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In the land down undah

A June 2002 trip to Australia by rockpaperscissors

Tasmania Photo, Australia, South Pacific More Photos
Quote: I spent seven months working and traveling around Australia. I circumnavigated the continent (mostly over land), visited the "red center", and even spent a week and a half in Tasmania. Australia is a beautiful country and very traveler-friendly.

In the land down undah

Overview

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Tasmania, The Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Great Barrier Reef (go to Heron Island for diving, if you can swing it), Byron Bay, the Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, Karijini National Parks, Uluru, the Southwest, the Flinders Ranges, Melbourne, and SydneyQuick Tips: If you're planning to visit the West Coast off season, make sure you plan you transportation (if you don't have a car) in advance. The main backpacker bus service shuts down, and the Greyhound pass is a bit inconvenient in certain places. If you want to hike the Miracle Mile in Karijini, it's best to do it on a guided tour (I think there are only two operators: Adventure Tours and Dingo...Read More

Mohr's Fish

Restaurant

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Mohr's Fish is a tiny place. They don't take reservations, so get there early or expect to wait a bit to be seated. It's BYO, but you can carry a pint of beer from the pub across the street into the restaurant. All the main courses will run you $20AU, and will include and incredibly fresh and well-prepared piece of fish with a starch and a vegetable side. I sent my parents to Mohrs when they were visiting Sydney and they loved it (and they're pretty fussy!). It's very low key, but the food is fantastic.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Flinders Ranges National Park

Attraction | "The Flinders Ranges"

Flinders Ranges National Park Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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Gorgeous-o. See the pictures below for a better idea. Admittedly, some of the best scenery I saw was from the road and not from the top of a mountain. The colors are constantly changing according to the position of the sun and, as previously mentioned, the Flinders are a great spot to check out Australian wildlife in the wild.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Flinders Ranges National Park
Wilpena Pound
via Hawker, Australia 5434
+61 (0)8 8648 0049

fanTAZtic: Tasmania rocks!

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Tasmania Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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If you have time while in Australia, go to Tasmania. It's gorgeous and very different from the mainland. I did a 3-day tour of the West Coast with a company called Bottom Bits Bus and they were great. I also went to Wineglass Bay and the Friendly Beaches on the East Coast with them. Both were beautiful, but my guess is that the West Coast is where the majority of the impressive sites reside. Actually, it's not a guess -- my tour guide confirmed this. Spent a day frolicking around the sand dunes near Strahan -- breathtaking. Ocean Beach (also near Strahan) took my breath away as well. It was really cold when I was there, but the air felt and smelled so fresh and clean. Did some hiking a...Read More

The Great Ocean Road

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Great Ocean Road Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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It's a must if you are in Melbourne and have a day or two to spare. There are tour companies that will take you to all the major stops in a day, but if you can rent a car, that would probably make for a much more enjoyable experience. I went with an Australian friend over the course of three days. We made an overnight stop at a beachfront art deco hotel in Lorne (which was offering fantastic off-season packages, so you might want to look into this during the winter months) and another stop at a little farm cabin near the 12 Apostles. Another nice place to check out is Geelong, where the Great Ocean Road begins. The town has all of these cute little bollard statues along the waterfront that look l...Read More