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1. Posted by stevie_gl (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Any opinions on whether its best to go Cairns down to Sydney or vice-versa? (starting october)

Thanks X X X

2. Posted by stevie_gl (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

oh and and also whats the best way of travelling up/down the coast? bus? train? car? thanks and sorry! x x x

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 9y

Starting October I'd definitely begin in Cairns, as the wet will start in December, and you'll be bothered by high humidity as early as November for everywhere north of Brisbane.

The best way to travel mostly depends on how much time you have available. I only had three weeks for the east coast :( and so hopped from place to place by airplane. Nice to skip long distances, but of course ideally you'd want to stop in far more little places in between. And then it depends on which those little places are if they're easily reachable by train or bus or not. (Renting a car is worth it, money wise, up to 3-4 weeks, and buying one starts to be worth it from 4-6 months on. In between public transport definitely is the way to go.)

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 9, 2007, at 4:15 PM by Sander ]

4. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Hey there!

I agree with Sander - the wet up north can be really unpleasant, especially if you're not accustomed to really high humidity. Plus the bugs!

Train is likely your best bet for the longer distances - try http://www.railaustralia.com.au for details. Car hire will set you back maybe $A50-60 per day. You usually get 100km free per day, then pay for additional km at approx $.25 per km. Budget and Europcar are both pretty good - but it's worth looking into the fees of a one-way hire (ie. picking up in Cairns and dropping off in Sydney). These can often be massive - $800 or so.

I'd probably do trains for the big city-city trip and then hire a car for a couple of days or a week in each destination so you can get out to some cool, non-touristy spots.

5. Posted by stevie_gl (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

thanks for all the advice - v helpful! when does the rain usually end in cairns? i will have a good few months to travel and will be working too either before/after/inbetween - so depending on when the wet season ends in cairns, may work in melbourne first then head on up the coast.

thanks again. xxx

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 9y

Quoting stevie_gl

thanks for all the advice - v helpful! when does the rain usually end in cairns?

Around April.

7. Posted by Chris00 (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

I'd start in Cairns and head south. Then again if you'd prefer to finish your holiday in a relaxed location then I suggest finishing in Cairns.

8. Posted by stevie_gl (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Right, based on everyones advice and based on weather etc, i think i have decided to start in Cairns and go down the east coast working on the way! But.... as i'm going it alone I can't help still being slightly worried that the majority of travellers like me will be starting in Sydney and going up coast!! Or am i just worrying far too much?!! Reassurance needed please!!!

9. Posted by chelseakyp (Budding Member 86 posts) 9y

Hi Stevie,

Im flying out to Aus in July and will be starting in Cairns then working my way down to Sydney, im going with a friend but from all the forums i've been on its easy to see that there are going to be hundreds of other travellers on your way up or down! have a great trip x

10. Posted by stevie_gl (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Quoting chelseakyp

Hi Stevie,

Im flying out to Aus in July and will be starting in Cairns then working my way down to Sydney, im going with a friend but from all the forums i've been on its easy to see that there are going to be hundreds of other travellers on your way up or down! have a great trip x

Thanks i hope so! Maybe bump into you at some point along the way!!
x x x