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Old Feb 22, 19, 6:16 am
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Thank you all for your insights so far! I think somewhere like Noosa or Townsville/MI might be in the running. Something without as many US tourists is right up my alley, and the prices seem very reasonable. Ticks up a little bit for Melbourne.

I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, as ya'll been really helpful so far... But any suggestions on places in Noosa / Townsville / Melbourne to stay? I prefer a hotel setting with daily housekeeping.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 9:38 am
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Thank you all for your insights so far! I think somewhere like Noosa or Townsville/MI might be in the running. Something without as many US tourists is right up my alley, and the prices seem very reasonable. Ticks up a little bit for Melbourne.

I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, as ya'll been really helpful so far... But any suggestions on places in Noosa / Townsville / Melbourne to stay? I prefer a hotel setting with daily housekeeping.
When in Melbourne I typically always stay at the Hilton DoubleTree on Flinders street. Good breakfast, daily housekeeping, central location. If you have a Hilton account you'd also earn points. I've stayed at some other non-chain type hotels but always find myself circling back to this one.
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I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, as ya'll been really helpful so far... But any suggestions on places in Noosa / Townsville / Melbourne to stay? I prefer a hotel setting with daily housekeeping.
I stayed at The Sebel Noosa last October, it is a beautiful property and a nice location.

Townsville doesn't have many lux options, I stayed at Aquarius on The Beach which is in a nice location, and no real complaints.

Magnetic Island has mostly modest accommodation. I stayed at the Tropical Palms in Picnic Bay which is a small motel-style place, family run, quiet & clean. They also rented me a car, which was handy. Nelly Bay is the main hub on the island and there are a few higher end hotels there.

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I dunno, I'm pretty sure the OP at one point lived in Detroit so Melbourne in May will be a piece of cake.
I used to live in Detroit actually... and of course the Melbourne winter is like a Detroit spring. But one of the joys of Melbourne is exploring the city. If it is cold and rainy, it loses a lot of its appeal. It's a great city any time of the year, but I try to get out of Melbourne during the winter so I can't honestly recommend someone visit then
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Old Feb 24, 19, 11:41 am
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I stayed at The Sebel Noosa last October, it is a beautiful property and a nice location.

Townsville doesn't have many lux options, I stayed at Aquarius on The Beach which is in a nice location, and no real complaints.

Magnetic Island has mostly modest accommodation. I stayed at the Tropical Palms in Picnic Bay which is a small motel-style place, family run, quiet & clean. They also rented me a car, which was handy. Nelly Bay is the main hub on the island and there are a few higher end hotels there.



I used to live in Detroit actually... and of course the Melbourne winter is like a Detroit spring. But one of the joys of Melbourne is exploring the city. If it is cold and rainy, it loses a lot of its appeal. It's a great city any time of the year, but I try to get out of Melbourne during the winter so I can't honestly recommend someone visit then
Thanks for the insights. I think I might hit Townsville. The casino seems to be the most "lux" accommodations, but even that looks a bit more bare bones. There are a few motels on the strand that get great reviews though. I've also looked at the Aquarius, so its nice to hear no complaints on that.

MEL was really tempting, but I like the thought of really getting off the American beaten path. Townsville/MI seem to be just that.
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Old Feb 24, 19, 7:40 pm
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Thanks for the insights. I think I might hit Townsville. The casino seems to be the most "lux" accommodations, but even that looks a bit more bare bones. There are a few motels on the strand that get great reviews though. I've also looked at the Aquarius, so its nice to hear no complaints on that.

MEL was really tempting, but I like the thought of really getting off the American beaten path. Townsville/MI seem to be just that.
Townsville is pretty bare bones. It's not a traditional holiday destination, or GBR access point. The de-facto capital of far-north Queensland is Cairns which is where most of the tourist infrastructure is. Townsville is basically a port for mineral exports and a RAAF and army base. If you want to avoid American tourists then I'm sure you'll be happy in TSV!
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Thanks for the insights. I think I might hit Townsville. The casino seems to be the most "lux" accommodations, but even that looks a bit more bare bones. There are a few motels on the strand that get great reviews though. I've also looked at the Aquarius, so its nice to hear no complaints on that.

MEL was really tempting, but I like the thought of really getting off the American beaten path. Townsville/MI seem to be just that.
Melbourne feels far more European than American, and I donít recall too many US tourists there.
Townsville has recently been subject to devestating floods, so check how things are before you book.
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Townsville has recently been subject to devestating floods, so check how things are before you book.
Should be OK by May I'd think.

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Should be OK by May I'd think.
probably, but still worth keeping in mind.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 3:19 pm
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I've got 8 days to work with. This does not include the day I depart Sydney. New airports and airlines are put of fun of travelling for me, so spending some extra time travelling doesn't hurt my feelings. I am not the type that needs to cram things in, if I don't see everything I am sure I'll be back. I'm not super active or outdoorsey (with the exception of the beach), and am not afraid to pay for taxis/ride shares when tired. Also, I get very tired of museums very quickly.

I figure 4 days in SYD at the start of the trip, 4 somewhere else, and last night back in SYD.

I am in Australia 15th-23rd of May, so I'll just miss OzFest.

I've never been.
James thanks for posting as your dates almost line up with my trip to AUS!!! Will be there the 17-25 and my wife and I have been trying to figure out where to go other than Sydney. Can anyone comment on Hamilton Island? It looks like a very relaxing and pleasant place to stay for a few days and get acclimated to the time change. We were also looking at Darwin, Melbourne, and Perth. I had heard good things about Melbourne but the weather is what concerns me. Both Perth and Darwin (Kakadu Park) also has us interested but haven't had much time to research either one. I know ultimately it's up to what we prefer; in this case I like to relax more on vacation while she is a little more adventurous. Regardless, any suggestions are very much welcomed! Thanks!

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It's hard to say anything negative about Hamilton Island. It's a beautiful resort island with a major airport (so easy access from almost any Australian city). It can be a bit pricey, and it is purely a holiday destination so you won't be exactly seeing Australia from a local's perspective. But it is beautiful indeed. And you can do tours to all the nearby attractions including the GBR.

About Western Australia (WA), I personally believe that WA is the most beautiful part of Australia. It's also sparsely populated, which can be a real treat if you don't like crowds (I visited the Margaret River region, one of the most popular tourist destinations in WA, during peak season. I was shocked how small the crowds were). I think Esperance is gobsmackingly gorgeous and either north or south of Perth has beautiful spots as well. The downside is these are a great distance from the east coast, and Perth itself isn't quite worth the journey; you need time to get outside of Perth.

Darwin has a very interesting history (particularly WWII), and some world-class parks in Kakadu and Litchfield. The end of May should put you outside of rainy season, although only just. So it might be a good time to see waterfalls, etc. If you like ocean beaches, Darwin isn't a good choice as there are too many Crocs to enjoy the ocean beaches. But there are some beautiful fresh water swimming holes in the parks which should be (mostly) croc free.
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Do 4 days in sydney and 3 days travelling to blue mountain, Jenolan Caves, Canberra & Wollongong.
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