** Australia Vacation ** Mega Thread - Places you must see, Things to do, Visa, Pets etc.
I am can not visit all places listed below, I have updated the first post on the basis of input from other great fellows on RFD, Thank you. This will help others in planning their trip
Sydney - Opera house, Harbour, go to Bondi Beach, take a speed boat ride, maybe hit the zoo., dinner cruise , Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Queen Victoria Building,
Cairns - Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef
Melbourn - Phillips Island - Penguin parade, St. Kilda, Yarra valley vine tours, Mornington Pennisula
Great Ocean Road - Twelve Apostles, wild life.
Adelaide - Kangaroo island, Victor Harbor, Mount Lofty, Rocking Horse, whispering wall, wineries and wine tasting, dolphin explorer river cruise ,
south Australian museum, art gallery, conservation park, rundown mall, cleland wildlife park , St. Peter’s cathedral, St Kilda Adventure playground.
Beaches: Glenelg, Brighton, Henley, Semaphore, Port Noarlunga, Christies Beach and Moana.
Brisbane - Fraser Island, Surfers Paradise, Sunshine coast, Gold Coast
Cradle Mountain area
Pacific Islands (i.e. Fiji)
Uluru - Uluru / Ayer's Rock is not to be missed- tents
Get Australian visa BEFORE you arrive in Australia.
It's ETA, information linked to your passport, no physical sticker. Airlines check this when you board the flight.
No ETA, you can not board flight.
Government website $20, If you are comfortable giving your information to private agents, private sites offer this for 10$, For me saving 10$ is not worth it.
Application link https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas
For most applications it takes 2 minutes, may take 12 hours or longer in some cases, apply at least 2 weeks before your trip.
TAKING YOUR PET WITH YOU
Australia's dog and cat import conditions are amongst the most stringent in the world. All the required information for exporting dogs and cats to Australia is available on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia website.
Where to Cuddle a Koala in Australia
- Check timings and price before you go.
Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast $40
Billabong Sanctuary, Townsville $24
Cooberrie Park, Cooberrie $20
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast $79 with park entry
Dreamworld, Gold Coast $25
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane $Free
Paradise Country Aussie Farm, Gold Coast $45
Rainforestation Nature Park, Kuranda $18
Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas $20
WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Whitsundays
Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills $30
Gorge Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek $Free
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island $15
Cohunu Koala Park, Perth $15
Speed limits are strictly enforced, many cameras in city and on highways too, 60 means 60 , be careful.
Before landing in Australia, airline will give you a form to fill.
On arrival, you need to go through immigration (you can use e-passport kiosk), collect baggage, go through customs, chances are that your baggage will be checked. Being an island country they have tight bio security rules, don’t bring anything which you are not allowed to (no fruits /nuts/ seeds etc.).