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9 hours ago, Nebr.cruiser said:

Good topic.  I am starting to think about something similar, as I am sure we will only be get to Australia/New Zealand once.  Thinking about a cruise of New Zealand, cruise from Sydney to ?  Port Douglas (haven't done much research on that yet) and land trip to Uluru area.  

 

Lots to think about and plan, so all these idea are great.  Looking to spend about 30 days, and anything more is a bonus, such as South Pacific add on.

If you want to do some serious snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef I'd suggest a land trip to Port Douglas. There are some excellent reef day trips from there, plus you could also do a Daintree excursion. 

 

If you want to do another cruise I suggest one that visits some of the southern Australian ports - the ones in Tasmania, Melbourne (but you might have to cruise out of there for the best itineraries), Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, etc.

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On 8/15/2021 at 2:52 PM, cruisin from florida said:

In order to circumnavigate the globe on the trip, we are thinking about flying Tampa > London > Perth > Uluru > Cairns > Sydney ... then NZ cruise, then Transpacific cruise to Hawaii then flying > California > Tampa..

 

Who knows what flights may be available by then. But we can dream!

We are traveling from Tampa to Australia in March, 2023 and also want to see Sydney, GBR and Uluru. I'm researching right along with you. Good Luck.

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On 8/10/2021 at 2:17 AM, SinbadThePorter said:

There is enough in Sydney for a week. If you feel OK with driving on the other side of the road, you could hire a car. In any case you could try:

 

Blue Mountains

Manly Ferry

Harbour Bridge climb

Opera House tour

Ferry to Watson's Bay for views from The Gap

Taronga Park Zoo

Bondi Beach

Royal Easter Show (early April)

Several museums and art galleries depending on preferences

 

It's hard to say what will be open in April 2023, hopefully everything. 🙂

Agree with the above Sydney list and our favourites were Opera House Tour, Taronga Zoo (recommend Wild Australia Experience booked online - up close and personal behind the scenes) and Manly Beach. Victoria Building Mall was interesting as well as any restaurant by Circular Quay for people watching.

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We are considering doing the 27-day Princess cruise from Sydney to Los Angeles in April 2023.  We visited Sydney many years ago (6 days land tour), so don't plan to do any sightseeing this time.  Just want to get to Sydney one day before the cruise starts just in case of flight delays.  Thinking of booking a one-night hotel either by the airport or by the cruise terminal.

 

Have a few questions:

1. How far is Sydney airport from the Princess cruise terminal?
2. Any recommendation on a reasonably priced hotel by airport or cruise terminal?
3. What is the average cost of a nice hotel by airport or cruise terminal for early April?
4. How is the weather in Sydney and NZ around early April?  Much rain?
 
Thanks in advance for any assistance!
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Sydney Airport is about half an hour or so by car or taxi to the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) where the Princess ships depart from. There is also a train and the OPT is only a short flat walk from the Circular Quay station.

 

I would recommend staying somewhere in the city, near Circular Quay if your budget permits.

 

Sydney is usually fairly pleasant in early April, warm but not too hot or humid but this year was much cooler and wetter. NZ will be getting cool so pack layers. Auckland should still be pleasant but it will be colder further south, and very chilly first thing in Fiordland for the scenic cruising.

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4 hours ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

Sydney Airport is about half an hour or so by car or taxi to the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) where the Princess ships depart from. There is also a train and the OPT is only a short flat walk from the Circular Quay station.

 

I would recommend staying somewhere in the city, near Circular Quay if your budget permits.

 

Sydney is usually fairly pleasant in early April, warm but not too hot or humid but this year was much cooler and wetter. NZ will be getting cool so pack layers. Auckland should still be pleasant but it will be colder further south, and very chilly first thing in Fiordland for the scenic cruising.

Thank you for the information!

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