QUOTE(irishman66 @ Aug 11 2009, 03:45 PM)
I am heading to Oz with my new wife in october and will be taking a rented car from Brisbane and heading north to Cairns. We will have about 16 days to travel and quite frankly am a bit overwhelmed with all the options available. Can anyone sugeest mmust see items and perhaps a suggested tour or two.
Also whats accomodation like along the way something bit better than hostel but not mad expensive
Any help would be gratefully accepted
I guess congrats to you and your new wife - is this your honeymoon?
What sort of things are you interested in? Wildlife/ adventure/ relaxation/ beaches/ etc?
*Off the top of my head I would say the first must see is the Great Barrier Reef. You've got heaps of options - sail it, scuba, snorkle... the list goes on. Just get out there and see the biggest living organism in the world. You can do this from many different places, Cairns is probably the biggest base for it but anywhere in the Whitsundays you should be good.
The Whitsundays have all sorts of little islands too that you can explore (national parks, inhabited, and not...)
*Magnetic Island is somewhere my friends have always enjoyed going (I've always missed out unfortunately...) You can do day trips from Townsville.
*Fraser Island. It's the world's biggest sand island and is also known for its dingos (Australia's only native dog). Ypu can visit through Hervey Bay and while you're here Hervey Bay is known for it's whale sightings too.
*If you like theme parks, the Gold Coast has Sea World (aquatic themed with many animals), Wet and Wild (water park, slides, etc) and WB Movie World (WB themed). Very touristy from what I hear but a theme park is supposed to be I guess
*There's plenty of opportunities for visiting rainforests, mountains and wildlife parks along the route you're travelling. You'll also pass a few 'big things' and as we Aussies are very proud of our 'big things' I'd head for those if you find one. (eg. Tully has the 'big gumboot' on the way to white water rafting and a swimming hole at Tully Gorge.)
Accomodation wise check out these sites and you might find something you're after - http://www.lastminute.com.au/home.htmlhttp://www.wotif.com/http://www.expedia.com.au/