park (almost got knocked down by a kangaroo),
lunch at a local pub
Perth tour of mint, native singing and dancing (at my wife's conference)

Worst part the flights to get there, not having enough time to see more

Have been to many places in the world, Australia is one of the few I would like to have another visit.

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