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Up In The Air / Re: flying on Qatar, Emirates, and Etihad
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:56:12 PM »
Thanks. Speaking from experience?

Yes, flown with them several times and went into Doha twice. Excellent airline, probably the best all around business class I've flown.

Up In The Air / Re: flying on Qatar, Emirates, and Etihad
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:18:00 PM »
Apologies if this is already discussed elsewhere and even so I'd like up to date info, should there be any hesitation with flying Qatar?


You can theoretically start GOR on Sunday morning, one night in GOR, one night in Grampians, drive back for a flight on Tuesday night to SYD, depart SYD for NY on Thursday morning and arrive into NY Thursday afternoon.

Hmm. I'm really tempted to do a stop somewhere in Asia on the way to NY, but probably makes the most sense to just do Sydney instead.

The issue is I haven't found anything I love back to the USA yet and will probably leave that until I'm actually in Australia. If SQ opens up I'll be going that way and it will take a lot longer to get there.

I considered going despite the fact that I am not dive certified, I just decided not to because of the time of year it was (it was the beginning of Summer).

I'll be there in June which is peak time.

I'd assume that even a beginner's dive would be cool.
The timing is what you need to look into. Probably won't happen day of arrival and the next day could cause issues if you fly out within 24 hours of the end of your dive.

MEL=1 night
GOR=1-2 nights
Grampians=1-2 nights in addition to at least 1 night on GOR.
SYD=1-3 nights
CNS/HTI=2-3 nights
Tasmania cross-island drive=4-6 nights

Thanks for all that info. I think I'm going to have to go back to Australia on my way back to Israel in August..

I think GBR is a do not miss for me. So if I arrive on Tuesday into CNS, dive Wednesday, and then by Thursday night I'll be ok to fly down to Melbourne.

Friday will for sure be Melbourne, since I'm there for shabbos.

I really think I'd rather do either GOR or Grampians than Sydney. Although I can really do both I think, Sunday Monday and Tuesday and then leave Australia Wednesday and still be back in NY by Thursday night.

Is it even worth going to GBR if I'm not dive certified? I won't have enough time to get certified while there so it seems like I'd be limited to snorkeling.

You can. You probably won't regret taking your time on the GOR.

Ok great. So it's it looks like I'll do Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in CNS for GBR. Thursday night to Melbourne. Sunday and Monday GOR (can we fit the Grampians into this?), and Tuesday leave Australia.

I'd do another day on the GOR (2 total) over another day in Sydney. After all, one is nature and unique, one is just another city.

Maybe I could do GOR on Sunday and Monday and either end up at an airport Monday night or some time Tuesday, and have 3 days (including a bit extra from crossing the date line) to make it back to NY by Thursday.

You need a decent amount of time in CNS or HTI if you want to dive the GBR due to the 24 hour rule and probably not making a dive on your day of arrival either.

I'll have to look up this 24 hour rule. This whole trip happened pretty quickly, I found some EY F and spur of the moment decided to grab it.

I land in Sydney Tuesday morning and can tack on a QF leg to another city.

It seems like if I spend enough time in CNS to get the whole picture then I won't have enough time to get in GOR, since I want to leave Australia on Sunday or Monday to have enough time to visit an Asian city on the way to make it back to NY by Thursday.

So I guess the question is GBR or GOR? This will likely not be my only opportunity to visit Australia, and if I have a good enough time I may even come back in August on my way back to Israel.

How does GOR stack up compared to GBR in CNS? How long is the minimum you need to do GOR right? And finally, would you do GOR at the expense of spending time in Sydney?

Sort of, except for if you're going to Melbourne the main activity that most people like to do down there is The Great Ocean Road, which you will not have time for in just two days. There's not much to see in the city of Melbourne itself. I was there from Thursday to Sunday and was quite done by the time Sunday rolled around.

From your TR it looks like you did the GOR in one day. Did you feel like that wasn't enough?

Up In The Air / Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:24:30 AM »

Just need to find a way to NY now. Would love to fit SQ/EK in but I'd settle for finding SQ to SIN and maybe grabbing JAL back to NY.

Worst case can always get VA J last minute to LAX and then AA F or Mint to NYC.

Pick an area and just see that. Don't try to spread yourself too thin and see too much, because you won't really get to see anything at all that way. You enjoy your time much more if you thoroughly see one area then if you try to see the whole country in a week.

From stuff I've read it seems like Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday is enough time to spend in Cairns. I could head to Melbourne on Thursday afternoon and spend the rest of the day and Friday seeing whatever is to be done there. Does that make any sense?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Abu Dhabi Master Thread
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:20:25 AM »
Anything to do in AUH at night? (aside from mosque)

Will be there 750PM-840AM stopover

Did you go yet? I have a drop longer but similarly timed stopover.

Up In The Air / Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:06:14 AM »

RJ J A319
EY J 787
EY F A380


100k AA + $70

Just grabbed EY F TLV-SYD. I land Tuesday morning and need to be in NY the next Thursday, so I have a bit more than a week on the ground.

I'm thinking of going straight to CNS for a few days and then heading to Melbourne for shabbos. Can go back to Syd on Sunday for a day or two before heading to NY through Asia or somewhere exciting. Any thoughts on how I should spend my time in Australia?

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