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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #580 on: April 23, 2018, 01:26:01 PM »
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.
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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #581 on: April 23, 2018, 01:42:31 PM »
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.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #582 on: April 23, 2018, 01:44:37 PM »
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.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #583 on: April 23, 2018, 02:01:02 PM »
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 can. You probably won't regret taking your time on the GOR.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #584 on: April 23, 2018, 02:45:42 PM »
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.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #585 on: April 24, 2018, 09:59:50 AM »
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.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #586 on: April 24, 2018, 10:19:14 AM »
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.
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).

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #587 on: April 24, 2018, 10:21:23 AM »
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
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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #588 on: April 24, 2018, 01:39:14 PM »
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.


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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #589 on: April 24, 2018, 01:42:47 PM »
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.
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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #590 on: April 24, 2018, 02:13:55 PM »
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.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #591 on: May 10, 2018, 01:55:51 AM »
So my itinerary is almost complete.

Depart TLV Sunday morning for AUH via AMM. Arrive in AUH at night. It's the last night of Eid Al-Fitr, so I'm not sure if we will be able to go to Sheik Zayed. In any event, we are spending the night in the Grand Hyatt, and then EY A380 F to SYD in the morning. AWe arrive into SYD early Tuesday, and then connect on QF A330 to MEL.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be a combination of GOR and Grampians. We rented an SUV for less than $100 for the 3 days. Friday and Saturday night will be for exploring whatever MEL has to offer.

Sunday morning, QF A330 to SYD with a few hours stop before continuing on to CNS. The direct to CNS wasn't available, and it was 29k BA for the stopover in business and $250 for the direct in economy. We should have enough time to leave the airport during our stop and maybe see a bit of Sydney.

Monday we will be diving in Port Douglas, and Tuesday we will see what else is in the area while we wait out the clock to be able to fly.

Tuesday evening we go back down to Sydney. Hopefully we will leave Sydney Wednesday night. I'm rooting for EK F but I think it's definitely a long shot.

I just need to firm up the exact itinerary on the GOR and the way home and we are good to go.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #592 on: May 10, 2018, 09:29:31 AM »
So my itinerary is almost complete.

Depart TLV Sunday morning for AUH via AMM. Arrive in AUH at night. It's the last night of Eid Al-Fitr, so I'm not sure if we will be able to go to Sheik Zayed. In any event, we are spending the night in the Grand Hyatt, and then EY A380 F to SYD in the morning. AWe arrive into SYD early Tuesday, and then connect on QF A330 to MEL.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be a combination of GOR and Grampians. We rented an SUV for less than $100 for the 3 days. Friday and Saturday night will be for exploring whatever MEL has to offer.

Sunday morning, QF A330 to SYD with a few hours stop before continuing on to CNS. The direct to CNS wasn't available, and it was 29k BA for the stopover in business and $250 for the direct in economy. We should have enough time to leave the airport during our stop and maybe see a bit of Sydney.

Monday we will be diving in Port Douglas, and Tuesday we will see what else is in the area while we wait out the clock to be able to fly.

Tuesday evening we go back down to Sydney. Hopefully we will leave Sydney Wednesday night. I'm rooting for EK F but I think it's definitely a long shot.

I just need to firm up the exact itinerary on the GOR and the way home and we are good to go.
Nice. Glad you got it figured out.

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Re: Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« Reply #593 on: May 14, 2018, 10:17:21 AM »
It was pretty expensive, but we booked a private dive with Blue Dive for ~$375 USD each, and two nights at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas for ~$170 USD per night. A rental car for the 2 days was about $50 USD for the smallest car.