First Trip to Australia

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Subject: First Trip to Australia
From: Carl Billingham <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 13:04:36 -0700 (PDT)

I'm sure there are lots of people on Birding-Aus that will offer you assistance 
but a good guide to get before you arrive is Lloyd Neilsen's  I have the local addition of 
this book and it has invaluable info in it.  Even though I have travelled a lot 
around Australia, I still use this book to plan where to go and stay and take 
it with me on all of my trips.

Another book which is excellent for planning a trip is the Lonely Planet 
'Watching Wildlife in Australia' which you could possibly get from a local book 
store or order on

Personally if you are flying between city centres (rather than driving around) 
I would include Sydney and environs, Cairns/Daintree areas in Far North 
Queensland and possibly the Gold Coast Hinterland on the NSW/Queensland border 
if you feel you have the time.  That would cover temperate (NSW), tropical 
species (FNQld) and sub-tropical (NSW/Qld).   

If you are using a car and dont want to spend too much time flying I would do 
Sydney and then drive up the coast or inland as well.  Frankly, our cities 
aren't what I would specifically target if I were an overseas tourist - the 
wild places are what makes this country different to any other place on the 

Remember Australia is a big place with big distances so dont try to see it all 
in three weeks - save some for your next visit down under!  

Good luck and I hope you enjoy yourselves,

Carl Billingham
Brisbane, Australia

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