Well I've got an idea for australia now I need to know if its in the realms of being any good. So please feel free to poke holes in it and offer up possible alternatives.
Leaving in June flying to sydney staying a couple of weeks then flying to cairns, spend the next 3-4 months finding work heading to Brisbane. after that a couple of months travel through queensland into Northern territory ending up in Darwin and then working my way down the coast to Perth and flying to NZ.
As a rough guide to start with is it any good obviously you never know who your gonna meet and what comes up so will probably get side tracked countless times.
constructive criticism is much appreciated
Hi Dan, lucky you!
All I'd say is you seem to be backtracking a lot and, because of the huge distances in Australia, that will waste you time you could be spending doing stuff.
If you're flying into Sydney, it would make sense to go to Brisbane next, then Cairns, so you're not going back on yourself.
And I'd ask plenty of advice about going from Darwin to Perth (I haven't done it) because I think it probably isn't as simple as you made it sound!
Myself and a friend are doing the same start as you, we fly into Sydney on 5th July then fly to Cairns after 5 days and plan to work there for a few months and then work our way back down to Syndey and Melbourne over a year. Only 6 weeks to go now so can't wait.
We've figured that its best not to make too many plans because like you said you never know who your going to meet and where they are going to go!
thanks for the replies,
for the darwin to perth I'm looking at the greyhound they do a western explorer pass that travels right down the coast, and is valid for 183 days. Figured I'd get some work here and there but I do have to look into it and get as much advice as possible( I'd love to have the option of driving but I haven't got round to learning yet, d'oh)
I would tend to agree with the supposition that it is easier to go from Sydney to brisbane then work your way up to Cairns. In this way you get to see places like Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay on the NSW coastline before hitting the Gold Coast then Brisbane. However if you are already booked into going up to Cairns then so be it. Cairns will be very busy around that time of year with it being winter in the South. You could therefore find some work because the tourist trade really picks up at this time. Try the resorts and see if they need staff or the pubs in town. From Cairns you can go down to Townsville then Rockhampton, Mackay and places like this and if need be try and find work. When you hit Brisbane that is when you need to get an air fare over to Darwin. You could backpack it but it is a long way and by that time it will be getting near the wet season and roads can become very patchy and some impassable because of monsoonal rain producing floods. Once you hit the Stuart Highway in the NT it is great road all the way up to Darwin and you should have no trouble getting rides. You can also stay at places like Dunmarra, Elliott, Daly Waters, Katherine, Pine Creek, Adelaide River. Darwin is the backpacker's heaven at present because the city does so much for them and Mitchell Street has everything a backpacker would want. It is the entertainment street of Darwin. It can get very humid and very wet in Darwin from mid November through to mid to late March. Late September, October and mid November are known as the ""troppo'' months where it is very humid, very hot and virtually little rain. The word ""troppo'' is an anacronysm for tropical and in effect means a person can ""go tropical'' or a bit weird or mad because they cannot handle such stifling conditions. I guess a little bit like cabin fever. Anyway don't let that put you off because air conditioning abounds in Darwin and being a former resident for 35 years I can say it is an absolutely wonderful place getting better all the time. Have fun.
Agree with Buckra that Darwin is a wonderful place to visit. It has its own special NT flavor that breathes Australia!!! It sports some of the lovliest sunsets imaginable and you can even find delicious food of all types around the area. Fish and chips along the Wharf are marvelous.
BTW, Buckra, please check your message box.
Yep on Darwin,
Get there for troppo or "the build up" make sure you get to the markets and Mitchell St. Consider heading south down the Track to Alice via Daly Waters, Tennant Creek etal, through to Alice and then down to Flinbders Rangers - totally underrtaed. From adelaide across the nullarbor to Perth and then up. It all depnds on your timing -just don't get caught in the Wet season up north - It ain't fun to travel in.
thats awesome info, thanks guys.