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Old 12-12-2012, 09:05 PM
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My wife and I are flying to AU in late March and be in country thru early April. We are flying into Sydney and spending a day or so and then boarding the Indian Pacific to Perth and again spending a day of so and flying onto Darwin. There we will spend another day and board the Ghan to Adelaide. We will be traveling light and wondered what we should be expecting in regard to temperatures...we don't want to take more clothes than needed. That late in the season should we be looking at shorts and tees or trousers and long sleeves? Sun screen or rain gear? Shoes or sandals? Any suggestions welcomed.

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Old 12-12-2012, 10:56 PM
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[QUOTE=Wiley;142812That late in the season should we be looking at shorts and tees or trousers and long sleeves? Sun screen or rain gear? Shoes or sandals? [/QUOTE]

Yes to all if you come to Melbourne, and that is just for 1 day......
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:55 AM
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Sydney should be beautiful then. Adelaide and Pert you could get anything. Darwin is always hot so tshirts and shorts all year round, footwear optional. Try to travel light, you can always pick up clothing mementos along the way.
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Hi Wiley,
you are certainly going to travel some many thousands of km and get to see.feel and experience everything that Australia has to offer.
You are certainly welcome to visit and we have a spare, in fact several spare beds should you be looking for one. That is a great time to visit as it is not too hot, nor too cold anywhere, Darwin is over it's wet season, Adelaide is very pleasant and cannot be predicted but we don't get the extreme weather that some of the other states get.We send all our bad weather onto Victoria and in particular Melbourne as it is one of our sparring cities.You will need all types of clothing but nothing for the very cold! Shorts, T's, a jumper, sunscreen and mainly neat casual gear will get you anywhere, especially when you have an accent to push your presence.
How much time are you planning on visiting Adelaide as we have a huge range of sightseeing, some of the biggest and best wine growing areas, great beaches, and anything else you want is here. Drop me an email for further detail.

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Melbourne as it is one of our sparring cities.
Huh?, never heard that one before?
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So true Brickie! The few times I've been to Melbourne the old adage has proved true. If you don't like Melbourne's weather, wait an hour - it'll change.
Four seasons in one day is definitely possible in Melbourne.
Yesterday it dropped from 35 to 20 in 5 minutes and then started raining.....
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Thank you Niell for the very kind offer. This trip is a fairly quick overview of Australia, and our time is much more limited than I would otherwise like. It is a bit of a reward to my wife for her generousity, endurance and love in helping to deal with the care and needs of my parents for the past 8 years. Since the passing of the last of our collective parents (hers first then mine) we will be free for more travel. I asked her what she would like to do and she said "take the Ghan across Australia" (she had seen a PBS show about the Ghan several years ago and it went on her "bucket list"). I got with a travel agent and between the lower airfare via Emerites airline and the 30% off deal offered by Australian rail I added the Indian Pacific section. We have to be back for a wedding and scheduling that with available berths on the trains made this an interesting puzzle. As we fly back from Adeliade adding more time would have been easy but not possible at this point as we are locked in with our flights.

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Thanks everyone who responded to my questions :^)

And so another question to anyone who has ridden the trains in Australia fairly recently:

How much does a beer cost on the train? I'm sure it varies by brand and whether it is imported or domestic but I'm searching for the cost of something like a Foster's.

And: What's the cost of a 750ml liter bottle of rum? Mid-range something like Bacardi. We're trying to work out whether one should pick up a bottle in the duty free sales upon entering. Does the cost of alcoholic beverages vary by state or by city where purchased?

Here in the US we have a crazy mishmash of some states where sale of alcohol is controlled by the state in state run stores, others by commerce (marketplace); the feds always get their share regardless of where it's sold but some states levy taxes beyond that and even then taxes can vary by county where purchased. Remember we were the crazy nation that tried Prohibition, and have never really gotten over that insanity, (duh.... they even have a national beer in Egypt, an Islamic state)

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Last edited by Wiley; 01-11-2013 at 05:18 PM. Reason: I don't drink that much!! mls not liters thanks Brickie
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:54 PM
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And: What's the cost of a 75 liter bottle of rum?
Whoa......you must like your rum a lot......


As far as I know there is just the federal tax plus GST of 10% on grog, never heard of individual states having an added tax too.
Most places that have a captive audience usually charge around the $4 mark for a 375 ml (stubbie) bottle of beer.
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Hi Wiley,

Come on, if you're going to travel all them miles to drink from your own bottle, stay home!
Go to a pub, drink with the locals, buy a bloke a brew, have some stories to share with your mates when you return home. Enjoy your trip, it may be your only one there!
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