Ha… still in the planning stage and I won’t be there for that long. Set in stone though is that Adelaide is the starting point and Sydney is the end point.
Nice! Glad I can get some pointers.
In general, most people I talked to recommend to pretty much stay out of the cities and visit the natural splendor around the area so I’m still trying to figure out my plans. The two main cities suggested to visit are Melbourne and Sydney, and most people seem to consider Adelaide and Brisbane to be somewhat boring. I’m still trying to figure out the exact nights I’ll spend in each area, but likely 2-3 nights in Adl, 4 nights in Melbourne, 2 nights in Cairns, and 4 nights in Sydney. I have a few more days which I was initially going towards Brisbane, but everyone seems to tell me to go elsewhere haha.
As for meals, I’ll be going with my folks this time around. I personally just don’t care for mushy textured items and I’m not too big on desserts but other than that I think everything is fair game. I will say that we probably will want some sort of Chinese cuisine at least once (likely Cantonese to compare how it is to the bay and Hong Kong). The main issue right now, I’m not exactly certain what specialties there are for Australian cuisine. I honestly don’t have much knowledge on the culinary aspects in Adelaide, Melbourne, or Sydney and my frame of reference is this wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_cuisine
I figured as much, and outside of the stereotype of Vegemite I don’t know where to start. Is there anything city specific that is unique, a la Montreal and poutine? I’d be interested to see if there are any unusual fruits that cannot be eaten in the US. I’m just glancing at wikipedia for now, but it would be interesting to see bush tucker foods. As for focus, we are a big fan of seafood and fruits, but I’m more than game to see kangaroo and emu haha.
Ah, the main thing is, I do not think we will be renting a car as I don’t want my parents attempting to drive on the opposite side of the road nor do I want to do all the driving and navigating and so forth. I’m currently still doing research on where I plan to stay and possibly what mini-tours I can take.
Currently on my stop in ADL, I’m thinking of checking out the wineries in the area and see how their restaurant compares to the ones around Sonoma/Napa (I can’t say I’m a big wine drinker though). Outside that, maybe a day tour of Kangaroo island.
I haven’t fully researched Melbourne/Sydney but the way I schedule my itinerary is through placing all sites and interest on google maps and then branching out from there. From the initial glances I have seen, people have suggested the Blue mountains in Sydney, and in Melbourne to check out Wilsom’s Prom and Great Ocean Road (which is in two separate directions of Melbourne…). For Cairns I would take a look at the Great Barrier Reef. These are notable attractions, but I usually like to wander around museums and mini-gardens in between meals. For those far off areas I presume we would be doing bus tours so I’m at the mercy of the tour guides for food.
So basically, I haven’t decided much since the trip is planned next March and everything is still preplanning .