i am due to fly out to Sydney in Nov. at the grand old age of 24(!) i do feel a little old reading some of the threads on the forum. is it all just gap year students and party, party, party? (not taht there is anything wrong with that but i have doen teh whole drunken student phase!)
don't get me wrong i do like a good drink(i'm welsh, how could i not!)
but i also want to experience all that australia has to offer-eg blue mountains, walking.sightseeing etc.
if anyone is of the smae frame of mind and could put me at ease i would be very grateful!
also can anyone reccommend any hostels that cater for the slightly older market?
thanks so much
I'm sure you'll meet people out there from 18 to 80! (well, nearly... ). And 24 is hardly over the hill is it?? So no, it's not all party-party. When I was in NZ/Oz most people I met were in their twenties and thirties and you get a pretty large range of ages and characters. In fact I didn't meet that many under 20 to be honest - perhaps due to cost. I know I couldn't afford a round the world trip when I was 19!!
YHA hostels tend to be a bit quieter, but in general word of mouth is the best way to find good places to stay.
Hey, i thought you where going to say you where 40 or something your not even half way to 30. My uncle lives out there now, he is 72 and he travelled round oz in a camper van 2 years ago, so i would say your never to old for an adventure. Im leaving for Sydney at the beginning of November and joining a company called oz intro for the first week, so if you fancy a drink or a walk over the Sydney harbour bridge let me know.
Lv Adele x
Hi Lindz: Yeah, you are way too old for Australia. We only accept tourists who are 23 years or less!
I laughed when I read your post (no disrespect intended)! Firstly, because I'm 37 and about to go solo-backpacking in México and you made me feel REALLY old! Secondly, my aunt and uncle - who are in their sixties - are campervanning around Australia as I write.. oh and thirdly, because I've had many British friends (much older than you!) travel extensively throughout Australia.
I think you will find all sorts and all ages travelling around Australia - so stop worrying! You are going to have a great time here - November weather in Sydney is fantastic! And if you come down to my hometown of Melbourne.. beware that late January/February is very hot (upwards to 40 celsius) so bring the 30SPF sunscreen.
Can't help you out much with advice about accommodation... other than to say steer clear of the backpacker hostel on Franklin Street, Melbourne (if you get this far south) as that is renowned for being a loud, noisy hostel full of drunken backpackers! Stick to Needles' advice about YHA hostels - the one on Queensberry Street, North Melbourne is very quiet (it's in a residential area), modern and I've seen people older than 24 staying there! Oh, and in Glebe (Sydney) there is a great hostel on Glebe Point Road, near the water. Glebe is a great area which I think you will enjoy.
I hope you will post about your travels - I'd love to read about your experiences and what you think of Australia. Feel free to contact me if you want any further information - I have lived in both Sydney and Melbourne.
How long are you staying?? If it is for a while as soon as you get to Melbourne you MUST buy a Summadayze ticket for New Years Day as it is the biggest party in Melbourne by far!! It is at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (dont be fooled by the name as it IS in Melb!) and is a day party that just goes crazy and is full of 24+ year olds. It is like a clubby sort of rave but you dont need drugs to go although I highly-if you'll pardon the pun , recommend it!! Must buy as soon as you get there as they sell out fast. Feel free to contact me if you are going.
All the best.