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We will be spending the first 8 nights in Singapore then flying to Brisbane to spend eleven nights in Oz before coming back to Singapore for another four nights. We will be there during the Chinese New Year so that should be good. I am not too concerned about what to do in Singapore as my daughter can advise on that but we have not yet decided what to do with our time in Australia.
I have to do some business in Brisbane on 12 Feb which will take one day so we thought about spending two or three days there before driving either north on the Gold Coast or South towards Sydney. We have an open mind on this but I must admit that some people I know are telling me that I cannot possibly go to Australia without visiting Sydney and they are actually putting me off the idea.
Apart from the Opera House, the Bridge, Gay Pride, etc. isn't Sydney just another big expensive city?
I would appreciate any and all suggestions about what we should do after arrival in Brisbane.
Sydney is indeed a big, busy city... so if you like cities, then it would be worth visiting.
Personally, I like places which are more natural, so would suggest some of the beautiful mountain and forest areas of NSW, some fairly near Sydney, or some of the wonderful areas in QLD such as The Great Barrier Reef, and some of the rainforest areas. If you're into beaches, the Gold Coast has some good ones, but be aware that they will mostly be pretty crowded, especially during the summer- which it currently is. It's also school holidays, which adds to the crowding. There may be some less frequented beaches, but you'd probably need to ask around locally for recommendations. I'm from South Australia, so don't know a great deal about up that way.
Also, keep in mind that, being summer, it can be quite hot. We've been having temps in the 40's C, and depending on what it's like where you come from, it may take a bit of getting used to. The humidity can be quite high too, especially in QLD.
It will still be humid then in certain areas as they are quite tropical in the summer. I guess it depends on how you cope with humidity. I'd estimate the temps up there would be in the 30's C.
We flew into Brisbane and had intended heading North from there but the weather was shocking up there with floods in places like Townsville and Rockhampton and very heavy rainstorms all the way up to Cairns. As a result we just stayed around the Gold Coast/Sunshine cost area. The weather was not great there but we had a good time anyway.
Actually my favourite place was Singapore. What a fscinating city with so much to see and do! My wife and I are already considering going back while my daughter is still living there.