Myself and a friend are going to Australia for 2 months in January and are looking at trips and tours to do when we are over there. Can anyone suggest which companies are best to use? We are wanting to tour the east coast and pop over to Ayer's rock.
Also, we are thinking of popping over to New Zealand for a few weeks to do some tours there too. Again any advice of companies to use?
Any help with this will be much appreciated!
Hey jayney I think http://www.ozexperience.com/ is a fun way to travel round by bus but their price do seem to have gone up.
http://www.greyhound.com.au/ is the bus service in Oz you can use there web site to plan your trip .
http://www.railaustralia.com.au/rail_passes.htm is a good train pass website with flexi passes and also http://www.gsr.com.au/ is worth a look .
Other than that for long trips you can try flights to different places if your short on time . Using http://www.flightcentre.com.au/ or
Hope some of these help you . Have a great time in Oz.
Wise to plan ahead, as 2 months isn't very long, particularly if you want to do NZ too.
The East Coast of Oz is a popular route and can be done in lots of ways - the bus companies maybe best, but you could also hire a car, as it's a lot cheaper than in the UK.
Bear in mind that, as you are sharing with a friend, you may get small rooms/apartments for not much more than hostel prices. More luxury.
I would advise splashing out and flying to Uluru - either that or take the train from Sydney. But even that would take the best part of a week there and back with a couple of days there.
Flights to NZ take 3-4 hrs and Christchurch is a good place to start a trip around the South Island, where all the scenery is. You really have to tour around here, moving on every few days.
The North island is more populous, but also spectacular. There are many reasons to visit here, not least the Maori influence, which is much more prominent than in the South. But if you only have a few weeks and scenery is your thing, the start south.
You might also want to have a look at www.ozintro.com for a good start to your trip!
[ Edit: I'll allow the self promo, because it's on topic. But please don't make a habit of this. ]