I am travelling to Australia in March and have everything planned!! Booked everything but now thing maybe we are spending too much time in each place.
We will not be working - taking aroung 15,000 australian dollars FOR MY BOYFRIEND AND I. Not sure if that will be enough for three months.
So we are flying to Sydney first - staying in Newton, staying for three week, just going to spend time exploring the city and outskirts. Then for a week we will be staying at colloroy beach. After that we will be flying to Melbourne and staying in St Kilda for two weeks then getting the train to Adelaide for a week then back to Melbourne for a week, staying in the city centre. After that we will be flying to Cairns and staing there for two weeks then onto Port Douglas for two weeks then home. Should this ber ok or do u think we will get bored???
Ow forgot to say that 15,000 dollars is for spending only - we have an extra 7,000 dollars for accomodation . xx
$15,000AUD is more than enough. I think we spent around £3000 in 3 months! Yes we did stay on campsites most of the time but you should be coming home with some money!
Newtown is a great place, it's got some great restaurants and some great little boutiques.
The only place that I would consider changing on your trip is Port Douglas. It's not that far from Cairns (about an hour or so). It's a lovely little town but if you do the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns there isn't that much to do. (I highly recommend getting the helicoper trip back from the Reef - it's amazing)!
My suggestion would be to spend a few days in Port Douglas then, weather depending, go up to Cape Tribulation. Although I haven't been myself (it was the wet season when we were there) it is meant to be beautiful.
Whatever you decide to do I'm sure you will have a great time, Australia is a beautiful country.
Wow, with that much money I could survive for 6 months in Oz.
I agree with Kristie 79 re heading to Port Douglas from Cairns. Cairns is a great arrival departure centre but I wouldn't hang around too long. Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge are definate must dos from Port Douglas. If you have time to kill up that way, I love Mission Beach near Innisfail (south of Carins) and a trip through the Atherton Tablelands is worthwhile.
Thanks for your suggestions guys.
We had deceided to spend our last two weeks in Port Douglas - a little place called Dougies. It lookslovely near the beach a bar and pool. Were thing about just realxing and chilling out before we leave for cold wet scotland!! hehe.
Does it cost much to do these trips to Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands?? Also arethese days trips or do u have to spend a few days?? The helicopter sounds great! Also i would love to sky dive but not sure about the prices and if they even do them in Cairns.
I heard cairns has alot of bars, places to eat out so that suits my b/f and i down to a tee
I lived in Townsville when we used to hang out at Mission Beach. I would suggest it is worth a couple of days but can be done in a day. Atherton Tablelands is a day trip.
I've just got back from 3 months in oz and i would advise you not to plan where and how long your gonna stay in places coz it just never works out like that... i flew to sydney with loads of plans that went straight out of the window as i met up with other travellers.i had a week at coogee beach then a week in the city at kings cross,it's plenty of time to see all sydney has to offer.then i flew to alice springs to do the ularu treks for 5 days then flew up to cairns for 2 weeks,this is a good base to do all your day trips like cape tribulation and daintree and stuff on the reef,i got off the bus on the way back from cape trib and stayed at dougies for a night in port douglas but there's not much to do there,i'd surgest 3/4 nights at the most then back to cairns.
i then got a grey hound bus ticket from cairns to sydney for £315 which gave me 45 days to get to sydney which meant i could get on and off the bus anywhere on the east coast...i stopped at mission beach for the sky diving for a couple of days...then townsville and magnetic island(cool sunsets on horse shoe bay)...then down to airlie beach where you can do the whitsundays tours...then on to hervey bay and fraser island(whale watching and 4 wheel drive safari)...then noosa heads(cool beaches great surf)...then down to surfers paradise/gold coast(a bit like benidorm)...then onto byron bay for 2 weeks (loved it here stayed at the arts factory in a tee pee)then back to sydney for my flight home....it took 3 months and i loved every second of it.
what ever you do have a great time and try to see as much as you can....it's a fantastic place.
Hay maybe i am too organised eh hehe. I do like things planned but - we have a week in Thailand where i have not booked us into a hotel and i keep worrying that we will end up in some complete dive! I am not much of a camper and like my home comforts so have booked in advance so my boyfriend and i have double, air cond, ensuite roomS, everywhere we are staying has ensuite apart from Dougies. We have paid for flights also from Sydney to Melbourne then Melbourne onto Cairns - also the train is booked from Melbourne to Adelaide. SO we cant afford to decided and stay in one place for longer than a month each.
Hi, If you just want to do nothing then 2 weeks in Port Douglas is fine. But to me there are better thing to see and do and cheaper places with nicer beaches. Mission Beach is 2 hours from Cairns by bus there is all types af accommodation, stay there a couple of nights, there are some great walks and less people on the beaches. The bus from cairns to Mission is less than $50 or you could hire a car from Cairns and travel the whole area. It is very easy to drive from one place to the other roads a good. Start Cairns drive up to Kuranda around tablelands (easy to find accommodation) down the Palmerston highway, south to Mission back to cairns. Better way to spend time and lots to see.
3 weeks in Sydney you'll be forking out a fortune, and most likely be bored out of your mind after a week and a half maximum, unless you plan on wasting half your day in bed recovering from a long night out every single night. You could see heaps of New South Wales in that time if you had a hire car, let alone just a crappy, over rated hell expensive city like Sydney. That's just my opinion, but plenty of people who I've spoken to on my travels who have done working holidays here in Australia admit they got stuck in Sydney and that they are now dissapointed they wasted so long there instead of seeing more of the country. You'r missing the real Australia (Western Australia and Northern Territory)
You sure are organised, a little bit too much so.
Enjoy the warm weather and nice beaches while you can when you go to queensland, because you'll soon be regretting ever leaving to head back to freezing cold and wet weathered Scotland.