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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2014
Gold Coast - Nambucca Heads  (7 Answers)

Hi everyone, myself and a friend will be driving down to Nambucca Heads from the Gold Coast for a family members wedding in May. I was wondering if anyone can give us any ideas of things to do and see on the drive there or if not enough time we can see on the way back.
Do not want to do things overly expensive, but just average touristy things.
Thanks kindly :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2014
Best snorkeling in March  (4 Answers)

What the best snorkeling place in New South Wales and Queensland in March?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2014
2 and a half weeks vacation in Sydney / New South Wales in July: suggestions please  (6 Answers)

Hello, I will be spending 2 and a half weeks vacation in Sydney / New South Wales in July. Could you please give me some pointers as to what to do, what to visit and how to divide our time between city and other visits/activities. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2013
Road Trip along the South coast.  (6 Answers)

My Girlfriend and I are planning a short 4 to 5 day road trip from Sussex Inlet in Dec to explore the Southern Coastline. We both love beaches, nature. animals and adventure. I have my Advanced Open water diving cert and she will have her Open Water Cert. Any suggestions on where to go and what to see?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2012
Sydney to Blue Mountains - Lunch recommendations  (4 Answers)

Hi! We will be driving from Sydney airport to Blue Mountains this sunday... Would be nice if someone could recommend any good lunch places along the way. Perhaps somewhere mid-way along the sydney-bluemountains route would be good, casual dining, nothing fancy :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2012
Driveaway holiday car rentals  (1 Answer)

I posted a question a couple of weeks ago on this forum and the French site re car rental/leasing in France, and a few of you out there suggested Drivaway holiday car rental in Sydney, so I was just on the verge of going through them when I thought I'd check with the Product Review web site, and the feed back on there wasn't pretty! Would love some more feed back from other VTer's that have used this mob, for overseas car rental/leasing before a take the plunge and book through them.
Thanks Donna

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 05, 2012
How to get employment in Sydney  (7 Answers)


I'm going to be in Sydney from around the 12th of April onwards.

Do you think there are any chances of sorting out work before I get there, or is it more of a case that you have to be there to get a job?

I'm pretty open to the work I do, I'm 24 yr old graduate with marketing experience but looking for something which would allow me to meet more people.

How long do you think it would take me to find employment once there - a week ect?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2012
What was the prupose of the "Mechanic institutes" ?  (13 Answers)

Could somebody enlighten me about the "Mechanic institutes" that I saw in many villages of NSW, where early settlers started to build the Australia of today.
Mostly these buildings are among the most beautiful and impressive buildings of these villages, just like the post-office & the Court-house !
What was their purpose ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2011
Moving to NSW next year...  (10 Answers)

Where is a safer suburb to stay for a single oldie like me?
I have not done things I wanted to do when I was younger and then
family and kids tied me down. Now I am alone as the kids have all
left and always wanted to see more of AU. So I have decided the
only way to do it is to come over and make it my home.

I will appreciate any support, advice and tips from fellow VTers.
Thanks in advance...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2010
Taking the train to Blue Mountains  (7 Answers)


I was wondering if taking a train to Blue Mountain is a good idea compared to driving there.

I have two small kids who have trouble with motion sickness (on windy roads).They usually have trouble when i travel here locally in Melbourne to places like Mount Baw Baw (let alone Mt. Buller).

I noticed that i could take advantage of the Family Fun Day ticket on sundays to head to the blue mountains (if i am around on a Sunday)

Appreciate comments and suggestions

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2010
Sydney and Melbourne  (8 Answers)

We will leave Mackay on August 12. Should we spend 1 night in Melbourne and then 2 nights in Sydney or should we just go straight to Sydney and spend 3 nights there? We have never seen either place.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2010
Got a week, Any suggestions?  (4 Answers)


So I'm heading to Byron for Easter Weekend, then we have about 5-6 days to get to Melbourne. Anyway suggestion as to what we can do (besides Sydney), along the way.
Small or big, just wanna hear suggestions.

So far I got:

Coffs Harbour for a quick pic with the Banana
Blue Mountains for a hike
Jervis Bay for a dip


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2010
Sydney-Melbourne trip  (6 Answers)

Hi Travellers,

My family is planning to visit Sydney and Melbourne betwen Feb 10 to Feb 18.
We'd like to find out any information the best way to have a land trip to view sightseing along the way such as the best choice of transport and route from Sydney to Melbourne.
If anyone have ever done this kind of trip before, we would realy apreciate an input to plan our trip.

Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2009
Dinner in Nowra  (1 Answer)

Hello Oh-Worldly-Ones,

DH and I will be in Nowra on our wedding anniversary and would like to celebrate with a nice dinner. Have come across The Red Raven and The Butter Factory.

Anyone in the area willing to comment on either/both?


Kelly Anne

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2009
blue mountains accommodations...with baby  (6 Answers)

Any suggestions on a nice place to stay in the Blue Mountains...Katoomba maybe. Need room for 2 nights for two adults and an 11 month old baby. Budget approx 300 AUD.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2009
Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley  (4 Answers)

Hey all,

Planning a 10 day trip to the Sydney area in Early December. Current planned itenerary is 5 nights in Sydney, 2 somewhere in the vacinity of the blue mountains, and 3 nights in the Hunter Valley...because we love wine!

My wife and I will be travelling with a 1 year old child, so we are hoping we can do most transport publically, as we don't plan to take our car-seat. Any suggestions as to the best route/way from Sydney to these locations? I know the trains run to Katoomba so that should be fine...guessing we'll stay somewhere there (thinking Katoomba or Wentworth Falls). Hunter Valley however is giving me some troubles deciding where would be the best place to stay and how best to get there...any ideas or tip welcome!

Also wondering about travel between the two destination so that we can avoid backtracking.

Thanks a bunch!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2009
Is Canberra worth a day of visit?  (9 Answers)

We are short in time but may squeeze one day to visit the capital city. However, I have not seen many people recommend the city, nor on the suggested tour book like Lonely Planet. Is the city worth visit for a day or just forget it? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2009
Suggestions on things to do and see from Sydney to Brisbane in 5-6 days  (6 Answers)

Hello, VTers,

My wife and I will rent a car in Sydney to drive to Brisbane for 5-6 days beginning this week. Any suggestions on what are "musts" to do and to see along the ways in 5-6 days? We are not particular interested in movieland, fun parks but rather want to experience a true Australia vacation experience. Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2009
Australia, here we come!!!  (4 Answers)

12 hours to go, and we're off to Sydney! Those of you who have been more than kind enough to answer my many queries on this forum - thanks a lot! Off I go with my 17 teenagers in tow! I hope OZ is ready for us! I'll post a travelogue once we get back to tell you how it was - in case anyone else has a desire to see Australia with a group of high school kids:):) I gather the weather's a bit warmer down under! Switzerland had a fresh snowfall today - just as the daffodils are beginning to bloom!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2009
Day-trip from Blacktown  (10 Answers)

Hi all! Will be in Oz for 3-week exchange nest month with a group of high school students. My boss will be accompanying us for the first week - and as he's not with us when we start doing some traveling around NSW, he's keen to have at least one great Australian Experience day. ANY SUGGESTIONS? We'll be in Katoomba for a day already, as well as at the Featherdale Wildlife Park, plus we'll be in Sydney later for a weekend. We need another day-trip! What is do-able in a day that would give him (and me) a good taste of OZ? We'll have a car. Thanks for any suggestions you might have!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2009
Seal Rocks / Sugarloaf Point  (6 Answers)

I have a few questions for all you Aussies out there: We're driving down with a group of Swiss high school kids from Port Macquairie to Sydney, leaving in the morning fairly earlyish in order to get to Sydney by the end of the day. I suppose the fastest was will be to take the Pacific Highway? Does it only start in Newcastle? What's the road like before that? I'd like to have a stop in the middle of the day somewhere so we can picnic, and someone on this forum once recommended Seal Rocks. We won't be swimming, but just some beach wandering and perhaps go to Sugarloaf Lighthouse? What do you think? Will we have enough time to fit this in? What time would you suggest leaving PM, and how long would we have at Seal Rocks? I've looked on the map and see that one can get off route 1 at Halliday's Point, and that you can then get back on the main road at Bulladellah. Would that be the best thing to do? Thanks so much for your advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2009
A few NSW question for my student trip!  (9 Answers)

Hi folks! I've posted here before, and some of you have been extremely helpful! I wonder if I might impose yet again with a few very specific questions? For those of you who might remember my earlier posts, let me refresh your memory: I'm coming to Australia for 3 weeks with 17 Swiss high school students this March / April. After 10 days in host families + school in Blacktown, Sydney and 3 days at a Quirindi school, we're doing an 8-trip.

1) We're driving (by school bus) from Warrumbungles to Bellingen in 1 day (I know! Stressful - but our time is limited, unfortunately!). What time should we figure on leaving? What stops do you suggest we make - where? What time will we arrive?

2) We'll be in Bellingen for 2 nights. Should we go up to Dorrigo Nat'l Park for ranger-guided hiking or go down to the beach or do something else (we will visit Sea Acres Rainforest Park whilst in Port Macquairie 2 days later). Is Dorrigo AND Sea Acres a good idea - are they very different?

3) From Port Macquairie we drive down to Sydney in one day. Coast road partly and highway the last bit? Is that a good idea? What time do you suggest we leave in order to get to Sydney in the late afternoon, before dark? Where would be a good place to stop on the way?

4) We have only a day and a half in Sydney before we fly out (presumably my students will have been to Sydney with their host families while in Blacktown). On the last (half) day we have a tour of the Opera House set up. Any suggestions for our itinerary for the previous full day? Where to go? How? What mode of transport? What to do? Where to eat?

I would REALLY appreciate these final touches to my trip - any practical help is VERY much appreciated!!


PS I promise to post a feedback report! :):):) And will be VERY helpful to anyone needing any kind of help with their Swiss trip:):)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2008
Itinerary NSW student trip  (6 Answers)

Hello again - may I make one final call for help, please? I thought I had a good itinerary set up for our week's trip in NSW, but people have been sending me PM's with quite different idea. We'll be in a school bus which apparently doesn't go too fast.

My original idea was to go from our starting point in Quirindi to Warrumbungles, and from there to Dorrigo, and then down the Pacific Coast to Sydney. Now I'm told to go from Quirindi back to Sydney via Dubbo and Orange. Several people have told me not to miss the zoo there. I'm a little hesitant about that, because as far as animals are concerned, we are mostly of course interested in Australian fauna, not giraffes and Rhinos which we can also see in our European zoos! This same person said that driving from Warrumbungles to Dorrigo in a day is do-able, but we'd not have enough time to enjoy all the rain forests en route. I thought the rainforest that we should be spending time in was Dorrigo! Is there more on the way that we should spend more time in?

So, which itinerary do you think sounds the best? The one via Dorrigo or the one via Orange? On the former we'd see outback, rainforest and coast, it seems to me!

We leave Quirindi on a Thursday morning and need to be in Sydney late afternoon the following Wednesday - so 6 nights.

Which sounds best: 2 nights Warrumbungles (apparently there are old railway carriages to sleep in?) Anyone know of that? Or is 1 enough? If we only spent 1 night, then we'd not have a full day there, but on the other hand, what could we do for a full day and a half? Remember my students are 17!

Then, although it will take about 5 1/2 hrs driving time to Dorrigo, is that OK, or are we missing too much by doing that in a day? Then Dorrigo 3 nights (with one full day hiking and another going to Coffs) or only 2, so that we could go to Coffs on the same day as driving down to Port Macquarie, so that we can spend 2 nights there?

Please help me! I need to book places to stay for our group of 19 and am getting very little help from our Australian hosts besides vague generalities. Not knowing anything about Australia myself, I'm at a loss as to what is best. I know we'll have full days, but that is fine, as after all we're only there for such a short time, so I want to pack in plenty of stuff!

Can I prevail upon your generosity in giving me a bit of your time once more to send me what you you think is the best itinerary with which overnight stops to make? Thank you soooooooo much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2008
RSAs  (1 Answer)

I have been working in a pub in Melbourne, and had to obtain my Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate before starting. I have heard however that the certificate from Victoria doesn't apply in New South Wales. Is this true?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2008
Tolls in New South Wales  (9 Answers)


I am going to rent a car this week-end to drive along the coast to Kiama, and drive in the Southern Highlands.
Is there any toll on the roads? What is the cost?
Is there any website that give the km, price of fuel and price of toll for a trip?
There is a good website,, in Europe, maybe there is something similar in Australia? I didn't find anything on whereis.

Thank you!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2007
Thredbo Village help

Can any snow/ski enthusiasts give me any recommendation for accommodation in Thredbo Village. Two couples of which two don't ski and we are looking for somewhere that caters for the inside person to relax and view the outside world without the skiing. I see there are accommodation sites but wanted to get some real feedback from recent travellers. Good bar/lounge/restaurant included or close?

Appreciate any advice.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2007
Driving from Gold Coast to Melbourne  (6 Answers)

My husband and I are flying from Perth to the Gold Coast to visit family and we are then hiring a car to drive to Melbourne to watch the AFL Grand Final (hopefully the Eagles will be in it). We've never done this before. Are there any must see places to stop at. Any sort of advice would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2007
interesting places on journey from Sydney to Carnarvon NP


could you recommend us some interesting places on the way from Sydney to Carnarvon NP through the outback? We are making a 1-month journey around eastern Australia and have a lot of spots around the coast, but nothing in outback of QLD and NSW.

Thanks, cheers, Iva and Martin

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2007
Trains/Coach/Campervan Help Needed Please  (3 Answers)


Would like info/websites on train/coach journeys, first journey from Sydney to Port Macquarie, second journey Port Macquarie to Brisbane. Also any info on hiring campervan in Brisbane to travel to Cairns returning campervan back to Brisbane. Is it easy/safe to stop off with campervan overnight at rest stops. Any info/costs/advice would be very much appreciated.

UK Resident

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2007
wheres a great central location for finding fruity work?  (12 Answers)

im in Sydney and its a bit crap here. I wanna get out and find some fruit picking work but everywhere is so far away. where can i travel to which will be near some well known fruit areas but not be crap? finding work on the internet is weird. I dont wanna travel 6000 miles and then be told i didnt really get the job.

love to all


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