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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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Travel Report : Le Mont Saint Michael

My trip to Mont Saint Michael was just a quick trip over a weekend , when I was in France for work. I had planned to go by myself , but a colleague tagged along.  I have a LOT of trouble thinking about this trip , because as soon as I came back , I found out I had cancer. So if I don’t sound enthusiastic , its not because Le Mont Saint Michael was not absolutely stunning.

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I didnt even open the pictures from this trip until now. Getting from Fontainbleau to Le Mont Saint Michael using only public transport is a great story. Someday if you ask nicely I might tell you.  Just kidding , I am going to tell you right now.

 3 trains, two buses, and a 45 min walk , and most of a day to get there.  Most of this journey was through the beautiful landscapes of Brittany. What they eat in Brittany , will forever remain a mystery , because all they seem to grow are sunflowers 🙂

Very easy on the eyes!

The trains run upto a station called Ponterson, after which it is you take a connecting bus. There is only one bus , with certain fixed timings. Look it up before you get there.

Mont Saint Michael is ridiculously touristy , and over priced. But nonetheless, it is quite gorgeous. When the tide comes in the place is isolated from the mainland, the road connecting it is submerged. Other times , you can walk or drive to it, as you can see from my picture.

The winding steep staircases and alleys in the Mont take you back into time to the medival era. I could just imagine being a grocer’s wife here 🙂