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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 26, 2016
Trip to Northern territory at Feburary.  (3 Answers)

Hi. I'm planning a trip to the Northern territory in January 30 to Feburary 13. I heard that this is a summer season in Australia, and extremely warm. I try to endure the high temperatures, but what I really worried about is rain, and cloud, and activity restriction.

so my question is,
1. During this period, will rains and clouds make me unable to see sunrise, sunset and the night sky in red center?
2. There is a high possibility that activities (trekking at kings canyon, Uluru, kata Tjuta, etc.) will be prohibited?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 17, 2016
Transfer times at heathrow  (1 Answer)

I have a ticket from Sydney to London with Cathay pacific. I then bought a separate ticket with BA from London to Newcastle in the U.K. I arrive T1 at 06:20hrs and leave T5 at 09:45... just discovered I have to pick up my luggage at Heathrow  And transfer it. Is there anyway of getting my luggage checked all the way through? I've tried the airline and ticket issuer with no luck and been told it would cost $15000 to reissue a ticket (I go in two days).
If not is 3 h 20mins long enough a time to do the transfer?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 14, 2016
February Plan for 11 days  (6 Answers)


Australia is a nice country with a lot of options and different locations. I hope you can help me plan my trip from 12 Feb to 23 Feb 2017.

I generally like a mix of activities like day hikes, snorkelling, rafting, forests, theme parks, camping, etc. I like them for a day or a night but not longer. I am a 29 male with medium level of fitness. Food choices and drinking is not on my trip plan list.

Currently i dont plan to hire a car and I do not mind frequent trips orflying. What do you recommend as best cities to visit or a plan?

Thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 08, 2016
Kangaroo Island worth to visit?  (6 Answers)

Hi! We are planning a 4 week drive from Sydney to Adelaide in Feb/March. Travel itineary is quite ready however we are not sure if it will be worth to visit Kangaroo Island (time needed, cost for ferry, size of island ...).
Will visit Wilsons Promontery and a couple of other national parks and are mainly interested in nice landscape and animals.
Any comments are highly appreciated!
Kind regards, Laura

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 11, 2016
Bring strawberry to phil.  (2 Answers)

Hi, im going back to the Philippines next week, im here in Australia, i want to know if i can bring a strawberry from australia going to Philippines?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 01, 2016
Itinerary help  (8 Answers)

Hi. We need your advice. We'll arrive in Melbourne on January 21 after spending 18 days in New Zealand. We're booked for 4 days in Melbourne and we'll be staying in Sydney for 4 days until February 5, when we leave for home. Need advice on where to spend the intervening 7 days. We can drive or fly or a combination of both. We're thinking of spending 3 days in Wilson's Prom or the Mornington Peninsula and 2 days in Jervis Bay However, we're open to other destinations. We like spectacular scenery and beautiful swimming beaches. By the way accommodations are sparse in Wilson's Prom. Thank you for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 18, 2016
No Question Title  (8 Answers)

where would we obtain an opal card for our travels in australia can you use it state to state and what is the cost many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 17, 2016

Hi all,

Here's my problem.
I applied on the 2nd of October for an eVisitor visa class 651 to Australia, after have spent a year there through a WHV (which expired the 28th of September).
I've been waiting over two weeks so far for a process which seems smouth and quick.. I'd like to know if there is any way to accelerate it cause it started to be way more expensive than expected.
Indeed I had to buy a flight back to Cairns when I left there on the 25th of September. This flight was on the 14th of October so I've already pushed it away once to this 21st. Moreover being now in Indonesia, my visa here will expired soon and I would have to pay to extend it if I still don't receive any answer..
I've email few times the office in charge of the application, asked if there were any issues or unexpected delays, no answers.
I've called the department in Hobart and have been told that they can't help me.
I've check heaps of website and posts without finding any real solution for this problem..
I would be so grateful if anyone can help me out with this and give me a solution. For example a successful way to contact them, a try to apply for an other evistor visa, anything actually.
I start to be really worried and frustrated about that, and don't want to have to extend my stay in Indonesia or have to pay more to change my flight.

Thanks guys !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 13, 2016
travel insurance  (4 Answers)

any recommendations for travel insurance for a trip (30 days) to australia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 12, 2016
Bank choosing  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone! I have some questions. I’d like to open a bank account in Australia.
Someone told me only two banks wouldn’t charge monthly account fee which are NAB and ING DIRECT. NAB is common used bank and reliable one, but I’ve heard the interest rate has dropped and only remain 2%.
According to the page my friend sent to me about ING DIRECT

The interest rate is 2.75%. Opening account now I can get $75 cash as well seems better than NAB which is really convincing. But none of my friends surrounding me ever open accounts in this bank. So…..I don’t know…..What do you guys think? Has anyone open this bank account before? What would you suggest me to do? Or maybe I should open both?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 09, 2016
Airport Tax ?  (2 Answers)

Next month, I will travel to Australia, Sydney is the city I landed. A few days later, I will take a domestic flight to Melbourne. My next international departure is from Melbourne Tullamarine Int. Airport.
My question : Do I need to pay any airport tax ? if yes, how much ?
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 09, 2016
Mobile phone option for visiting Americans for Australia & New Zealand?  (2 Answers)

Adding international data, text, phone to my existing US-based Verizon phone costs US$10/day plus $1.79 per minute for incoming calls so that is not practical.

I'm looking for suggestions from other travelers to Australia & New Zealand as to what mobile phone and/or service they would recommend for long term (3-5 months) use that would provide unlimited text, phone and data and whether I should see a SIM card or just buy a phone and inform my contacts of my new Australian number.

Any recommendations appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 15, 2016
Getting a job  (9 Answers)

My son has just applied for an Australian Visa, he has no job or place to stay (has 4 friends somewhere in Australia). What should he do first before he buys his plane ticket?
-open a bank account that is available both at home and in Australia?
-set up a job before he gets there? (my preference of course)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 27, 2016
Australia east coast in October - 2.5 weeks  (4 Answers)


We'll be having 3 weeks to reach from Darwin to Sydney. (not including those cities) during October. Our interests are inclining to national parks and wildlife rather than parties and beaches.

At first I was thinking on flying to Cairns for a few days of diving, maybe do Daintree forest, then drive down south to Brisbane in the time remaining via Whitsundays and Fraser island and maybe here some more tips here..

Later on I began reading that many people prefer the section of Brisbane - Sydney.. therefore the other options is perhaps flying from Cairns to Brisbane after our diving and from there hire a car to Sydney.

I'd love to hear your comments with regards to our time frame..


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 21, 2016
Spending Money - 3 months (Australia)  (3 Answers)

Hi All

Looking to do the east coast of Australia for 3 months
Would like to do some small activities such as, aquarium, wildlife park, surf lessons– and also looking to do the 3 day tours to Fraser island ect.
Not a big drinker so I wouldn’t really be going out drinking
I’m going to buy my greyhound pass and all flight before arrival
Accommodation – backpacking hostels
Looking to start in Sydney and stop in all the usual place up until cairns

Would be great to get a rough idea on how much it would be per month!

Thanks !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 08, 2016
Australia trip / spending money  (6 Answers)

Hi all happy travellers, I'm travelling to Australia at the end of the year and just wondered how much spending money I would need to take. I'm thinking if I allocate so much per day? no idea what the cost of living is....advice greatly appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 05, 2016
Planning a solo holiday from the beginning of November 2016.  (9 Answers)

Hi all,
Planning to fly Manchester UK to Dubai and stay 3 nights.
Fly Dubai to Cairns and stay 4 nights.
Fly Cairns to Sydney and stay 6 nights.
Fly Sydney to Bangkok and stay 3 nights.
Fly Bangkok back home to Manchester.
Are the number of nights shown enough to see the most popular sights and would you consider it worthwhile to include Darwin in the itinerary?

Thank you,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2016
Sim Card Purchase for Use In England, France & Italy  (2 Answers)

We will be travelling through these countries during June & July & would like to purchase a prepaid sim card for my mobile. Use mainly so family can contact us, limited use whilst in each country, handy for security or car breakdown.

We mainly use our tablets & hotel free WiFi.

Should we buy before departing Australia or upon arrival in London?

Any recommendation as to supplier?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2016
Internal flights & travelling in Australia  (8 Answers)

We are planning a trip to Oz Feb 2017, for ca 5 weeks. Is it better to book internal flights beforehand or once you are there? Planning to fly LHR-Sydney-LHR as flights seem to be the cheapest there and wish to also visit Adelaide, Cairns & Uluru. Possibly Perth, time allowing.
Is car hire, possible motorhome hire, expensive ? Planning on driving Melbourne to Adelaide, Great Ocean Road and all that. Greatful for any tips, thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 25, 2016
What to do on a rainy day in perth australia  (3 Answers)

Can any body give me ideas of what to do in perth australia on a rainy day - apart from go to the pubs :) We do not have any kids. Just the two of us.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 17, 2016
Great Barrier Reef  (4 Answers)

I snorkeled the great barrier reef in 2000 and it was the most beautiful thing of ever seen in my life. I would like to come back and see it one more time but many people of told me that it's nothing like it used to be. I don't want to come there and be disappointed after spending all the time and money to get there. Has anyone been there in 2015 or 2016, Who also might've seen it many years ago and can tell me whether it's worth coming back? Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 03, 2016
3 weeks low budget solo trip around Sydney (& Melbourne) - mission (im)possible?  (10 Answers)

Hi to everyone!
I’m working on a 3-week itinerary around Sydney- Melbourne, later this month, and the high costs I read, make my life difficult!
So, will try to do it intependently, backpacking, without tour groups, staying at hostels and moving by bus /train.
I have not booked anything yet (except int. flight)... I am a little late I guess...
I already got a LP guidbook, and try to connect the dots for my budget, though it seems that many beautiful suggestions are either expensive, or better to be done by driving yourself, so have to quit such places.
I admit that the low budget way, will make me miss some good spots, though still try to make an interesting, down to earth itinerary, to make an enjoyable trip.
Outside big cities, I mostly enjoy nature, photography, villages, beaches, swimming, walking -hiking, anything special or characteristic of the area, strange spots maybe…
I am not into party-drinking thing at all -50 y.o…. :)...
So please do suggest if you can some low budget one- or two-day trips outside the cities!
then not to stick to Bondi beach and such nearby suburbs for long, I hope it would be possible to go a little further away!
On a bus company website I read about hop on hop off trip between Sydney- Melbourne, are there various such trips available, stoping at nice places?
I also plan to visit the blue mountains which seem easier accesible.
I would be greatful to hear some insight ideas from the experts !
Many thanks, happy travels to all!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 22, 2016
JOB SEARCH  (5 Answers)

How to can i find a job in Australia. I am working in Dubai. Here we can come in visiting visa and can find a job. How about Australia. Is it possible to find a job? If no, please let me know the best option to find a job.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 20, 2016
14 Day Trip - Itinerary Help needed  (4 Answers)

Hi All,

We will be traveling to Australia for 14 days and need a bit of help regarding our itinerary.
At the moment we are thinking of doing the following:

Day 1 Arrive Sydney 6:10am - Sightseeing
Day 2 Sightseeing Sydney
Day 3 Blue Mountain Day trip
Day 4 Kangaroo and Koala (Featherdale Wildlife Park). Is this the best wildlife park or place to see kangaroos and koalas?
Day 5 Bondi and Manly Beach
Day 6 Fly to Hamilton Hamilton 9:55 - look around Hamilton.
Day 7 Free day? More Hamilton sightseeing?
Day 8 Whitsunday sailing/kayaking?
Day 9 Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and possibly helicopter ride
Day 10 Fly to Sydney and Melbourne 1:05pm - arrive at 3:25pm
Day 11 Sightseeing Melbourne and Philip Island in the evening
Day 12 Drive along the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles
Day 13 Sightseeing Melbourne
Day 14 Day trip somewhere?
Day 15 Fly out from Melbourne at 9am

Do you think this itinerary is feasible? Am I missing anything? Would you replace any of the above with something else? Any other tips? :-)

Thanks for all your help!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 02, 2016

Hi, well trying to arrange next years travels... We will be travelling from Asia to OZ in January 2017. We are thinking of flying into Perth then driving to Adelaide over a period of days. Obviously we realise that this is a long way, but would like any advice on this journey by road, ie suitable stopovers or just any advice on the journey.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 17, 2016
Car rental  (7 Answers)

Does anyone have any recommendations for a car rental agency in the Sydney area? We will be arriving by air but don't necessarily need to pick up the car at the airport. We will need a car for about a month. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 31, 2016
Cruises to New Zealand  (7 Answers)

Friends of friends were interested in doing a cruise but said the side trips to visit places in New Zealand were horrendously expensive, like several hundred dollars each. I find this hard to believe, could anyone who has done this cruise let me know what they found please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 25, 2016
where to obtain Outgoing Passenger Card Australia?  (7 Answers)

Dear All,

Could please anyone advises me where to obtain OUTGOING PASSENGER CARD AUSTRALIA?

To avoid hustle, if there is any possibility to get one when I enter Australia at the place I get INCOMING PASSENGER CARD AUSTRALIA??

Please help.. thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 17, 2016
Suggestions for 3 week itinerary, backpacking Southeast ex Sydney?  (10 Answers)

Hi there!
I just got the flight ticket to Sydney, and started researching on the itinerary of 3 week backpacking trip, thinking to go west to Adelaide and / or up to Brisbane, in late April - early May
although I'm afraid probably it is too ambitious to cover all this area in 3 weeks and low budget costs...
Would be great to hear your tips, suggestions, experiences about this part of Australia, to get a rough idea about main places to visit around there and in between, so to balance time wisely over this big area.
I'll be just one person travelling, without tourist package, independently, mostly by public transport (which I understand is not as easy as I'd like), plus maybe a daytrip here or there with local travel agency, if it worths to get the most out of this time frame.
I guess a couple of low budget flight tickets could fit in, too, some good offers may surface from time to time
My main interests are city life, nature, hiking, photography ...
(I'm not into night clubbing, drinking etc, mostly like sightseeing the country)
Your suggestions guys for a low cost sensible itinerary, to connect a few nice places easily aproachable by public transport, are very very welcome!!!
many thanks to all!
happy travels!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 15, 2016
Travel itinerary help! 4 weeks stay in Sydney.  (5 Answers)

I'm a university student from UK staying in Sydney for 4 weeks in May 2016. I'll be coming to Australia for a clerkship and need help planning my trip around Australia to make the most of the experience. From what I found out from seniors in my uni who did the same thing, they got fridays off to do travelling. So, I'm thinking of using the long weekends to travel around Australia. Here's where I was thinking of going: cairns, melbourne, brisbane and exploring sydney of course. Can you suggest an itinerary for me please?
Thank you!!!

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