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Traveling around the East Coast in July?

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1. Posted by dannyf (Budding Member 11 posts) 2y

Hi,

I've began making plans to quit work to start traveling, I want to quit work pretty much as soon as possible which means the earliest i could go to Australia is around July. With July being the coldest month, is it a bad time to go? Are the hostels just as busy with lots of people to meet and activities still available to do?

The rough plan is to simply head to Sydney to start off (Stopping off at Kuala Lumpur on the way for a few days) and do the Ultimate OZ package because I'm lazy and it seems like a good start to meet people. After another week of seeing Sydney (Staying at WakeUp), depending on who i have met, i'd like to join up with them and see what they are doing. Whether that's traveling around the East Coast, heading to NZ ect I'm happy to so. Then, finally settle down for a job in Oz somewhere.

But, anyway my question is pretty much should i wait until December/January time? Any other considerations if i was to be going in July?

Thanks,
Danny

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 2y

December/January is a far worse time to be in Australia than July. That's when it's so hot there's bush fires everywhere, unless you're in the north, then you'd have to deal with torrential rains and flooding.
July, on the other hand, is just lovely, especially in Sydney and above. Expect 20 degree days, most days. (only in Melbourne and Tasmania would you notice that it's "winter", with it getting a bit chilly at night; but even there, daytime temperatures will remain quite nice). Also the perfect time to be in Cairns and around, as it's the middle of the dry season, and so has the best chance of good visibility at the reef.
Plenty busy with newly arrived backpackers, too. I'm not entirely certain, but I think July-September is the peak season for arrivals, as there's a serious number of people who head over as soon as they finish high school or university.

3. Posted by dannyf (Budding Member 11 posts) 2y

Quoting Sander

December/January is a far worse time to be in Australia than July. That's when it's so hot there's bush fires everywhere, unless you're in the north, then you'd have to deal with torrential rains and flooding.
July, on the other hand, is just lovely, especially in Sydney and above. Expect 20 degree days, most days. (only in Melbourne and Tasmania would you notice that it's "winter", with it getting a bit chilly at night; but even there, daytime temperatures will remain quite nice). Also the perfect time to be in Cairns and around, as it's the middle of the dry season, and so has the best chance of good visibility at the reef.
Plenty busy with newly arrived backpackers, too. I'm not entirely certain, but I think July-September is the peak season for arrivals, as there's a serious number of people who head over as soon as they finish high school or university.

Thanks for this information Sander, it looks like i'll be good to go around this time then!

Much appreciated.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-May-2014, at 04:40 by dannyf ]