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1. Posted by Flembo (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

Does anyone have any advice on how to get about the east coast of Oz? I have heard that the trains are really good but any advice would be welcome!
Thanks
Flembo

2. Posted by ballsrburn (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

If I were you I would buy a shitty second hand car and do it that way, works out cheaper in the end well not much more expensive. Theres a place in kingscross, sydney and they sell secondhand cars it's in a multistory carpark, travellers sell the cars that is and they can go cheap as people need to fly out fairly quickly, you can get camper vans there and all sorts, though illegal camping is being clalmped down on, but camp sites are cheap enough.

Alternativley catch the bus pionner is the cheapest but the journeys can be long and pretty limiting and boring. I would avoid the tour bus companys that allow you to get off at certain places and do activites in groups they tend to be shit and very limiting. trains are fairly good but not the cheapest, you can also share lifts with people , I saw loads of advertisments for travel companians to share fuel costs. Also you can hire out camper vans from wicked travel (think that was their name), could work out cheaper than staying in hostels and you do meet people in camp sites.

Alternativley you could fly internal flights are not too expensice but you miss loads that way. :)

3. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

I got a coach ticket up in the Gold Coast that took me all the way down to Melbourne (I think. I only went as far as Sydney) for about AU$90. The ticket offered unlimited stops with the only rule that you couldn't back track. It basically stopped at all the major centres on the Eastern coast. You might try looking into one going the opposite way (north towards Brisbane)

4. Posted by TGnsw (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Flembo - trains and buses are good for travelling within metropolitan areas where the services are regular. Buses and trains can get you to quite a few rural coastal towns but once there the trains can't be used as they tend to just pass through towns. Bus services tend to be limited and may only offer one or two pick ups each morning and afternoon and in some places that may mean using the school bus.

If you really want to get about and see the non-metropolitan areas buy a cheap second hand car as suggested above. Or, once you have caught a bus/train to a town use a pushbike to get around.