Next day I flew in Jetstar from Perth to Melbourne, and took 3 hours 20 min. Again I was in a different time zone. On the same day I opted for a guided bus tour which had city highlights of Royal Botanic garden, Yarra river, bathing boxes, St. Kilda and tramcar restaurant. Saw the Melbourne cricket ground, Port Melbourne by the sea and Acland Street in St. Kilda. Got a lot of options there as its a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of funky bars, eateries, electic shops and world famous patisseries. They charged for this tour $ 65.
Sydney: If Singapore stands for efficiency, London for heritage, Sydney is the epitome of youthful exuberance. Perhaps, because half the population is not Australian and the average age of the citizens’ ranges between 20 and 40 years old. Sydney captivates you with its great variety of beaches, world famous monuments and building, eco friendly parks, enchanting landscapes and a never ending variety of restaurants and cafes to suit every pocket. From spending a day at Manly beach to Sydney Harbour Bridge climbing to partying till wee hours at Ivy to having a romantic dinner date at Darling Harbour; Sydney will ensure you have an action packed day with an equally alluring nightlife. On your night out, if you get too sloshed then there are special ‘Plan B Buses’ to drop you home safely and cheaply. Weather, language, travel, food are non-issues. Lastly, if you have not witnessed the world’s greatest New Year Party at Sydney Harbour then you have missed a lot in your life. If you are planning to go to Australia then do check out Practical Tips for your first trip to Australia.
The thrill of the journey, the anticipation of the destination, the people you see, the conversations you hear, the worlds you become part of, even if only for a few hours.. Aren't airports just so lovely? When I landed in Perth Airport it was 0730 in the morning. Its a quite place, clear sky, blue water and not many people around. I stayed in Hyatt Regency Perth which is just 20 min drive from the airport. Took a power nap of 2 hours and decided to go out to see the beautiful city. I enjoyed the Swan river scenic cruise which starts in the afternoon at 1415 hours for about 3 hours. That cost me $ 40. The last spot to get down from the cruise is Fremantle which has many attractions like Fremantle prison, rail station, maritime museum, market, Army museum, monument hill. The temperature was 40 degrees outside but the breeze was cool. Returned back to the hotel and relaxed by the poolside. On day - II I went for Pinnacles day tour. The temperature was 33 degrees (better than the previous day). It cost me $ 165. I was impressed with Luke (the bus driver cum guide cum adventurer). He took us around the national park which has Koalas, Kangroos and many other animals. It was a long drive from the national park to the pinnacles & lobster shack. Pinnacles are limestone formations within Nambung national park, near the town of Cervantes. Followed by some jaw dropping moments in Indian ocean. Luke managed to get me vegetarian lunch in Lobster shack which was healthy and stomach filling. Had again a power nap of 30 min in bus & Luke drove the bus on Lancelin sand dunes. Mostly the bus passengers were old couples except few. We all had fun on sand. There were small kids and these smallies made me feel ashamed as they can get sand boarding right in their first attempt while I took 3 attempts and still was not confident.
Great nights out in Fortitude Valley, and enjoy a ride up the river. Culture abounds in Brisbane, too, making it a must-see destination in Australia.
Hobart would be your next stop, home of the Cascade Brewery and David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The first and last on that list are absolute must-do’s. Any nightlife or shopping will take place on the waterfront by Salamanca Place. Make sure you stop by the Cargo Bar Pizza Lounge for drinks and gourmet pizzas you’ve never heard of. Though on the pricey side, you’ll love every bite.
The final stop before heading back to Devonport is Launceston. If you can return your car on Tassie and fly back from Launceston (or even Hobart) instead, I’d recommend it. As fun as it is, you won’t want to take that ferry more than once. The James Boags brewery is located here, along with the Tasmania Zoo. If you’re into wildlife (especially birds) you’ll want to make a pit stop. It’s a bit run-down but they do have Tasmanian Devil feeding sessions. And if there’s one thing you can’t leave Tassie without seeing, it’s The Devil!
Spectacular view from the sea cliff
Port Douglas! Must Visit.