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Itinerary : Group Holiday to Australia – East Coast

So some of friends with families have been talking about a group vacation. So I have been tasked with building up an itinerary for these trips and while the final details will vary, I hope to build one that can used by the two varying groups. Australia, shouldnt be too hard.

Requirements : Beach, Realaxing, Lots of Beer,  Kid friendly , Travel and Stay as a group. One week. ‘Not too expensive’

Sydney: 

1. Take a Sydney Harbour cruise : The Sydney’s Harbour is long and dramatic with great sights such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Cruises are available in all ranges , from basic to luxurious, with food drinks and cocktails.

Basic cruise : $30, takes about 1.5 hours and is timed during the day or afternoon.

 2. Complete one of the fascinating walking tours : From aborginal times to colonial times, to rock and roll , theres a walking tour for everyone , in Sydney. http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/places-to-go/attractions-and-tours/historical-walking-tours

Self Guided Walking Tour : Free , takes a couple of hours.

3. Bondi beach, Manly beach and more…

Sun sand and surf !

Drive to Gold Coast/Brisbane

Day 1 : Sydney to Newcastle

1. Hawkesbury River : This river that feeds into Broken Bay, is surrounded by three national parks.

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If time permits , visit the river, the marina, the parks around.

2. Terrigal :  45 mins ahead on the Pacific Highway from Hawesbury riverDistance 55 Kms from Sydney . Drive time 45 min.

Beach, cliffs and

3.  Drive to New Castle : This looks like a really promising route.  (See pic)

The drive should take us along the coast , with view of the Pacific Ocean on one side and the bays on the other. While I havent been there yet, it does look like it would have a few good stops along the way.

What to do at Newcastle ? Where to stay , possible options for big group . (To be updated)

Overnight at New Castle.

Day 2 : Hunter Valley Wine region to Coffs Harbour

1. Short Stop at  Port Macquarie for lunch. Port Macquarie is on estuary of the Hastings rivers and offers and lot of things to do.

2. Detour off the road to South West Rocks for a short break.

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The South West Rocks tourist park and the Hat Head National park has lots of good places for camping, picnicing and just relaxing. There is the also the Trail Bay Gaol here. (I am fascinated by prisons)

3. Drive on to Coffs Harbour, where we stay for the night.  Ok the most imporatnat thing about Coff’s harbour seems to be its banana industry. 🙂

Just kidding , it has a lots of stuff to do and see.

Surfing , sailing, nature trails, sunset and beer on the marina.

Day 3 : Gold Coast

(To be contd)


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Bucket List : Moai in Easter Islands

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I am fascinated by the story of the Moai at Easter Island and this is an item pretty high up on the bucket list. Why are they there? Who put them there? And How did they do it? There are stories and tales… but we will probably never know the truth… and that is why this place is sought after..

But on to the practical things..

How to get there from Singapore? 

Easter Islands is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean , and officially a part of Chile. The easiest way is to take a flight from Santiago. There are daily. But from Singapore , getting to Santiago can be really too much. So I explore if there another way.

This looks like the way …Singapore (A)  to Auckland (B) to Tahiti (C) to Easter Islands (D).

Time to get there, and this is just flying time, via direct flights

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Singapore to Auckland : 9 Hours 40 mins

Auckland to Tahiti : 5 hours

Tahiti to Easter Island : 6 Hours

 

 

Still a savings of 10 hours of flight time , than going the via Chile route. Not too shabby, I think.

What to do there?

(To be continued….)