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  1. On 10/27/2019 at 9:34 AM, jamieandsam said:

    Thank you all for your feedback. The ship does not offer an Australian Zoo excursion so I'm going to pass on that. I wish the ship offered the river cruise with Lone Pine - the excursion that is included is bus tour with Lone Pine. Deciding if I will do that, or will pay myself for the cruise/Lone Pine tour.

     The Bus direct from the wharf has a bonus of not having to pay for the Shuttle Bus, also a nice scenic tour of Brisbane.


  2. Voyager of the Seas 16th Nov 2019 Singapore to Sydney.  Radiance of the Seas 9th Feb 2020 Sydney to Perth. 30 nights in total   Ron & Brenda                                                                                                                       


  3. 40 minutes ago, bronte2 said:

    If your day in Brisbane is on a schedule i.e. you have to be at the airport in the evening or back on board the ship by say 4pm I wouldn't chance Australia Zoo.

     

    I travel up and down to Brisbane regularly from the Sunshine Coast (Australia Zoo is located about 30 minutes from where I live) and the traffic is heavy in both directions most of the time.  If there is an accident on the highway the traffic can be horrendous and the delays significant and you run the risk of not making it back to Brisbane in time.

     

    If you aren't on any schedule then Australia Zoo is fantastic.  My grandson loves it and we spend around 4 hours there (after which time I've had enough) and we still haven't seen everything.

     

    The drive there is about 1 hour 30 each way if the trip is straightforward.  Not sure when you will be in Brisbane but Sunday afternoons in summer returning to Brisbane the traffic can be very, very heavy.  Ditto for holiday weekends.

     

    I don't want to sound negative, as you could travel up and down to and from the zoo without a hitch but you do need to be aware of the traffic issues as any hiccup could ruin your day!

     

    I hope you have a great day in Brisbane whatever you decide.

    We are from Melbourne and go to the Sunshine Coast on a regular basis of at the least twice a year, so we endorse bronte2's advice. The  Lone Pine has other advantages, like Platypus and Kookaburra exhibits. A nice way to visit is to go up the Brisbane River on the MV Mirramar which leaves and returns to central Brisbane


  4. 10 hours ago, NSWP said:

    Over the years I have some great fish and chips around Essex, Skate and Chips, Cod and Chips, Plaice and Chips,  fresh from the North Sea.  Don't like mushy peas with the fish and chips though. OK on a pie.

     

    So when are you blokes, Brian and Beatleman going to open a Greggs franchise in ye olde Sydney Town? 

    I would rather open a Queen's Farm Shop like the one on Datchet Road in the Windsor Great Park, a sure fire way of printing money. By the way Uncle Les that Spanish golf club owes me a load of cash I'm sure there machines were riggedūüėā


  5. On 10/8/2019 at 4:56 PM, brian1 said:

    Did you ever try the famous Leigh on sea cockles,Uncle Les.

    I still think The Company Shed at West Mersea has the best seafood in Essex, superb local oysters and great cockles kept the wife and I sated. The missus gobbled a load Whelks as well, I'm a bit like you Brian there a bit crunchy.


  6. 38 minutes ago, aztek519 said:

    Hello All, 

     

    We are US citizens and will be going to Australia early in 2020.  We will be spending a couple days in Sydney, then going on a cruise that begins and ends in Sydney.  I know I need a visa, but when I go to apply, it says there are 2 possibilities; an ETA Visa that has a $20 fee or the Tourist Stream Visa, which has a $145 fee.  From what I am reading, the ETA would suffice, but under the Stream Visa, one of the reason is a cruise.  Does anyone know happen to know which Visa I will need? Any help would be appreciated. 

     

    Thanks!

    The ETA will suffice as long as you are not staying over 3 months


  7. 12 minutes ago, Idratherbeatsea said:

    Any tips for getting a ETA for Australia and one for New Zeland. We are Canadian. Never had to get one before. 

    For Australia go to www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au  NZ is through  immagration nz. Best to use Government sites so your info is secure. ETA for OZ has a admin fee of $20AU. Hope this helps.


  8. 42 minutes ago, mike60707 said:

    This should be an easy question, but when asking Royal Caribbean, they suggested I call the Australian embassy? LOL

     

    Departing Sydney, cruising to Melbourne & Hobart Tasmania (which is still part of Australia) seems to me its a DOMESTIC Australia cruise....I received replies that it was a domestic cruise with no immigration formalities when departing the ship, I heard that you clear customs when departing on the ship, and I heard "I really don't know, call the Australian embassy !!!

     

    Working for an International Airline for 30+ years and being a Diamond Plus member, I should know this, but unfortunately, I can't get an answer. 

     

    The reason I need to know is that the ship arrives back in Sydney at 6:30AM, and we have a flight at 11:50AM to Auckland and on to Honolulu......

     

    Want to be off the ship as early as possible and catch a taxi to the Airport.  Does anyone have an answer to this crazy question???

     

    Thanks in advance,

     

    Mike

     

     

    It certainly is domestic,however the only holdup you may encounter is late arrival of the ship or the bio boys. At that time of the day Sydney traffic is bedlam, you might be better of on the train from Circular Quay to the Airport. Hope this helps.


  9. 13 hours ago, jtsbusiness said:

    Visiting Hobart on Holland & America in February 2020 and wondered whether anybody had used the above buses to go to Mt Wellington.  It seems a much cheaper way to sight see, and does not take as much time as other tours.

    Any other recommendations for cheaper sight seeing than advertised trips please

    The HOHO Bus doesn't venture up Mt Wellington as far as I know, there used to be private shuttles which gave you about an hour at the top.


  10. 2 hours ago, louand47 said:

    Hello all,

    A little advice please, we are travelling to Arlie Beach and Yorkeys Knob in March 2020. We would love to do some snorkeling but I am unsure which is the best place to swim on the Great Barrier Reef? 

    Is it best to go with an organised trip or is this something we can do on our own.

     

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts and advice,

    Lou

    Ships Tour to the GBR is the best option.owing to the problems of wind and swell affecting tendering at times.


  11. 2 hours ago, NSWP said:

    Massive new Rissole now in Dubbo, pool, gym the works with a 3 story car park.  They also have a new motel right opposite, handy.

    I think it's time to see Dubbo again, like the idea of a Mixed Grill and a bed across the road.


  12. On 9/15/2019 at 1:48 PM, Sassy_Lassy4u said:

    I will be on a Radiance of the Seas cruise in February that is scheduled to arrive in Fremantle (Perth) at 6:30 a.m.  I want to take a ferry to Rottnest Island that leaves at 8 a.m.  I am doing a B2B cruise so I will not have any luggage to deal with.  Has anyone else done this before?  If so,  will I have any difficulty catching the 8 a.m. ferry?

    Depends on the ship being cleared by the Port for disembarking and arriving on time. The Ferry Terminal is close to the Cruise terminal so it should be ok. The 9.45 maybe the safe option, hope this helps


  13. 12 hours ago, WESTEAST said:

    Started researching opportunities to see koalas and of course, kangaroos for our upcoming Jan/Feb 2020 cruise and would appreciate any feedback on:

    1.  visit Sydney Zoo or, Melbourne Zoo (or both) to see koalas (sightings guaranteed)?

    and,

    2.  shore excursion Kangaroos & Koalas Adventure (sightings not guaranteed) out of Melbourne to You Yangs National Park at sundown or, similar adventure from Melbourne to Serandip Open Range Sanctuary during the day? Thinking sundown is better as koalas are nocturnal?  

     

    Thank you!

    If you are anywhere near Brisbane I would head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, they also have Platypus. The Sanctuary is also devoid of Drop Bears.

     


  14. If you want to keep on about the Fermented Curd i suggest you look up UTube and watch Monty Pythons Cheese Shop sketch. However getting this thread back to sanity or pies, I recently made a shocking discovery. The Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie in a tin one of the good things to come out of the UK has been sold to Campbells and is now made in NSW. Taste is now very ordinary like most of there products. ūü§£

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