Jane and Clive
CPV 143 - Feb 2010 Acknowledged 3rd May 2010, VISA GRANTED 3rd June, 2011, Arrived 5th October Moved to new house 18th November 2011, 2014 Living the dream!
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Yes I was thinking similarly to Tyke really- if you are planning on moving here I would make the holiday visit timing decision purely on flight prices. Get a good offer on flights and go then... because sooner or later you will be here all year round, so you may as well see it as it is whenever you get here...
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Thats a good time of year to come, your comming out of your winter (oops i meant spiring) and it should be in the 20's so it will feel warm even if you do see people walking around in coats.
Tour down under this month
Fringe starts end of feb (3 weeks i think)
Clipsall mid to end of march.
Footy season will have started
The beaches are still open, and the wine places and animal places.
All the roads are open
Everyone is at work.
Sometimes the Whales are around in May down Victor Harbour way.
We didn't do a recce, the price is high but if you have to validate then it is a good time to come.
The beaces are still open? Why do they close or something? :O
The roads will be open? Is there something I should know? lol
Any advice on best airlines would be appreciated also. Son wants to fly with Emirates (Arsenal Fan) but they are looking to be very expensive :(
Singapore Airlines, Malaysian, or Cathay I reckon. The flight is long enough without several stops. The above airlines tend to do a One-Stop route on the way out (I think Cathay still touches down additionally at Melbourne on the way back though) - Whichever has the best deal at the time. Depends whether you are on a tight budget as well - accommodation will be a lot harder to find, and consequently more expensive, during the Festival Season of Feb/March. March can be baking hot as well, but the sea has had a chance to warm up a bit. This year isn't too bad, but after a normal Aussie summer, everything in March tends to look brown and dusty - not the most attractive time. But then you have Easter and the flights go up....
Also depends on whether you are making it a holiday as well as a recce... you probably won't want to swim in the sea in April/May time, but the scenery in the hills is beautiful that time of year (autumnal, think September/October in France)
Alternatively I reckon October is a lovely time - Spring, so still fairly green, temps in the low 20s during the day but cooler in the evenings.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
If your flying from manchester then i think Singapore airlines now stop in holland on the way over, it all adds to the time factor
Relies flew BA and Quantas as the fastest way of getting to ADL.
But do you want to get here the quick way?
You could use the trip to stop off in a few places, and see the world.
Don't worry about the beaches and roads, they only close the roads when theres a shark about and the beaches when there's a mains water burst
We went over for Easter last year. So March into April. I'd say that is a good time to go as once into April it gets cooler and May is cooler still (into winter pretty much). March-April we had days ranging from 32C down to 24C. And a couple of days with rain but staying warm. Other than that it was pretty much blue skies and sunshine.
I'd look to going March-April and getting the better weather.
Or look to going in September-October. Spring weather then usually :) Although generally warmer than our spring days in the UK of course. I remember it being around 24C during a spring visit one year. Sometimes a bit cooler but I spent most of that trip wearing single layers and only needing a jacket/sweater in the evenings for the most part.
Last edited by snifter; 08-01-2011 at 04:29 PM.
BA and Qantas are the quickest direct flights. TBH I weigh up the savings made with stopovers in Europe (and often flight changes there also) and usually opt for the extra cost and shorter travel time. It often doesn't save much to take the longer routes and just makes for a more knackering experience.
I'd look to flying BA or Qantas, night flight from Heathrow. This is the best time to depart for your body clock as you board around 9-10pm, fly through the night so can get some sleep and then have a changeover in Singapore and then hop back on a plane to Adelaide.
If you have a refuel stop only you'll probably find those flights go on to Sydney or Melbourne and you'll have to change flights there and get another plane to Adelaide. Having an actual changeover of flights in Singapore is great as you get a few hours on the ground, can relax (Changi airport has great facilities to pass a few hours in) and then get a direct flight to Adelaide.
If you plan it right, a nightflight (9-10pm) from Heathrow, change in Singapore, a few hours on the ground and fly out of there around 10pm their time and then direct to Adelaide you'll land around 7am and hit the ground running :) It works well for sleep times and jet lag we find. And easier with kids as Changi airport has good facilities for kids.
March is my favourite time of year. Lots going on and weather is usually fab.
My parents come out for a visit every year (usually in March!) and have flown with most of the big airlines. They favour Cathay Pacific because of the service, food and the 'shell' seats that mean no-one reclines into your lap during the flight.
Oh My Goodness! Am well excited
Hubby booked our flights today and we arrive in Adelaide at 8.30 am on 25th April Woohooo!!!! Staying for 16 days and hopefully deciding to come straight back as soon as we get home :D