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Td China Globe Trekkers Australia 1

  1. 1. TD China Globe Trekkers Australia Experience – Part 1/3 Nick Xie 02/06/2009
  2. 2. Mission <ul><li>Share photos, stories and experiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What to see </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where to stay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to have fun (not go with Chinese tours) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inspire enthusiasm about our globe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gain a world view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appreciate cultural differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take initiatives (one day) to see the world </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Backpacking Explained <ul><li>How </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backpack on your shoulder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money/credit card/passport in your pockets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use credit card whenever you can (cash is king!!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay in highly rated hostels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What to bring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 credit card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Netbook or iTouch/iPhone (if you like to surf internet) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Battery-powered alarm clock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel-sized daily necessities (toothbrush, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine (cold, cough, anti-itching creams, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bath towels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1/3 to ½ of cloth needed for trip (throw-away socks) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Research <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>TripAdvisor </li></ul><ul><li>Lonely Planet </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the hostel receptionists </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use Chinese sites (Ctrip, etc) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only tell you where Chinese tourist group go </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Australia Itinerary Overview <ul><li>Sydney – 1.5 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City + beach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue mountain + Jenolan Caves </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uluru – 2 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ayers rock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kata Tjuta </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>King Canyon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cairns – 2 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kuranda Scenic railway + skyrail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great Barrier Reef + scuba diving </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Melbourne – 1.5 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Philips island penguin tour </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sydney Route <ul><li>Take train (A$14) to central station </li></ul><ul><li>Get a “DayTripper” ticket </li></ul><ul><li>Check-in at “Wake-up Central” </li></ul><ul><li>Turn left at station, follow train track </li></ul><ul><ul><li>China Town </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Darling Harbour (Aquarium, IMAX, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Turn Right at Market St </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sydney Tower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hyde Park (St. Mary Cathedral, Barrack Museums, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Walk toward Opera House </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sydney Route (cont.) <ul><li>Walk toward Opera House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Domain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Royal Botanic Garden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Macqueries Chair </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sydney Route (cont.) <ul><li>Walk toward Opera House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sydney Opera House </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circular Quay </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go to beaches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ferry to Manly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train to Town hall to Bondi Section + bus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Back from beaches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross harbour bridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dinner at “The Rock” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take some photo of opera house at night </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take train back to central </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. China Town <ul><li>Cheap everything </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese food </li></ul>
  10. 10. IMAX <ul><li>If you like 3D movies </li></ul><ul><li>Largest 3D screen </li></ul>
  11. 11. Darling Harbour <ul><li>Beautiful view </li></ul><ul><li>Good seafood - fish market not too far away (open for lunch only) </li></ul><ul><li>Can skip Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Park, take a ferry to Circular Quay if you want </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sydney Tower <ul><li>Panoramic view of Sydney city </li></ul><ul><li>Have a restaurant </li></ul><ul><li>A$25 to get in (not really worth it) </li></ul><ul><li>Better view of tower is from Hyde Park </li></ul><ul><li>Closes at 6pm </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hyde Park <ul><li>Enjoyable walk in the shade in the afternoon </li></ul><ul><li>St. Mary Cathedral </li></ul><ul><li>Can skip nearby Museums (expensive and small) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sydney Opera House <ul><li>“ the” landmark of Sydney </li></ul><ul><li>Beautiful when viewed from Ferry </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sydney Opera House (cont.)
  16. 16. Sydney Opera House (cont.)
  17. 17. Harbour Bridge <ul><li>Takes 15-20 min walk from circular quay to get to the starting point </li></ul><ul><li>Can be climbed (cost $200) </li></ul><ul><li>Walking across is free and nice </li></ul>
  18. 18. Bondi Beach <ul><li>Tourist attraction but not the best beaches in most Aussie’s mind </li></ul><ul><li>Bondi-Coogee cliff walk (30 min) if you have time </li></ul><ul><li>Take circular Quay train to townhall then change train to Bondi section + bus </li></ul>
  19. 19. Sydney Opera House (Night)
  20. 20. Blue Mountain Itinerary (1 day) <ul><li>Train from central station to Katoomba station </li></ul><ul><li>At Katoomba station sign up for a tour that includes Jenolan Caves (A$92) </li></ul><ul><li>You can walk to other scenic locations (30 min) or take trolley (A$20) if you don’t go to cave </li></ul>
  21. 21. Jenolan Caves <ul><li>Water push from inside-out millions of years ago creating the caves </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered last century </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Cave tours (if you have more than one day) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Jenolan Caves (cont.)
  23. 23. Blue Mountain Echo Point <ul><li>3 sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Take a trail and get close if you like </li></ul>

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