I'm going to oz mid January 07 for about 2 months and I've been looking into doing the oz experience bus. Looks like a good trip and seems like most people on there enjoy it. But I'm not sure if I should stick to the east coast or do one of the longer ones. I kind of want to see it all but all the other posts that I've read would suggest that most people stick to the east coast. I was looking at the Fair Dinkum trip which continues beyond Cairns to Darwin and then goes in south through the country to Melbourne. Are the central areas popular amongst backpackers? I'm sure the sites are great to see (based on the itinerary descriptions) but what's the night life like in places like Katherine, Uluru, or Coober Pedy? I don't need to go out drinking every night (although I wouldn't mind) but I just don't want to get bored as I'm going on this trip alone. Hopefully I'll have met a lot of people by this point if I do the full circle trip. I could probably take my time doing just the East coast for a lot cheaper, I'm having trouble deciding on this. Any advice on this? Thanks.
Personally at that time of the year I would be looking at a trip down the south of the country.
December January February are the monsoonal times up north and the weather is horrible - hot sticky and extremely wet. Many of the tourist businesses are also closed due to the weather and impassable roads.
You could "do" the east coast say from Sydney (if that is where you are landing) down to Melbourne, across to Tasmania via the Ferry, to Adelaide.Then you could catch the train across to Western Australia. Could you fly out from Perth? There are many many beautiful places in between and I am sure you would have a much better time at that time of the year. You can still see the outback in the southern parts eg NSW and South Australia.
The best time to "do" the northern parts of Australia is during the winter months ie April through to September/October.
Here are a couple of other sites you could look at (possibly just to confuse you even more LOL)
Hope this helps somewhat.
isnoo is spot on, stay South during that time of the year.
You will find the weather to be generally hot but enjoyable.
Hi I'm going to Oz 2 weeks today! Just to let you know I'm doing the Oz Experience too on my own from Cairns to Melbourne, it's the Cobber pass. I'd say best to stay to East coast but that would be biased! Reason why I am going to Cairns now is because of the season etc. Have heard Perth is gorgeous if you have the chance to go there though. Really looking forward to it now, will let you know in two weeks what it's like if you want?!
thanks for all your responses, so I should stay away from the North, how far away should I stay? Is Cairns bad weather at this time as well? How about Alice Springs/Uluru, would those be ok in January? I was hoping to at least get to those places. Oz experience has another circle trip that goes from Cairns to Alice Springs, avoiding the North which may be better, although I looked at the other links you posted as well. I may just do Greyhound but I'm undecided still.
I would like to try and get to Perth but it's a little far off course so I'm not sure if it's going to happen.
I'd love to hear about your trip as well (Manda), hope you have fun.
Although Oz doesn't have WA in their 'national' pass - there is a company that does similar On/Off bus passes around Western Australia too. -snip-
Very right - Jan - Mar is HOT up north. If you have a whole year here then that is fine to experience it but if you don't - stay South at this time of year and you'll enjoy your trip more and there is still LOTS to see
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
Hi Iam looking to do the "knobsand bells" clockwise pass of oz experience going at the start of feb for 3 mths. I have looked at other things but this route seems to cover all that I want in my timescales. I have heard they have a party atmostphere and I am a bit worried about the age range on the bus as I am 34 and heard that its full of under 20's. but the trip itself looks brill.