I was reading an item in the online version of The Age (a Melbourne newspaper, pretty good one too) and I found an interesting article. I've had to put it here BECAUSE GUNNY HASN'T GOT A BLOODY OCEANIA FORUM! Ahem, sorry about that More at link - United Airlines vows to take on Qantas, V Australia in air fare war Anyway if the airfare war provides Norte Americanos with cheaper fares to get to Australia let me make a suggestion. Get out of Sydney. Not slagging Sydney, it's a wonderful city and if you're lucky enough to be flying in on an early morning flight and the pilots can take you over the Harbour so you can see the Bridge (it has to be capitalised) and the Opera House and so on then trust me you're in for a treat because it's a spectacular view. I admit I choke up a bit when I'm coming home and I see it like that. But there is far more to Australia than Sydney, as good as it is. Problem is that this is a large country with a relatively small population and most of us live on the coast in cities and towns and much of the inland is sparsely populated but that'sd where there are some magical experiences waiting for you. If you can get some sort of deal with an airline to travel from place to place within Australia that's good because compared to North American prices it's expensive to fly here. If you have lots of time of course on the road is good, but be careful at night, I guarantee the first wild kangaroo you see you'll be oohing and aahing but the seven hundreth marsupial bozo that tries to commit hari kiri by bouncing in front of your vehicle will drive you nuts. Anyway, just a couple of thoughts. I know well that North Americans regard the trip as long and arduous. It is. I've made it enough times to not look forward to it at all but sometimes you have to get on with it.