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1. Posted by BLINDUSAR (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hey

What we were wondering is would it be best to get a 3000Km Grey Hound ticket and work our way down in a hop on hop off style trip.

Ticket costs about £170

Cairns to Sydney

We arrive in Cairns on the 15th April and flyout from Sydeny on the 30th June to Christchurch NZ.

Also would it be a good idea to get a Nomads and YHA card or not bother.

Thanks

PS. My travels start...

Home 10th April
Singapore 11th April

Cairns 15th April
Sydeny 30th June

Christchurch 30th June
Auckland 30th July

NYC 8th August
Home 9th August

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting BLINDUSAR

What we were wondering is would it be best to get a 3000Km Grey Hound ticket and work our way down in a hop on hop off style trip.

That's a popular and quite decent way to do it, yes. If it's the "best" depends on your personal preferences. If I had had the time, it's definitely the way I personally would've done it (but alas, my timing worked out wrong, and I had only three week for the east coast, and so I splurged and flew from place to place). :)

Also would it be a good idea to get a Nomads and YHA card or not bother.

Definitely worth it to get at least one backpacker card, depending on which type of hostel you like most. The YHA membership earns itself back in ten nights, the Nomads in roughly fifteen, I think (doesn't give as much discount, but then, Nomads hostels are slightly cheaper by default). Either one would get you the backpacker discount on Grey Hound tickets e.a., which might be worth it in itself. (Don't actually know for certain if that discount applies to route passes too, but I assume so.)

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Hi - we did Greyhound between Cairns and Brisbane (I guess that's about halfway) and it turned out to be a very cheap and convenient way to travel (if not the most comfortable).

4. Posted by BLINDUSAR (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

My friend has said she would like to see Ayres Rock Perth and Melbourne what is the best way to get to Ayres Rock from say Melbourne.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Fly. There's daily direct flight to Yulara (right outside the Uluru national park) from Melbourne with Qantas.

6. Posted by tttom (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Dude im doing pretty much exactly the same... Greyhound is probably the best way. I was thinking about Oz Experience but not sure if its as reliable.

I have got slightly longer down the east coast doing:

Cairns 18th March

Sydney - Christchurch 20th May

Auckland - Home 1st July

Will be insane. I havn't thought about getting a dicount card but it mite be worth it.

Make sure you have a great trip, sure you will ... may see you out there!

Tom

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting tttom

Will be insane. I havn't thought about getting a dicount card but it mite be worth it.

If you stay at hostels, they earn themselves back in 10-20 nights, depending on which hostel chain you stay at.

8. Posted by daniG (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

hey

i've just travelled from sydney to cairns with greyhound and it was fantastic - they were always on time and the buses were really comfortable.

as for discount cards - i didnt bother getting any, because you will no doubt book up some tours en route (eg fraser island and teh whitsundays) and most travel agents will give you free nights accomodation and/or discount vouchers for loads of hostels along the coast.

the other thing i was going to mention is that you seem to have 2 1/2 months for the east coast of oz - this is wayyy to long. i've just done it in 5 weeks and i was taking my time. my advice would be to do melbourne and the great ocean road, move onto adelaide and perth and do some of the aussie outback.

dani x