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    First off, I recommend strongly that you read "Down Under" by Bill Bryson prior to your trip. It is funny, and educational as he has done his homework on explaining the different areas of Australia, including interesting history and geography. We are temporarily living in Sydney. Lovely large city w/ a Hawaiian/southern California flair. Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Cruise, perhaps climb the Sydney harbor bridge, lots of museums, parks, and zoos too. Bring $$ as the Food sticker shock is extraordinary, as is the cost of most things here. I am not exaggerating! over 5 years ago

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    I lived in Sydney for years, and it's beautiful simply to walk around (try Hyde Park or the Botanic Gardens). Get lunch or dinner at Circular Quay and watch the boats come in; there are some great patio bars along that area, too, for the evening. Taronga Zoo on the North Shore is great. Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge is an amazing experience, although it may be a little cold at that time. The Maritime Museum is worth a visit, as is the Sydney Aquarium if you like that sort of thing. Definitely go visit The Rocks - wonderful historic area and food. Most of all, just talk to people - everyone will be happy to recommend local places that will take you off the tourist track a little, as well! Have a wonderful time. over 5 years ago

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    Melbourne will be cool and can be wet in August, in the city the galleries at federation square and arcades and lanes off Collins St are great to explore. Catch a tram, the 96 in Bourke St to St Kilda and enjoy some coffee and cake in Ackland st famous for the cake shops. Most of all enjoy the food in Melbourne as there are ample choices to suit all budgets.
    If you can give an idea of what you are interested in then its easier to offer some specific suggestions. over 5 years ago

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    I currently live in Sydney, and have found that this year especially, the temperatures have dropped significantly. If you hate cold weather, ware some jeans as most of the stuff to do here is outdoors. There is a cliff walk from Bondi to Tamarrama which is beautiful, and several smaller beaches too. A picnic at the Neilson Park Rock is defiantly one of Sydney's hidden gems, with a view that looks out into the entire city.
    There are also very good food venues out west, towards leichhardt. The 3:30 bridge climb is unmissable as you also get to see the sunrise. Manly is a nice ferry ride and beach to visit, being a bit further away from the city hub. Surry Hills is good for cafes, gay bars and hipsters. Shopping is cheap here. Living here, the prices of things doesn't shock me but I wouldn't recommend going to the movies - expensive unless it's Hoyts on tuesdays.
    My experience with the Gold coast is that it really is a party city, so you can either club or go to the theme parks close by.
    Hope this helps. over 5 years ago

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    In Melbourne I would suggest catching the ferry across Hobsons Bay over to Williamstown. A friend of mine took me over there a few years ago when I visited Melbourne and we had a great day out. You can take a walk around the point in the heritage park and the botanic gardens then enjoy fish n chips. It's kinda cold in Sydney in August so I also suggest you bring some warm clothes! If you are looking for some indoors fun I recommend The Star http://www.star.com.au/ you can have a play in the casino, go shopping and there are a few amazing restaurants in there too. It's close to Darling Harbour so if you want to be outside you can take a walk around down there also. Hope you have fun! over 5 years ago

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    If you want to do the Bridge Clomb, I suggest you book now, as it is very popular, any time of the year. There is also a Sky Walk, on a glass horse shoe type path, (like the one at the Grand Canyon), up on Centrepoint Tower, which is in the middle of the CBD, great views of Sydney. over 5 years ago

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