Australasia and Pacific Islands Recommendations and Raves
OK Melboune - St Kilda is gorgeous and reasonably cheap to stay. Great beach, great night life and pubs. Would highly reccommend Quiet Earth Pizza in Balaclava, The Esplanade (Espie) St Kilda and for a good feed try Chinta Blues on Acland Street, St Kilda. For F1 nuts the pits are a permanent feature of Albert Park as is the pit straight. Albert Park is just a nice place to walk around as well though regardless of whether you are an F1 nut or not.
Sydney - wont repeat what's been said already but try Darling Harbour as well. Theres more to Sydney than an opera house and a bridge! Daling harbour is bustling with life day and night. Theres the IMAX and aquarium and a mall if you fancy it, theres also plenty of bars/restaurants to choose from both day and night.
Some one mentioned BYRON BAY. I like the place but it's getting a little too loud now for me (am I showing my age there?). It used to be a great hippy / muso venue but its slowly giving way to groups of the younger binge drink generation. If you do visit be sure to get the t shirt (Dr Moose t shirts are awsome).
Glasshouse Mountains are stunning and contain the amazing Australia Zoo which is a great day out for all.
Hervey Bay. I love this place and kind of feel home whenever I visit. Plenty to do with the whale watching, fishing (not for the whales of course), Fraser Island with its stunning Lake McKenzie and pure breed dingoes. Great campsite in Pialba for $15 per night powered!
Airlie Beach is another quite homely place. Great for visiting the barrier reef and whitsundays.
Port Douglas is a stunning little town but a tad on the pricey side. Great for backpackers though as there are plenty of accommodations.
Townsville is the less visited city up North. Most people head for Cairns which I find has less attraction. Townsville is stunning and right opposite is the amazing Magnetic Island. I would highly reccommend eating at Chilli Jam in Townsville and a visit ti Magnetic. Go as foot passenger and rent a Moke from Moke Magnetic!
Cape Tribulation. Not for the feint hearted this one but if you miss it you will regret it. ~Teeming with wildlife, scorpions, spiders, snakes, Salties, cane toads, Cassowary! Trust me you will love this place. Just watch out for some of the more vicious locals - plenty of king Browns, Redbacks, Funnelwebs, Salties and fireants here. Well worth the visit though - phone home before you go guys because once you are there your not getting a reception!
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