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Will be visiting area mid December to mid January. As complete middle aged novices we would appreciate any advice. Have been told that Brisbane is good start (flying to there!) but would like to see some variety; e.g. Fraser Island, Sydney, Barrier Reef and anywhere else that anyone would like to suggest. We both like beach, sea (but I don't swim!!) scenery and people.

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11. Re: Queensland

Lol my turn to get caught out! I was replying to OP, not noticing it's 2005. Best to start new thread in these circumstances if you don't mind my saying :-) Also best possible weather isn't straightforward hottest month which also happens to be school hols therefore busy. And north is more tropical wet/dry seasons and south is four seasons.

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12. Re: Queensland

Yeah the Whitsundays do have stingers but they aren't usually seen out around the islands. That's something to do with them breeding at fresh water outlets I think, i.e. close to dry land and river mouths. It is easy to hire stinger suits though (lycra catsuits - just as unflattering on Elle Mcpherson, i'm sure!) especially if you go with a tour company, and these enable you to swim while almost totally protected. Anywhere north of approximately Bundaberg has stingers from October-May (conservative estimate). That's the thing, we have the most divine beaches and weather in north Qld but you *can't* get in the water to cool off! I use the word 'can't' quite losely.

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13. Re: Queensland

We were on a minibus touring from Cairns up to Daintree in March, via Mossman, Port Douglas etc. and our driver stopped at this lovely beach (Ellis Beach ?) for us to have a look only - having explained about the perils of even paddling there in March. Lo and behold, there were 4 people on the beach splashing away in the water - we were incredulous that people take risks like that but I suppose some people crave excitement .....

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