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1. Posted by dedahdedah (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y

I'm hoping to travel in the next two months to Australia. I'm undecided where to fly to
first-Melbourne/Sydney. Also I'm a female travelling alone-any tips/strange things to look out
for

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 13y

hi dedahdedah,

I live in Melbourne, so of course will be biased towards Melbourne as the
finest city in Oz.. however I think most flights coming into Australia will
go through Sydney anyway, so it will probably be cheaper to start your
trip in Sydney.

As far as travelling alone, you shouldn't have any problems, Australia is
a safe place and chances are you will meet people while you're here, so
will have company. Main thing to not do is hitchhike with complete
strangers, considering some of the dodgy stuff in the past.. probably stay
out of dark corridors at night too..

Oh, and don't go walking across the Simpson Desert by yourself either
;).

3. Posted by timgentle (IEP Staff 3 posts) 13y

Hi dedahdedah,

I also live in Melbourne, but have travelled all over Australia.

BTC - www.backpackerstravel.net.au are a great place to start when looking a various tours/trips in and around Melbourne or Australia for that fact.

Make sure you find time to head down to the Great Ocean Road.

St Kilda is where all the backpacking hostels are, so check out your Lonely Planet to see what suits your budget.

Cheers Tim

4. Posted by randerson (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y

HI dedahdedah
Thought I'd better give good ol' sunny Queensland a showing in all this! A visit to the Sunshine State is a must....the Palace Backpacker's in Brisbane is great (and that's coming from a local!)
Australia is a pretty safe place - poeple are friendly and always open for a chat (especially if you offer to buy them a beer...!)
I think the rule is - just don't do anything you wouldn't normally feel safe doing at home....and Remember...if the waterhole has Crocodile Warning signs....don't ignore them, no matter what anyone else says!!!;)
Have a great trip

5. Posted by funbags (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y

How we Doin,
<br />
<br />Im an Irish bloke you traveled up along the east coast with a friend for two months. You'll have a great time and dont be worried. Its very safe. I spent some time on me own as well. And always felt safe. Even the loons you meet on long train journeys through queensland are more entertaining that anything!!!

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y

Randerson is right... although the sun does something to people from Queensland, it is a must to see! I can definitely recommend Fraser Island. I also lived in both Sydney and Melbourne. To be quite honest, Sydney is usually cheaper to fly to (and more options) and you can get really good deals with qantas and virgin blue online flying to melbourne, but both cities are wonderful and a must! Melbourne has the style, the warm atmosphere and a better vibe....but hey, Bondi, Coogee and Manly beach make up for a lot!
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<br />Happy Travels!
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<br />Sam
<br />ps. NO WORRIES whatsoever about travelling on your own!

7. Posted by ana (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y

I travelled trough australia for 4 month last year on my own.
I had no problems whatsoever to meet new people (travelled on my own as well), find nice hostels and have a great time.
Check out the TNT-Magazine (you find it in every hostel) and the Lonely Planet.
If you arent sure how to travel I give you the advice to check the Oz Experience homepage.
I had a lot of fun in this buses.....

[ Edit: Sorry, no links please :) ]