Christy McCarthy (WorldNomads.com)

Christy McCarthy (WorldNomads.com)

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    Where can you find carving pumpkins in Sydney?

    I found some at Harris Farm markets (Broadway) for $20 (sheesh! That's about 4 times the price of a regular eating pumpkin!) and also at Fratellin Fresh in Danks St, Waterloo for $29. No doubt, you could pick them up cheaper at some of the fresh food markets - maybe Paddy's?? about 8 years ago

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    What are the best upcoming music festivals to attend in east coast Australia?

    The Big Day Out - amazing one-day festival, usually in late January. Get tickets ASAP if there are any left: http://www.bigdayout.com/ Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival is fantastic too! Easter Long weekend. Get in early for tickets, campsites etc http://www.bluesfest.com.au/ about 8 years ago

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    What's the safest way to travel in Vietnam?

    Highway 1 is most definitely beyond most westerner's idea of a safe road! Despite this, most backpackers happily get on the cheap buses for their north/south adventures... whether or not it's a good way to travel depends on how important money VS life is to you. For me, I chose to take the train for nearly the entire coastal travel trip. I booked sleeper beds and was cautious with my belongings, keeping passports and cash on my body at all times. I also found that most of the sleeper beds were booked by tourists who could afford them. What seemed relatively expensive whilst I was in Vietnam (especially after talking to tight-ass backpackers) really was not much money and I never felt anxious about the train trips. In the big cities, I found walking safe enough, and often took cyclos to get a better feel for a place. Always hold onto your bag closely in a cyclo so it cannot be snatched. I also took a few motorbike trips, hanging onto the back to get to the station or some special sight. Truthfully, a moto trip without a helmet is a bad idea that somehow seems to be more acceptable when you're in a country where no one wears them. Don't forget there are also Taxis (metered) and private cars with drivers. You sound awfully nervous, but don't stress it. VietNam is an amazing place to travel, the people, food and scenery totally unique. Book your first 2 nights accom in advance and give yourself some leeway for the first 24 hours to get used to the pace, environment and money. It all gets easier after that ! about 8 years ago

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    For a road trip to Cairns, is it cheaper to hire a campervan or to hire a car and stay at backpackers? We're 2 adults + 2 kids.

    Hey @evilpandas and @swatral - agreed that you need to allow enough time to do this and enjoy it! But don't put someone off and call them insane. I did Cairns > Sydney and thought every single bit of it was amazing. I had about 2 months which was perfect for side trips and relaxing on the great beaches we found along the way. However, I also know someone who did it in 10 days last month... waaaaaay too quick. It was a crazy dash, not a holiday. @segdeha - it'd be useful if you could tell us how long you've got planned as it really does inform how you'd manage it. about 8 years ago

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    For a road trip to Cairns, is it cheaper to hire a campervan or to hire a car and stay at backpackers? We're 2 adults + 2 kids.

    Call Travellers Auto Barn and ask them or visit the website. They've done some calculations about what's cheaper . http://www.travellers-autobarn.com.au/ One thing about a camper is that you can stay in the amaaaaazing national parks and campgrounds along the way - some of the best part of this roadtrip is the ability to visit and stay in remote places. With hostels, you will nearly always be in a town or city. I'm sure I would never have seen a platypus if I hadn't wandered down to the still waters beyond the streams shortly after dawn in the Wallaman Falls campground! http://www.wettropics.gov.au/ttd/ttd_wallaman_parks.html My advice is to think about the kind of trip you and the kids really want (coffee shops/cities/towns and/or nature/parks/wildlife) and make a choice around that. over 8 years ago

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    Where can I find a real Italian style macchiato in Sydney?

    Get yourself to Single Origin in Surry Hills (60 Resevoir St, just off Elizabeth St). Best coffee I've had in ages. They won't quibble over macchiato vs double espressos: http://singleorigin.com.au/ over 8 years ago

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    Interesting things to do in Adelaide on a weekend?

    I lived in Adelaide for 20 years... there's a lot going on there, but it's often under the surface. If you know any locals, or can Couchsurf, you'd probably see a different side than on a tourist's long weekend. There's great eating and wine bars along Rundle St and Gouger St, near the central markets (which are also really worth a visit). Along North Terrace are some interesting spots - the Art Gallery and Museum are good, and just behind them is the Torrens River. You can take a nice walk along there. Everyone else has suggested wine tours - even if you're not the biggest wine buff, McLaren Vale and the Barossa have some beautiful countryside and are easy to drive to. I'm not sure about Kangaroo Island as a day trip? I have been there and think it's totally amazing, but my experience several years ago was a 2 hour drive to the ferry, then a short-ish ferry trip and then you'd need to drive further still to get to the seal colonies and wild national parks. If you had longer than two days in total, this would make a great nature addition to a city-based experience. (Maybe travel times have improved a bit??) The other thing worth considering, is holding off until the Adelaide Festival and Fringe (26 Feb - 14 Mar 2010). The city comes alive then and Fringe tickets are plentiful and cheap. Or go crazy at Womadelaide (5-7 March, 2010) - awesome, endless live music under the huge Morton Bay Figs of the Parklands. That'd be my pick! over 8 years ago

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    Favorite restaurants in Surry Hills?

    Crown Street has a lot to offer - start on the corner of Oxford and work your way down the whole length until you get to Cleveland. Jack's suggestions are in the $$-$$$ range. if you're looking for a little more affordable, don't miss Pizza e Birra for noisy Italian with great errr, Pizza and Beer! (unsurprisingly!), Red Lantern Vietnamese and Prasits Thai. over 8 years ago