Heading out to OZ in October for 3 months - Flying into Perth, up to Alice Springs and Uluru then on to Cairns then spending 2 months travelling down the East coast including Christmas and New Years, Couple of things I was wondering - Is it tough to find accomodation aroung Christmas time around Sydney?
Also any recommendations of must see & must do in the places I'm going???
I read in some guide book that you should budget around $55 Oz dollars a day, anyone any ideas on what I should budget??
Appreciate any help
Im doing a similar trip, same places, different order.
Australia is so big with so many different things to do its hard to know what to do and what you should definatly not miss.
It'll be really good to hear from people who have been to these places to get an idea.... i'll be watching this space.
Yeah i'm doing a similar thing too,
Going for 6 months starting in Darwin then down through the centre onto sydney then upto cairns....good to hear recommendations
The east coast has lots more people and things to do
Christmas would probs be best to book something in advance. There would more than likely still be some accommodation available but you'd have to hunt harder than normally. $55 sounds fair enough if you've already got all your travel costs sorted out i.e. flights etc. In terms of things to do, my best suggestion would be a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise in Alice Springs (thats biased though as I haven't been to perth or cairns yet). But the balloon ride is unreal, costs about $180 and you get a champagne brekkie as well as the most amazing sunrise ever.
as for booking accommodation in sydney, i'd say it would be quite difficult around christmas, and what is left would probably be quite expensive. i would advise you to book in advance, i rememebr seeing people asking on this site for accommodation at xmas last year, because there was very little available.
from what i've heard hot air ballooning around alice springs/ulura is fairly spectacular, and well worth the cost. while your around uluru you might want to check out kata tjuta (the olgas) which is another desert landform, you can actually see them from uluru.
cairns i absolutely loved. the great barrier reef is an obvious answer, and i also really enjoyed the kuranda railway/skyrail- you can go up to this little rainforest town by rail and then come down by cable car or vice versa.
perth- you might want to go north a few hours to the pinnacles (at cervantes), or down south to the wine regions like margaret river or somewhere like busselton/dunsborough.
if you are planning on driving to alice springs from perth or from there to cairns be extremely careful as driving in the desert can be very dangerous due to the road conditions and heat. if you are flying i'd check out jetstar, virgin blue and qantas for internal flights.
hope this helps
Thanks loads everyone!
Really can't wait!
I'd appreciate as many opinions as possible.