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    @nbPlano said:

    Hello,

    my sister will be visiting from the UK next month and we will be looking at either going down the coast to do some of VIC or alternatively possible going to Tasmania instead. I know it will obviously be cold either way, however she is a big fan of wines and so I was wondering if the Yarra valley would be too cold in July to enjoy? The last time I visited was a long time ago and it was in February so i can't really form a picture in my mind of being there in the winter.

    Her being a Brit I am sure she will be stronger against the cold than I lol, however Tasmania has me intrigued as an alternative. Are Tasmania's wine regions (like Tamar valley I believe?) any good compared to Yarra? I have been to Hunter Valley before also and was slightly disappointed.

    Thank you in advance!

    Hi @nbPlano and welcome to the Community!

    In regards to visiting the Yarra during July, given that the majority of your experiences there would be based around tastings/culinary and that these run all-year-round, you'd be fine in that regard. The scenery in the Yarra Valley is another of its drawcards however, and you won't get much greenery like you would in warmer seasons... trees are mostly bare, but it's a kind of "charming" landscape in its own way during this period!

    You'll have to rug up, of course, but assuming you're both used to the cold then you'll be fine. Plus there's the opportunity to do some of Melbourne not far away, check out the wildlife spots like Werribee, Healesville etc. if your sister is interested.

    Hope this helps, and enjoy the wines :)

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    @anthea9 said:

    Hey everyone :)

    I'm Anthea, 27 y/o and currently living in UK. Most of my travels have been within Europe but had two family holidays to Australia when I was a kid, one to Perth and one to Queensland, have some great memories and have always wanted to come back to the land of Oz. Have been saving up so hopefully get something booked for next year :D

    Anyway looking forward to having a look around and picking up some insider tips!

    Welcome aboard @anthea9 - if you have any specific questions please feel free to let us know!

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    @Jdogg said:

    Hello,

    We are wanting a getaway in the next few weeks as we have leave from work to use up... just wondering where everyone's thoughts are about which are good places in Australia to visit in June or July? We are open to colder places as we don't mind chilly weather but could also swing the other way and go warm.

    Ideally somewhere not crowded of course, we have been considering the central NSW coast, somewhere like Nelson Bay? Or maybe we could go up north and do the reef... is it warm enough in the water to really enjoy snorkelling and stuff during winter? Hunter Valley also an option, good wines and cheeses mmm. Too many possibilities!

    We'd have about 10 days total so we could do 2 spots in the one trip if they arent too far away from one another i guess

    any advice appreciated, thanks !

    Hi @Jdogg,

    While it's hard to give a blanket statement as everyone has different tastes, we have articles dedicated to this topic.

    Our recommendations are -

    June:

    • Exmouth/Ningaloo, WA
    • 1770, QLD
    • Jenolan Caves, NSW
    • Canberra, ACT
    • Kangaroo Island, SA
    • Kakadu, NT

    Full article here: https://news.experienceoz.com.au/best-places-in-australia-to-visit-in-june/

    July:

    • Darwin, NT
    • Noosa, QLD
    • Mount Buller, VIC
    • Port Douglas, QLD

    Full article here: https://news.experienceoz.com.au/best-places-to-visit-in-july/

    Hope this helps! :)

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    @Phoenix77 said:

    Hi

    We are visiting Perth for the first time in May and looking to fill up the itinerary with some more things. We have already made plans to rent a car and drive down to Margaret River for 3 days or so, and maybe do a day tour to the Swan valley as we both like wines (wife and i, perhaps this one - https://www.experienceoz.com.au/perth/tours/small-group-swan-valley-sightseeing-tours-and-cruises), but other than that are not sure how to invest our time.

    We can't travel too far so it has to be in driving distance of Perth ideally although we can obviously stay overnight or a couple of nights if there is plenty to do around some part... basically just want to ensure we see as "amazing" highlights as we can within our time frame

    assuming we have 1 week spare to fill up what would people recommend in Western Australia outside perth?

    much appreciated

    Jeff

    Hi @Phoenix77 and welcome to the Community!

    Regardless of where you choose we're sure you'll enjoy Western Australia - it's an excellent place that would take endless weeks to explore in full.

    Itinerary-wise, given the distance of a lot of places in WA from Perth it depends what kind of environment you'd like to explore really. Would you rather do a couple of day trips for some diversity or are you willing to commit to one spot that really interests you and run the risk of feeling like you didn't see enough?

    For starters, I'd suggest having a look over our Western Australia Bucket List here: https://news.experienceoz.com.au/western-australia-bucketlist/ as it's pretty extensive and covers a wide variety of experiences. Find those which pique your interest and let us know and we can tell you how possible it all is :)

    A few possible suggestions:

    • Take a trip over to Rottnest Island on the ferry (can be a little pricey but is beautiful and worth the investment)
    • you could drive up to Cervantes (only a couple of hours) and see the Pinnacles, pretty unique to WA... tours are also available e.g: https://www.experienceoz.com.au/perth/tours/pinnacles-desert-tours-from-perth /shameless plug
    • Wave Rock is a few hours away, it's interesting and worth a visit but there isn't much else there than the rock itself. Can take the Tin Horse Highway route to see all the sculptures along the way!

    Do you know what you're looking to actually do IN Perth while you're there? Provide us with a little more specific info and hopefully we can be a bit more helpful :D

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    @Paul10 said:

    Hi guys,

    What's the difference between the seasons in NT? For example, temperatures, storms etc.

    What would you suggest is the best time to visit to get the most out of this region?

    Hi @Paul10 and welcome to the Community!

    As with many other Aussie states the Northern Territory is quite big, so there's a lot of variation in "weather" although it's generally divided into the wet and dry seasons... these can be divided up into smaller sub-seasons for those who want to get pedantic as well.

    Are you wanting to visit Darwin? Kakadu/Litchfield? The Red Centre (Uluru etc.)?

    Generally for Darwin we recommend winter (July) due to it still being comfortably warm and far less humid; it's a good winter getaway spot if you're travelling up from south. For Uluru/Ayers Rock we typically recommend the end of August/start of September period as best; we go into this subject in detail in our "Best Time to Visit Uluru" guide for justifications as to why

    Hope this helps, and enjoy exploring the far north of Oz! :).

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    @travelling2some said:

    Hello,

    i know this is probably a popular question but wanting to choose a half day trip to either Green Island or Fitzroy Island and wanting to know CURRENT thoughts on this as most of the google information is years old. We will be in Cairns for 4 days but want to fit lots of other stuff in, just looking for the best balance between nice island, price and lowest tourist volume if possible (yes i know we will be tourists too :o )

    it's possible to do both in half a day right? although i know fitzroy is further out.

    Also any companies in particular to recommend for this?

    thankyou guys

    Hi @travelling2some,

    We actually went into this topic in great detail within our "Which Reef or Island is Best for Me?" section of our Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Guide; you can read the individual sections on each island and make up your own mind.

    Not meaning to be cliche or overly diplomatic, but each of the islands really does have its pros and cons and it depends what you are wanting from a trip.

    Generally speaking, Green Island is the go-to choice if you don't want to spend too much time, so if you are just wanting a half day sampling of snorkelling with some convenient facilities then there is nothing wrong with Green Island. When were you planning on travelling? This will play a big role in determining how busy it is there obviously...

    Hope this helps! :)

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    Hi all prospective Cairns travellers!

    As you may be aware, we recently released our Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Great Barrier Reef in response to frequent customer questions regarding when to visit, where to stay, which tours to do, and other popular subjects.

    If you'd like to check it out, you can view the full guide at:

    Ultimate Reef Guide

    and individual sections including:

    We hope it helps answer all your reef-related questions when planning a trip to one of Australia's most incredible spots! :)

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    Hi all,

    As you may be aware, we recently released our Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Great Barrier Reef in response to frequent customer questions regarding when to visit, where to stay, which tours to do, and other popular subjects.

    If you'd like to check it out, you can view the full guide at:

    Ultimate Reef Guide

    and individual sections including:

    We hope it helps answer all your reef-related questions when planning a trip to one of Australia's most incredible spots! :)

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    @Cam_99 said:

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm putting my fears behind me, and am looking at going skydiving for my first time soon! However, I'm struggling to decide where to go at. I've done a couple of google searches but they all list the some information, I want some real advice from people who have actually done it before! So, I would love to know where your favourite place is that you've skydived at and why?

    Also, any tips for beating first time jitters?

    Thanks!

    Hi @Cam_99 and welcome to the Community!

    Skydiving is a tricky one because it really depends on two main things: price and scenery. Also it obviously depends on which part(s) of the country you're going to be visiting as not all regions have skydiving available.

    We'll actually be putting together a feature soon highlighting some of the most amazing spots in both Australia and New Zealand in which to skydive, so stay tuned as we'll be sure to share it here! :)

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    Tough question, @Geezer and very hard for us to play favourites, especially given that everyone has their own individual tastes in terms of weather, preference for action vs. laid-back environments, and various other factors for choosing a place to live.

    As @CaptainDreamboat has said the Central Coast of NSW strikes a nice balance between scenery/job market/lack of crowding if that's your thing... areas around Port Douglas in QLD are lovely too if you can stomach the humidity!

    The peninsulas on the coast of South Australia rank up there as well - interesting discussion for sure! :)

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