I've just received my tickets to Australia and later on Korea. I will be in Australia on January 24th...and then? The only thing I know so far is that I will fly out of Sydney on the 24th of February and that I HAVE to visit a friend in Melboure, otherwise I don't have any plans at all...any advice? I'm not really into the places full of backpackers, I would rather meet some locals. I don't think I will rent a car, I prefer travelling with public transport..any recommendation how to spend my time in Australia??
thanks in advance,
Maybe you could grab your friend and head up to the Gold Coast and go mad in the theme parks there for a few days. I'd plan this for mid Feb if possible, when all the kids have gone back to school. There's also plenty of other sights and attractions on the Gold Coast, not to mention great beach to chill out on, you wouldn't get bored there in a hurry! Also, I don't know what your budget is like, but Australia is known for great train journeys, so this could be a great option if you're wanting to kick back and enjoy the view for a while
When you visit your friend in Melbourne you should hire a car and drive along the Great Ocean Road - stopping off at places like Lorne, Apollo Bay (maybe camping for a night under the stars by the beach?) and of course visit the 12 Apostles. Geelong is also a cute little town to pass through on your way there from Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road is quite touristy obviously but if you have your own car you can stop when and where you like and it is really very beautiful.
Bus & minibus companies service most parts of Oz travellers want to go. February gets pretty hot & wet the further north you go. The southern third of Oz boasts great places like the whole coastline between Melbourne & Sydney; Kangaroo Island (lots of wild-life); Eucheka (Murray paddle steamers); Montague Island (seal & penguin colony); southern alps or Grampians have lots of bush walks & wild-life; Great Ocean road; old gold mining areas round Ballarat & Beechworth; Naracoorte fossil caves; Flinders Ranges; Tasmanian wilderness; Sydney Harbour Bridge walk; Blue Mountains; ; chill-out 'hippy' areas of NE NSW (Nimbin, Byron Bay, Mt Warning walk); McLaren Vale or Barossa Valley in South Oz (vineyards galore); swim with seals at Baird Bay (on the way to West Oz); Southern WA has beautiful Karri forests, beaches. That should get you started. By the way the backpacker route is very well established so finding where to stay, what to see, where to go next & how to get there is easy over a cold drink at any backpacker hostel