I'm planning on going to Australia in April (mainly Sydney.. but hoping to travel around for a few weeks) for a month or so.. unfortunately this is all the time I can afford to take away. I figured using Ozintro would be a good idea for a first time, 19 year old, female traveller (who's pretty nervous about travelling alone) since I'd be met at the airport, and will meet people easily.
A couple of concerns/questions; Has anyone used Ozintro and would you recommmend it? Are the activities/security worth the money?
Is a month enough as I'm only visiting Australia? I'm hoping for it to be quite action packed, even after the first 7 days accommodation/activities provided by Ozintro, so is it easy/expensive to plan lots of activities, such as sky diving, jet skiing, etc?
Can you recommend any places outside of Sydney that I could visit? Places that'd be easyish to get to, since I'l be travelling back to Sydney to catch the flight home.
I have been in Oz for the last 7 months and it is really easy to just rock up at a backpackers and meet loads of people. You will have a good laugh and there are literally thousands of backpackers up the east coast at this time of year. There is no need to be nervous, it is a doddle getting around and it is all very safe.
With regards to places to visit, i would advise the following:
blue mountains (trips from sydney)
hunter valley (wine tasting, can do day trips from sydney)
Brisbane (go to Australia zoo)
Town of 1770
Hervey Bay (whale watching)
tully (white water rafting)
cairns (great barrier reef, i would advise scuba if you can)
cape tribulation (rainforest)
from cairns you can fly back down to sydney or melbourne with virgin blue or jet star airways (just google them) for not a lot of money if you book in advance. If you wanna arrange tours and travel around australia then you cant go wrong with some of the offers peter pan travel have got going. Works out a lot cheaper and you get free meals and accomodation thrown in here and there.
I am currently in Sydney and I was in a similar position to you; in the end I decided to go with Ozintro and I just want to say how good they were. Everything they do, the trips that is, you could easily do on your own, but for me it made my stay a lot easier. For starters they look after you completely for that week, they gave me loads of advice which helped get me settled and sorted out what I wanted to see. I stayed with a group of about nine people and that gave me people to hang around with and talk about what to do next. Overall I would definetley recommend Ozintro they gave me that little extra piece of mind for my first week.