Originally posted by KeeTov:
My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th next August and would like to visit Australia. Skiing in not part of the plan (unless you can convince me), just normal sight seeing stuff.
You should think about adding a bit of skiing, if only to say you've done it. Our skiing is totally different from yours. For instance, no conifers, just twisted up gum trees (see link to Wise's Wilderness site I posted in Discussion forum for pix).
it's a lot warmer, but wettish. august is our version of your late Feb early March part of the season ie Peak.
Any info on Sidney-Melbourne-Cairns type of trips. Although it is the "off season", is it still worth the long travel from eastern US(N.Y.)? The travel agent will tell me anything...but the truth?
August is winter here (in fact winter officially started today! June 1st). So Melbourne is going to be very drizzly, grey and cold. It's a lovely, graceful city and more user-friendly than Sydney, but I'd not go there in winter unless you have things you really want to do.
Sydney has a climate very like LA, so it'll be milder even in Winter. It won't be at its best though, it's a summer city. Still, your flight will probably come in there so you'll see a bit! The eatin' and shoppin' are excellent.
It depends on whether you like colder weather, or are really into beaches and sun and stuff.
If you're after the sun, head north. Australia is about the same size as the US, I should mention.
so Cairns in August is actually fantastic, I'd not go there in summer cos it's too bloody hot and horrible, but August is very pleasant indeed. Our north is like your Florida, there's mangroves, tropics, cyclones in summer, coral reefs etc.
Cairns and Port Douglas and the islands off the coast would be a great place to go. Also, you might consider going to Kakadu in the Northern Territory, that's in the tropics and in August you won't get the monsoonal Wet that closes the Top End down for most of summer.
It'll still be pretty hot though.
Put Darwin into your "my yahoo" daily weather reports! You can chart it, then. I'm amazed at how many American travel agents book tours to Kakadu in The Wet and don't tell their clients about the sheets of water falling from the sky most of the time.
I usually issue an open invite to any ski forum people travelling to Oz to come and stay, but in August I'll be at whatever ski resort i'm teaching at, and August is peak month so I would have buckley's of getting away.