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    DH has surprised me with a 3-week trip to Australia this winter (their summer....yippee!!). We're probably going to generally stay in the Sydney and Melbourne areas, including a few days in the Blue Mountains.

    Do we have any SHS members from Australia?? If so, are there any recommendations or places we should ignore?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa sophomore double majoring in English with Creative Writing and Journalism

    Son (19), a Purdue University freshman majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math and geology

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    I'm no help, but I feel compelled to come in with a jealous sigh. Sounds lovely!

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    Squeak Squeak Squeak!!! Oh how exciting!
    I will ask my gaming friends who are from around there.
    What is it you like doing? Naturey things (and hiking), historical things, or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Squeak Squeak Squeak!!! Oh how exciting!
    I will ask my gaming friends who are from around there.
    What is it you like doing? Naturey things (and hiking), historical things, or what?
    I know, I know!! He showed me the plane tickets, and I was speechless for a good hour!!

    Thanks for asking around. Basically, YES, to all your stuff. Hiking, checking out the cities, maybe a wine tour, climb the Sydney bridge. We were told by an Aussie friend of DH to go to the north beaches around Sydney, but oh my!!, there are a ton. Don't know which ones to try! (Although I'm usually only good for a half day at a beach, then I'm looking around looking for something to do.)
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa sophomore double majoring in English with Creative Writing and Journalism

    Son (19), a Purdue University freshman majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math and geology

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    Ooh, I'm glad I checked in here for the first time in ages - I'm in Sydney!

    Tell me the kind of things you like to do, and I'll see what I can think of.

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    BridgeClimb Sydney - For The Climb of Your LifeBridge Climb Sydney

    I haven't been, but my mum has She said it was great fun.

    The ferry to Watson's Bay (from Circular Quay) is really nice.

    It might be pretty hot re hiking in summer...the Blue Mountains has a zillion and one great walks though. We like to stay in either Blackheath, Katoomba or Leura.

    The other day trip out of the city I like is down the south coast. 80 min away there are gorgeous beaches at Thirroul or Austinmer. Lovely beach pools.

    In the city itself we like the Rocks area (historic). You can walk around the harbor all the way from the Rocks, past the Opera House, and through the Botanic Gardens, great views.

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    Stella,

    Thanks so much for your reply. We've been doing a ton of research and dh has a past co-worker from Sydney, so we have been making a list!

    Right now we will probably spend 4-5 days exploring Sydney. What area of the city would you recommend to stay? We're looking at both hotels and Airbnbs.

    We'll then head to the Blue Mountains via bus and stay in Katoomba for 2-3 days. We found a nice cottage on Airbnb that we'll try there. With the bus system in that area, is it fairly easy to get to the different hiking areas?

    Then we take the train to Melbourne. Dh wants to check out the Great Ocean road and the 12 Apostles.

    We figure after all that we still have an extra 3 days or so in our trip. Are there any other nice areas around Sydney or Melbourne that are good for hiking?

    As a side note, after this election here yesterday, I only half jokingly told my husband that we should look for a home in Australia.....
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa sophomore double majoring in English with Creative Writing and Journalism

    Son (19), a Purdue University freshman majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math and geology

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    I missed this post before. I'm not Australian but have been there a few times to visit family and adopted family. Tarona zoo is huge (and has great views of the city), but there's also a wildlife park about 45 minutes west of Sydney that is more reasonably priced and you can get closer to the animals (Featherdale). We caught the train up to the Blue Mountains pre-kid, too. I've done the Bridge climb, which was good. Australia musuem is great, and a harbour tour (although it's easy to catch ferries around the harbour). Also second the Botannical gardens.

    Bondi or Manly are the famous beaches, perhaps worth seeing just for that!

    If you haven't read Bill Bryson's 'Notes from a Sunburned Country' (sometimes titled 'Down Under') I recommend it. It's hysterical and you'll see lots of the places he visited around Sydney

    Elly
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    Thanks Elly. I just finished reading Bryson this week. I read it the first time when it came out, but had forgotten parts. I keep telling dh that Australia is out to kill him (snakes, spiders, jellyfish, etc).
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa sophomore double majoring in English with Creative Writing and Journalism

    Son (19), a Purdue University freshman majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math and geology

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