As I briefly mentioned yesterday, I’m planning a trip to Australia for next May, since I absolutely fell in love with the country on my previous trip there this past May. I’m really looking forward to this.
So, part of my excitement stems from finding what I consider to be some great seats going down and coming back. From Washington DC, I’ll fly up to New York JFK to catch the cross-country Qantas 747 to Los Angeles (Business Class), then a Qantas A380 to Sydney (First Class), and onward to Perth in Qantas Business Class. Returning home, I’ll depart Sydney in Qantas Business Class to San Fransisco, then head onto an American A321T in Business Class to JFK, before I fly back down to Washington DC. All in, this will be 72,500 AAdvantage miles on the outbound and 62,500 on the return. Not a bad deal.
So, once I get to Australia, I’m fairly open to visiting whatever and wherever, and so far have this plan in mind:
- 2 Nights in Perth, staying at the Hyatt Regency Perth
- 2 Nights in Adelaide, staying at the Intercontinental
- 2 Nights in Canberra, staying at the Park Hyatt Canberra
- 2 Nights in Port Douglas, staying at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
- 3 Nights in Sydney, staying at the Park Hyatt Sydney
In planning this schedule, there’s a few things I knew I wanted to do:
- I’ve heard good things about Perth, so I wanted to make a visit there. By visiting this first, I was able to tack this onto my outward journey at no additional cost or miles.
- I want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, so Port Douglas seems like a good jumping off point.
- I want to go back to Sydney to see Vivid Sydney, which will be occurring during the dates I’ll be there.
Outside of that, I’m flexible. I also want to visit Alice Springs and Uluru, but the logistics of getting there are a bit on the complicated side. While flying to Alice Springs or Ayer’s Rock isn’t an issue, with daily flights to both sides of the country, getting to Uluru is a bit of an issue, outside of an organized tour. Since Australia drives on the left side of the road, I can’t rent a car, so that option is out the window. I want to do it, but somehow fitting it in and making it work is a bit of a problem. Perhaps next time?
I’m certainly not dead-set on any of my hotels, outside of the Park Hyatt Sydney, so am open on suggestions. Having visited Melbourne extensively the last trip, I’m avoiding going there this time, and am trying to see some other locations. While I know I won’t be able to do everything in this trip, my goal is to hit some of the major other sites that aren’t just in the Sydney to Melbourne corridor.
You have given me plenty of helpful hints and pointed me in the right direction before, so I’m opening this up to you guys…
So, what should I do? Is this itinerary one worthwile for those that have visited these destinations? Am I staying too long or too short in any one place?
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