Australia Journals

Second Visit to Australia

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An October 2009 trip to Australia by pabrams52

Rockingham Wild Encounters Photo, Rockingham, Australia More Photos
Quote: This second visit to Australia helped me appreciate how vast a continent it is and the diversity of its landscapes. The two coasts we were on were quite different but each offered unique activities. This was a trip I won't soon forget. Come along and see why.

Kingsford Smith Motel

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Hotel | "A Good Airport Motel"

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A Good Brisbane Airport MotelIf given a choice, I would rather not spend the last night of a vacation at an airport motel, but sometimes, it is just logistically wiser to be on or near airport premises the night before a departing flight. This really serves to eliminate unexpected snafus, problems, delays, traffic, etc. and gives a traveler peace-of-mind. I welcomed that "comfort zone" when we concluded our Australia trip and faced a 10:15 a.m. departure from Brisbane. I had tried to select the airport motel carefully when arranging our travel plans and utilized as many resources online as I could. It is usually not an issue of too little information but merely what pro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2009

Kingsford Smith Motel
610 Kingsford Smith Drive
Hamilton 4007
+61 (7) 3868-4444

Margarets Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Wished We Could Have Stayed Longer"

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We’ll Throw in the ViewAs with all my travel preparations, I research online fairly thoroughly before making a commitment. Travelers are looking for a particular setting – a welcoming destination where they look forward to resting their head at the end of the day. For some, it is all about high-end, with services of every shape and size. For others, it is location, location, location. And, then, there are the frugal travelers that want to enable their travel by maximizing their bang for the buck. Yes, globetrotters come in all shapes and sizes. I suppose I have a little of each of those qualities in myself. Like most women, I sometimes like to open up the pocket book...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2009

Margarets Beach Resort
1 Resort Place (corner Wallcliffe Road)
Margaret River, Australia
+61 (8) 9757 1227

Holiday Inn Burswood

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Hotel | "Willing to Change My Mind"

Holiday Inn Burswood Photo, Perth, Australia
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This, is Holiday Inn?I won’t beat around the bush. When my husband informed me that his Australian hosts had reserved us a room at Perth’s Burswood Conference Center, I was impressed. I naturally assumed it was at their InterContinental Hotel, as that was what came up when I Googled Burswood Conference Center. But as we were finalizing our trip details, I discovered that the conference center has two hotels – the InterContinental AND a Holiday Inn. My husband clarified that we would be staying at the Holiday Inn. Not kno...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2009

Holiday Inn Burswood
Bolton Avenue & Great Eastern Hwy.
Perth, Australia 6100
+61 (8) 93628888

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant | "A Killer Dish in Brisbane"

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A Welcomed Restaurant TipYou’re in a new city. You are only there for two nights. That means two dinners – which means, you’d better choose carefully. You don’t know that city’s restaurant scene but you want to have a memorable dining experience. What’s a traveler to do?Well, in my case, my husband and I got lucky, as travelers sometimes do. Yes, it does happen, and when it does, it is best to take the advice from a local that you trust. In this situation, a friend of a friend instructed us not to miss a particular dish at a particular restaurant. Well, if that isn’t getting it straight from the horse’s mouth, I don’t know what is. But if a trusted local friend is n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2009

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar
Eagle Street Pier 1
Brisbane, Australia 4000
+61 (7) 3221 6090

Memorable Wine Tour

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Memorable Wine TourMy husband and I are not wine connoisseurs, but we could not imagine being in Australia without sampling the country’s fine wine offerings. But with only a short amount of vacation time, we had to choose carefully – both location and tour operator. This was important to achieve the quintessential wine experience. I already knew about the site www.westernaustralia.com, which provides a wealth of great (what I call) starting point data. But I needed to get feedback on personal experience for wine tours, so I turned to www.TripAdvisor....Read More

Wildflowers of Western Australia

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Attraction | "Flora I'd Never Seen"

Wildflowers of Western Australia Photo, Perth, Australia
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Wildflowers in BloomI am not a botanist, but I do love nature and color. And, I also love to learn about beauty on other continents as well as attempting to successfully photograph it. So it was for that reason that I chose to go on a wildflower tour while in Perth, Australia. The concierge at my hotel recommended utilizing Australian Pinnacle Tours, a company with a long-standing reputation for dependability. I chose their one day tour, which would afford me as much opportunity to view as possible. I was up against no time deadlines and it was a pleasure to go on t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 21, 2009

Wildflowers of Western Australia

Perth, Australia

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Attraction | "Not Leaving Australia until I Hold a Koala!"

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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When one only has about 24 hours in a new city, it begs the question "where do you go?" and "what do you see?". After having read the excellent reviews at this websitein preparation for my quick visit to Brisbane, Australia, I decided that I just HAD to see the koalas and have my picture taken with one.Australia is a huge country and there is much to see, but if time is a factor, then Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the place to go. I booked my visit through American Express Travel Services and my voucher was conveniently waiting for me at my Brisbane hotel when I checked in. My husband and I were picked up and dropped off at our hotel, which made the proc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2009

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Jesmond Rd
Brisbane, Australia 4069
+61 (0)7 3378 1366

Rockingham Wild Encounters

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Attraction | "Dolphins, Penguins & Sea Lions"

Rockingham Wild Encounters Photo, Rockingham, Australia
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Dolphins, Penguins & Sea LionsThough this was my second visit to Australia, I was willing to admit that I knew little about this impressive continent. Because my husband was occupied for the day in a business meeting, I was free to explore on my own and eager to get to know western Australia. I hadn’t known that Western Australia is vast, making it Australia’s largest state, with a land area of more than 2.5 million square kilometers. The weather of the west coast of Australia is more temperate than that of the east coast, with little to no humidity, making it far more comfortable year round....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2009

Rockingham Wild Encounters
P.O. Box 5321
Rockingham Beach, Australia
+618-9591-1333