australia recommended trip plan

Melbourne - 2.5 days
  • Ovolo Hotel.  Studio suites, free WiFi, continental breakfast, coffee bar, comfortable suite rooms.
  • Skydeck 88 and Edge Experience
  • City circle tram
  • Parliament House
  • Yarra River Cruise
  • Old Melbourne Gaol tour
  • Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Hall
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Federation Square shopping area
  • Australia Center for Moving Image
  • Ian Potter Center (Art Museum)
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Headlesville Sanctuary
  • Fashion shopping on Collins St./Chappel St.
Tasmania (Hobart) - 1.5 days

  • Worth skipping
  • Fountainside Hotel, Hobart (free wifi), a bit of a dump
  • Battery Point Cottages
  • Hobart Harbor
  • Central shopping centre
  • Mount Field National Park (hiking) & Russell Falls - requires rental car (Thrifty)
  • Bonorong Wildlife Park (kangaroos, koala's, etc.)

Cairns - 2 days

  • Cairns Sheridan Hotel - Dumpy hotel, remote from everything.  Important to stay near the esplanade/central business district.
  • Walk along esplanade/beach area
  • Day trip to Kuranda on the steam train from Kuranda Scenic Railway, return via Skyrail cableway (see kangaroos, hold a koala).
  • Day trip to snorkle/scuba at Great Barrier Reef - Sea Star Cruises

Sydney - 3.75 days

  • 1888 Hotel (free wifi) - Nice rooms, a bit tricky to get to (cut through convention center parking garage)
  • Public transit is easily accessible
  • Circular Quay - harbor hub
  • Darling Harbor and Promenade
  • Chinese Garden
  • Bridge Climb
  • Bridge Tower View
  • The Rocks / Sydney Visitor Center
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Sydney Tower Skywalk
  • Din Tai Fung (not as good as Taipei)
  • Blue Mountains Day Trip
  • Australia Museum (disappointing)
  • Opera House Tour and Show
  • Sydney Maritime Museum
  • Sydney Observatory
  • Bondi Beach
  • Sydney Harbor National Park
  • Harbor Cruise

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