Travel Thread


it’s going to take some serious flying.

Melb- London return in business is approx. 600, so doing 5 of those a year makes it 25 years. Sure, throw in connections here and there and it may drop to 20-ish. There’ll be the frequent business traveller doing 5-6 flights a year who would get it.


Getting our Winter Feast on at Dark ■■■■ here in home town of Hobart
Channeling Molly Meldrum - do yourselves a favour and get yourselves to this one year - it’s awesome


Also looking for good tips for places to eat
Heading to Scotland and Ireland (yes I know it’s not ‘ultra cool’) in early Sept. So good eating places in Edinburgh and & Dublin plus other places would be appreciated. Have done a bit of research but word of mouth is much better.


Any of the hundreds of brilliant pubs in Edinburgh and Dublin do excellent pub grub with great beers and friendly locals. Most will have some form of entertainment or live music over weekends.
The food is usually always locally sourced and tastes so fresh. We don’t eat seafood but some of the dishes looked amazing. If you like Pork there are a couple of joints that do wicked pulled pork. Pig in a Poke and Oink are 2 of our favourites. There are restaurants and cafes everywhere though in both cities


For Scotland, go to the NW towards Cape Wrath. It’s just fantastic. Stay at the Rhiconnich hotel - get a room with a view to see the sunset over the sea loch.


Definitely try to make time to get up to the NW of Scotland. The drive from Ullapool is amazing with some stunning scenery. Plenty of B&B’s and lodges that offer great hospitality in pristine locations


Off to sunny Auckland tomorrow for a few days thanks to a ripping LATAM sale a few months back


Lived in AKL for fufteen years. Hit me with any q’s.


I’ve hired a car whilst there so after a few day trip options


Wedding I’m Da Nang , Vietnam coming up any tips?


Where are staying, beach or city?
Plenty of things to do in the area but definitely get down to Hoi An it’s amazing.
Hire a driver for the day, cheap and well worth it as PT isn’t great and can get a bit tiring walking everywhere. If flying into Da Nang avoid Vietjet at all costs


I like the West Coast black sand surf beaches for wild coastal scenery - Whatipu is way out by the Manukau heads. Karekare is where they shot The Piano. Piha is well known for surf & alternative lifestylers. Bethels for Gannet colony. Also out West is Kumeu with some decent food & wine options (e.g. Kumeu River for excellent Chardonnay). I used to live in Titirangi which is at the start of the Waitakere Ranges on the way to the West Coast beaches. You can get a decent coffee / brunch there. A boat trip on the Waitemata harbour to Rangitoto (volcanic scenery) or Waiheke (wineries & beaches) is a good option. Waitomo Caves is within reach for a day trip. The Domain Museum (free) is a decent wet weather option in the city. There is good food at The Viaduct. A couple of trips ago we did a 16km Coast to Coast hike across the City which was fun. We often spend a couple of hours at Snowplanet for indoor skiing. How many days are you there?


Leave Thursday
Thanks for the suggestions


We love the Bay of Islands area. We stayed at the Kauri Cliffs golf course resort for a few days and it was stunning. I am the worlds worst golfer but playing a round at this place is just magic.


You haven’t seen me play then!
Hit a fairly mean driver but it’s all downhill from there :rofl:


Bay of Islands ain’t a day trip tho


thanks Mr Aceman, looking for non touristy destinations please. Any live music venues will certainly be looked at!! Can see many a messy night!!


Edinburgh in September should be fine. The old City is magnificent and you can wander the cobblestone streets and alleys for ages. Lots of monuments and quiet nooks throughout. Haven’t been up in the Highlands or NW Coast that time of year but we have been up there at times when you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere and hardly see another tourist. Take a few days to drive the coast road and stay at one of the many little quaint villages or B&B’s.


Some do a day tour, but you are correct it is about 3 hours each way, and you need to spend time touring around the place.


Yep , got a good loop sorted, we are driving ourselves in Scotland & Ireland. The further north we are in Scotland is Inverness and surrounds. Just don’t like doing the tourist food thing in big cities, learnt our lesson in Italy!!