Im Sophie, 19 and I'm heading up the east coast early feb, but wondered if anyone knew the best way to do it? In an ideal world I'd like to buy some sort of a bus ticket that meant I could just get on and off where I wanted and slowly make my way up. Anyone know of any companies that will do that for a reasonable price? Or is there a better way to do it?
east coast of where...australia ?
I'm planning on doing the same thing myself. From this website I have found that there are quite a few different companies to choose from. The main ones I hear about is the OZ experience; which is an organised tour company that offers accommodation, things to do etc, and Greyhound; which is the national bus system. Throughout this website there has been different opinions about these, the benefit of OZ experience is that it is designed for young travellers, which may focus on partying and stuff like that. The benefit of Greyhound is that you get to do it however you want, with a mix of both travellers and locals on the bus system.
Hope this helps, I'm personally most probably going to do the greyhound, and will be in Melbourne at the end of Jan - can't wait!
From experience i would say Oz Experience-it is pretty flexible specially if you have time on your side. If you need help they will always help you out if they can!
I cant quite remeber how much i payed bu it was a good deal and i believe the passes last up to a year-i have a brochure-you should get one from there website!
if you're travelling by yourself then Oz Experience is good way to meet people.
it's pretty good value (on sale right now for $740) and includes a 3 day learn to surf trip plus lots of other activites.
the greyhound bus is cheaper (at $240 for a 6 week pass) but it'll only drop you at the bus stop - from there you're on your own.
if you're worried about meeting people then i'd recommend the Oz Exp. But if you're the type of person that finds it easy to meet people then take the greyhound and use the extra money to choose your own activities.
hope this helps.
I would suggest just going on Greyhound, they're felxible they stop everywhere along the way and I think you can get a sydney to cairns pass fairly cheaply.
I did most of my travelling in Oz on greyhounds, cheapest and most flexible I'd say.
Thanks for all the comments! Really appreciated, greyhound and oz experience were the ones I was thinking of. But do oz experience let you do it in your own time, or do you have to do it with them? If you see what I mean? Because I want to do it slowly, about 2months and take everything in my own time. Is this possible with oz experience?
Thanks, sophie x
Yeh with Oz Experience you can do it in your own time, you dont have to do anything with them. They stop at each place and if you are stopping at a place along the way (on route to where they are going) then you just get off the bus and do whatever you are doing. There maybe others getting off with you. I had to go with them as i had 2 weeks and didnt have the time to stay at all the little places along the way. There passes last from 5 months upwards and if you want longer instead of buying another one and paying out again you pay a top up fee to get it extended.
What happens is the Oz Ex. bus stops at diff. hostels but not all of them in one place so when you want to move on you will either get the bus from right outside your hostel or you will have to make your way down to the transit centres-which are fairly close to the main town to where you will be staying.
When you want to get on a bus you need to phone up and book yourself on, then the drivers have a list. If you are not booked on and the bus is full then you obviously cant move on unless you wanted to use public transport to get you to your next destination. You can book in advance, especially in the busy periods i wouldnt book on the night before-which is what my group were doing but there were always spaces then.
If there are spaces and you are not booked on then they let you jump on.
The guides talk you through everything. it's made real easy!