Hi Bryce…you’re so lucky. Madrid is fantastic!
There are 2 great websites that you may find very helpful for long-term stays. I’ve used both & found them to be very reliable & easy to use.
The other website I find helpful in general is www.tripadvisor.com
Enjoy your time there & make sure you get to Granada. Have fun! J
My fave of the 6 districts are:
Dorsoduro, Canareggio & San Polo – all for varying reasons.
A great website for Venice travel info is: www.italyheaven.co.uk or go straigh to the info for the various districts of Venice: www.italyheaven.co.uk/veneto/venice/districts.html
No matter where you stay, you’ll be sure to have a wonderful time.
This really depends on what interess you & when you’ll be here?
GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and the Qld Art Gallery complex is nice to stroll around.
Southbank has some great ‘free’ events both during the day & evening that include live music & cultural events.
If you’re an early riser, Saturday morning at the West End Markets is fabulous, then go for a wander around the West End – very alternative scene, lots of great sights to see there!
A trip up to Mt Coot-tha is well worth it too – bushwalking & a nice place to relax & see great views all over Brisbane
If you like the beach, you could do a day trip to the Gold Coast quite easily OR take the train to Cleveland or Manly by the bay.
There are bicycles all over the City & Inner City suburbs you can rent (cheap) to get around. There’s loads of bike tracks all along the river which will take you far.
The other great way to see the Brisbane is to just jump on a CITYCAT (ferry) & ride it the entire journey. It goes past the Qld Uni, the Botanical Gardens, Southbank, Kangaroo Pt Cliffs, New Farm, right down to the reach of the river & back. It’s a bargain day out, especially if it’s beautiful & sunny.
The Valley is a hub of entertainment in itself – people watching, alternative markets, bars, clubs – nightlife!
Paddington has a nice old Antique Centre and loads of cafes & bars.
Hope all this helps in some way? Have a great stay :-)
Hi! I live in Brisbane but have lived in Sydney and the Whitsunday Islands (Great Barrier Reef) and spent a lot of time in Cairns.
There’s so much to recommend depending on how long you have here in Oz, your interests and age?
If you can buy yourself an Aussie Airpass, this will make flying from A to B a LOT cheaper. Alternatively, you can buy cheap flights point to point online with VirginBlue and Jetstar. Be sure to check the BAGGAGEALLOWANCES. If you don’t state what your baggage will be upfront, it can be pretty expensive to pay at the airport on check-in.
Ayer’s Rock & Alice Springs can be done combined, with a stop in King’s Canyon enroute. Accom. in all 3 places is expensive so you might want to opt for Backpacker or Motel style.
Cairns can be quite noisy, especially at night and if staying in Backpackers accom. If you’re in the 20’s age-group though, it might suit you and you’ll be sure to find lots of partying in Cairns. My advice would be to stay there only a couple of nights then make your way (easy coach transfer) to Port Douglas and do a Daintree Rainforest/Cape Tribulation Day tour from there. You can also do an Outer Reef cruise & snorkel on the reef from Port Douglas too.
Melbourne is an awesome city, as is Sydney. Both excel in food, art, culture, hip, quirk and funky. Sydney has Bondi Beach and the very groovy Newtown and cosmopolitan Melbourne has Brunswick St, St.Kilda and the amazing coastline – see the Fairy Penguins and the 12 Apostles.
**Great place to stay in Sydney is the Sydney Harbour YHA. It’s amazingly well-run, very affordable, clean & in a great location. It gets booked out quickly though so you must book ahead! Don’t forget to check out the amazing views from the roof-top deck if you’re there too!
Have a great time & a safe journey. I hope you enjoy Australia!