Reference for 2018 trip
To provide clarity on the many posts about our trip to Australia and New Zealand, I’ve created this wonderful post to serve as a Table of Contents and reference card. It will be updated regularly to provide links to all relevant content.
Let’s get started!
There are three types of blog posts from our trip: Planning, Daily Updates, & Full Posts.
These three posts were written before we left on our trip and was an attempt to provide context on what we were expecting for our upcoming trip.
These were written near the end of the day while we were on vacation. They act as a quick summary of what we did. These short blogs are great to get an idea of what we did, how we felt and impression of what we saw, or did that particular day.
I hope these will be worth the wait!
These will contain many pictures to better describe what we did during our trip, including maps to provide context where needed. The goal to publish twice a week, every Monday & Thursday (late afternoon Toronto time). The timing on publication isn’t to draw the story of our trip out over a long period, instead it is to give us time to write the posts!
These will generally cover a day of our trip, however separate posts that specifically review hotels, and flights will also occur. As well, if we did a lot of neat things in one day, we might break it up into shorter posts.
At minimum we hope to post twice a week.
If heading to Australia
I hope these can serve as reference posts for future travellers who are off to Australia & New Zealand.
Yes there will be videos! All videos will be posted on our YouTube channel. Click here, to go to our channel. As best as possible, videos will be linked in the full blog posts and will be available when the full post are published.
Table of Contents
If heading to Australia
Domestic Airlines: The four major domestic airline options in Australia
Lounge Report:Toronto KLM Crown Lounge
Flight Report: KLM World Business Class Toronto to Amsterdam (YYZ-AMS)
Flight Report: KLM World Business Class Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur (AMS-KUL)
Flight Report: Garuda Indonesia Business Class Jakarta to Sydney (CGK-SYD)
Hotel Report: The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Hotel Report: Rydges Capitol Hill Canberra
Hotel Report: Novotel Melbourne St. Kilda
Flight Report: Jetstar Melbourne to Hobart
Hotel Report: Mercure Launceston
Hotel Report: Best Western Hobart, and Best Western Balmoral Motor Inn
Flight Report: Hobart to Melbourne
Hotel Review: Treasury on Collins, Melbourne
Hotel Review: Twofold Bay Motor Inn, Eden, NSW
Hotel Review: Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Lounge Report: Air New Zealand Lounge, Sydney International Airport
Hotel Report: Ibis Hamilton Tainui, New Zealand
Hotel Report: The County Hotel, Napier, New Zealand
A Day in Napier, New Zealand. A visit to an Aquarium, Winery, and Art Deco downtown.
Crossing New Zealand’s North Island, and visiting different things
Hotel Report: Ibis Budget Auckland Airport
Lounge Report: Air New Zealand Lounge, Auckland International Airport
Hotel Report: Alexandra on the Pacific, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
Fraser Island – Day trip to a spectacular island of sand
Animal time! The Australia Zoo
Sunshine Coast to Brisbane – highlight was Glass Mountains
Hotel Report: Ibis Brisbane Hotel
Flight Report: Jetstar, Economy Class, Brisbane to Cairns (BNE-CNS)
Hotel Report: Hilton Cairns
Let’s go Snorkelling: Great Barrier Reef
Impressions of Cairns
Flight Report: Qantaslink, Economy Class, Cairns to Ayers Rock (CNS-AYQ)
Hotel Report: Luxury in the middle of Australia, Longitude 131
Hotel Report: Meals while staying at Longitude 131
Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park – Tours taken
Hotel Report: Best Western Hotel Stellar Sydney
Sydney: Visit to the Australian Museum
Sydney: Visit to Sydney Tower & 360 Restaurant
Sydney: Circular Quay
Sydney: Bondi Beach
Sydney: Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney: National Maritime Museum
Sydney: Australian Reptile Park
Lounge Report: Skyteam Sydney International Airport
Flight Report: Garuda Indonesia, Business Class, Sydney to Bali (SYD-DPS)
Lounge Report: Garuda Indonesia Business class lounge, Bali
Flight Report: KLM World Business Class, Bali to Singapore (DPS-SIN)
Flight Report: KLM World Business Class, Singapore to Amsterdam (SIN-AMS)
Flight Report: KLM World Business Class, Amsterdam to Toronto (AMS-YYZ)
Remember new posts every Monday & Thursday
These are links to the YouTube video pages, posted in chronological order of the trip occurring:
View of Malaysia Airlines Airbus 380 landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport from our KLM Boeing 777
Lap of Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst. Time-lapse video turning a leisurely drive into an exciting 30 second video
Canberra to Mt. Gambier. Time-lapse video of our 1,000+km drive in one day
Lap of Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Track. Time-lapse video of us doing a lap of the F1 track in Albert Park.
Mt. Gambier to Colac via the Great Ocean Road. Time-lapse video of the sights behind the five blog posts about the Great Ocean Road.
More to come…