So I got my tickets (25 Dec-21 Feb) and I'm finally heading down under! I'm looking for advice, tips, must-dos, etc. Besides climbing, I want to get in some diving, and try surfing. Of course, as a child who loves animals, I want to see the Koalas and kangeroos and platypi and great whites (I helped my nephew do a shark science project).
Because I'll be flying a lot, I need to keep myself to 20 kilos including climbing/camping gear. My itinerary (which I am trying to book flights for soon) is roughly: Sydney--Townsville (I will visit a friend)--(Auckland - or skip it and just do S. Isalnd?)-- S. Island-- Melbourne/Tasmania and head back towards Sydney. I was thinking about skipping Brisbane area becasue apparently summer is not the time for Frog Buttress
but there appears to be climbing all over these countries and I am staying up way to late as soon as I find some links!
My itinerary is something like: