Hi Jenny,I work with Tasmania.com planning trips to Tasmania for people who really want to discover the State and get under the surface of things using a Travel Planner. If you need any information on Tasmania for your Travel Mate enquiries, please don't hesitate to let me know.You can check out the Travel Planning Section of tasmania.com by clicking here.
Thanks very much, Tassie Devil!I will definitely take you up on your offer.Cheers,Jenny
What's the best time to travel to Australia to enjoy their beaches?
Hi Annette,That's a good question - although it depends on exactly where in Australia you're travelling. Peak swimming months for most places would be November - April, although in the northern areas, theWhitsundays, you can pretty much swim year round (although be on the lookout for jellyfish and stingers). Don't forget your sunscreen :-)Cheers,Jenny
Hello,I was wondering if it is necessary to tip cab drivers in Australia. Can you help?Greg,Chicago, IL
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Hi Greg,While tipping isn't expected in Australia like it is in the US, it isn't uncommon to tip a cab driver. If you're going to be visiting Sydney or Melbourne, you'll definitely be taking a taxi. Check out these links for more info:Sydney,MelbourneCheers,Jenny
Hi Jenny,Myself and my boyfriend are visiting Oz in Jan 2013 for 4-5weeks.Have you any suggestions on the best places to travel?Bearing in mind we are not there for long, we want to see the best places but what is logistically possible?Thanks,Amy
Hi Amy,Great, 4-5 weeks sounds like a wonderful vacation!First off, there's a couple of questions to ask: are you guys the outdoor/adventurous/beach type people, or do you prefer shopping/museums/night life? Also, do you plan on driving whilst you're inAustralia, or relying on public transport and flights?Of course, I'm always going to suggestSydney and there's plenty in and around the area to keep you busy for a while. Melbourne has a lot to offer as a very cosmopolitan city. Adelaideand the surrounding wine regions is definitely worth a look, along with Kangaroo Island for the wildlife. If you want to go scuba diving/snorkeling, there are lots of options fromCairns, and close by you have Kuranda with the rainforest. You have the time to includeUluru Ayers Rock in your vacation if you have the inclination. Click on some of the links I've included in this note and see what appeals to you most, then come back and let me know what you find, and if you have any further questions. I will recommend that since you'll be travelling in the summer time and during school holidays to be sure and book ahead!Cheers,Jenny
Hi Jenny,We're a family of 4 and we're planning to visit Australia next summer, in August for 18 days. We planned to see Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Darwin (the natural parks), Cairns and Sidney.Here are some things we'd like to ask you:-what penguin parade do you think it is better to see between the one in Phillip Island and the one in Kangaroo Island?- what parks we really have to see (such as Wooroonoorom, lichtfield and Kuranda)? About Ayres Rock: it would costs us some time to get there, so we thought we might not go; should we reconsider our itinerary?Thanks in advance,Nadia (Rome, Italy)
G'day Nadia,Wow, with all of those destinations, it sounds like you're planning a fantastic holiday!Our travel planning department would be more than happy to plan and book a Package to include accommodations, tours/trips, transfers, etc., and our itinerary includes all the information regarding penguins and Parks. It's very important to get the timing right so you don't miss seeing wildlife. They would be happy to discuss Ayers Rock and this is something that our travel planner could include depending on air flight times and inclusions while staying in the Red Centre. Our planners want you to have a successful trip and to get it right.Here is the special link to contact our travel planning section on the website.Cheers,Jenny