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3 week road trip

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3 week road trip

Myself and my partner are planing on travelling from Brisbane to Cairns over 3 weeks around Dec06/Jan07. Basically I'll be on a fairly tight budget (will have spent 4 months in Asia) and but am willing to splash on good accomodation on Christmas Day and New Years Eve to make it well ..comfortable after a long time back packing! Any suggestions for romance and beauty? Other than those days any advice on cheap places to stay? Recommened hostels? Also being Irish I am used to nowhere (excluding hotels of course) being open on Christmas and New Years Day- simular in Australia?

Cheers!

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1. Re: 3 week road trip

Unfortunately not the best time of year.It is holiday season and the roads will be busy and accommodation tight.For your splurges if you are in qld at christmas or new year then only consider the sunshine or gold coasts,brisbane or cairns.Many restaurants open but not shops-the sales usually start right after christmas though.

In far north qld it will be very humid with a risk of an early cyclone.

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2. Re: 3 week road trip

hi mate,

I think it may be difficult to find accomodation for just one or two nights at these times, as hotels and island resorts will be booked, being the busiest time of the year, they will want 7 nights minimum.

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3. Re: 3 week road trip

Second thoughts, I would try the Hilton, good location and our favourite cafe Mondo overlooking the harbour, you may have to book early.

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4. Re: 3 week road trip

Cheers for your help- its going to be more tricky than i thought.........

gk
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5. Re: 3 week road trip

The Sofitel Reef Casino in Cairns (5 star) lets you book for a single night (Christmas) at 255AUD per night (153EUR). I got that rate from au.lastminute.com

For accommodation on other nights, Gilligan's backpackers is the place to go. You can get dorm rooms, or private rooms and all for really good prices. Actually, you might find that it's better to stay at Gilligan's and then splurge your money on a fabulous meal or massage or something.

Christmas, St Stephen's and New Year's Day are all public holidays, but small shops should be open. Also, Cairns being a tourist town, most reef operators will still be running and you shouldn't have any trouble finding things to do.

In Brisbane, a friend of mine stayed at Bunk which is in Fortitude Valley (about a 10 minute walk from the city centre) and she loved it. There's a great bar there and you're close to all the cool places to eat and go out. (The Valley is the "cool" suburb of Brisbane).

Other than Bunk, Palace Backpackers has a bit of a reputation for being a very big party backpackers place. It's in a lovely old building near the central train station, but it can get a bit rowdy!

Have fun. :)

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6. Re: 3 week road trip

Thanks gk- thats very helpful!