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When to book trips?

Hiya, we're coming to Oz in October, when is best time to book harbour bridge climb, daintree rainforest, great barrier reef, etc

Before we go or when we're there.

We're in sydney 5 nights and port douglas 5. Thanx

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1. Re: When to book trips?

hi,

best time to book is well ahead so you get the time and tour you want, most companies like ours, have web sites that let you book direct and they tend to be the best value.

Otherwise if you are concerned about the weather affecting your tour then you can wait until the day or a couple of days before but you may find you cant get exactly the time or day you want, esp. if its school holiday, weekends and so forth.

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Hi,

The start of October up till the 15th, school holidays are happening. In Port Douglas the tours to the Daintree Rainforest & Reef are generally booked out 2-3 days in advance. The Reef more so, as the ocean is terrific at this time of the year. Flat as glass, beautiful blue skies, real post card picture weather.

Coming from the UK, you might find our humidity a little hot, but it's not to bad, around the 70-80% range. When looking at your rainforest tours, check out their web sites, to see who offers you the best swimming options. With Deluxe Safaris, they offer swimming when booking a tour in their smaller vehicle(6pax), but not their large vehicle (14pax). Tony's Safaris, offers swimming in a rainforest creek at Noah's Valley. Daintree Safaris & Gary's Safaris offers swimming at Rainforest Waterfalls, which should be flowing quite well at this time of the year, as we've had a good Wet Season.

Daintree Discovery Tours, offer swimming at Cooper's Creek, and Sea Kayaking at an additional cost to the Tour.

Some of the reef & rainforest tours, offer you the ability to make confirmed bookings and pay on line through secure booking buttons, helping you to plan your trip better.

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3. Re: When to book trips?

The earlier you can book, the better. October is a wonderful time to visit Sydney, and the crowds shouldn't be too big.

If you want more info on what to do in Sydney, please visit: http://www.travel--guide.org/Sydney

Thanks,

TG

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4. Re: When to book trips?

If you want to do a harbour bridge climb at sunset, you would be better to book ahead. thisis the most expensive and the most popular option.

as the previous person said, if you are flexible , you could make it a priority to go to the office first day, or book through your hotel, and see which times are available. they do climbs every 15 minutes.

anpother day you might like to do the blue mountains. you can just hop on a train to katoomba and take the tourist bus around most of the sights. you can fit that one in on any day that suits you.

but be aware that of the school holidays, they are always around the Queens birthday weekend, which is the first monday in october.

leonie

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5. Re: When to book trips?

thanks so much for all your helpful comments.

We have seen good reviews for booking the barrier reef etc through a company called Wavelength but we can't find anywhere to book in advance, does anyone know where? or any other good snorkelling companies? and also tonys safari tours

I think we'll wait to book the bridge climb when we get to sydney

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Hi,

Because it get very busy in Port Douglas, I would book no later than a month before you are arrive to book your tours. If you want to place a secured, confirmed booking have a look at the web site, www.tropicalaustralia.com.au. Which is the Tropical Nth Qld Tourism Assc, website. They have alot of very good tour operators listed that allow you to book & pay for confirmed tours, so these tours will have to operate once you have booked.

I would have a look at Haba Dive for your reef trip, for your rainforest tour, I know that Gary's Safaris have a secure booking button on their website, They also have been operating the longest(20yrs) out of all the Rainforest Tour companies, they also have been run by the same family, who are only of the longest standing Tourism Operators in Nth Qld, with over 45yrs in the area, as they formally owned Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm.Gary's is the only small operator in the area to win Excellence in Service Awards. They do operate two sized vehicles 6 or 12 pax. Tony's and Daintree Safaris only operate 6 pax vehicles, which can be quite cramped especially if you get a large passenge on board as well. Being out for the day(8hrs) in a cramped car is not my idea of a great time. Deluxe Safaris has a 14pax 4WD truck vehicle, but if you book on this vehicle, there is no swimming involved.

When visiting the Daintree Rainforest, all safaris companies have to have permits to access the National Park, Deluxe, Daintree, and Gary's Safaris have access to all the National Park, Tony's Tours, have limited access to the park, only Mossman Gorge and Alexander Range, they take you to Myall Beach which is on the southern side of Cape Tribulation, and let you walk over the hill to Cape Tribulation Beach, they aren't allowed to take you on a guided walk at Cape Tribulation itself. This is also the same for Daintree Discovery tours, as they have no permits at all, so use private blocks of land to conduct their tours on. One last thing, Gary's Safaris was chosen to take the World Heritage Commission to visit the Daintree National Park after it was declared a World Heritage Site.

Hope this information helps.

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7. Re: When to book trips?

I forgot to mention, when I did the Cape Tribulation Tour with Gary's, we went with an aboriginal guide called Petrina. She greeted us in her lanuage, and spoke it through out the day.

You also have to try the Barramundi Lunch at the restraruant, their world famous for it. The talk about the tropical fruits we tasted was excellent.

So if you mention you want Petrina to take you when you book, they will make sure she is your guide. They have always done so when I've booked tours for people with them.

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8. Re: When to book trips?

Hi VickynCarla

We've only recently returned from Port Douglas and I would highly recommend Pink Flamingo, we could not fault this place and loved out stay there. For our tours, we also did quite a bit of research and as people who have paid full price for tours we would highly recommend Poseidon for our Reef trip and Tony's Tropical Tours for our rainforest. They both came highly regarded by many people and we took all much into consideration before booking the two. We booked directly through their webaites and had no problem whatsover and they were both excellent in their replies.

You will love Port Douglas, we fell instanly in love with it and if you haven't booked anything yet up here, then look at these three.

Best Regards

Linda

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9. Re: When to book trips?

hiya thanks again for replies,

we're staying at mantra treetops resort and spa, and have booked with wavelength for the reef trip in october -we're still looking at rainforest tours but tonys tropical tours sounds excellent so we're looking more into that..

We're looking forward to port douglas the most! glad u had a great time linda!

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