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Cities for Long Term Stay

Vancouver, Canada
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Cities for Long Term Stay

Hi all....

We are 2 senior, retired Canadians, who are active walkers & bikers, and enjoy slow travel. We used to travel to the USA as snowbirds to escape Canadian winters.

This year we are planning to travel to NZ/OZ for 70 days (Jan 3 - Mar 14). We are committed to 17 days in NZ, followed by 41 days in Australia, finishing with another 12 days in NZ...(flights are booked and paid for).

We were planning to spend 14 days in Sydney, where we arrive, 10 days in Adelaide, and finishing with 17 days in Melbourne, where we depart. We will rent apartments with kitchenettes etc., in all places.

We hoped to do day trips from each of these cities, and did want to have a slower pace, as our NZ portion will be a lot of stop & go travel.

We also plan this to be our first trip to Australia, returning in future years for more exploration.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be really appreciated.

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

Well your timing works as January is our school holidays so harder to find accommodation. Late January/February are nice months to visit Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide (but could be hot there but maybe this is what you want).

Public transport in our cities is good and there are travel cards to get (eg Opal card in Sydney and if you used a lot are good value). Outside the cities needs some planning but Sydney/Melbourne do have train networks to get to sights eg Kiama, Blue Mts.

www.opal.com.au

Adelaide is the smallest city you will visit and consider a tour/overnight/couple of days on Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley/Clare Valley or the Flinders Ranges (Australia is big so you need to travel a bit to see the outside city highlights).

Adelaide works for cyclists and has the Tour Down Under in early January.

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Sydney is big, has the harbour, lots of traffic(so not so friendly for cyclists), national parks/Blue Mts (so good for walking).

http://www.wildwalks.com/

With all these cities, you need to be careful where you stay as longer visits than most - in Sydney be central/near the harbour/good public transport if you can eg Kirribilli (near harbour, can have good views, wall across Bridge to city), Cremorne Point (views, ferry to city), Surry Hills (inner city hipster, walk to city), Newtown (inner city hipster, train to city), Balmain (inner city, ferry or bus to city).

Edited: 03 August 2018, 01:16
Brisbane, Australia
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2. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

I would look at doing a slow and gentle road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne rather than flying to relocate - say one or two nights in Robe, then two nights in Warrnambool, then two nights in Apollo Bay, before heading in to Melbourne. This gives you a good look at the famous Great Ocean Road at an easy pace (you don’t want to do the GOR as a day trip -15 hours return - ugh) and there is so much to do in this region that it is well worth your time.

Australian capital cities are densely populated and so getting out of Melbourne for day trips often means sitting in traffic for the first hour or so and commuting through boring suburbia each way before the interesting stuff. A few overnights from both Sydney and Melbourne would actually feel more relaxed because you aren’t doing the nasty commutes.

Out of Melbourne, a day or overnight to Ballarat should be on your list, and out of Sydney, Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves for a couple of nights.

Agree with a few night on Kangaroo Island out of Adelaide too.

Cheers

Blue Mountains...
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3. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

A day trip to the Blue Mountains from Sydney is definitely on the cards, and if you can manage it, an overnight stay. Lots of scenery (think US's Grand Canyon), lots of scenic walks (ranging to easy and level to hard and steep), lots of fine regional food and wines to enjoy.

Oz
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4. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

Hi,

Taking your travel history, future plans and stated interests in mind

Unless you are real city buffs I would skip Melbourne and spend that time in Tasmania. You will have your city fix with Sydney.

Fly into Launceston and out of Hobart taking taking day trips from each location and two or three nights at Cradle mountain.

Cheers,

Sydney
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5. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

You will not really experience Australia if you stay in those 3 cities. Best parts of Australia are well away from cities. So IMO, you need to decide if you just want to see 3 cities, with a few day trip from those, or if you want to experience some of the best party of Australia.

To be perfectly honest, if I wanted to experience a few cities, I would not flying from Canada all the way to Australia for that. There are a lot more impressive cities much closer to home, although you might have seen those.

Melbourne, Australia
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6. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

Although I would not say to skip Melbourne (I live here, I'm allowed to be biased, I think it's a nicer city than Sydney), it's true that the best bits of what you would be interested in won't be *in* the city. In terms of walks, I'd head up to the Yarra Ranges/Dandenongs area, where there are loads. Would make for a nice spot to stay a few nights too. Also, you could go down to Mornington Peninsula, which has both hill walks and beach walks within easy reach of each other - I quite like going to the Cape Schank area for walks around the lighthouse. Its a wine area (as is the Yarra Ranges) and you can do food trail walks. You might also enjoy Philip Island, although you don't have to stay overlong there.

Vancouver, Canada
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7. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

Thanks so much for all the input, you have given me much to research.

Hobart was one of the areas that we were considering, as well as Brisbane. Tamworth, maybe?

We are really hoping to return next year when we will undertake a road trip, probably through Queensland, and possibly fly to Perth for further explorations.

We would like to find places to stay for at least 5 -7 days, as at our age, and for this long a period, for our total trip, we know we need some time to chill out, yet still be able to venture out and explore.

Sydney, Australia
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8. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

>> Hobart was one of the areas that we were considering, as well as Brisbane. Tamworth, maybe? <<

Hobart - Yes

Brisbane - Yes

Tamworth - Where did that one come from...??

Its popular for its country music festival and horse related events, but not a place that catches the eye of most tourists..

Brisbane, Australia
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9. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

A road trip through the Hunter Valley including Tamworth, Armidale and then out to Dortigo, Bellingen etc and the the coast at Sawtell/Yamba before heading inland again would be lovely.

Longreach, Winston etc in Western QLD are well worth visiting as is Carnarvon Gorge. It sounds like you will see a good bit of Aus between these two trips.

Cheers

Newcastle, Australia
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10. Re: Cities for Long Term Stay

Would you consider staying at some bases outside the cities as well perhaps. For example with Sydney, you can easily stay there for a weèk or so then perhaps 3-4 nights in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves, 3-5 nights in the Southern Highlands and South Coast, lots of lovely little villages and scenery there along with quaint shops and antiques. Maybe 3-5 nights in the Hunter Valley or do a couple of these with a car and drive between them. Canberra is another good stop for 3-4 nights. Same for Melbourne, you could easily do a relaxed driving loop of the Great Ocean Road, The Grampians, maybe Echuca on the Murray River staying in each place for a few nights. Adelaide also has some lovely regions that you could stay overnight like Kangaroo Island, Robe, Barossa Valley. Some of these can be done as day trips but many are several hours drive so suit a relaxed road trip much better. Plenty of other options from these cities plus the drive from Adelaide to Melbourne suggested earlier (or vice versa) is a great trip that you could do over 10 nights or so without rushing.

All the best.

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