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Me, and a couple buddies are planning a trip to Sydney, and Melbourne for a total of 10 days beginning of November. I've never been.
We are flying into Sydney for 4 days, and then catching a flight to Melbourne for the remainder of the trip.

So what are the must things to do? :D
 

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If its Motorsport you are after then Historic Sandown is on in Melbourne 10-11 November. AROCA Victoria 'Spettacolo' (Show 'n' Shine etc) is on the following weekend (18th). PM me if you want details :)
 

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Ok, as Phil hinted, the answer to your question begs another question, why?

Why come to Australia, what do you want to get out of the trip?

Events? As well as those mentioned by Phil, 6th Nov is The Melbourne Cup. It's a public holiday in Melbourne with lots going on and probably one of the best times to experience a big hit of Aussie culture in the shortest time. If you're still in Sydney, they will also have Cup related events but I will have to leave those up to the Sydney siders.

Kangaroos, Koalas, Emus?
 

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Sorry guys, but no car events.

Craig, great question.

Since I have never been, I have no idea what is out there.

Here is what I know, and want to experience.

Definitely hang out with Kangaroos, Kolas, and emus. Site seeing, water adventures, crusing around the city, and seeing what Australia is all about. My avatar is very misleading, but i'm 24 years old. So the most important. NIGHTLIFE!!! :D:cool::D:)
 

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Ok, water adventures - Sydney - Ferry ride or Harbour cruise Jetboat ride, Tooronga Park Zoo.

Kangaroos, Koalas, and emus - Melbourne - Healesville Sanctuary.

Nightlife - Sorry, I'm way over 25.

Cruising around city - Both Sydney and Melbourne are suburban sprawl cities like LA, so you'll have to do a bit of travelling between attractions. You may only hit one major attraction per day. Depends on planning.
 

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There's really not that many sights in Sydney, but the Taronga Zoo is worth a quick tour :)

Generally, I believe that the things to experience in Australia is the people and the stunning nature, those are the two main attractions.
 

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Melbourne's nightlife is pretty damned good, so you'll find plenty of bars and clubs. There is a huge bar scene in Melbourne, there are boutique trendy bars and clubs down every laneway. When you hit Melbourne, head straight to the big Visitor Information Centre in Federation Square, and pick up a nightlife guide. Also check out the website for Melbourne and the State of Victoria here: http://www.visitmelbourne.com
 

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In Sydney,

Climb the bridge. http://www.bridgeclimb.com/
Then go for a long walk down to circulay quay, past the opera house to the botanical gardens.

Ferry ride to Manly Beach (best option), or bus to Bondi Beach (most "touristy" option) to enjoy the natural beauty.

Melbourne - makes Sydney look good so worth a visit.
Tram to St Kilda and spend the whole day walking around the beach, Luna Park historical amusement park, great shops and cafes, and night life (I think).

To eat go to Lygon Street and spend the whole day eating in "little Italy" and enjoy the parade of people and their cars.

If you can, be in Melbourne for the cup, you'd be amazed at how nuts they are about horses running in circles.
 

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Caramello Bear anyone?

So as not to confuse our American friends any further I should point out that a KOLA is usually a brown, wet, fizzy drink and a KOALA is usually a grey and white, furry Australian native marsupial. Don't confuse the two if you happen to visit any Aussie pubs otherwise it's going to get REALLY messy...........:D
 

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In Sydney,

Climb the bridge. http://www.bridgeclimb.com/
Then go for a long walk down to circulay quay, past the opera house to the botanical gardens.

Ferry ride to Manly Beach (best option), or bus to Bondi Beach (most "touristy" option) to enjoy the natural beauty.

Melbourne - makes Sydney look like the chinzy, cramped, full-of-its-own-self-importance city that it is so it is worth a visit.
Tram to St Kilda and spend the whole day walking around the beach, Luna Park historical amusement park, great shops and cafes, and night life (I think).

To eat go to Lygon Street and spend the whole day eating in "little Italy" and enjoy the parade of people and their cars.

If you can, be in Melbourne for the cup, you'd be amazed at how nuts they are about horses running in circles.

fixed :) hehe
 

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what's the timing of your trip Sniady?

As has already been mentioned around November is horse racing season...

In Sydney and Melbourne it's basically spring carnival...
If you can make the Melbourne cup... do it!!
All horse racing around the 'spring carnivals' brings big crowds and plenty of good looking chicks all dressed up in the good stuff ;).... and everyone is well boozed so you'll have an absolute blast!

Around Sydney - yep, hit the Bridge climb, do a pub crawl through the Rocks, walk through circular quay, Darling Harbour and then finish the night off at the bars around King street wharf (pricey but much young talent seems to go to this area).

You can't go wrong in Bondi and Manly either.... both have the beach, birds, sun and pubs (Manly has a fair few more pubs on offer).

all the best
 

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I really dont think you should confine yourselves to the cities. If possible and time allows, try and get a rental car to drive between Melbourne and Sydney. Then, with some advice you can see things like the obligatory Koalas and wild 'roos, see some very special scenery and have a bit of a road trip to boot.

And that's still confining yourselves to a small, small part of what we've got. Northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory have some amazing things to see like Uluru, the Olgas and Katherine Gorge. (Google those, you'll see what I mean) Then there is the Barrier Reef, Byron Bay (where I live), the Victorian Penninsula (and with it, the Great Ocean Road) and the Forrests of Far-North Queensland.

There are many Aussie beers, many are world-class, some are crap. I can only speak for myself when I say the places that you go to are more important than what you drink.

Its a bit more complicated than what we have space for here, or for what you care for, but Melbourne (in Victoria) have far more relaxed liquor licencing laws than Sydney (in New South Wales) and to international visitors like you, this means that there is more variation and more choice in Food and Beverage experiences in Melbourne. Having said that, Sydney is a more visually spectacular city. Bondi for example will give you some of the best drinking and dining in SOME places, with some absolutely stunning scenery. Melbourne will offer consistently better choice in small establishments, particullarly if you're interested in drinking wine. Sydney has a generally better climate - it is normally warmer in Sydney and this means that there are a lot more outdoor venues where you can enjoy our better beers.

Beware, there is a LOT of Melbourne / Sydney rivalry and nearly everyone is biased. I will say that we are gifted with some of the best food and beverage in the world here and both of our biggest cities contribute to that!

And yeah, there are a lot of Kangaroos roaming the fields. They're a pest and the ACT and NSW governments have only just decided to perform another cull to get rid of a few more.
 

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You will have a blast if you're over around cup time!!!
Spring Carnival in Sydney is awesome and the Melb Cup is something else altogether!!!
It always delivers a good time.... let's just say champagne and women mix well ;)

The Melbourne cup is the biggest horse race in Australia.
In Melbourne it's a public holiday, all of Australia stops to watch it, and close to everyone has a gamble on it and knocks back many ales whilst enjoying the race (and I'm not exaggerating when I say 'close to everyone').

Beer - is up to your own taste.... we tend to like them all, just in varying degrees.
Draughts on tap - Carlton Draught, Tooheys New, Coopers Pale Ale and in QLD they have XXXX (4x).
Personally prefer Carlton or Coopers.

Bitters - Victoria Bitter (VB)

Low Carb - Pure Blonde

There'll also be plenty of premium (foreign & local) beers on tap or by the bottle.

Powerpoints are 3 pronged -

Wild Kangaroos - not in the cities.... go to the rural areas and you'll find plenty though.
 

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Ok, here's a few pics to help locate some of the places mentioned:

Pic 1 Melb and suburbs (plus a little country) circles are each 10 miles.
Pic 2 Melb 10 mile radius.
Pic 3 Melb 5 mile radius.
Pic 4 Melb 2 mile radius.
Pic 5 Melb 1 mile radius.
 

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Powerpoints are 3 pronged - 240v, angled prongs:

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Aside from a fairly wide range of beers - you are on holiday - just try them all - try the wine (once again, matter of personal taste, but overall this country does big reds best).

The comment was made that you won't find 'roos in the city (which is true) but you don't exactly have to "go bush" either - you will come across 'roos, or at least wallabies (smaller) in outer suburbs/semi-rural areas.

As Ben said, they aren't exactly rare and are a pest - they get culled to stop the numbers getting out of control. Kangaroos also produce less greenhouse gas emissions than cattle (don't laugh, its true!) and the meat has almost no fat, high protein, so don't forget to eat our coat of arms, its good for you, and good for the environment :)

Another suggestion for a drive is - instead of driving Sydney - Melbourne is to take the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide. The destination isn't terribly interesting as a city, but its a great piece of coastline to drive along. Best thing about Adelaide is the wine regions around it.
 

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As a non-aussie living in melbourne I can highly recommend the Healesville sanctuary. Not only do you get to walk amongst Kangaroo and Wallaby, but you get to see other Aussie wildlife which you would rarely see elsewhere. Platypus, Tasmanian Devil, That big f***en Eagle, Dingos, snakes etc.

I take all my kiwi mates that are visiting straight there, and they're all gobsmacked.
 

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Yeah highly recommend the Healesville Sanctuary. It's just out of Melbourne in the Yarra Valley, which also happens to be one of our best wine regions, so you can't go wrong.
 
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