Hey,Me and my girlfriend have been looking a lot in to the best way to travel round OZ.We arrive in Perth in Sept and leave Sydney 6 months later.
We want to see as much of the country as realisticly possible inc a lot of the west coast,Ularu and the great barrier reef.
I just wanted to get your opinions on whether it is worth booking bus passes before we get to OZ or should we wait til we get there and see if we can afford to buy or rent a car etc.
I know the distances are massive but the thought of getting our own vehicle does appeal to me.
Any thoughts or advice would be fantastic.
If you buy a car you must sell before you leave and different states have diffent requires when it come to buying/selling/registering, ect.. I would check with local authorities/court house to get the most accurate information once you are there.
Just by an old car and when you're done with it just park it at the airport and catch your plane home.
Cars are a lot better than having to adhere to a bus timetable.
Definitely get a car especially for Western Australia, because a lot of places are either very very difficult or impossible to reach without either hitch hiking or having your own car. Some areas are impossible even with your own car unless it is a 4WD. Western Australia is an amazing part of Australia with loads of nice stuff to visit off the beaten track a bit. With you own car you could drive across from Western Australia-Northern Territory-South Australia-Victoria-Tasmania (using the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne)-back to Melbourne-New South Wales and ACT-Queensland and then you'd have to make your way back down to Sydney. Althernatively where the last bit comes in you could do a long trip rushing from Melbourne up to Queensland then check out Queensland make your way down to New South Wales and ACT before finally ending up in Sydney. Getting from Melbourne-Queensland can be done in 2 days if you spend long days in the car.
Some of the Western Australia, Northern Territory and outback South Australia requires very very long days and driving on terrible roads which get this red dust all through everything in the outback. I did a trip like this back in 1992 (when my Mother and Father were driving) and it was 4 and a half months. We saw almost all of Australia that didn't require a 4WD, but on some days it was driving all day for as much as 1000km in the day. If both of you can drive so can share the driving responsibilities then days like that wouldn't be too bad.
If you did it on buses and trains, you'd be stuck to main routes, would miss a lot of the stuff like Wave rock which is very cool. In fact you'd miss most of the great stuff Western Australia has to offer just relying on buses. Going by hire car would be very expensive and also in places like Northern Territory and Western Australia, the insurance policy would be invalid for almost any road so if you had an accident the insurance wouldn't cover it. So definitely try and buy a car to do it yourself and you'll have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2007, at 10:44 PM by aharrold45 ]
Thanks for the great advice.Im just going to leave the bus passes for now then and look at getting a car once we are out there.
Once again many thanks for the help it is much appreciated.