I'm going to be in Sydney(with a friend) from Jan 07 where I plan to work for 3 mths before doing 3 mths travelling of the country before going off to South America. We were originally going to take a few weeks to a month driving/busing it up the east coast to Cairns and doing the usual things ie fraser island, whitsundays brisbane etc the flying to adelaide to drive back along the great ocean road but now thinking that we'd like to go across to Broome and the Kimberleys as well.
If we fly from Sydney to Cairns (to do the whitsundays etc) then fly to Broome and then down to Adelaide is there anything in particular that we'll miss by not doing the east coast....from what I've been told its a good trip but pretty much jsut party town after party town with not much else.
I have to admit straight out I am biased........ the west coast just HAS to be included in your trip!
The East coast is beautiful and many many incredibe places to be seen but if you want something totally different to anything you may have seen before then include the top end (Northern Territory) and the west.
If you are thinking of bussing it then there are some amazing trips to be had with many many travel groups or 4WD groups.
Have a look at these sites - not that I have tried them myself but they are a start - gives you an idea and may help you to find others:
Have fun in your time in Aus.
Ditto! Western Australia is worth the visit. I've heard many a comment about travellers wishing they had allowed more time here than the over touristy East Coast!!
I recommend a 4WD tour through the stunning Kimberley to Broome from Darwin, if you can afford it. The Gibb River Road is an amazing outback experience and you'll see some of the countries most stunning natural scenery. (I lived in Broome for a couple of years - love it up there)
Have a fantastic trip!!
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