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Planning our trip

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Planning our trip

Travelling with our three childrenon august 20 to Sydney for three weeks. Want to travel to great Barrier Reef and Rainforest and Ayers Rock. Any suggestions on transportation and accomodations?

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1. Re: Planning our trip

How old are the children?...if they're 12 plus they're adults when it comes to apying for most things.

The only way to get between the three is to fly...look at Qantas for cheap deals or Virgin..if there isn't much difference Qantas is the better carrier. You may be able to pick something up in conjunction with your international flight, eg a bonus domestic flight.

You'll probably have to fly into Sydney but start up North or at the rock and work your way back to Sydney so as to get the best of the weather and you'll also avoid QLD school holidays (9-26 sept). No school holidays in NSW until 26th Sept.

In Sydney look for apartments..there are a lot around and it depends on what you want and how much you want to spend before we can suggest any locations...prices range depending on location and level...look at Mirvac and meritons websites to get an idea.

At the rock ...whilst Lost camel is cheapest you will need 3 rooms (no rollaways) Desert Gardens comes highly recommend but as I have 2 kids not sure if they have rooms for five. They're part of the Voyages group.

There are numerous places you can see the reef..but if you want rainforest as well head up to cairns or similar. There are great units in Palm Cove, Cairns and Port Douglas. Do not stay Rydges Reef in Port D....it's a dump!

This will probably be the hardest choice in terms of where to stay...read back over posts and you'll see why. If you're into restaurants and laid back Port D is the place...if you're looking for kids clubs...Palm Cove all year (novotel),

Mirage port D. only offers kids club in school holidays. It's not worth the extra dollars.

I would suggest regardless of where you stay at the reef hire a car and see the rainforest at your own pace. The drive to Daintree is easy (even on the wrong side of the road) as there is hardly any traffic. Go into Mossman Gorge and do the crocodile cruise from Daintree village...not from the ferry end!

As you wont be diving (at least not the kids unless they're 14 plus) look for one of the all snorkel boats for your reed trip. You don't sit around and wait for the divers to be kitted up.

Hope this all helps...ask more as you plan..try to keep your questions in small bites as you already have...makes them easier to digest the answers when they start flowing in.

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Thank You for the reply. Our children are 16,13 and11.We are looking for good apartment accomodations at no more than 200 Canadian per night. Any suggestions?

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Thank You for the reply. Our children are 16,13 and11.We are looking for good apartment accomodations at no more than 200 Canadian per night. Any suggestions?

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Most accom places will consider you to have 4 adults so you'll need a 2 bedroom. 200CAD is about 210AUD so not much difference in prices.

It'll be a challenge finding anything in the CBD for that rate but have a look at Meriton apartments

.http://www.meritonapartments.com.au/.

World tower is well located and easy to commute from. You may also get a view. Another alternative may be the Tiffany apartments at Bondi Junction..it's around 10-15 mins from CBD by rail so you'll need to add public transport costs. There are a lot of apartments which are well located but as many people have bought as investment properties they are quite expensive to stay in.

Many of the others eg The York run up around 280AUD per night.

At Ayers Rock the only apartments are Emu Walk..not sure of prices somewhere around 230AUD I think. One company owns all the resort accom so they have you over a barrel..

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I've oopsed Emu Wak is around 460 per apart per night...you might have better value withe 3 (they're very small rooms at Lost camel)

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my opinion about carriers...Virgin blue is a lot better for short trips..around Australia is fun ..and great service..better price too...