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Q. Hi there, I am going to Thailand for 11 days for my 21st birthday. We are spending 4 nights in Bangkok, 5 nights at Patong Beach and then 2 nights in Panwa beach at a 5 star resort to wind down the holiday.
Are there any places in Phuket and Thailand that you would recommend visiting? We are trying to see as much as we can while we are there and don't want to miss out on the good stuff with the average stuff! Thank you in advance, Melanie.
What can I do in the Whitsundays, and when should I go? If you have a travel question, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. I'm planning a solo trip the Whitsundays soon. Is there a time of year that you recommend and an indicative itinerary for about 5 days? I'm 36, quite active and would definitely like to snorkel the reef. Any help would be appreciated, thanks! Elsa.
A. The Whitsundays is blessed with a tropical climate of hot summers and lovely mild winters with average daily temperatures of around 22 - 23 degrees in June and July and up to 29 - 30 degrees in December and January.
As it is tropical, there is a wet season from January to March when days can be steamy with tropical rain, so I would recommend avoiding those months.
With regards to your itinerary, it will depend on your travel arrangements. If flying into Proserpine then you could have a night in Airlie Beach which is a cute town and check out the Whitsunday Coast before heading out to an island for the remainder of your stay.
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Q. Any tips for a family holiday to the Sunshine Coast? We have two kids - ages 6 and 9 so would like some ideas of activities to interest both, as well as some things for the adults to do!
A. Of course one of the key draw cards for the Sunshine Coast is the pristine white sand beaches and whether you're looking for a calm sheltered spot or some waves, they've got it covered. There are also great picnic areas (along with public BBQ's) beachside and many beaches have restaurants at the Surf Clubs so great for an affordable family friendly meal.
Australia Zoo is a great day out for the kids and the adults alike, some of the highlights are daily shows, an African Savannah, koala patting and a wildlife hospital you can visit - I'd definitely recommend a full day out here. Still on the animal theme there is Underwater World in Mooloolaba, with great kids interactive areas.
Then there is the Ginger Factory with the story of how ginger grown, harvested and used; a historic train; Super Bee where beekeepers teach you all about hives and honey and also they have a meandering water adventure ride for all the family.
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Q. Now widowed, I mostly travel alone. I would love to do a cruise of some sort, not too long (or too expensive).
I am 77 but fit and active. I am available to travel any time of the year but I would not want to travel anywhere too cold in their winter. I would be delighted if you could give me some suggestions.
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Q. About six years ago I visited Queensland and took a day-long boat trip out to the Great Barrier Reef. I saw many yellow and blue fish, but was disappointed to see only grey coral.
In late October friends from the United States are visiting Queensland and I am joining them.
Can you suggest another area along the Queensland or New South Wales coast where we are more likely to see colourful coral and coloured fish?
Does the time of year affect the coral's colour? Snorkelling is of interest, but none of us will be diving.
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