My intent is to travel to these different places with anyone who comes over and wants to see Australia - It's always better to see it with great friends or family!!
So let me know if you want to come over and what you want to see!
Sydney Travel Plan List of Possibilities
Top 5 Walks in Sydney: Bondi to Bronte (Beach walk), Harbour Foreshore (includes Darling Harbour, The Rocks and Royal Botanic Gardens), Manly to the Spit (Coastal), Manly to Balmoral, The Rock (Sydney's oldest precinct) and Watsons Bay to South Head.
Top Parks & Reserves : Centennial Park, Chinese Garden of Friendship (Darling Harbour, www.chinesegarden.com.au), Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (See Aboriginal Carvings, quiet waterways), Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Harbour National Park
Top Beaches - Avalon, Bondi, Maroubra, Cronulla, Manly, Palm Beach, DeeWhy
Top areas/suburbs : Newtown, Glebe, Balmain, Darling Harbour, Manly, Paddington/Moore Park, The Rocks/millers Point
Check out a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum - www.anmm.gov.au
Oyster Shooters - Alchohol and Raw Oyster all in one glass!
Darling Harbour - Aboriginal Art (Australian Woodwork, Australian Craft Galleries, Gavala Aboriginal Art Centre)
Roar and Snore - stay overnight in a zoo and hear lions roar. Night Zoo safari. $155.20 per adult every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. www.ticketek.com or 132 849
Aborigal Art Galleries (representing artists from Arnhem Land, the Central and Western Deserts, the Kimberley region of WA, the Tiwi Islands, Torres Straight Islands, Lockhart River and Aurukun in Far North Queensland) :
1. Caspian Gallery (housed in a historic mansion)
2. Hogarth Galleries both in Paddington (www.aboriginalartcentres.com)
3. New Guinea Gallery in Surry Hills
4. Bandigan Art in Woollahra www.bandigan.com
5. Aboriginal Art Gallery - Ulladulla Circular Quay www.ulladullaartgallery.com
Random Ice Skating with Palm trees in the background @ Macquarie Park Skating Rink
Have lunch and shop at the Fish Market, Pyrmont
Kayak in the Sydney harbour
Learn Mahjong at the MahJong Room (Last Saturday of each month. Need to reserve in advance), 312 Crown Street, Surry Hills, 02 9361 3985, www.mahjongroom.com.au
Bushwalking in Blue Mountains (Recommended to walk the National Pass in Wentworth Falls. Others not to miss: the Three Sisters, Evans Lookout, Govetts Leap, Hargreaves Lookout). Town to visit in the Blue Mountains : Katoomba.
Camping with Kangaroos (Diamond Point at Crowdy Bay, near Taree)
Plunge Divers is my #1 recommendations from the few shops I have tried in Sydney.
Near Melbourne : Koala Conservation Centre / Cleland Conversation Park (koalas, kangeroos, emus, dingoes, wombats), Penguin Parade on Phillip Islan
Canberra: sheep shearing demo
Northern Territory (Darwin)
Tiwi Islands: guided jouney through the modern day aboriginal community of Nguiu, Museum, enjoy billy tea and damper, traditional totem dances, smoking ceremony, visit Tiwi burial site, Pukamani Poles (burial poles) rituals
Aboriginal Rock art galleries
Alice Springs: Stardley Chasm, tenant creek/underground mine
Katherine: mataranka thermal springs
Magnetic Termite Mounds
Litchfield National Park
Kakadu : Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, Aboriginal Rock Art
Australian Aboriginal Arts & Culture Tours, 4 days/3 nights, Central Australia, meet artists / learn about culture / eat bush food, www.anaguku.com.au
Western Australia (Perth)
Nambung National Park, home of the famous "pinnacles"
Honty Dunes (Massive Sand Dunes) - Quad Bike Ride
Hobart: cadbury chocolate factory tour, bonorong wildlife park
Deloraine: traditional smoking ceremony, dance, chance to sample unique teas
Sheffield: the town of murals
Huon Valley's Tahune Forest Airwalk
Queenstown: River Boarding, River Rafting
Hokitika: View Greenstone Carving
Rotorua: Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto, Whakarewarewa Maori Village (traditional Maori Hangi feast, traditional wood carvings, concert, greenstone tiki (maori pendant)), renowned geothermal activity such as boiling mud pools, voilent geysers. Sheep sheering demo, Cave tubing in the Ruakuri Caves, very active Mt. Ruapehu, downhill luge rides at Mt.Ngongotaha
Keikoura: cruises to see the sperm whale, swim with the dolphins in the wild
Near Christchurch: Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier
New Zealand's original bungy jumping site
Other Nearby Islands & Trips
Fiji : Diving, Sandboarding, River Tubing, Waterfalls, Traditional Ceremony, Rafting, Hot Springs and Mud Pools