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In Oz for only a month - Where are the ESSENTIAL places?

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1. Posted by jimhowe (Budding Member 20 posts) 1y

Hey guys,

So I'm looking at being in Australia this year for one month, going down the East Coast (of course). I really wanted to see what you guys thought were your top picks for where I have to go being as I only have the month of travelling on my own. I'm likely gonna start in Cairns and so of course the Great Barrier Reef is a given. My solo travelling ends in Sydney, where I meet a lovely Aussie girl and we're gonna go on a road trip together, probably Melbourne way, so don't worry too much about Sydney or Melbourne as I'll be with a local for that part.

But between Cairns and Sydney, I know there's so much that I could spend a year and not see it all. What are your personal top picks, hidden gems, unmissables.

I'm looking for your personal favourites, don't feel you have to include the big hotspots, if you don't feel they were worth it.

Bonus question: I have a rough idea of budgets, but if you have an idea for the month for a sensible, shoe stringing traveller who also wants to have fun, I'm all ears!

Cheers y'all!

2. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 1y

Hey Jim,

I travelled Sydney to Cairns when I was in Australia. Took me the course of 2 months but you can do it in a month easy!

Here are the places I went and I recommend every single place!

1 - Mojo Surf Camp, Arrawarra Beach (2 days)
2 - Byron Bay (3 days) - Nimbin (Hippy Town), sea kayaking, partying
3 - Surfers Paradise (5 days) - Theme Parks, Partying (A MUST!!!!!!)
4 - Noosa (5/6 days) - Canoeing, surfing, chilling on beach every day, Steve Irwin Zoo
5 - Fraser Island (Rainbow Beach) (5 days) - 4x4 camping tour (A MUST!!!!!)
6 - Agnes Waters (4 days) - Scooteroo, castaway tour
7 - The Whitsundays (Airlie Beach) (5 days) - 3 day sailing tour, scuba diving, snorkling (A MUST!!!!!)
8 - Magnetic Island (Townsville) (3 days) - Koala sanctuary, chilling, full moon party
9 - Mission Beach (3 days) - White water rafting, skydive (A MUST!!!!!!)
10 - Cairns (3 weeks) - Great barrier reef scuba diving, snorkling, chilling, partying

The total cost for me over the 2 months was around $3000 for the tours and most accommodation and $5000 spending, but I was reckless with my money, I bought expensive clothes, food and drink. Paid for scuba diving certification and my own fins, mask, snorkel etc.

You could do all that on $6000 if you are careful, but as you have a month and skip a few things then $3000-$4000 (£1500-£2500) will be an insane trip! Hope this gives you some ideas.

3. Posted by jimhowe (Budding Member 20 posts) 1y

@ Adz2012

That was absolutely top draw, exactly what I was looking for. And you even got the bonus question in - you sir, are a gentleman.

Your spending list is formidable, but the context helps a lot, that part was actually really useful. We seem to have similar interests anyway, I will be hitting up as much surfing as possible, and diving, and the plan is to learn to dive in Thailand before I get to Oz which should make things cheaper. In short, I am almost certainly going to hit your must-do list, and also Australia zoo because, well, Steve Irwin.

Anyone else have something that wasn't on Adz's list? Also this is a long shot, but if anyone knows whether or not its possible to get work on yachts in Whitsundays if you're a qualified sailor by just approaching boats, or if there's anywhere specific to try, I'm very interested.


4. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 1y

Yea getting certified in Cairns wasn't cheap ($820 if i remember rightly), but getting certified on the GBR, you can't beat that!

I know it's possible to get work on the boats on the whitsundays, but you would probably need to commit to at least a few months, but try your luck, you don't know if you don't ask!

5. Posted by jimhowe (Budding Member 20 posts) 1y

Oh nice one, thanks man. One last thing, how did you travel? I have a feeling your method will be more comfortable/expensive/better than what I'm going to attempt, but I'm still interested: coach, liftshare, flying?

6. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 1y

I went by greyhound coach, although I driving it would of been really fun too, but that's more expensive.

I think for a 3 month pass on the coach from Sydney to cairns (hop on, hop off) was around $300-$400